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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Scarborough February 15th 2020

The plan for this week was to get away somewhere but be close enough for my girls night in Brisbane (to see Queen) on Thursday, and to attend the Caravan & Camping show at Redcliffe on the weekend. We left Grafton early on Monday morning (10/02) and headed north to our first stop - Ballina RV Centre. The ESC (electronic stability control) had stopped working last trip and was still showing a red indicator (not working properly). After a couple of hours of trial and error it was finally working and we were good to go. Then there was a traffic accident between Yelgun and Chinderah which caused a detour off the motorway up the Tweed Valley Way, and then another accident on the Gold Coast which caused bumper to bumper traffic on the motorway for ... read more
Queen Concert
GOMA - Water exhibition
Redcliffe

Oceania » Australia » Queensland February 13th 2020

So I was planning a tour in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane and came while planning and looking for the tours I came across a tour organised by Urbane Manfor the men's fashion stores across the cities. I found it interesting so I booked the tour. Here I was in the middle of some very fashion-conscious men who are willing to spend hundreds of dollars in the stores. I am not sure if I was ready to spend that much money but I did enjoy the whole tour. Fashion stores especially the big stores in Australia are worth visiting. Here is one of my favourite brand for men's clothes, accessories and products called ZARA. I visited Zara Wintergarden store which is absolutely beautiful as you can see in the image. I also visited Luis Vitton and superstores ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns » Cairns City February 10th 2020

Leaving Adelaide, we flew straight to Cairns. Along with Townsville, Cairns is one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. When Jennie and I were here in 2005 we went to Townsville and took a dive boat boat out 200 miles into the Coral Sea for a week, but we never actually saw the GBR. For this trip, we decided to headquarter in Cairns, where the reef is much closer to the shore. Our hotel was right on the waterfront. Initially, it appeared that there was a big harbor outside our door, but when the tide went out it became apparent that it was actually just a large mud flat with sprouting mangrove seedlings. The harbor was at the end of the city, where there was a large mixed use development that appeared to be ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Ipswich September 14th 2019

Well, our big trip is almost here. Only one more sleep until we fly over to the other side of the world. Thank you so much to everyone who has wished us well over the past few weeks. We are all very excited (and nervous, scared, sad, happy etc). We hope you enjoy following our adventures here on this travelblog.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Airlie Beach September 5th 2019

The next section of our journey is to sail from Darwin to Airlie Beach in Queensland. We will sail across the Gulf of Carpentaria and south of Papua New Guinea. At the closest point between PNG and Australia is a cluster of small islands, Thursday Island being probably one of the best know, but not the largest. Prince of Wales Island is the largest, but our cruise will pass a number of the Torres Straight islands including St Joseph's and Kiriri (Hammond) Islands. It takes a couple of days to come around the top of the Northern Territory and cross the Gulf of Carpentaria. Unlike our flight to Singapore, this was calm sailing all the way as Pacific Dawn is actually a wonderfully stable ship even with winds and currents pushing her around. The top of ... read more
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The Northern Islands

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Surfers Paradise September 4th 2019

Here we are, our last little blog of a six weeks on the road! No...we are not done with planes, just slightly different for the coming few weeks. That was a trip! This entry start in the Sunshine Coast. We are staying for 2 nights at the Novotel Twin Waters. It's a pretty old property, but the frequent guest benefits are pretty awesome. We love balcony with views, big baths, mini kitchenettes, suites in general...even more when they come with a complimentary bottle of wine! This is my first venture in this part north of Brisbane. It's way greener and peaceful than the Gold Coast. We spent some time having more great food and some superb wine. Weather is also still on our side, so the little walk to Noosa Heads National Park is just amazing. ... read more
Noosa Heads
Cuties in Twin Waters
Visiting friends...slept the over 10 years ago...

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Fraser Island August 30th 2019

There is a 1030 kms between Alva Beach and Hervey Bay. Could have done more than one blog, but I'm late enough on writing my blogs...let's put it simply, it's a busy world out there, and I'm already more than a month behind this epic trip. The drive from Cairns to Hervey Bay is all about....great quality road without a single pot hole! Sadly many kangaroos lying dead on the side of the road, at some point more than one per kilometers...and a mix of rainforest, sugar cane field and other farm lands. We are also crossing field which are suffering the current solid drought with cattle in sadly pretty bad shape. But let's put it honestly, it's a lot of driving and from time to time can be a little boring. We cut the road ... read more
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Fraser Island, gorgeous beach on Lake McKenzie
Shelly Beach, Queensland....not the one home in South Africa...

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns August 25th 2019

We are back on the road for some distance that I'm driving for the first time. Over the next three blog entries, we'll bring you all the way from Cairns to Surfers Paradise. Been few times to Cairns, and few times to the Gold Coast.....but in between, it is a first. We landed late in Cairns and staid in what must be one of nicest Ibis Style I ever stay in....imagine, a Jacuzzi and kitchenette with a microwave in this kind of hotel, this is a first for Tanya and I. So before the shop would close, we rushed to the local Coles for some nice food and a bottle of wine to enjoy in our little home for the night. No car tonight, we will pick our new ride tomorrow just after lunch. In the ... read more
We live in Shelly Beach, South Africa....Australia has few Shelly Beach...this is one of them!
Superbe ray by the Yongala
Tanya on Mission Beach...

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cunnamulla August 21st 2019

We woke on Sunday morning to a bit of a dust storm. IT was slowly building so it ended up being a good day to leave as we had ourselves on the outskirts of town before it really hit hard. Was a bit of a struggle to drive at times with the vehicle and trailer catching the wind. We drove through Windorah which was our first stop for the day at around 9.30am. A pie, a coffee and top up the fuel and out! At the next stop (Quilpie) I discovered that the same tyre on the Paj had finally given up the ghost i.e. dead flat, so I had to do a quick change out for another tyre that already had a plug in it - so far so good with that one (touch wood)! ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Birdsville August 17th 2019

We exited the Hay River track onto massive salt pans that were a bit weird to look at - very white amongst the red of the sand and green/grey of the trees and bushes. After a short time we hit the QAA line, which is one of the main tracks across the Simpson Desert. So after five days of travelling South we took a 90 degree turn to the East. This was some awesome driving up and over the dunes. There were a few that we had to back down and try a few times - mostly because my stoopid traction control kept turning on automatically which kills the wheel spin that is sometimes needed to get over those last few ruts. The pictures that we have do not do justice to how big, long and ... read more
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