Marg and Rob


Marg and Rob

Marg and Rob purchased a Horizon Wattle (Mercedes Sprinter) motorhome built by Ballina Campers and are planning to circumnavigate Australia over the next couple of years.
In 2011, we travelled from Brisbane to Perth return accross the Nullarbor both ways, and in 2012 we travelled various places on the Easr Coast of Australia. The highlight of the year was our October November trip to Port Douglas which included the total eclipse of the sun.
2013 saw us do a 'Lap' or 'Trip around the block' as it is often called, circumnavigating Australia.
This year, 2014 saw our trip to Tasmania in Feb and March, and now Marg is planning our next trip which will be back to Western Australia via the Murray River and WA Goldfields and spending Christmas with our family in Perth. We are looking to leave home late in September and return some time in 2015. This sure beats an annual leave dash squished into two or three weeks.

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Eumundi July 21st 2015

After a few weeks at home, we were excited to set out on our Central Queensland escape. This is to be a short trip compared with most we have take in our Motorhome - only a couple of weeks. Our first overnight stop was to be at Eumundi, a small town just off the Bruce Highway north from Brisbane. Eumundi is a relatively small town, probably finding its roots in the early days of rail transport and of course, this is great agricultural land. While in size, the coastal town of Noosa is now more famous, except for one thing, The Eumundi Markets. There is a small area set aside for Motorhomes to camp overnight just outside the markets precinct, and as it was Tuesday night we made sure we were up to Eumundi early to ... read more
The loo with a view!!
Access to Eumundi Square
The Toy Shop

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Yamba March 21st 2015

Brooms head is the final destination on our return trip from Brisbane to Perth. As you will have read (?) in our last blog, Tom Tom tried to get us here by a secret entrance via the sugar cane fields, but we were having no part of that. I have been told that Brooms Head and the beach gained their name after a ship, the Eureka, sunk off the coast here in 1870. Apparently a broom from the ship washed up on the rocks. Do you believe that story? Love to hear your explanation! Locals just refer to the township as 'The Broom'. The head is not a major promontory, but the rocky reef and shore line make for interesting photography along with the ever changing varieties of birds that visit the shore line. We arrived ... read more
White Sea Eagle
Sunrise Brooms Head 3
My rock of gold

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Grafton March 17th 2015

The journey from Lightning Ridge to Tamworth was interesting as the landscape changed from the drought hit pains into irrigation areas with cotton fields at various stages of growth turning dusty red and grey into lush green fields. Typical of outback NSW, each planted field was huge. Between irrigated areas there were obviously mixed farms growing grain and fattening sheep or cattle. The closer we got to Tamworth, the better the country side looked, probably due to summer rains which the western parts had totally missed out on for the past two summers. Tamworth is quite a picturesque town sitting in a river valley. Plenty of lush green in this town. We stopped here overnight with the hope of having a sticky beak around the city. However, parking was almost non-existent for a motorhome in the ... read more
Glowing Lake
The Golden Guitar, Tamworth
Hot Rod Towing Caravan

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Lightning Ridge March 8th 2015

Dreams, dust and rust. Australia, like many other countries has had many stampedes for wealth, particularly on the gold fields. Lightning Ridge probably has never had the equivalent, but over the past 120 years Black Opal has lured many a miner to burrow 40 to 90 feet underground looking for their fortune. Some have certainly made a fortune, but 90% have had fun but lucked out. The majority of the mining today is done using a boring machine first to test the sub-strata looking for tell tale signs of water having come up from artesian sources or run down through cracks and faults providing the required moisture to create the silica nodules or reefs of silica that will form opal. As we discovered, they can find the black nodules, but only a small percentage of the ... read more
Chambers of the Black Hand 5
John Murray 2
Amigo's Castle 1

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Broken Hill March 6th 2015

1500ks, 3 States, 2 Camels, 3 VW Beetles, and a swarm of locusts From Hahndorf, we headed north east to Murray Bridge and then followed the river northwards to Waikerie and Moorook where we camped overnight by the river, then through Loxton and to complete the Murray River run, to Wentworth. Interestingly, in two days we travelled through three states, starting in South Australia, crossing into Victoria and then into New South Wales. But where this gets confusing is that the fruit fly exclusion zone does not follow the state borders, so it is very easy to have banned fruit and vegies on board that require dumping in the quarantine bins. (or pay a $600.00 fine) As they don't check stomach content, we ate up our contraband and should we have been stopped, all offending fruit ... read more
Sandstone Sculpture
Destination Lightning Ridge
Stanley - The worlds Tallest Emu

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Hahndorf March 2nd 2015

You may have noticed that we only rarely go on a photo spree in commercial and residential locations. However, we have crossed Hahndorf three times previously, but due to lack of parking have not stopped to take a closer look at this town in the Adelaide Hills region. So we decided to set out on Monday morning reasonably early so we could get a park in the town centre. We were in luck with parking across the road from the Visitor Information Centre. We were able to get a street map of Hahndorf from the Visitor Info lady, and a couple of pointers as to where to go as well. Now Hahndorf has not always been known by that name. The local indigenous people, the Peramangk Aboriginal people, lived in this region for nearly 2500 years. ... read more
No Humour?
A popular coffee house
Lane ways of discovery

The Fleurieu Peninsular played a very important role in the development not only of South Australia, but also Victoria and NSW, and to some extent the south west of Queensland. The Peninsular, and specifically from Cape Jervis through to Goolwa was close to very fertile and productive agricultural land. So there was much produce grown here requiring shipment. In the 1850's, the roads we enjoy today didn't exist or were slow rough bullock tracks. So things were initially moved by small steam ships around the coast. Goolwa was a very important port during that era. There was always people and produce and supplies being moved through Goolwa, across Lake Alexandrina and up the Murray Darling River system. The Murray was the life blood of western NSW and Victoria, not only as a water source, but the ... read more
No fluke that the water fountains out
Entrance to Port Elliott
The tram car

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Kangaroo Island February 28th 2015

One of the common questions we have been asked in our journeys is 'Have you been to Kangaroo Island?' We can say we have seen it from the main land, but never visited. There is quite a price to take the motorhome across, but the lady in the office in the Beach Front Caravan Park at Victor Harbor told us that there are tours starting from Victor Harbor to Kangaroo Island. So we walked down to the visitor information centre and got all the details. There was some resistance from one to part with more than a few coffees and a lunch for a day tour, but the holder of the credit card decided that it was unlikely we would be back here, and the season was perfect to visit the island. We had an early ... read more
Mr Fluffy
Remarkable rock sculpture
Dawn at Victor Harbor

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Victor Harbor February 26th 2015

This journey takes us across some of South Australia's most productive agricultural and horticultural land. Late last year we crossed the top of the Eyre Peninsular where we saw the grain harvest underway in October. Now the granaries are absolutely bulging with the harvested crops. Ceduna had built a huge temporary grain bunker as big as I have ever seen, and it was bulging. The same is true as we crossed the whole region, grain stored everywhere. Road trains and rail trains moving thousands of tonnes daily, and ships at the various ports loading as fast as the produce arrived. This region has had little or no summer rain, bearing in mind that it is naturally a low rainfall region, so everything looked dry and dusty. Some harvested pastures had sheep eating the stubble, but when ... read more
Low tide
The Big Gallah
Low tide Streaky Bay

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Streaky Bay February 22nd 2015

Lucky Bay in WA to Streaky Bay SA. This will be a relatively short blog as we have driven a lot of ks (1600 approx.) from Lucky Bay to Streaky Bay and to get us just a little short of half way from the west coast to the east coast of Australia. The major part of this stage of our journey is the famous Nullarbor Plains, Norseman to Ceduna, ( about 1200ks) which we covered in two days. Many folk talk of this road with its long straights and barren salt bush terrain as boring or a challenge. We find it neither of the above. There is always something to see and the landscape seems to be always changing. For most of the journey, Nullarbor is inappropriate as there are trees and salt bush covering large ... read more
Drinking Pelican
Camping amongst the trees
Ominous cloud front

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