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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Warwick August 7th 2012

We spent a cold night in Tamworth last night. We weren’t actually cold, not until this morning. We have a very good diesel fuelled heater with two vents in the van, but it is always turned off when we go to bed. Fortunately it heats the van very quickly. When Frank got up this morning the thermometer said it was 1.1 degree in the van and 3.4 in the fridge. No, we didn’t open the fridge to warm the van. When I checked the weather on my phone, it said that it went down to -2.5 c overnight. No wonder it was so cold. The water in our hose froze! Apart from being cold, Tamworth is a lot bigger than we expected. There is no shortage of motels, but seemingly very few caravan parks. I image ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Wyong August 5th 2012

As one would expect, the wear is improving the further north we travel. Less layers of clothes needed now. We spent two nights in Bermagui in Zane Gray Tourist Park overlooking Horse-shoe Bay. Very quiet, with only another three groups staying there. The park was named after a famous American author who was very keen on big game fishing and was instrumental in putting Bermagui on the map. Yesterday we drove up to Central Tilba to visit the cheese factories and have lunch. The cheese was great, and it was very difficult to decide on what to buy, so I bought five types. Lunch was a different matter. We had planned to have a ploughmans lunch, so headed off to the cheese shop/cafe. The girl who served me appeared surprised when I asked for a menu. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Bermagui August 3rd 2012

Hello and welcome to my first blog of our 2012 holiday. If you followed our travels around the west of Australia last year and found it entertaining enough to return, welcome back. If you are a new follower, I hope you enjoy reading about our trials, tribulations and adventures. This year we are staying in the east, but are still heading north, going as far as Hervey Bay most likely. There are a few differences this year. Last year was our inaugural trip in the fifth wheeler and was an excellent performance test of the van and set-up. As some of you may know, we had weeks of frustration with our fridge last time causing delays in departing and extended stay in Mildura before getting a replacement part in Adelaide. All up, we lost about ten ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Warrnambool October 27th 2011

“Travelling broadens the mind”, Frank Sady (Grey Nomad). “Yes, and the hips, and it turns the belly into jelly”, Irene Sady (Temporary Grey Nomad – hair appointment made for next week). Travelling makes one very casual. When we started out on our journey just over eight weeks ago, we were very regimented and organised. We were up at six am to put some of the many miles behind us. Here we are at the end of the trip and it is a different story. Now we loll around in bed until eight am (still very early for me), and get ourselves moving at a leisurely pace. Admittedly, the distance between stops is a lot less than it was. Today we have travelled about forty kilometres from Port Fairy to Warrnambool, only about three hours from home. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Cowell October 22nd 2011

We are spending a few days exploring the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, a region of the state we have never visited before. The Eyre Peninsula produces wheat and the majority of the States seafood. Port Lincoln, on the southern point, is well known for tuna and kingfish, while Coffin Bay has a thriving oyster growing industry. Our first two days were spent at Venus Bay, a location we fell in love with. Chris and Linda, the owner/managers of Venus Bay Caravan Park were very friendly and welcoming, making our stay a very memorable one. The weather wasn’t conducive to fishing, so we did a bit of sight seeing. We saw lots of Stumpy Tail Blue Tongue lizards, both dead and alive. They are big, slow things, not fast enough to get out of the way ... read more
Pelican - Venus Bay
Venus Bay
Murphys Haystacks

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Eyre Peninsula » Venus Bay October 17th 2011

Many kilometres have been travelled since my last entry in Esperance, and new things have been experienced. Continuing on with our rekindled interest in fishing, we tried our hand at squid fishing on our last night in Esperance. We headed out to the jetty at about ten pm when everybody else in the park was going to bed. Frank was keen because he has never caught squid before, and he still hasn’t. I caught three squid, two good sized and one smaller one. I caught them and Frank cleaned them. He did manage to catch four herrings though. He got to clean them too. Our salt and pepper calamari and herring meal the following night was delicious. Esperance is a very nice town, very scenic, but oh so windy. The locals told us that it is ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Esperance October 13th 2011

As we have progressed with our travels, we have visited a few places we would have liked to spend more time in or visit again some time in the future, and some, which we would never go back to. We would like to revisit Kununurra, Fitzroy Crossing, Exmouth and Horrocks, all north of Perth. The last four days in the south of the state produced a stand out addition to the list, Albany. Albany, on the southwest coast is stunningly beautiful with its natural harbours surrounded by hills and rocky outcrops. Albany plays an important part in Australia’s history. It was the first colony in Western Australia, was the home of the now defunct whaling industry, and was the last port before troops departed their homeland to fight overseas in the First World War. We went ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Albany October 11th 2011

With Christine and Richard, we are on the move again, continuing our trip in the southwest region of Western Australia. It is a very pretty piece of the state, and we understand why people rave over it. In parts the landscape is reminiscent of the Otway region of Victoria. Large eucalypt trees, native grass trees and a much denser under-story than what we have seen to the north. Last night we camped at Walpole in a park beside the estuary. The park wasn’t anything special, but the river was lovely. We tried our luck at fishing in the evening, but had to give up due to the cold wind blowing in across the water. As we have travelled south, the climate has become much cooler. We had an early morning start with the fishing gear. We ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Busselton October 9th 2011

This weekend we had a short break to Perth, catching up with family and taking in a little bit of culture. We drove to Perth via Mandurah, a once quaint seaside village, now a bustling metropolis devoid of any charm. Sadly, that is what happens to many such coastal retreats once developers move in. Despite the lack of charm, there are many lovely homes in the area, and the estuary is still very pretty. We have wanted to go to a Polish restaurant in Perth for a while, as Frank is of Polish ancestry, so Friday was our opportunity. Lucky we went, because it has changed hands and was closing two days later, to become yet another Indian restaurant. The food was good and so was the company, with special guests niece Renee and her two ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Busselton October 6th 2011

We caught crabs. Not the sort you catch when you get too close and personal with the wrong sort of people. We caught blue swimmer crabs this morning using the skeletons of our King George whiting from yesterday and borrowed crab nets. We caught sixteen crabs of legal size. We probably caught another thirty undersized crabs but let them go. It was a lovely morning, sunny and still, so we joined the throngs on Busselton Jetty and tried our luck. We seemed to be the luckiest of the crab catchers today. And we had a great time. We proudly showed our catch when people asked. It is so much more fun when you are being successful. Frank had slightly less fun because he was nipped a couple of times. We went for a drive down to ... read more

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