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Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 17th 2022

Friday Left Halls Creek & we were soon on a rough winding gravel road, heading East, which soon changed to a better road & then equally quickly bad corrugations..bad enough to loosen your fillings. Riding on the very edge of the road seemed smoother but this had it's own challenges as suddenly it could turn into soft sand or a large pothole. Keeps you on your toes! After a while we experienced smooth long straights but even these were variable with the odd rough patch. Around 11am we stopped under a Coolibah ? tree to eat our service station sandwichs & take a break. Shortly after getting going again,we met 2 graders so the road improved where they had been working.100kms later, I experienced a rear puncture on my bike. Taking the wheel out we found ... read more
Puncture work
Road Train
Simply Red


“This place had better be good” I half-jokingly shot at Mark while sweat rolled down my back. The heat seared from everywhere and setting up our camper in the heat of the day suddenly felt like a serious lack of judgement when we decided to have a slow morning leaving Gregory Downs. The corrugated road to Boodjamulla National Park (aka Lawn Hill) gave us our first taste of the dusty outback roads we had heard about. I was concerned about whether our little camper would hold up, Mark was concerned about how much red dirt found its way inside. To my surprise, neither of our concerns were warranted. It had taken us three driving days to get here, our only real stop was in Winton which laid claim to three things. The birthplace of Qantas, the ... read more
Creek at Boodjamulla National Park
Creek at Boodjamulla National Park
Boodjamulla National Park in the distance

Oceania » Australia » Queensland May 2nd 2022

Time. It is constant, yet changes based on perspective. Recently, a stranger noted that you don’t realise how quickly time passes unless you have children. I don’t necessarily agree that you must have children to feel the effects of time, but they are useful measuring sticks. The passage of time can be acutely felt when you haven’t seen your friends for a couple of years and, what feels like overnight, they go from being parents of a toddler to a fully formed small person. It is then you realise how much time you have missed. And just how important the moments that we get to spend together really are. The past few years have really highlighted this for me, and so many others, so what started with a crumb of a possibility deep into the first ... read more
Carnarvon National Park
Carnarvon National Park
Carnarvon National Park

Oceania » Australia » Queensland March 12th 2022

Friday 4th June 2021 – 72kms Today we left the caravan park at Bakers Creek and headed via Alligator Creek, Sarina and Koumala to Ilbilbie and towards the coast down Notch Point Road to the sugar cane paddock, which would be home for the next six months. We had a lovely grassy area close to an old unused house and shared the area with Marty and Dianne next to the Marion Creek. Set up and Danie and Marty had their inductions. They are both haul-out drivers for Jason and Janine Borg. There are four drivers and Jason drives the harvester and work 6 days and 2 off. Saturday 5th June 2021 – 185kms We went for a drive around the area to get our bearings. We went first to Notch Point, a free camping area. The ... read more
Ilbilbie, Qld
Acres and Acres of Sugarcane
Danie's Haulout Truck

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane January 8th 2022

Part of the riverside site where the gardens are located was originally a botanic reserve. It was established in 1828 to provide food for the early penal colony. The City Botanic Gardens officially opened in 1855. Macadamia Nut - This tree planted by Walter Hill in 1858 is believed to be the world's first non-Indigenous cultivation of the macadamia. F. Jemmy Morrill and the brolgas sculpture - Queenslander Lindsay Daen created this bronze sculpture. It is on permanent loan from the Queensland Art Gallery. The sculpture is of 22-year-old seaman, James Morrill. In 1846, he was the sole survivor of an outer edge Great Barrier Reef shipwreck. Saved by the Aboriginal people, he lived with them for 17 years before returning to the European settlement in Bowen, North Queensland. He helped to improve indigenous and early ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 16th 2021

The CMCA RV Park in Bundaberg is adjacent to parkland and just a stones throw from the main shopping area/business district At $6/night member price and with access to potable water and dump point it is ideal for our last stop in centralQueensland. We have been extremely lucky with the weather since the downpour in Charleville and temperatures remain in the high 20’s, so it is going to be a very comfortable few days getting to know new areas of the city as well as reacquainting ourselves with some familiar places. Bargara is one of the latter. It has been quite some time since we were last up this way and understandably the town has grown significantly since then. Despite the holiday resorts that have sprung up and the large chain shopping centre, the esplanade precinct ... read more
8160821.2 entrance to Bundaberg port
8170821.1 Bargara esplanade
8170821.2 sparkling waters at Bargara

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 15th 2021

On Sunday morning we drove to Yepoon, but ignoring the directions of our navigation aid we went via Emu Park – and we are so glad we did as it took us along a coastal road with several beaches overlooking the Keppel group of islands even if they were hazy in the distance. Emu Park itself is a pretty little town and we struck it on a Sunday market day – the park, adjacent to the ocean and beaches, was full of stalls so we enjoyed a good wander, particularly admiring some Alpaca scarves and shawls (ahem, birthday coming up, John). Further along to Yepoon and rather than the sleepy seaside village we were expecting, we found it to be rather large and bustling. Along the foreshore a decent size concert stage was being set up, ... read more
8150821.1 Emu Park sunday market
8150821.2 Yepoon foreshore
8150821.3 Yepoon foreshore

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 14th 2021

Opting for another farm stay, we booked in to Shiralee Clydesdales about 10km outside Rockhampton along Emu Park Road. It is a relatively new farm stay having only welcomed campers since May this year and the owner is in the throes of improving facilities – currently there is no water or power. There is space for around 10 vans with each spacious site defined by hay bales. Guests are welcome to pat the horses – and these gentle giants certainly enjoy the attention, especially the mares and foals. The one stallion we could spot was a bit more aloof and if people approached his paddock he just wandered off in a different direction. It made for a very pleasant experience and certainly a different style of camp.... read more
8140821.2 Shiralee farm stay
8140821.3 gentle giant
8140821.4 Shiralee mare

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 13th 2021

Located next to the town’s sugar mill the Tourist Info Centre includes the Sarina Sugar Shed where we enjoyed a lovely morning cuppa before purchasing some treats of an epicurean nature to take home. There were tours of the mill available, but having done a few of these walk rounds previously we decided against joining in today. Instead I seized the opportunity of a “no appointment needed” haircut – definitely well overdue! The town of Sarinais an inland town, but not too far away (about 12kms) there is a little hamlet SarinaBeachwhere we enjoyed a lovely walk on the sand. A few clouds appeared in the afternoon sky, but checking forecasts for the next week showed there is only a slim chance of rain and temperatures are expected to remain in the mid-20’s.... read more
8130821.2 cane train
8130821.3 cane train
8130821.4 Sarina Beach

Oceania » Australia » Queensland August 12th 2021

The drive from Glen Erin (Bowen) to Sarina was a tad over 200km and a good bit of it was through sections of roadwork – up and down the coast there is a lot of work being done to duplicate the Bruce Highway, which is well needed as it carries a lot of heavy traffic including some rather large trucks. Despite sections of stop/start traffic it was a pretty drive; lots of mountains, lots of sugar cane fields. As in previous days the temperature was a comfortable 27o. We skirted Mackay via the very new ring road, stopping only for a quick bite of lunch in a rest area before travelling the last 40km or so down to Sarina where we had booked into the SarinaPalmsCaravanPark. It is only a small park and there appear to ... read more
8120821.2 on the road to Sarina
8120821.3 travelling to Sarina
8120821.4 driving to Sarina




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