Blogs from Mt Isa, Queensland, Australia, Oceania - page 6


Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa July 3rd 2007

As a slight detour to our original plan (which was simply to make our way up the east coast to Cairns) we embarked on a trip that was to take us 12 days and 5,760km (approx 3,500 miles) west of our original destination - but, oh, was it worth it - it certainly was - every single step. We left Hervey Bay the day after our brilliant trip to Fraser Island and spent the next three days driving north to Rockhampton, then on further north to Gladstone, picking up the Capricorn Highway and beginning our adventure into the outback and towards the centre of Australia. It really was very different. We were able to drive long distances passing very few vehicles and as the miles went by the townships got smaller and less frequent. We ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa June 5th 2007

Tuesday 05 June 2007 We’ve made it to Mt Isa and surprised Matt’s parents. They weren’t expecting us until Friday and we arrived yesterday - great to see Nanny’s face (photo included of course). We’ve had some fun in the last couple of days. We stayed at Bladensberg National Park just outside of Winton (still Central Eastern QLD) and finally met a family similar to ours!! Lily made a mate in Jack, Ethan kept harassing their 9 month old (and I thought we were doing it early!!) daughter Ivy and their parents Rebecca and Antony were I think just as happy to see other adults without grey hair as we were. They have been on the road for 3 months and are doing it a bit rougher than we are - pretty amazing really. They are ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa June 3rd 2007

Sunday 03 June 2007 (2 weeks on the road) And they’re off…………..again. Today we are heading to a campground near Winton. We stayed at Barcaldine last night and Matt was in heaven. We camped at the show ground which also happened to be the footy field and as luck had it they had a match between Barcaldine and Winton - bit of a grudge match as Winton hadn’t lost a game for 19 years. We must have brought them luck as the Barky’s (sound local don’t I?) won woo hoo!! And I think the whole town celebrated at the club house (which is located at the show ground) until the wee hours of the morning. We woke at around mid night to the sound of ‘rolling, rolling, rolling down the river’, I think I may ... read more
Bladensburg NP

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa March 23rd 2007

Blog 14 Back to uncivilisation We had a few days to spare before meeting with Kate , but that was good it gave us the chance to call in on Sue’s sister Barb , and her husband Ronnie , they live on the outskirts of Brisbane, and how welcoming they were, we had a wonderful dinner , followed by ice cream , a rare treat , and a real bed for the night. Nice to see you Barb and Ronnie , and thank you for a lovely evening and for the use of the computer , eventually it did as it was told. We then drove to the glass house mountains ( named by Captain Cook , the shape of them reminded him of the big glass houses back in England). We were not far ... read more
a croc
stuck in eulo
hi kate

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa February 14th 2007

Back to Cairns Jan 30th - Wow! Cairns is hot! Stepping off the plane was a bit of a shock to the system, going from a cool and windy Wellington morning, to an extremely hot and humid Cairns! This was going to take some getting used to. We had called the mechanic from the airport as he had agreed to pick us up in Betsy - so we could get on our way straight away. On our way back to the garage, Daryl broke it too us that Betsy was having a bit of a surging problem still, and that he hadn’t been able to figure out why. Oh-oh! Not what we had been hoping for as it didn’t mesh with our vision of sailing into the outback, free from any mechanical problems for the rest ... read more
The Crater
Diner falls

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa November 17th 2006

Moikka taas, viimeista paivaa viedaan, tanaan saatiin sarvet ja pallit pois viimeisilta kuudeltasadalta nuorelta sonnilta... Laskeskelin huvikseni tassa illalla etta olen kasitellyt taallaoloaikanani varmaankin lahemmas 40 000 paata karjaa, nyt tuntuu ettei kesta oma paa nahda enaa yhtakaan. Pisimmat matkat niita on kaveletetty hevosen selassa 30 ja 40 kilometria 40 asteen helteessa, ja ellei kukaan ole autolla matkassa ei vetta saa kunnes puolilta paivin ja kuudelta olet jo satulassa.. Nyt meilla ei ole enaa kuin kevyita aidanrakennus ym toita parisen viikkoa ja senjalkeen sateita pakoon kesalaitumille koko konkkaronkka. Sateet vielakin antavat odottaa itseaan ja on muutenkin ollut mukavan viileaa viimepaivina. Tai sitten sita on niin sopeutunut ilmastoon etta aamulla 25 asteen kylmyydessa kaikki on toppatakit niskassa toissa.. Huomenna on taas vapaata, kaikki lahtevat Georginatow... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa September 24th 2006

hei olen nyt taalla tyopaikalla, taalla on netti, mutta se ei toimi kuin tosi satunnaisesti ym, eli en varmaan paase usein kirjoittelemaan. Tama on about 400 000 hehtaaria tila, johtaja on mun ikainen poika jonka kummatkin vanhemmat on kuollut, heidan yhtiolla on useita tiloja, tama niista pienin. Huomenna lahdetaan Cloncurry nimista kaupunkia kohden parin kolmensadan kilometrin paahan heidan toiselle tilalle siirtelemaan sen karjaa, kaytossa on kolme helikopteria joilla ne ajetaan laitumilta kokoon, me sitten hevosilla viedaan ne karjapihoille joissa aitauksissa ajetaan ja erotetaan elaimet ja laitetaan takas laiduntamaan. Viimeaikoina ollut tosi iisia, juuri kolme paivaa lomaa, sita ennen viikko sitten kolmepaivaa kaytiin Karumbassa Queenslandin lahdella lomalla. Nyt alkaa varmaan enemman kiiretta, yksi poika kertoi etta oli nahnyt yhtena paivana unta etta oli saanut kirjeen, ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa September 12th 2006

We arrived in Mt Isa on Thursday August 17th booked into the Argylla Caravan Park and first impressions of the Isa were not all that good. Spent our first day here inspecting all the other caravan parks and found ours (a Big 4) was the best. Were trying to find a park that had more than 2 TV stations so John could see the golf and footy and also had a bit of grass. Once we got over the dryness we settled in. All the parks had a large number of permanents caused by a huge lack of accommodation as in every other mining town we have been to. We stayed here 5 nights because the car was due for a service and no other reason really. The mine dominates the town and because of OH ... read more
Road Trains
Now that's a wide load.
The big crocodile

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa August 30th 2006

Var paa weekend tur til Mount Isa sammen med Enola og JJ...noej hvor var det dog super at komme lidt vaek - 3 fridage i traek! NICE! Saa den staa ellers paa bytur og saa selvfoelgelig lidt shopping ;)... read more
Paa vej til Mount Isa
Irish Club
Irish Club

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mt Isa August 19th 2006

Hi Everyone, Thank you all for the messages, comments and emails. It is great for us to get some news of what is going on back home and also at school. We are all well and having a lazy day at Mt Isa. Very warm but the pool at the Van Park is freezing, so the kids are not happy. We are a bit travel fatigued and are looking forward to some National Parks in NT. Life in the camper trailer is pretty good. The kids make cubbies out of the mattresses and have developed fine imaginations without the TV. We can set up and pack up in a much shorter time than when we started out, which is a relief. some minor electrical trouble with the car but no real dramas. Anyway, since we last ... read more

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