well we are heading off on Saturday for another adventure, it will be great to get out of this rain and cold.
We are heading up the middle, then over the Simpson Desert. Stopping off at Karumba for a spot of fishing, then east to Port Douglas.
From Port Douglas heading North to Cooktown then on to the Cape.
We will try and keep you up to date with photos and stories along the way.
June 18th 2013
Hi All We are currently at Lawn Hill National Park approximately 400km north west of Mt Isa. We have been on the road now for close to 3 weeks and are having a ball. We left Melbourne on a cold and wet morning with the hope of finding some good weather as we ventured further north. We travelled through outback SA along the Oodnadatta Track staying at Coward Springs for a thermal spa and The Painted Desert for an awesome sunset. The highlight of the trip so far has been the crossing of the Simpson Desert. It is an amazing place. Unfortunately one of the couples on the trip Greg and Cath Beers developed engine problems with their car 30 km's into the crossing and as a result had to be towed out to Alice Springs ... read more
May 15th 2012
Hi All We come to you today from Newell Beach, a quiet little spot about 20km's north of Port Douglas. We have been joined by Rachel and her boyfriend Steve and his brother Mike and Jess arrives here on Thursday. After our last blog from Mt Isa we ventured north to Karumba, a beautiful spot on the bottom of the gulf renowned for it's fishing and magnificent sunsets and believe me neither disappointed. My brother Paul drove over from Port Douglas with his boat and stayed with us for the ten days. After the heat and basic facilities of King Ash Bay this place was like a resort and Deb was certainly a lot more comfortable regularly sipping g&t's at the sunset bar. This was our last opportunity to get into the barra as they start ... read more
April 29th 2012
Hi All We come to you today from the lovely Mt Isa, an interesting place to say the least. We are here for a couple of nights to do some domestics,shopping etc. before heading to Karumba on the gulf for 10 days fishing with my brother. From the Banyan Farm ( Daly River ) we headed south east to King Ash Bay on the NT side of the gulf where we were joined by Richie Robin for a week of fishing fine wining and dining. We fished 5 of the 7 days in stinking hot conditions ( one morning 27 deg's at 6.00 am ) taking some lovely barra and thread fin salmon and had a memorable morning when we took 10 barra from the front of a small creek that soon became our favorite spot. ... read more
April 14th 2012
Hi Everyone, Since our last blog we left Umuwa along with Erin and headed to Alice Springs. We dropped Bud off at the Pet Resort as our plans were to go to Palm Valley which is a national park and no dogs. It was extremely hot and nowhere to swim at the valley so we decided to bunker down in Alice for Easter. Bud was happy only 2 nights in the kennel instead of 4. I cooked a leg of lamb in my ecopot and had a great meal on Easter Sunday. We left Alice on Easter Monday and stopped over night at Banka Banka Station, a working cattle station just north of Tennant Creek. We arrived at Katherine the following day and stocked up and stayed overnight. Our next destination The Banyan Farm is about ... read more
April 1st 2012
Hi All Our last contact was from Streaky Bay on the Eyre Peninsula. From there we moved on to Melrose just south of Port Augusta where we left the camper and headed half way home to Keith to meet Craig and Sarah and pick up the bud. He was a bit strange for a couple of days with all the travel but has now settled in quite nicely. Our next port of call was the Painted Desert where we set up camp on the cattle station Arckaringa . It is east of the highway approx 90 km's from Oodnadatta and run by a 4th generation family who run 5 stations in the district. To give you an idea of how vast this area is Arckaringa is 4300 square km's in size and runs just over 2000 ... read more
March 19th 2012
Hi All, It's been awhile since we last posted. Reception was pretty much null and void at Baird Bay and Fowlers Bay unless you were on top of the sand dunes. Baird Bay was great, camping was good,lovely view. Spent time out in the boat, went and visited a Sea Lion colony and got up close and personal. We fished regularly for snook,whiting and monster salmon. From Baird we went to Fowlers Bay with the hope of catching some big squid. We had been told it was the place but unfortunately the squid did not want to play, so we had to settle for whiting,flathead and garfish. We spent time 4wd around rugged coastline and deserted beaches and almost getting lost. We had and extremely hot day and true to form I just about melted away. ... read more
March 5th 2012
Hi Guys, We come to you today from the lovely Venus Bay South Australia. We have been here since last Wednesday. Fortunately the weather has been a lot kinder than what you have copped in Vic. We were on the tail end of the cloud mass and received very little rain although it was blowing a gale for three days. The weather for the next week is fine,fine and fine high 20's each day. We have been making good use of the communal boat (thanks guys)and fishing regularly with Deb bagging her first whiting.We also had a great session at Mt. Camel beach on the salmon. We depart here Wednesday for Baird Bay not much futher down the coast. There is a Sea Lion colony within easy reach with the little boat and also a resident ... read more
February 24th 2012
Hi Guy's It's Friday afternoon and Deb and l have just enjoyed a magnificent day at Peddington Beach. We were kept entertained by a large pod of dolphins surfing up and down the beach. We have been here a week now and have experienced both ends of the spectrum as far as the weather goes. Two days ago blowing a gale and 20 degrees and today 35. We have just about done all of the island and taken in some great scenery. There has been some light hearted criticism that my wife does not figure in many photo's so l have tried to rectify the situation. Must go as l am on a promise to cook Deb calamari for tea. Fifteen minutes in the boat should be enough time to catch a feed. Being Friday night ... read more
February 20th 2012
Hi All, We are camping in a lovely spot named American River. A pretty little place, with a general store and not much else. Having a great time, have set up camp and Glenn has had the boat in. There is a boat ramp not 200 metres away. Had our first feed of calamari and whiting which was beautiful. Went up to the North Coast today and will be heading back there. Beautiful beaches and great snorkelling. Didn't think the weather was going to be so kind so was ill prepared. Will try and post some photos. Staying here till next Tuesday so have lots of time to see the rest of the island. Glenn is still keeping fit on a walk as we speak bye for now Deb & Glenn... read more
February 17th 2012
Hi everyone, Day 3 of our trip, and we are waitin for our Ferry to take us to Kangaroo Island. The Ferry leaves from Cape Jervis and is a 45 minute trip. We survived our departure on Wednesday not without the obligitary hitch, a problem with the fridge in the car. All sorted now. Yes there were tears but overall I contained myself quite well I thought. Bud was a little confused though. Camped at a lovely place near Naracoote on Wed. Bool Lagoon a bird watchers paradise, and had a lovely bottle of bubbly to celebrate our first night. (thanks Harrisons.) Camped at Deep Creek Conservation Park close to Cape Jervis.Thurs night. Again lovely and quiet. We are managing the trailer well, just fine tuning the routine. Will be on Kangaroo Island and will keepyou ... read more