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Published: September 7th 2012
Parrots in the garden at Towoomba
Kids have all flown the nest and much as it was lovely to have us all together for a week Pete and I have been looking forward to starting the next phase of our trip so we headed for Toowoomba to catch up with old friends from way back to spend a couple of days with them. We had a great time trying out Mattie as we camped next to a church which adjoined our friend’s house and slept in her once again. Tried out the shower which was great once Pete had remembered to turn the gas on!
Toowoomba is huge and lots to see and do but we unfortunately had to return to Cornubia to pick up mail that had arrived for us so didn’t see much of the city. It is Queensland’s largest inland town so we intend to return to explore it further next time we head south. So, after a further night in Cornubia we headed north not knowing where we were going to stay the night and arrived at Bribie Island at 4.00 pm. It is Australia’s second largest sand island with most of the island only accessible by 4WD. We stayed at a camping ground close to the beach and could hear the waves breaking as we fell asleep. Weather is as usual lovely and warm.
Pete has for the last 2 days been ill with a constant dry cough and sore throat and feeling very tired so has hardly been up to trying out our new bikes. Bribie has great biking tracks from one side of the island to the other but it was not meant to be this time as Pete crashed on the bed for a couple of hours on arrival.
Today, Friday, we headed for Noosa where we have been before but were keen to see again as it is a beautiful place. We found it very busy considering it is only September and glad we did not come through in the height of summer. Still we had lunch in the Noosa National Park and then headed out to a rest area recommended in a book we have purchased on free or very reasonable camping areas around Australia. This one is totally free and just as well we arrived at 3.30 because it was completely full with approximately 20 motorhomes/tents and caravans by 4.00 pm with others turning up and having to head on out to find somewhere else. It has a long drop toilet only but as we have a shower we have made use of it tonight and feeling smug that our accommodation for the first time out on our own has cost us nothing!
Tomorrow we head for Gympie to an old friend of Pete’s brother to say hi.
Hope you are all well. Would be lovely to see more of you signed up to our blog as not sure how many are actually receiving it unless you sign up to the sight. It then shows me who has received it. It does not send you spam mail if you sign up and only takes a few minutes to enter a few details. So far I only have 4 people who have joined! Hope I am not boring everyone.
Suzanne and Pete
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