Ways to amuse yourself road tripping & Tassal Salmon on the go

Australian humour

This post is sponsored by Nuffnang & Tassal Salmon 

Over the last few weeks we have been road tripping a couple of times up the coast of Tropical North Queensland (TNQ) into Far North Queensland (FNQ).  The scenery is stunning, cane fields, bananas, ocean, mountains, rain forest it’s got it all but road tripping with kids and the inevitable “are we there yet” can be a tad tedious, no? The iPads are great but so is some screen free time so we were thinking of ways to amuse ourselves on the trips.

Given the long distances in Australia rapidly descending into a state of delirium does help pass the time, (but not if you are the driver, don’t do that), and then all of a sudden you will find quite random things amusing…Exhibit A is the toilet signs above that were at Krusty the Krabs home in Cardwell by the Sea.  The girls thought this was hilarious and we’ve now visited the loos in Cardwell 4 times just to check that the signs were still there!

Krusty himself is an example of another one of the things you can do to amuse yourself on Australian road trips, look out for all the “big” things along the way.  This trip we came across Krusty but also…

Aussie Road Trip

a big Cassowary in Mission Beach (we saw a real life one too, their feet are positively prehistoric!), the “golden gumboot” in Tully apparently one of the wettest places in Australia and the beloved “Frosty Mango” where they make really good ice cream!

For the hoons out there amongst us this was another giant thing we saw and this was even before we left Townsville, it was only appropriate that we stop and take a photo as it’s turned into a tourist destination in it’s own right!



We also made up stories about all the creek names that we passed.  The people who gave the names to these creeks way back when were really into stating the obvious, which in itself is stating the obvious!  We’ve got…

Broken Pole Creek, Mosquito Creek (wont’ be stopping there), Blade Grass Creek, Swampy Gully, 5 Mile Waterhole, Stoney Creek, One Mile Creek, Sunbeam Creek (I like that one), Czar Creek (a slightly random addition), Yellow Waterhole (best not ask too many question about that one but perhaps the whole mangoes, no mangoes thing was too confusing so decided to bush wee instead?), Deep Creek, Bamboo Creek, Canal Creek (were they getting a bit confused at this point maybe?), Slaughter Yard Creek (gruesome), Frenchman’s Creek (probably didn’t want to get too close to the creek down the road and end up there!), Codfish Creek, Dinner Creek (there’s a theme running here), Blind Creek, Snake Creek, Camp Creek, Blackfellow Creek, Skeleton Creek (about time they renamed those ones perhaps?), Limbo Creek, Sugar Cane Creek, Damper Creek, Ripple Creek, Water View Creek, Sandy Creek and Sleeper Log Creek to name but a few!

We decided to take a break and stretch the legs so we went for a swim at a place called Alligators Nest (why do they name such beautiful spots after deadly things? We did check it out and no crocs have been found there in recent times, phew!). It was beautiful.


So what’s all this got to do with Tassal Salmon you may well be thinking?  Well the water was cold enough to be like it is in Tasmania (where Tassal is from) for starters but having a picnic on a road trip is a good way to amuse yourselves. I didn’t have time to prepare a picnic lunch before we left so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to give the on-the-go Salmon meals we had been gifted a try rather than stop road side for something deep fried, pastry or burger related. Post the Christmas indulgence we are all trying to get a bit healthier, aren’t we?


The noise isolating headphones were a nice touch in the gift pack because the girls were insisting on listening to that awful, awful song “Barbie Girl” by Aqua as their selection to our car dance party (another way to amuse yourself road tripping). I got them back with “My Sharona” but we all agreed on “Jai Ho” (you know the one from Slum Dog Millionaire) as the car dance party favourite, some good Bollywood moves were being busted. Adele’s “Hello” also got belted out at full volume quite a bit too. I did tell you we were a bit delirious but I will be using Jai Ho (and the headphones) as a motivating song when I get back into the gym!

Anyway back to the Tassal Salmon, as you probably already know already Tassal is known for its Tasmanian grown Atlantic salmon. Now it’s available in a new range of convenient and tasty meals for people who are busy and on the go or road tripping around the countryside like us but want healthy snacks! One of the good things about the new snacking range is that there’s no need to heat or refrigerate, perfect for road trips.

Tassal Salmon on the go range

The range includes Salmon & Beans, Salmon & Rice (my little friend Spencer here’s favourite!) and Salmon & Quinoa – each with targeted health benefits including protein, fibre and omega 3. They provide a healthier and easy alternative to processed snacks and I was surprised by how tasty they actually were.  They come with their own “spork” (what a great word) in the box too so you really can just grab and go.

Tassal is the only brand supplying 100% Australian grown (& sustainably sourced) and canned salmon to major supermarkets. RRP is $4.29.  As usual all thoughts, words and opinions in reviews are my own.

Have you been on any road trips these holidays?  Seen any amusing toilet signs? What do you snack on?


7 comments on “Ways to amuse yourself road tripping & Tassal Salmon on the go

  1. Lisa @ Chocolate Meets Strawberry
    January 4, 2016 at 8:26 am

    Looks like you and the family had some fantastic trips, Vicki! I haven’t seen much of northern QLD but am very keen to go road tripping there sometime! My Mum and her partner have done a lot of travelling in FNQ and really enjoyed it. We’ve been on one road trip these holidays down to Dorrigo in NSW where my Mum lives, and it was just so beautiful. It was an interesting change from muggy Brisbane, as the weather there in the mountains in summer is pretty much like autumn in Brisbane. We were wearing jumpers for most of the day and sleeping with several blankets at night! The Tassal salmon meals look super delicious too, by the way. We’ve been eating plenty of salmon this summer and I just can’t get enough – yum 🙂

  2. Natalie @ our parallel connection
    January 5, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Oh I love the BIG parts of Australia. Anything we can make giant we do. Whenever we road trip this is one of our favourite things #IBOT team

    • Vicki
      January 5, 2016 at 9:33 pm

      I love that about Australia too, we went past a giant Captain Cook in Cairns too but I forgot to snap him! I’m keen to find more.

  3. Hugzilla
    January 5, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    OMG I was literally just reading about the Tully gumboot in a film book I was reading yesterday. Apparently they made a documentary about it. The book didn’t have pictures so I’m super chuffed to see one here!

    • Vicki
      January 5, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      Ha, what book was that? Will have to check it out. The countryside around it is so pretty. Tully itself has a working sugar mill so lots of steam happening!

  4. EssentiallyJess
    January 5, 2016 at 8:44 pm

    No road trips these holidays, though I am a fan of them. I love traveling by road.
    Looks like you had a great time. There are some funny named places in Australia.

    • Vicki
      January 5, 2016 at 9:35 pm

      One day we will do the whole East Coast but not yet! maybe when/if we move back to Sydney!

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