Blogs from Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads March 28th 2012

Final Entry - The End Of The Road Well, this is it! The last blog entry for our, almost two year, trek around Oz. After leaving Adelaide we travelled through the towns along the Murray River. We made visits to Mannum, Walkers Flat, Renmark, Blanchetown and Echuca. Once again the weather was kind to us and the “Mighty Murray” was great to see. The “PS Murray Princess” was in dock at Mannum and was a magic sight. PS standing for “Paddle Steamer”. We took a trip up the river at Echuca, where the Murray is significantly narrower and dirtier than at Renmark. Nevertheless we ticked yet another box. From Echuca we headed for Bendigo where we caught up with my sister Jean’s son Steven. He was recovering from a serious back injury after being thrown from ... read more
Wheelhouse at Echuca
Snapper Steve
Gold Panner

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads December 6th 2011

Here we go again….. Well, we’ve been on the Gold Coast now for almost three months and it’s time for us to head of on our travels again. We are due to be on Phillip Island by 22nd December for our family Xmas with Pete, Laura and the two families. Everyone will converge for a few days of Christmas cheer and I’ve no doubt there will be a bit of rivalry between the Aussies and Kiwis, not to mention the odd Pom??? We have had a great time here and enjoyed being near our family and friends again. The stays in the van by our lovely grand children have been special as was the “posh dinner” at Omeros Brothers with our oldest granddaughter, Tiarne (15!!). We’ve been lucky enough to celebrate Ellie’s birthday, Melbourne Cup day ... read more
Rose The Vampire
Tough Grandchildren
Posh Dinner

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads September 7th 2011

Currumbin Valley is BLISS. Ellie and I are well and truly settled into Currumbin Valley Eco-Village and absolutely loving the homestay with our host family. Ellie has a new bestfriend in five year old Pia (perhaps the other way round) and I am getting the garden well and truly in order. The Eco-Village has a great community spirit and we are being made to feel very welcome. The garden has plenty going on (it was horrendously overgrown) and has plenty of banana trees which are producing bunch after bunch. The other day I took off 5 bunches and am currently the envy of the rest of the village as other gardens seem to be only yielding one or two every few months. I said to the owner here, Rob, that he should set up a stall ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads February 26th 2011

Last Saturday morning we decided to change our travel plans, ie, going to Europe instead of the Middle-East, it just doesn't seem to be the time going there at the moment with all the turmoil going on. We're now hiring a campervan in Duesseldorf for 10 weeks, driving to Spain and Portugal. Then flying from Duesseldorf to Rhodes to backpack around the Greek Islands for a couple of months as we originally had planned. Finally, we're having a month in Denmark to catch up with family and friends. Tuesday, March 1 at 2.40 we're flying out of Brisbane to Singapore, where we'll have a couple of nights before heading north to the cold! We'll keep you posted. ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads November 25th 2010

WILSONS FINAL DAY OF SCHOOL/WORK - PACK Just finished last day of work and we are all madly packing to head off Sun am early - Kahanis Indian at Tugun for Clan meeting and dinner then home to pack !!! Tomorrow we head Brisbane -> Perth -> Bangkok -> Jo Burg -> Capetown to be met by Sarahs Aunt Hazel and her cousins . Long Haul but we are looking forward to sitting still for the first time in a long long Time ... read more


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads November 14th 2010

On the sunshine coast there were too many choices in towns to stop. After chatting to some local people in Noosa, we settled on the town of Caloundra and set up camp at Dicky Beach We enjoyed a couple of days with fine weather which allowed us to soak up some sun and check out the local playground and café strip. Most importantly PB got some surfing. Mum (Liz) flew into Brisbane and caught the shuttle up to join us for a bit of our journey. Unfortunately the rain arrived with her. The boys were eager to show off to Nanna their swimming skills and bravely swam in the freezing pool. We left Caloundra and the rain and headed to Brisbane. We caught the bus to Southbank and enjoyed some sunshine and a coffee overlooking the ... read more
Manly Marina

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads October 8th 2010

Today the real trip has begun. We left the Gold Coast and headed north about 7 weeks ago, on what now feels like a trial run. The weather was not warm enough to head south, so we spent a few weeks going north to Cairns first, then back down to the Gold Coast again. But now the big trip has started. The Big Lap. Tripping clockwise around Australia towing a caravan.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads October 5th 2010

So after the luxury of a cosy night in Bundaburg, it was back in the musty van, continuing our way down south (stopping to get a snap next to the giant bottle of Bundaburg rum on the way). We trundled to the sunny little town of Rainbow Beach, home of the bright coloured sands and overpriced caravan parks. The reason for stopping in this seaside town was a trip to Fraser Island. We had originally booked ourselves on a 3 day camping trip, in a 4x4, before the weather took a nasty turn. So we asked if we could change it to a day trip (we thought 3 days in a water logged tent would be pretty miserable). We were picked up the next morning by a 4x4 bus (like an army truck), along with 20 ... read more
Braving lake Mckenzie in the rain
Clio enjoyig the weather at Lake Mckenzie
The rainbow sands on Fraser Island

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads April 29th 2010

Day 21 Off to the wildlife sanctuary we go, currumbin sanctuary that is. And what an amazing place it is. A wide variety of animals on display and if you look hard enough you can even find your share of spiders and birds not on the list, Right upon entering you end up at the koala station where you can pay to hold one and have your picture taken, we opted to just take a few snaps from the fence. They sure look cuddly, that was Jackie’s favourite part. Both Jackie and Sean enjoyed getting up-close and petting the kangaroos though, I would have to say that was a very neat experience. After another hour of walking we seen some very healthy looking dingo’s and stopped in at the reptile show. Everyone was having a great ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast » Burleigh Heads April 24th 2010

Day 16.5 continues... The adventures of Matt and Sean .....Lots of beautiful scenery and they got some good pictures of some wildlife. Birds and they even got lucky and seen a huge lizard. They both agreed that they had an excellent day and Matt can’t wait to be able to take me there to show me around the place… he even told me they kept off one of the routes so that when we all go it is new to all of us. What a sweetheart! LOL. We had some dinner and then we all got ready to go check out the night life in surfers. We met up with the Swiss girls and headed to the bar. We had some drinks and did some dancing although we couldn’t get Matt on the dance floor. A ... read more

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