Sally N

australianidyll

Sally N

I'm married to Mike, have two boys (Alex, 8 and Kyle, 6) and we're travelling Australia until late September.



Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Ceduna September 19th 2012

19th September 2012 We left our Coffin Bay campsite just before 9am and headed north. The countryside was green and gold and rolling hills initially, very scenic. We had morning tea at Elliston, a pretty coastal spot. We stopped at Murphy's Haystacks, some unusual looking rock formations in a field, for lunch. Alex was bitten on the head by a bee while looking at a beehive. After lunch we noticed the country looked drier as we continued north. There were bobtail lizards all over the roads, we were constantly driving around them. Perhaps because it was quite a warm and sunny day, the warmest we've had in ages. We arrived in Ceduna at around 3:30pm and we are staying in the Big 4 caravan park. Mike tried squid fishing from the jetty after dinner but had ... read more
Ceduna National Trust Museum
Kyle with basking shark cast
Pretty lizard, Ceduna

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula September 15th 2012

15th September 2012 (towards the Eyre Peninsula) We left Adelaide just before 9am and headed north towards Port Germain. We camped in the Germain Gorge free camp area, which is a nice quiet spot. We saw two snakes on the road and three blue tongued lizards (two on the road, one near camp). There are quite a few birds here too. We took a scenic drive through the gorge to Murray Town, a historic old town. The old stone cottages on the fields are very scenic, especially with the canola in flower. In the evening we listed to Collingwood defeat the Eagles on the radio while we played cards. 16th September 2012 It was an almost clear blue morning, and we saw a roo near the campsite and a large flock of emus not far down ... read more
Whyalla
Near Coffin Bay
Coles Point near Coffin Bay

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Adelaide September 7th 2012

7th September 2012 We left camp at around 8:30am and headed towards Adelaide, past green crops, golden canola fields, cute historic farmhouses, sheep and ocean glimpses. It was cool with some wind and rain. We got to our Adelaide Shores caravan park just after noon and set up camp. It looks very nice here, very clean amenities, playground and a big jumping pillow thing for the kids. I've been to Adelaide airport a few times and once had an overnight stay for a work meeting but have not so far spent much time looking around Adelaide, so we plan to have a few days here. This afternoon we went to the nearby Harbour Town shopping centre for some groceries and other shopping. Uncle Kevan and Aunty Jillian are staying here too. 8th September 2012 All of ... read more
Alex and red tailed cockatoo
Alex and quokka
Family at the zoo

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Coober Pedy September 3rd 2012

3rd September 2012 We left our Ayers Rock Resort campsite just after 8am. We fueled up at Erldunda and continued to the NT/SA border rest area, where we met Mum and Dad as planned. They have travelled down slowly from Alice Springs since having their hitch repaired the day we drove to Kings Canyon. We continued south, camping in the rest area 35km south of Marla. The rest areas in South Australia are not as well set up as those in the Northern Territory, as the NT ones usually had water, picnic tables and toilets and the SA ones do not. However we found a fairly quiet spot and had a campfire. Mum made golden syrup dumplings for dessert. 4th September 2012 We continued towards Coober Pedy, across vast flat desert land with sparse, low vegetation. ... read more
Coober Pedy dust
Riba's campground
Old Timers Mine Tour

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru August 29th 2012

Kings Canyon and Uluru 29th August 2012 (Mike’s birthday) We left camp just before 8am. We called into Alice Springs for fuel, and had morning tea at the Finke River. This is the world’s oldest river, 350 million years old. We saw several wedge tailed eagles as we continued. We had lunch at Mt Ebenezer Roadhouse, which now offers no services at all, then continued to Kings Canyon Resort where we are staying. It was a warm day. After setting up camp we watched the sunset on the ranges from a lookout at the resort. It’s a comfortable place to stay, with grass, all the usual camping facilities, rooms, safari tents and a bar venue. We had birthday cake for dessert. Dingoes howled close to camp after dark. 30th August 2012 The day started cool and ... read more
Sunset on the ranges
Kings Canyon
Alex gets nervous near cliffs...

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs August 23rd 2012

23rdAugust 2012 After a leisurely breakfast of pancakes, we made our way to Desert Park. This is a lovely natural park set against the MacDonnell Ranges, with lots of wildflowers. We started by seeing the bird show, where trained birds including a barn owl, pink and grey galahs, a curlew, brown falcon, whistling kite and black kite flew around the audience for food treats. Then we walked around to see the very good, large nocturnal house, kangaroos and lot of local birds. After lunch we went to the cultural centre, where we saw Albert Namitjira paintings and the natural history museum, which had a very good large prehistoric bird skeleton (Dromornis stirtoni, 8m years old), minerals, and some good skeletons and preserved current wildlife. My uncle and aunt, Kevan and Jillian, joined us for a drink ... read more
Desert Park, Alice Springs
Desert Park, Alice Springs
Desert Park, Alice Springs

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa August 18th 2012

18th August 2012 We left our interesting BP campsite at about 7:45am and headed inland along the Overlander's Way (the way between Townsville and Tennant Creek). The landscape changed as we drove, becoming less tropical and more temperate woodland. We saw a bustard and an emu, and drove through sections of golden wattle and fern leafed grevillea. We had morning tea at a rest point on the outskirts of Charters Towers, and lunch at White Mountain lookout. We stopped at Hughenden to see the Flinders Discovery Centre, which has a very good replica of a Muttaburrasaurus skeleton. The Muttaburrasaurus is a herbivore that got up to 10m long, and was found near Hughenden, at Muttaburra. Around Hughenden the scenery was open grassland with few trees and the occasional cattle or sheep. We camped at the Lakeview ... read more
Julia Creek visitors' centre
Riversleigh fossil display
Wonara Bore campsite

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville August 15th 2012

15thAugust 2012 It was a cloudy, drizzly morning in Cairns. We packed up camp and gave the Jayco a wash before we left. It really needed it, red dust all over. We had lunch in Tully and climbed the big Wellington boot, erected in remembrance of the 79m rainfall Tully had in 1950. We drove on through cane fields, banana plantations and other farmland to Girramay National Park where we camped at Murray Falls. The falls are large with plenty of water coming through and the campground is large and has plenty of trees and lawn. There are toilets and non-potable water and it works out at $20 a night for us. The drizzle had eased off by the time we made camp. We took the short walk to the falls and the day use area ... read more
Tully Sugar Mill
Murray Falls
Murray Falls

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns August 11th 2012

11th August 2012 We went into Cairns and walked along the coastal boardwalks. There are free exercise stations along the boardwalk, and they even run free fitness classes there too! What a great idea. (None running at the time though). We went to the markets, then I went to organise a haircut while Mike supervised Alex and Kyle at a playground. After lunch I had my trim, and we did a bit of shopping. Very impressed with the city area, which is picturesque and bustling. Back at the caravan park in the afternoon, Alex and Kyle fed turtles and fish at the caravan park creek, and rode their bikes. 12th August 2012 We went on a trip to Green Island today (without Nanna & Pop this time). We left from the caravan park at 7:30am, then ... read more
Fish and gulls near Green Island
Alex and Kyle, Green Island
Kyle and I, doing Pilates

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Atherton Tablelands August 8th 2012

August 8th 2012 It was a cool day with some light drizzle. We visited the Cathedral Fig Tree and the Curtain Fig Tree, both very impressive specimens. The Curtain Fig Tree is about 500 years old and once grew along a tree that fell on an angle, hence the angled root system. We drove through Yungaburra, a gorgeous historic town, and stopped at the creek where there is a walk and platypus viewing hide. We were very lucky to see a platypus feeding, swimming to the surface and then diving again. We had lunch at Lake Barrine, and then went into Atherton to do some shopping. We played Scrabble after dinner. Our camper batteries are a bit low as we need some sun to charge them up. August 9th 2012 We drove south to see the ... read more
At Millaa Millaa falls
Millaa Millaa lookout
Cassowary and chick




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