FAMILY HOLIDAYS

Remember when? Iconic holiday memories

BIG4 Beacon Resort in Queenscliff, VIC in 1970. How times have changed.

The good old days. Remember them? You know, when things were vastly different than today. And better, apparently, such is life while wearing those rose-coloured glasses.

It was a time when Apple was just a fruit and Google was as foreign a word as gazouiller. It was also a period when holiday life was much different than today’s…

So as part of our A Trip Down Memory Lane feature, we’ve stepped aboard the time machine and pulled these beauties from the vault. Enjoy.

Wow. BIG4 Easts Beach Holiday Park in Kiama Beach circa 70s.

Remember when…

This was a collection of top-of-the-range vans and vehicles.

And this was what it meant to have riverside views.

Remember when…

The best way to keep up with sports scores while on holidays was by packing this.

Remember when…

These were your holiday essentials.

Before this almighty invention came along (and departed soon after).

Remember when…

The fastest way to get in touch with family or friends when on a break was by finding one of these (reverse charge, anyone?)

Maybe even using one of these.

Before this invention arrived on the scene (do you recognise an old friend in this lot?)

Remember when…

To order pizza at your holiday destination you would use a copy of this.

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Digital cameras didn’t exist, so every travel photo was taken with painstaking care, such was the cost of film and photo processing.

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I-Spy was the height of road-trip entertainment? And then these were all the rage.

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As a kid you could go to the nearest shop or kiosk and buy four chocolate bars, 10 red frogs, an ice block, two bags of chips, and a bottle of soft drink and – as your memory recalls – it would only cost you this.

At least for those of us in the decimal currency era, having a pair of these as a child felt like we were holding the equivalent of two Bitcoins.

Remember when…

You didn’t need glowsticks to find your friends at night.

And you'd all ride your bikes wearing one of these.

Credit: Jason McCarthy, National Museum of Australia

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Foxtel and Netflix were unheard of and Stan was someone's name, so your indoors family entertainment would revolve around the following.

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You'd be lost without one of these...literally.

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Fish and chips at the beach were wrapped in this.

And at the end of your adventures, you wouldn't have used Facebook or Instagram to boast about your holiday. No, no, no. Instead you’d bore your family and friends to death with one of these.

What are your most treasured holiday memories? What redundant item do you miss the most? We'd love to know your thoughts, so please leave a comment below.

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