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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach July 19th 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay July 18th 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mackay July 13th 2012

Happy Friday 13th!And happy birthday to Nici and Barbara xx We arrived in Mackay after a four hour drive from Capella and, despite Dean doing all the driving, I was completely shagged by the time we got there. That may possibly have been the longest drive on this trip so far! The scenery was lovely tough: we drove through the beautiful Peak Downs area, marveling at the hills and cotton fields. The surreal cloud formations only added to the mystique. After stocking up on food – we had munched well and truly into our reserves during those delays at Theresa Creek and Capella which, bizarrely, didn’t have any food shops – we went for a swim and found a picnic/BBQ area for dinner. As we were in a city again, I jumped at the chance ... read more

Oceania July 11th 2012

After leaving Rubyvale, we made it about 50km down the road before coming to a halt at Theresa Creek which was flooded due to all the recent rainfall. The depth marker showed that the water was one metre above the bridge, so there was no way we were going to be going anywhere for a while. Our only options were to either take the three-hour detour or stay put until the water level dropped. We went with the latter. My answer to the situation was to have an early lunch and Dean’s was to polish the van and make some chips! The next few hours saw us making lots of cups of tea, stuffing our faces, playing games, cracking open a bottle of wine, searching for dry wood and lighting a campfire.Dean monitored the water ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Emerald July 8th 2012

As we were already inland, it was a foregone conclusion that we would continue driving to Emerald to explore the Central Highlands and the Gemfields.Emerald, Sapphire and Rubyvale are all sapphire mining towns and that’s what the area is famous for. Emerald itself is a curious place: the first thing you see when you drive into town is a zillion backpackers camping under a railway bridge. It’s actually a 20-hour free camping area provided by the council. We realised why it’s free when we woke up in the middle of the night: the bridge is used around the clock by freight trains and heavy trucks drive past on the adjacent highway. Nevertheless, it was a cool little place with running water and a BBQ. The next morning we went for a wander around town. Despite being ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Carnarvon Gorge July 5th 2012

Having decided that time is too precious to wait for people to call us about potential work, we planned an inland detour with the possibility of returning to Rockhampton if jobs materialised. It was the first time in a long while that we drove 4.5 hours in one day – stopping for a lunch break in the cutely named town of Banana and making it to Rolleston in the evening. Because we were going inland, our ‘East Coast Australia’ Lonely Planet had to be banished to the bookshelf (yep, we do have one in the van) and the big ‘Australia’ bible was once again consulted.We read about the stunning Carnarvon Gorge National Park and we certainly weren’t disappointed, when we got there the next day. The area is a hiker’s paradise and there are countless walks, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton July 2nd 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Great Keppel Island June 30th 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Rockhampton June 23rd 2012

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gladstone June 19th 2012

First of all, many congratulations to our good friends Alison & Victor who have just welcomed their beautiful baby daughter, Violette Evelyn, into the world!We are thrilled for you and can’t wait to meet her (that’s your cue to bundle Violette up and join us in sunny Queensland, haha)! Our next stop after Agnes Water & Town Of 1770 was Tannum Sands. It’s on the way to Gladstone and practically one of its suburbs. Our Lonely Planet didn’t even give it a mention and we sure hadn’t expected it to be as stunning as it was. Endless pristine beaches made for a beautiful walk before we stopped for lunch at the lovely park on Millennium Esplanade. The origin of the name Tannum Sands is pretty funny. When a group of children returned quite sunburnt from a ... read more

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