Marg and Rob purchased a Horizon Wattle (Mercedes Sprinter) motorhome built by Ballina Campers and are planning to circumnavigate Australia over the next couple of years.
In 2011, we travelled from Brisbane to Perth return accross the Nullarbor both ways, and in 2012 we travelled various places on the Easr Coast of Australia. The highlight of the year was our October November trip to Port Douglas which included the total eclipse of the sun.
Just a couple of days to go, and we will head off from Brisbane on a clockwise journey around the continent. Along the way we will share birthdays with a couple of our grandchildren - one joins the 'Teen set' - how the years have flown.
We plan on frequent updates of our progress on this site.
June 15th 2013
Perth Part Two Another week or two has flown by with many activities/appointments etc as well as lots of fun with the family in Perth. It seems that between various health checks and tests, a small motorhome repair that still persists and a computer repair for Marg that didn't go right, we seem to have struggled up frustration hill! Hopefully the coming week will flatten that hill once and for all and we will soon be able to head north. Yesterday was one of the few days where we were free to go look-about and spent time at Yanchep National Park. This is a large area with a shallow lake at the entry, limestone caves, and quite a number of bush walks ranging up to 55 ks. As this is a national park, we used our ... read more
June 3rd 2013
We have been quiet on the blog for the past couple of weeks as we have as intended been spending time with our family who live in Perth. In addition, we have had some unplanned journeys after dialling 000 as a result of some cardiac arrhythmia issues. An ER is a really interesting place to watch a different slice of human endeavour. The ER was locked down with police guards when my ambulance arrived. From Marg's nursing experience I was aware that this mostly happens when a felon, or seriously at risk victim needs urgent medical assistance. In this instance, the patient was under constant armed guard as well as the external entry/exit from the busy ER. During the 4 hours where I was being sorted out by ER plus resident Cardiologist, there was an amazing ... read more
May 16th 2013
With the reunion with our family looming in Perth, we set off to catch up with them by weeks end. When we visited Western Australia (WA) previously, the only southern coastal link we had not covered was Esperance to Albany, though we had covered part of this as we passed through Ravensthorpe last time on our way to Wave Rock. This time we continued on the highway through to Albany. This coastal city has a reputation for rain, as does the southern plains. Hence we saw great pastures and land prepared for or already planted for the next grain or canola crops. The main thing we wanted at Albany was to restock with fresh fruit and vegies before turning north west for Perth. For those who have not travelled these roads, there are fruit and vegetable ... read more
May 12th 2013
Having an early start off the Nullarbor run yesterday (Saturday), we headed south to Esperance Info Centre to get our National Parks pass for the time we will be in WA. It is $8.00 per day, $40 per month, or $50 per year. Since we will be in WA for 3 months and visit several parks over the time, we opted for the annual pass. Armed now with our access, we headed east from Esperance for 50 odd ks to Cape Le Grand. It is a grand and interesting place. The high granite rocks (345 meters from sea level) are thought to have been islands now pushed up out of the sea. (Or are sea levels now 50 meters lower than the past) The landscape has many boulders that have dropped off the peak, and others ... read more
May 11th 2013
What have you heard: The Nullarbor is boring? This is our third crossing and still find this area full of interest, even if spaced out over a few hundred kilometres. Keep the eyes open and something to thrill will surely pop up. Last time it was gigantic pieces of machinery being transported. There are signs asking us to watch out for camels, wombats, emus and kangaroos. But nothing prepared us for the adventure of the day. We were able to watch one of creation's most amazing birds, The Wedge Tail Eagle. Sadly, some of the wild life gets hit by passing trucks at night. In the past we have seen many crows feasting on the carrion, (road pizza to my Kiwi friends), but this trip we watched several families of wedge tail eagles joining the feast. ... read more
May 10th 2013
We have stoped a couple of times previously in Ceduna. This is a town where there is a real cultural mix and a happy hunting ground for lovers of Aboriginal Art. There are some very talented artists here, and every time we come, we just love viewing their latest works. The best of the best are outside our budget, but are wonderfully crafted, often blending aboriginal traditional techniques within modern art styles. Almost always these works tell a story. One we admired was a traditional styled 'Bush Fire'. The patterns and styling were fantastic. Ceduna is also a grain export port, and the dock was busy during our stay. The plains from the top of the Eyre Peninsular to Ceduna and west are very productive with a mix of grains, canola and sheep stations. The farmers ... read more
May 7th 2013
Monday and Tuesday 6th & 7th May Sunday night we had a steady fall of rain which I am sure pleased the local farmers, and caused us no issues at all. Monday cleared to a good day despite the early heavy cloud. The plan was to cheap camp again at Haslam, a small oyster fishing community north of streaky bay. Our camping book showed two sites, one free and one for $5.00 per night. Fortuitously, Rob Rob gave Tom Tom the co-ordinates for the $5.00 park, not the freebie. This park was almost waterfront with good level sites and a short walk to a public toilet. The alternative was unlevel, small and right beside the highway. Glad I got it wrong! However, before going to Haslam we visited Streaky Bay. Last time we went to Western ... read more
May 5th 2013
Sunday 5th May We love being woken with birdsong and waves swishing on the shoreline. Today we were woken by some great rumbling thunder and wondered if we should cancel the day and hide under the blankets for 24 hours. Oh joy, within half an hour the sun was out and any thought of wasting the day vanished. As an aside, while we slept well at Elliston, the occupiers of a pop-top caravan next to us didn't. Every few minutes a gum nut would drop from the tree and land on his tin roof with a real 'Plop'. On more than one occasion it wasn't one, but rather a shower from a pretty tall tree. I hope they had the gumption to ask for our gum nut free site after we left this morning. Marg was ... read more
May 4th 2013
Friday & Saturday 3rd & 4th May Friday morning arrived and there was a mad dash foursome headed to the point to capture the sunrise before heading north west up the peninsular. Once out of Port Lincoln there was a great grain growing area, superior to what we saw on the east coast, but after 100ks, the landscape changed to grazing land and then stone fruit. Not the kind you can eat, thousands of white stones sitting atop of a very thin layer (if any) of top soil. One person described this part of the coast as a land of emptiness. That would be a good description. There is evidence of long abandoned attempts to farm where old crumbling stone cottages only show the chimney and fireplace. Even a stone Church in the middle of emptiness. ... read more
May 2nd 2013
Tuesday May 2nd Well, we reckon we are 1/4 of the way around Australia on our big adventure! We have driven over 5,000 kilometres since we left home and this is day 72, so on both counts we are around 25% through our circumnavigation of Australia. This morning was bright and fine so after breakfast we headed south out from Louth Bay and down towards Port Lincoln after taking a picture of the glistening sea at the Louth Bay jetty. Along the way we came to The Black Stump. Well, the official black stump was destroyed a few years back after a bush fire. The new Black Stump is actually a Black Rock - more fire proof! The Black Stump commemorated an early mission established in the area in 1850 called the Pooninde Mission. Now it ... read more