|Dates:||1 Nov 2017 - 10 Dec 2017|
|Duration:||1 month, 1 week|
From the Ritz to the pits. Beach to show grounds, location, location, location.
Last chance to do laundry before the van goes in to fix the leak. My goodness our laundry had grown legs, guess who they belong to?
Lawton Showgrounds ... Hogan Heroes the guard is on duty $25.00 a night, surrounded by barb wire, the gates are closed & locked at 6pm & do not open until 6am. A far cry from last night.
Mary Poppins ... Maryborough
Our last night in Hervey Bay.
A catch up & dinner at Hoolihans with great people that we met on the road in 2014.
WOW Hervey Bay what a skyline.
These glasses have the best view.... haven’t spilled a drop travelling from Palm Cove to Hervey Bay.
I wonder what the next view is going to be like!
Just checking are our feet dirty or brown?
Hope you like the view .... of the ocean of course, Hervey Bay for 4 nights. Although we are away from our family I hope you have a happy Birthday & enjoy your prawns & beer.
Boyne Rest area, plenty of sculptures but this one was my favourite.
St Lawrence.... A general store come post office, a couple of homes, a Pub, and a lot of water. We were going to stay the night but if it rains I would say that we would be stuck there for a while.
For a small town like Bowen they are certainly up to date with technology, an area for charging electric cars.
What a view while having breakfast in Bowen, eating all the healthy fresh fruit purchased in Palm Cove.
Having given up camping 500 meters from the Ocean at a free camp at Balgal Beach to here at Guthalungra Rest Area ( even supplies passion fruit for the travellers) a big mistake, but a nice sunset.
Pity I did not take a photo of Balgal beach or you would understand, picture Palm Cove and you are nearly there.
Out last night in Palm Cove, going to miss the evening walks on the beach, families enjoying time together fishing on the pier & of course a wine 🍷 & scotch watching the sun go down.
Like a warm bath.
Cairns lagoon pool
Out for dinner with Donna & Ray. Met at 80 mile beach WA in 2016.
War Memorial Cairns. 1800hrs all stand for the playing of The Last Post.
Our nightly walk along the foreshore on a balmy 25 degree night.
Cheese, biscuits, beer & wine on Palm Cove foreshore.
Had to do a massive 45 Km drive from Port Douglas to Palm Cove staying a couple of nights.
We walked 11.8 km no wonder Merv needed a tasting paddle.
Have just walked around the Market at Port Douglas, now enjoying the view & the sea breeze. 8.7 km walked that day.
Happy 4th birthday to our beautiful granddaughter Alannah. We hope you had a wonderful day with loads of presents to open.
The entertainment while having our prawns & beers. A yacht grounded just off the channel, had to call in the Calvary.... ouch that is going to hurt the pocket.
Cannot go without showing you our bucket of prawns.
Port Douglas for a few nights. Our view having a beer & prawns.
The information centre in Mareeba. Apart from giving information for what to see in the area they have historical relics set up as a village of the 1800 to look at, very informative.
Skybury for fresh roasted coffee.
Gallo Dairyland cheese & chocolate factory for tastings.
Curtain Fig Tree, dangling 15 metres to the ground
A lasting tribute to the unsung heroes, the Bomb detection dogs.
I question not your commands I follow faithfully wherever you go I pledge my loyalty no matter what I share the dangers of your domain and will readily lay down my life for yours .... for in this moment we are as one
Avenue of Honour. A sculptured set of wings in full flight depicting the contributions made by all services & symbolising the undaunted spirit of the Aust Digger.
Enlarge photo to read.
On the shores of Lake Tinatroo. Memorial commemorates the courage & commitment of those who served & is dedicated to the memory of the young men who made the ultimate sacrifice in the fight against terror in Afghanistan.
Nerada Tea Plantation.
Millaa Millaa Falls.
On the old station platform.
$15.00 per night in Ravenshoe. Camped in the Railway Historical Train Park for the next two nights.
At the Ravenshoe Information Centre. Hawk tried & succeeded in stopping the milling of Timber. Enlarge photo to read comments.
Our altercation with a kangaroo. Car ok, Kangaroo will have a sore head & a bald patch for a while.
We had just finished dinner, washed the dishes, poured a wine and enjoying the ambiance of the fire when the heavens opened up, that was the end of our romantic night & the fire.
Fletcher creek a free camp for the night ..... 40 km Nth of Charters Tower.
The locals wanting Merv’s bacon & egg breakfast.
The boys with their catch, 12 in all with the biggest being over 300mm. The great part was that John & Raylee cooked them for us to take home and eat. Yum yum.
The boys are on their way to drop off the Red Claw pots, 4 pots per person.
A quote I read today.
For every minute you are angry you loose 60 seconds of happiness.
Can’t get any better, our first fire since leaving home, a Roast Lamb in the Camp oven overlooking the Dam watching children swim, jet skiers, and water skiing.
Theresa Creek Dam.
Our view, $15.00 per night. Comes with fire pits & wood.
Very interesting read.
The map on our GPS of where we are fossicking.
Fossicking in Sapphire.. no luck but enjoyed the experience. Cost $11.50 for a fossicking licence for a month & $10.00 hire for the equipment.
The Lorikeets even found it hot, enjoyed the water out of our bottle.
Our view for tonight in Sapphire.
Staying at a free camp at Sapphire, really it is just a paddock, with cattle walking down the Main Street.
Only recently they have put in a swimming pool complex $1.50 each which is very welcoming as the temp at the moment is 34 degrees.
The Dakota Aircraft crashed during a violent Electrical storm while en route from Darwin to Brisbane.
Crashed in 1943.
Our visitors as we were packing up, the little one having a good look around in the safety of Mum’s pouch.
Takarakka Bush Resort for the next few days, $35.00 per night.
Looking into the Amphitheater.
Amphitheatre, a further 1.6 km walk plus climbing the stairs. A 60m deep chamber gouged from the rock by running water.
Moss Gardens. Water dripping constantly from the Sandstone sustains a lush, green carpet of mosses, ferns & liverworts.
Moss Garden .... a 7km walk up & down stairs, over creeks to see this beautiful site.
Entrance to Carnarvon Gorge. We walked 13.9 Km.
Mickey Creek, Carnarvon Gorge.
Baloon Cave, a 500 meter walk in. These drawing are old but amazingly the colour very vibrant & fresh for the supposed age of the hand prints!!!!!
Cattle put into a pen that is a weight scale where they are weighed.
Computes the total weight of the entire pen & calculates the average cost per beast.
Roma’s Sale yards is the largest cattle selling centre in Australia with. 300,000 - 400,000 head of cattle sold annually and is situated on almost 123 acres
The record sale day was 14,000 head of cattle pass through in one day. The largest bull sold to date at Roma Saleyards was around 1400 kilograms.
Auctioneer at the Roma Cattle Saleyards.
Fisherman’s Park, free camp.
Fisherman’s Park, this tee shirt was placed on a stump. If this was in Melb, it would have been stolen by now.
Cobb & Co Museum in Surat. Carried mail, gold & passengers.
Heroes Avenue Roma.
20/9/1918 the people of Roma payed tribute to their sons who fell in WW1 by planting a bottle tree for each soldier as a Living memorial to their duty to their nation.
Patrick & James Kenniff. Australia’s last bushrangers murdered Constable George Doyle & station manager Albert Dahike in 1902.
Amazing what you see walking down the Main Street of Mitchell beside his owner. He is a retired camp draft horse.
After a tyre change & cleaning out the back of the truck which was full of fine dust back to the Artisan Bore we headed.
Free Camp. Neil Turner Weir for the next few days.
Mitchell Artesian Bore, $4.50 per person. Excellent one of the best we have been to. Average Temp 30 - 50 degrees C Max Trmp 100 c
Riversands Winery, St George.
Popped in for a few Tastings.
Thallon Qld, These Silo’s have just been finished.
Painting’s on & around the Nindigully Pub.
Relaxing after a long drive..... 3 hrs.
Our camp for the night, not far to walk to the Pub.
Nindigully Pub Established 1864, free camp.
Boomi, recommend by a fellow traveler. Town consists of a Pub, Police Staton.
An Artisan Bore is their claim to fame. The Bore is opened at certain times if at all, as it is staffed by volunteers.
Decided to move on as every home had at least one reck’s, if not more, in their backyards.
The Sandstone Caves, Pilliga.
Workers at the sculptures in the scrub keeping the walkways safe for the visitors
Sculptures in the scrub, Pilliga Forest.
The Salt Caves, the view from the fire tower.
Pilliga $5.00 per night. Free use of the Bore.
Pilliga Bore, approx temp 36 degrees.
Aboriginal Land Council.
4 Mile Camp Ground .. Brewarrina NSW. Our free camp for the night on the Darling River.
Entrance to the Shindy’s Inn.
Inside the Inn.
Shindy’s Inn, Louth. NSW
Locals coming down for a drink.
Tilpa Weir, Free camp on the Darling River.
Tilpa Pub, $9.00 for a beer & wine, not bad we thought.
Leaving the Pub, They don’t have to worry about the local police here possibly only the poor dog. Seeing the condition of his owner 🍺🍺he would have been safer to 🏃🏃along side of his master.
Tilpa Pub. Population approx 100 people in a 100 Kim radios.
Main Street of Silverton.
Dust, dust & more dust.
Travelling to Tilpa but before we hit the dirt road we are letting down the tyres.
Broken Hill Sculptures & The Living Desert.
Silverton Hotel, even comes with donkeys down the Main Street.
Entrance into Silverton.
Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Miners memorial that stands on top of the Line of Lode. Dedication to more than 800 miners loosing their lives on the job, 12 year old was the youngest who died from Asphyxiation from dynamite fumes.
View over looking Broken Hill.
Queen of Priscilla. Broken Hill. Palace Hotel.
Living Desert open 31/10/2017 . $10.00 per night per person plus $6.00 each to enter the National Park.
Unfortunately it is time to stay goodbye to great people & to the Buronga Caravan Park. A great time was had by all.
We think we should make this the last winery & tasting.🍷🍷
To quote Forest Gump 1. Life is like a box of Chocolates (with these guys) you don’t know what to expect. 2. I think it is time to go home now.
Wine & Musket tastings... Well someone has to do it.
In the grounds of Buronga Riverside Caravan Park.
No explanation needed ... how everyone would like to see themselves at that age.
Doing what boys do best ... having a fish, a beer & talking rubbish.
Ouyen rest stop, enjoying a Vanilla Slice from Bridgewater.
After running around to find & replace a 60 amp battery charger which failed for the van, an enquiry re the sale of the van & the control panel on the Bushman fridge going on the blink ...... we are finally on our way.
|Dates:||1 Nov 2017 - 10 Dec 2017|
|Duration:||1 month, 1 week|