Ros and Sue

AdventureBeforeDementia

Ros and Sue

On March 11, 2011, we headed off to the wonderful Port Fairy Folk Festival. In order to avoid the long-weekend traffic back into Melbourne, we decided to head west and work our way around Australia for 8-months! Here is our blog...



Oceania » Australia » Victoria » Melbourne November 13th 2011

November 13, 2011 Byron Bay to Melbourne Last Blog... Dear friends and family, Six evenings ago in Gippsland we pulled into our campsite, opened out the beds, raised the roof and dropped the feet of our van for the last time this trip! It was a nice ending, for within 5 minutes we had been invited to join a group of grey nomads and a "young" couple (our age!) for Happy Hour under someone's awning. Next day we headed into Melbourne where we had the relaxing pleasure of knowing exactly where we were going without the help of Elizabeth (the GPS known by that name as she sounds a bit like the Queen!). So here we are. Home. And here are some statistics: Distance travelled: 27, 388km's. Time taken: 8 months. States and Territories visited: All ... read more
Byron Bay Lighthouse
Byron Bay
Hawkesbury River

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Whitsundays October 28th 2011

28/10/11 Hello again! We arrived on the east coast into Townsville from inland central QLD and after recovering from the shock of traffic, traffic-lights, lots of people and humidity we headed north up the coast! We made our way 450km's to Daintree in Far North Queensland where the rainforest meets the coral reef. It felt bizarre to suddenly be surrounded by lush rain-forest, tall tropical trees, rugged mountains and cane fields after so long spent in the hot dry desert! We saw beautiful deep rivers and gorgeous beaches but were unable to swim due to the possibility of a marine stinger making close and potentially deadly contact with us in the sea or of becoming dinner for a ferocious Estuarine Crocodile! We loved the signs in English and German at each bridge reminding people of the ... read more
Sunset over the Daintree
Daintree River-mouth
Watch out!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Townsville October 22nd 2011

22/10/11 Tennant Creek to Townsville. Hello Everyone! The last few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind as we have passed from the hot, dry, arid lands of the NT and central inland QLD to humid rain-forests in Far North QLD to mild Maryborough a few hours north of Brisbane where we are now! I donned a jumper and long trousers the other day for the first time since leaving Perth's winter. I must say that as much as I complain (frequently and loudly!) about the cold of Melbourne winters, it was a little bit of a relief to be able to enjoy slightly cooler weather at last. It rained non-stop during our first three months and has not rained not at all in the past three months…until this week! But I like rain! And ... read more
Richmond Pliosaur
Pliosaur
Pliosaur

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Tennant Creek October 4th 2011

3/10/11 Dear family and friends, After a wonderful 5 and a half months in the amazing WA, we crossed the border into the NT a week ago and this afternoon after driving 500 km's, crossed into QLD! As we have wanted to phone family and friends in WA, QLD and Victoria this week, we have spent all week asking each other, "What's the time in…?" as it is different in WA, NT, QLD and now also in Victoria as last night daylight-saving started there! Last night our phones must have thought we were in SA and the clocks went forward automatically! As we hurried this morning we realised the error and gained a whole hour, only to have to give back half an hour this evening as we crossed the QLD border! The last blog ended ... read more
THE pool!
Let's jump in!!
swimming

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kununurra September 23rd 2011

23/9/11 Friends, Romans, Countrymen… lend me your ears… After leaving Broome, we headed to our next destination, Derby. The reason for a visit there was to see an old friend, Joy. When I say, ''old", she is in fact one month to the day younger than me! But "old" in that she was my best friend in grades 5 and 6 and we reconnected through Facebook a couple of years ago. What we discovered then was that we both worked in the same hospital and didn't know it! Anyway, Joy has just recently started with the Royal Flying Doctor Service and we were pretty excited to visit her at work and have the chance to see one of the planes! We then enjoyed drinks on the semi-circular Derby jetty while watching the plump orange sun slump ... read more
Boab Prison Tree, Derby
Fitzroy Crossing Inn
Geikie Gorge near Fitzroy Crossing

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Broome September 17th 2011

Hello again! At the end of the last blog, I described to you our time at the beautiful Karijini National Park. When we left there, we spent a night in a free camp followed by a night in the industrial mining town of Pt Hedland which we left as quickly as possible! The next day we drove again through a dry semi-desert landscape then pulled off the main road and drove 6km on a dusty red unsealed road. We crossed over a sand dune and lo and behold there we found 200 caravans and grey nomads everywhere!! We had reached Eighty Mile Beach, and the Middle of Nowhere suddenly became The Place to Be!! We set up camp then wandered over one more dune to discover a most amazing beach. It was low tide and to ... read more
Eighty Mile Beach
Eighty Mile Beach
Eighty Mile Beach

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Karijini August 31st 2011

Hello again! Inland from Exmouth in the Hamersley Range in the heart of the Pilbara is the beautiful 60 thousand hectare Karijini National Park. And if you were to wander through Dales campground right about now now, you would find me sitting in the shade of a Windsor Rapid caravan under a cloudless blue sky. You'd see that the sun is shining and that the thermometer is reading a glorious 32 degrees. You'd see that I am gazing upon spinafex grass and low trees with a deep red soil beneath my feet. You'd see butterflies dancing past and would hear nothing but the rustle of the breeze through the leaves and the tweet of little birds as they fly past. And would you see a contented, relaxed smile upon my face? Sure would!! Everything now is ... read more
Carnarvon Car Wash (he needs a spelling lesson!)
Ningaloo Reef
Where the desert meets the sea - Cape Range National Park

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Carnarvon August 12th 2011

12 August 2011 Dear Friends and Family, It has been a long time since our last blog entry and now it seems there is a lot to say… So, hang on… We are currently sitting in a sandy red van park in Carnarvon 900km's north of Perth. The charm of the town is in its down-to-earth and unpretentious nature which I like. Just as well, as our intended 2 night stay has morphed into two weeks! Funny story, actually, in a painful kind of way… We were camped about 80km's south of Carnarvon in a free park surrounded by about 10 other travelling groups (grey nomads in vans and European back-packers in Kombis) with a toilet but no water or electricity. No problem though, as we have the means to overcome such difficulties! So happily we ... read more
Cottesloe Sunset
Rottnest Island
Quokka - Rottnest

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Denmark May 29th 2011

29/5/11 Paradise Found… Dear Family and Friends, It has been a while. We arrived in Perth a few weeks ago but had to wait for interviews to join the nursing agency, so while we waited we headed down to the south-west of Western Australia. And, in a place called Denmark, we found paradise! But more of that later… Our first stop was lovely Bunbury where my older brother and sister were born a long, long time ago!! It's right on the beach and is picturesque and pretty, though more than 50 years ago when Mum and Dad were there I imagine it would have been not much more than just a dusty little town. While there, we met a family who insisted we should visit Gnomesville, so of course we did! So what is Gnomesville, you ... read more
Hello Indian Ocean!
Margaret River
Margaret River

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Nullarbor Plain April 20th 2011

Hello Everyone, A wiser blogger now sits before you in Perth, who, on the Great Nullarbor Plain learnt not only how to correctly spell the word Nullarbor, but came to understand that if one is to eat strawberry yoghurt in the dry, hot Australian bush, one will wonder with every mouthful whether that little lump in one's mouth is a piece of strawberry or a bush-fly!! But I digress... for I left you last as we headed south away from the Flinders Ranges, so that is where I shall pick this up... We headed down to the lovely Port Lincoln which is a place where some of my Nana's boat-building/fishing siblings settled from Tassie many years ago. We camped in a glorious spot in the Lincoln National Park on the edge of a cliff overlooking a ... read more
Fisherman's Point, Lincoln National Park
Lincoln National Park
Fisherman's Point




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