Val and Doug

ValandDoug

Val and Doug

Where we've been and what we've done - our adventures as we tour Australia in our motor home.



Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Karuah September 9th 2015

Once we've crossed the border between NSW and Queensland, we don't spend a lot of time in one place. It means we're on our way home and, though the scenery in northern NSW is certainly beautiful, we've been travelling this area all our lives so we don't dilly dally. It was a Sunday when we drove through Byron Bay which meant crowds! It always seems crowded there, but Sundays are even busier. Added to that, the markets were on. We were keen to go to the markets, they're quite good, but there was no way we could find a parking spot. So we drove around town and along the beachfront. Byron Bay is the most easterly point of Australia and the lighthouse there marks the spot. The main and back beaches are long and lovely. We ... read more
Back Beach Woolgoolga
Woolgoolga Beach early morning
Where the Nambucca River runs to the sea

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast September 4th 2015

We left Tweed Heads and drove on the old highway towards Murwillumbah. I love this road beside the Tweed River, cane fields and Mt Warning in view ahead. When we were at the Murwillumbah Art Gallery earlier in the year, we stood on the balcony and were very impressed with the green, lush country spread before us, and this was where we now were driving, towards the mountains. We were going to the Natural Arch, now called the Natural Bridge. We drove about 20 kilometres through pretty farmland and then up steep hills, poor motor home! once more crossing the border into Queensland. We stopped at the carpark and took the path. I love walking in cool dense rain forests and this was beautiful. Tall gums, strangler figs, vines, palms carrying birds nest ferns high on ... read more
Love a walk through a rainforest
Bird nest ferns high in the canopy
Natural Arch/Bridge

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Gold Coast September 2nd 2015

We finally tore ourselves away from the Sunshine Coast and drove down to Brisbane. We found a caravan park at Newmarket which was quite close to the city and had transport - the bus to the city - just a short walk away. The bus stopped right at the Cultural Centre on Southbank, between the Museum and the Entertainment Centre, ideal. We walked along Southbank, the wonderful parkland along the river. There were quite a few areas blocked off, getting ready for the Brisbane Festival and some renovations taking place to the park. The city is across the river but cities don't thrill me, Southbank does. We walked to the ferry stop and caught the rivercat which now goes even further along the river. We love the ride on the cat, the river winds around past ... read more
The water park at Southbank
the pool at Southbank
The Brisbane ferris wheel

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Noosa August 28th 2015

We had our week at home organising our lives, and have been spending time back at Tewantin and Noosa enjoying all that the area has to offer. We were watching the TV weather girl at the Gympie Muster this morning. It's actually the Gympie Music Muster, held in the Amamoor State Forest. We drove into the forest one year to see what the area was like but we've never been when the Muster is on, mostly because it's crowded! Anyway, we got interested and decided to drive into the area at least to 'get the vibe'. It's very pretty countryside along the Mary River Valley. We drove on and on along the narrow bitumen road, and as we drove further towards the forest, more and more traffic built up behind us or took the usual risks ... read more
Along the Mary Valley
Gums along the Mary Valley Way
Say 'cheese!'

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Bundaberg August 14th 2015

We're back following the tracks we made going north with a few diversions. While we were staying at Yeppoon, we had another visit to Emu Park. The boardwalk is now finished and we had a good close look at their nearby new war memorial. Along the boardwalk are plaques commemorating battles from the first World War and quite a few things are planned to be added to the walkway. A painting on glass of the landing on Gallipolli sits on the hill in front of the water, it's all very impressive and well done for the small town that Emu Park is. It's always hard/near impossible to get into Agnes Waters, but sometimes we can be squeezed into the caravan park at its twin town, 1770 - so named because Captain Cook visited in that year, ... read more
The plaques telling army events each year of WW1
The Walkway
Painting on glass

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Yeppoon August 8th 2015

We enjoyed being back at Airlie Beach, in fact we added another three days to our stay. We stay at the Big 4 Whitsunday Adventure caravan park at Cannonvale, the grounds are very nice with many palms and tropical plants, the usual jumping pillow, playground, mini golf etc. but it's the pool that we love the most. A breeze came up each afternoon but the pool was protected and so we spent a lot of our time lazing in the sun around on the pool recliners or actually swimming in the heated (slightly) pool. The bus goes right by the door so we spent one day back at Airlie Beach and another wandering around Proserpine. But mostly it was by the pool, chatting to the other campers. One couple travel six months north and six months ... read more
Another view of the pool
The ducks are part of the caravan park and come and visit
From Blacks Beach, Mackay

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Ayr July 28th 2015

We've always loved the Esplanade pool and the surrounding grounds at Cairns and found yet more of this area when we had time there with our son and his family. They were staying further along the Esplanade near a wonderful children's park that we hadn't previously seen. There were a couple of play areas of climbing frames, slippery dips etc. as well as a couple of great water parks, so much fun things for children. There are big shade trees and wonderful tropical plantings, a cafe, a graffiti-free skatepark, a volleyball courts and tennis courts. Cairns does it all so well, we were sorry when it came time to leave. We had a few nights at the Big 4 caravan park at Rollingstone, north of Townsville. we always like it there, it's on the waterfront, it ... read more
The swimming pool, Big 4, Rollingstone
Balgal Beach
Toolakea Beach looking south

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns July 24th 2015

After a restful, sometimes sunny and sometimes damp couple of days at Mission Beach, we headed back to Cairns for the weekend with our son and his family. About 60 kilometres south of Cairns, there's a turnoff to Josephine Falls. It's a few years since we've been there so we turned off the highway and headed 20 kms towards the mountain. There was the inevitable backpacker bus in the car park. The walk to the Falls was 700 metres through beautiful dense and cool rainforest, tall trees, a little bubbling creek beside the path. We passed several backpackers and at the bottom pool, there were quite a few swimming and clambering over the rocks and rushing water (obviously not thinking 'broken legs' as I was!). The path continued alongside the waterfall with lookouts at various spots ... read more
Tree in the rainforest
part of the Josephine Falls
and more Josephine Falls


We left Cairns in drizzling rain and took the Canecutters' Way, a pretty, quieter road, until we reached the turn off to North Mission Beach where we once again set up at the caravan park. Today wasn't a good beach day, grey and cloudy, so we decided a return visit to Tully Gorge was a good way to spend the day. Tully is the wettest town in Australia and it didn't disappoint, it was raining when we got there. We took the usual photo of the large Golden Gumboot, complete with green frog, and the large sugar mill in town, then drove towards the Gorge. The inevitable sugar cane lined each side of the road, with the occasional cattle grazing and then hectares and hectares of banana plantation for quite a few kilometres. Glimpses of the ... read more
Bananas everywhere
'Take our photo!'
Fun!

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns July 20th 2015

The trip down the mountain from Kuranda is very steep but very scenic! We drove around Cairns, as busy as ever, filled mostly with young backpackers - it's a popular spot. We stay at the Coconut Caravan Park a few kilometres south, a nice park with lovely gardens and lots of fun things for children - pool, water park, mini golf etc. and, a plus which appeals to us, they have a shuttle bus to take people to and from Cairns - parking there is at a premium, especially for a motor home. We took their bus into Cairns on Saturday and wandered around the markets that were along the Esplanade, in front of the pool. I love the pool in the Esplanade, large and popular with well kept grounds - grass,trees and even a little ... read more
The Esplanade pool, Cairns
Main shopping street, Port Douglas
St Marys by the Sea, Port Douglas




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