Linda Livingstone


Linda Livingstone

We are semi-retired Grey Nomads travelling Australia with Lucille our van and Geraldine our 4x4. We frequently like to have a holiday and go overseas for more adventures. Then return to life on the road, which we love and have been doing since February 2006.......Sadly I am by my self now since Howard died in 2010 but I'm still having some great adventures

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 12th 2017

30th July 2017 We let Speewah early today as we wanted to get to the free camp at Babinda on the Bruce Highway. There was no way we were taking our big van down the Kuranda Range Road as far too many tight bends and very steep. We elected to go the long way around to Cairns via Innisfail and the Palmerston Highway off the Ranges, much gentler descent and stay in Babinda for the night. At the 2011 census the town recorded a population of 1,068. The town is noted for its proximity to Queensland's two highest mountains Mount Bartle Frere and Mount Bellenden Ker. Babinda and Tully annually compete for the Golden Gumboot, an award for Australia's wettest town. Babinda is usually the winner, recording an annual average rainfall of over 4279.4 millimetres ... read more
Someone's Letter Box
Babinda Free Camp
Mt Molloy Free Camp

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Atherton Tablelands July 24th 2017

Whilst we were staying in Speewah we went off to sightsee around the area. Don't forget to double click on the photos for enlargement Wednesday 5th July 2017 Today we did the Wheelbarrow Way (137kms) from Mareeba to Chillagoe. This tourist route is so named to commemorate the workers who used wheelbarrows to transport their possessions in the late 1800’s. This was not unique to the area but definitely a common practice. Dimbulah In the 1950s a massive irrigation system allowed for more crop growing and the farmers experimented with rice only to find that the birds flocked to the paddy fields and couldn’t be controlled. Sugar cane followed and also fruit and vegetables. The irrigation area ran from Mareeba to Dimbalah where it stops. The town was established in 1876 to service the Tyrconnell Gold ... read more
Cape Tribulation
Barron Falls, Kuranda
Barron Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Queensland July 2nd 2017

Monday 18th June 2017 Today we left Llewelyn for the Atherton Tablelands. The Atherton Tableland is a fertile plateau which is part of the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, Australia. It is located west to south-south-west inland from Cairns. Although it is in the tropical latitudes, its elevated position provides a climate suitable for dairy farming. It has an area of around 32,000 km2 with an altitude ranging between 500 and 1,280m. The fertility of the soils in the region can be attributed to the volcanic origins of the land. The principal river flowing across the plateau is the Barron River. It was dammed to form an irrigation reservoir named Lake Tinaroo. Tinaroo Hydro, a small 1.6MW Hydro-electric power station is located near the spillway. Atherton was explored by a European J.V. Mulligan in 1875. In ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory May 20th 2017

Saturday 29th April 2017 It was before 0800 when we left Dundee Beach, as we had hitched up and readied everything the night before. The three freezers were packed with fish and some frozen mango, we also had two pumpkin from the garden snake beans and free range eggs. Not to mention buffalo meat and beef we had bought in Darwin. We drove back to the Stuart Highway and headed south where we spent the night at a free camp 40kms north of Larrimah, after stopping in Katherine for a few groceries. Cask wine is unavailable in Katherine and they have police in every bottle shop!!!!!! Larrimah is a tiny hamlet with population of 11 on the Stuart Highway. It was the railhead on the North Australian Railway in WWII Sunday 30th April 2017 At Daly ... read more
Dundee Beach, Darwin, NT
Dundee Beach
Sunset Dundee Beach

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory March 28th 2017

... The Adventure continues………. (Don't forget to expand the map to see the route better and also the photos) 27th February 2017 We left Werribee South today after spending the weekend here getting provisions and washing etc. and headed to the Grampians National Park. The Grampians features a striking series of sandstone mountains and numerous waterfalls in an area of 413,000 acres. Forty million years ago the Southern Ocean reached the base of the mountain range! We had found a free campsite within the National Park – extremely rare occurrence!. Plantation Campground was 8kms down a gravel road from Hall’s Gap and was a lovely place with many camping spots, several toilets and bucket showers together with lots of fire pits. We found a good spot and set up camp before unhitching and going off t ... read more
The Grampians
The Grampians
The Grampians

Oceania » Australia January 4th 2017

22nd December 2016 Only Paul and Barb at the caravan park when we arrived before lunch. The river had risen a bit more and houseboats, fishing boats and ski boats, plus a few jet skis were on the river. The manager gave us a bucket of yabbies to cook and Paul provided fresh bread from the Barossa Valley and some salami for starters so we had quite a feast. The weather has improved and it is now quite warm at around 34C 23rd December, 2016 Today we were joined by Paul (ex navy cook) and a very loud Carol from Victor Harbour. What they didn’t know wasn’t worth knowing but they were interesting people. Another couple from Adelaide joined us for Happy Hour and then there was a young family from Emerald, on the road for ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia December 21st 2016

17th November 2016 We stayed at John’s place until 21st and we had run out of water. He could only supply rainwater for drinking. Saturday night we went to stay at Port Lincoln Tourist Park for one night to top up with water and do some washing. The park is right on the foreshore of Proper Bay and we were on a site closest to the water, which was lovely. The park gave us a discount as I mentioned we were having work done by John Martin! Sunday we returned to John’s place as he wanted to make a start on the van even though he had not got approval from the insurance people. I rang them on Monday to tell them we needed an urgent assessment approval on the quote. I was told 3 to ... read more
Port Lincoln Tourist Park
Chilli mussels
Flinders Monument, Lincoln NP

Oceania » Australia November 18th 2016

7th November 2016 - 533kms Windy The van was packed and we set off at 0730 heading out due east to Armadale and the Albany Highway. We got held up at the service station as we queued to put air in the van tyres. A man on a push bike was trying to pump up a tyre then proceeded to sit on the ground in front of us and use his phone…… He had to be spoken to!! All went really well and we made it to the Meridian Rest Area 4kms west of Ravensthorpe and were joined by three other vans for free overnight stop. The 120 E longitude meridian passes through the rest area. It is the base line for Western Australian Standard Time. Along this line at ‘local noon’ when the sun ... read more
Art on the Road to Hopetoun
Art on the Road to Hopetoun
Hopetoun Beach from the Jetty

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