First Camper Trip

User: cre8tivesoul
Dates: 2 Sep 2014 - 23 Sep 2014
Duration: 3 weeks

Come along with us on our first trip across Queensland, in our brand new camper-trailer.

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014 17:35

We have arrived! WOW! What a heavy, demanding drive that was. The camper is back in the yard, all opened up to dry off. Now... The fun begins! Washing, cleaning, laundry, etc... I'll need a holiday once it's all over! ;) Thanks for tagging along with us. xx

Posted: Sept. 23, 2014, 7:35 a.m.

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014 13:43

Just outside Gympie... Nearly home!

Posted: Sept. 23, 2014, 3:43 a.m.

Tuesday 23 Sep 2014 5:58

Morning everyone! After a rainy, soaking downpour of a night, we're on our way home for the final stretch. We nearly had a stow-away... Has I not found this little fella, he would've been squashed during pack down.

Posted: Sept. 22, 2014, 7:58 p.m.

Monday 22 Sep 2014 12:55


Posted: Sept. 22, 2014, 2:55 a.m.

Monday 22 Sep 2014 11:00

See what I mean? This is Bowen's big mango.

Posted: Sept. 22, 2014, 1 a.m.

Monday 22 Sep 2014 10:54

Taking a breather in Bowen, mango capital of QLD. Lovely mangrove beach just off the highway.

Posted: Sept. 22, 2014, 12:54 a.m.

Monday 22 Sep 2014 9:40

Heading to Rockhampton and crappy weather. Tomorrow night, we'll be back home, begging forgiveness from two very disgruntled cats.

Posted: Sept. 21, 2014, 11:40 p.m.

Sunday 21 Sep 2014 10:18

Never seen that many magpie geese in one spot! This is The Town Common wildlife reserve in Townsville

Posted: Sept. 21, 2014, 12:18 a.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 15:39

Castle Hill lookout, overlooking the whole of Townsville.

Posted: Sept. 20, 2014, 5:39 a.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 15:14

Townsville, seen from Pallarenda Park

Posted: Sept. 20, 2014, 5:14 a.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 14:51

Huge fig tree on The Strand.

Posted: Sept. 20, 2014, 4:51 a.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 14:19

The Townsville port, seen from The Strand boardwalk.

Posted: Sept. 20, 2014, 4:19 a.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 9:40

Hinchinbrook Island Lookout

Posted: Sept. 19, 2014, 11:40 p.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 8:55

Checking out Edmund Kennedy National Park. Yes... There are wild crocs here!

Posted: Sept. 19, 2014, 10:55 p.m.

Saturday 20 Sep 2014 6:19

Stayed one night at the Tully showgrounds. Not much to see here.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2014, 8:19 p.m.

Friday 19 Sep 2014 15:41

Heading out of Cairns. On our way home.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2014, 5:41 a.m.

Friday 19 Sep 2014 13:54

Here we are, once again, walking the Esplanade at Cairns.

Posted: Sept. 19, 2014, 3:54 a.m.

Friday 19 Sep 2014 12:14

We HAD to go do a detour via Cairns... Just to say we made it there. :D

Posted: Sept. 19, 2014, 2:14 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 15:34

We just HAD to visit the other big fella today. We just didn't have time yesterday. This is Cathedral Fig. It's hard to describe how massive and impressive this tree really is!

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 5:34 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 13:55

Had to take a pic of the sewing and haberdashery store for you, Linda. :)

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 3:55 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 13:45

The dentist's office. (?!?!?) O_o

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 3:45 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 12:26

Like a kid in a candy store... Ye olde tool shed! :D

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 2:26 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 11:53

Lunch at the Bakerville Tearooms

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 1:53 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 11:40

The chemist

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 1:40 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 11:11

The fine clothes store

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 1:11 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 10:58

OMG!! A 1923 Harley! SWOON

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 12:58 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 10:46

The farrier's workshop

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 12:46 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 10:44

Can't get the Goth "Elvira" outta me... Check out this gorgeous horse-drawn hearse!

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 12:44 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 10:27

One of the main street

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 12:27 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 10:20

Visiting Hetberton's reconstructed mining village. A blast from the past!

Posted: Sept. 18, 2014, 12:20 a.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 8:48

More waterfalls! This time, it's Millstream Falls

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 10:48 p.m.

Thursday 18 Sep 2014 6:18

Can you see the temperature in the upper right corner? Yes... That is 6 Celsius! LOL! They don't call this place the Queensland Highlands for no reason!

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 8:18 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 16:15

Noisy wind farm up near Ravenshoe. I've heard these things generate frequencies that make you I'll... I didn't believe it until now. They REALLY are noisy! And I'm getting a headache from the high pitch sound.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 6:15 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 15:49

Millaa Millaa lookout... Wow!

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 5:49 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 14:59

OMG!!! A platypus!!! A wild baby platypus!! :D

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 4:59 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 14:57

Malanda Falls... Another classic visiting spot for us.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 4:57 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 14:41

More yummy chocolates and cheese at Gallo dairy farm.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 4:41 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 13:55

I had to class this under "monument" instead of "point of interest". I am always in awe when we visit the famous Curtain Fig and his close neighbour, Cathedral Fig.

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 3:55 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 13:05

Beautiful Lake Tinaroo. Perfect spot for a breather

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 3:05 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 12:24

Yummy coffee and chocolates at Coffee Works in Mareeba. :P

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 2:24 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 11:21

Wow! $10?! Bit rich for a 3km walk! Thanks, but no thanks. The entry to the visitor centre is the only free thing there. Shame! :(

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 1:21 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 11:10

Scoping out the avian locals at the Mareeba Wetlands and Jabiru Centre

Posted: Sept. 17, 2014, 1:10 a.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 9:21

The Crater, at Mt Hypipamee National Park. The remnants of an extinct volcano.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2014, 11:21 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 9:09

Dinner Falls at Mt Hypipamee National Park

Posted: Sept. 16, 2014, 11:09 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 8:58

Checking out Mt Hypipamee National Park.

Posted: Sept. 16, 2014, 10:58 p.m.

Wednesday 17 Sep 2014 6:28

Good morning everyone! Hope you're all warm and snug... It's 7.5 Celsius in our camper, up in the Atherton Highlands! What a swing in temperature! Ravenshoe is the highest town in Queensland (930m above sea level).,_Queensland

Posted: Sept. 16, 2014, 8:28 p.m.

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014 15:15

Back to civilisation and Optus 3G. Yay! Dave and I have set up camp for three days in a gorgeous little town called Ravenshoe, up in the Atherton tableland. As for me... Crash and burn! Mega headache!

Posted: Sept. 16, 2014, 5:15 a.m.

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014 8:21

Little horseshoe bat at the Undara lava tubes

Posted: Sept. 15, 2014, 10:21 p.m.

Tuesday 16 Sep 2014 8:14

Checking out the lava tubes at Undara

Posted: Sept. 15, 2014, 10:14 p.m.

Monday 15 Sep 2014 18:31

Celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary at the Undarra Resort Bistro.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2014, 8:31 a.m.

Monday 15 Sep 2014 18:10

Cheeky currawong sitting on the ute at our campsite

Posted: Sept. 15, 2014, 8:10 a.m.

Monday 15 Sep 2014 12:08

Gorgeous wedged-tail eagle! The big fella was dining on roo road kill.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2014, 2:08 a.m.

Monday 15 Sep 2014 11:59

Good Lord! How much more of this dusty corrugated road do we have to endure?!

Posted: Sept. 15, 2014, 1:59 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 12:10

I so wish I had my bathers with me!

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 2:10 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 12:02

Mother Earth in her infancy... This rock is Precambrian stone, the primitive crust that formed our planet

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 2:02 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 11:59

I'm standing in the middle of this huge river bed which is Porcupine Gorge. During the wet season, this would be flowing like mad

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 1:59 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 11:58

One of the many holes in the gorge. Some are REALLY deep! You fall in, you're screwed!

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 1:58 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 11:49

This place is like a little piece of heaven!

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 1:49 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 11:23

Wow! Just... Wow! O_o

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 1:23 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 10:57

Going down at the bottom of the gorge

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 12:57 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 10:25

You can see the different layers of rock formations

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 12:25 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 10:25

Amazing view!

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 12:25 a.m.

Sunday 14 Sep 2014 10:15

Having a look at Porcupine Gorge Lookout

Posted: Sept. 14, 2014, 12:15 a.m.

Saturday 13 Sep 2014 16:05

Hubby taking photos of the river

Posted: Sept. 13, 2014, 6:05 a.m.

Saturday 13 Sep 2014 16:03

Ghost gums at Kooroorinya Nature Reserve

Posted: Sept. 13, 2014, 6:03 a.m.

Saturday 13 Sep 2014 14:38

Dave standing next to a Muttaburrasaurus. This was a big fella! Good thing he was a herbivore.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2014, 4:38 a.m.

Saturday 13 Sep 2014 14:03

The last leg of our dino trail... The display in Hughenden.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2014, 4:03 a.m.

Friday 12 Sep 2014 14:15

Doing some fossicking for fossils in the hot Australian sun.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2014, 4:15 a.m.

Friday 12 Sep 2014 10:11

This guy was the badass of the ocean roughly 100 million years ago.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2014, 12:11 a.m.

Friday 12 Sep 2014 10:05

Checking out Kronosaurus Korner in Richmond

Posted: Sept. 12, 2014, 12:05 a.m.

Thursday 11 Sep 2014 15:25

Our campsite in Richmond is right next to Fred Tritton Lake... A manmade waterhole that is host to lots of birds and wildlife.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2014, 5:25 a.m.

Thursday 11 Sep 2014 10:17

The dry and desolate outback from Winton to Richmond. Following the dinosaur trail.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2014, 12:17 a.m.

Wednesday 10 Sep 2014 16:55

The heat got to me. 39 Celsius and this is winter... Summer reaches up into the mid forties to low fifties! Yaouch! Too hot for me, even if it is dry heat.

Posted: Sept. 10, 2014, 6:55 a.m.

Wednesday 10 Sep 2014 11:08

Not much can grow in this arid part of the land, but spinifex grass. By the way, these thorns are VERY sharp!

Posted: Sept. 10, 2014, 1:08 a.m.

Wednesday 10 Sep 2014 10:15

Lark Quarry's dinosaur stampede. This preserved stampede inspired the famous Jurassic Park hunting scene. Many little critters were startled by a hunting theropod (Australovenitor Wintonensis) and scattered in all directions.

Posted: Sept. 10, 2014, 12:15 a.m.

Wednesday 10 Sep 2014 8:20

On the way to visit the dinosaur stampede.

Posted: Sept. 9, 2014, 10:20 p.m.

Wednesday 10 Sep 2014 7:31

Brolgas, across from our campground.

Posted: Sept. 9, 2014, 9:31 p.m.

Tuesday 9 Sep 2014 9:18

This is Australovenitor Wintonensis, an emu size theropod that makes T-Rex and the velociraptors look like puppies. He was all muscles and had claws that could grapple and shred you to pieces.

Posted: Sept. 8, 2014, 11:18 p.m.

Tuesday 9 Sep 2014 7:28

We're currently checking out the dinosaur trail in Winton, Hughenden and Richmond. There is no Optus connection here. Apologies for that. That's the outback for ya! I'm currently connected unto someone else's Telstra line so can't post much.

Posted: Sept. 8, 2014, 9:28 p.m.

Monday 8 Sep 2014 16:34

Our temporary campsite at Long Waterhole. Very dry and dusty!

Posted: Sept. 8, 2014, 6:34 a.m.

Monday 8 Sep 2014 11:40

The very dry Thompson River

Posted: Sept. 8, 2014, 1:40 a.m.

Monday 8 Sep 2014 10:09

The road between Barcaldine and Longreach... Flat, open floss plains... Endless horizons.

Posted: Sept. 8, 2014, 12:09 a.m.

Monday 8 Sep 2014 9:33

The famous "Tree of Knowledge" of Barcaldine, site of the first worker strike (sheep shearers) and birthplace of the Labour Party. Unfortunately, some dickhead poisoned it in 2006. It's been treated for preservation. The canopy surrounding it is an award winning structure made up of many wooden logs that clang together like some ginormous wooden chime

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014, 11:33 p.m.

Monday 8 Sep 2014 8:51

Storm chasing on our way to Barcaldine

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014, 10:51 p.m.

Sunday 7 Sep 2014 16:01

We just made it to Jericho in time. There are some nasty storms brewing about! The thunder sounds different here... Deeper and more resonant, quite ominous, actually.

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014, 6:01 a.m.

Sunday 7 Sep 2014 13:23

Drummond Range lookout

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014, 3:23 a.m.

Sunday 7 Sep 2014 11:27

The Emerald giant Van Gogh Sunflower painting

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014, 1:27 a.m.

Sunday 7 Sep 2014 10:52

Beautiful fig trees, lined up along the street in Emerald. Looks like we might get some rain today.

Posted: Sept. 7, 2014, 12:52 a.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 14:27

When they say this is unfenced cattle country, they ain't kidding! Get outta da way, you drongos!

Posted: Sept. 6, 2014, 4:27 a.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 13:14

Wow! What an amazing view! This was so worth the drive. This is Horseshoe Lookout at Blackdown Tableland. We would've like to stay at the campground for a few days, but the climb up is too steep for our ute and camper.

Posted: Sept. 6, 2014, 3:14 a.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 9:52

Oversize load! Big mining shovel head. Had to pull over as far as we could to let this big puppy pass.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 11:52 p.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 9:45

Rocky mountain along the Capricorn highway. Our next stop... Dingo

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 11:45 p.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 8:58

Rockhampton, cattle capital of Australia

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 10:58 p.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 8:33

Not far from Rockhampton. This raggedy road is the old Bruce Highway.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 10:33 p.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 6:05

Smoooooke on the waaaater!!!

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 8:05 p.m.

Saturday 6 Sep 2014 5:49

Good morning from the Nunavut! Well no... Calliope River in Queensland. Check out the temperature in our camper this morning!!!

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 7:49 p.m.

Friday 5 Sep 2014 17:40

The setting sun from our temporary encampment at Calliope River Rest Area. We're only staying overnight.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 7:40 a.m.

Friday 5 Sep 2014 14:59

Ginormous red gum tree at Granite Creek rest area. Our camper looks like a dwarf next to this patriarch.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 4:59 a.m.

Friday 5 Sep 2014 13:11

Faulkner Park... A nice spot for lunch. Quiet, secluded, shady, and next to a river.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 3:11 a.m.

Friday 5 Sep 2014 10:27

Macadamia plantation, just outside Cordalba.

Posted: Sept. 5, 2014, 12:27 a.m.

Friday 5 Sep 2014 8:53

All packed up and ready to go to our next destination.

Posted: Sept. 4, 2014, 10:53 p.m.

Thursday 4 Sep 2014 9:28

Taking a walk along the water on the footpath/bike path.

Posted: Sept. 3, 2014, 11:28 p.m.

Wednesday 3 Sep 2014 12:39

Checking out the beach with hubby.

Posted: Sept. 3, 2014, 2:39 a.m.

Wednesday 3 Sep 2014 6:34

Sunrise at our campground in Hervey Bay. We're right next to the beach! Staying here until Friday.

Posted: Sept. 2, 2014, 8:34 p.m.

Tuesday 2 Sep 2014 14:13

Six Miles Creek rest area. Taking a breather. Loving the freedom!

Posted: Sept. 2, 2014, 4:13 a.m.

Tuesday 2 Sep 2014 11:58

This is the north-side car park of the Big Pineapple. Dear Lord! It's deserted! This place use to be jam packed!

Posted: Sept. 2, 2014, 1:58 a.m.

Tuesday 2 Sep 2014 10:16

We're on our way! :)

Posted: Sept. 2, 2014, 12:16 a.m.

First Camper Trip

User: cre8tivesoul
Dates: 2 Sep 2014 - 23 Sep 2014
Duration: 3 weeks

Come along with us on our first trip across Queensland, in our brand new camper-trailer.

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When I first saw the picture, I thought the giant mango was a hot air balloon inflating! :D I don't think I've ever tasted a mango before.

Lovely landscape photos! Keep'em coming!

I bet I know two kitties who will be VERY happy to see their mom and dad when you get home! Do the fig vines ultimately kill the tree they climb up?

Good memory, Mum. The falls you are referring to are the ones at Paronella Park... The Spanish castle. That IS actually quite close to were we are at the moment. And as for it being to hot... LOL! Check out the waypoint I added this morning. Days are nice and comfortable, but the mornings...YIKES! These ARE the Queensland Highlands. ;)

Hi Bev! :) No, no beavers in Oz. Spotting that wild platypus in the water was beyond a fluke! These guys are so shy and reclusive. The turbines are a good idea as they generate lots of energy (that small farm can power-up a town like Mareeba), but they should keep them where the Germans intended them to belong... Out in the ocean, not in populated areas. My two bobs worth, anyway. ;)

These Malanda Falls look a lot like the ones you were photographed with and Dave's grand-parents were also at the same place. But I think it was in Cairns was it? It looks like you are having a very nice time up there. Hope it's not too hot. Seeya, Mum

The fig vines on the trees are impressive! The baby platypus submerged in the water looks a lot like a beaver (do y'all even have beavers there?). I've heard a lot of pros and cons about the wind turbines but never dreamed they would make a lot of noise!

Thanks soulsis! :) Yup! That's #14 for us! And you got it right... The Undara lava tubes are long hollowed caves that were created from oozing rivers of lava.

Happy Anniversary you two - that's a fantastic picture of you guys! Is this number 14? Are the lava 'tubes' the tunnels/caves that lava ran out? Love the bird and bat pictures. :)

Hey guys! Sorry I haven't been able to reply to your comments. It seems Optus (or Optass, as we've come to call it) doesn't connect out in the bush. Looks like we have good connection were we are at the moment (Ravenshoe), I'll be able to update more regularly.

Hey darl, love the dinosaur stampede pic, just amazing. Geez it's hot out there! Keep well hydrated. Xx

That is some seriously dangerous heat. Y'all do be careful, drink plenty of fluids and stay in during the hottest part of the day! The dinosaur tracks are cool. :)

Ooo! I love Natural Science and History museums. Can't wait to hear about that!

I think they need to change the name of Thompson River to Thompson Road. :D

Looks like you're both having a wow of a time so far.
The pictures are great, as are the comments.
Looking forward to seeing future destinations. :-)

The cattle roaming in the middle of the road remind me of the deer here (though the deer move much quicker, lol). LOVE the panoramic shot from Horseshoe Lookout - very beautiful! You guys have really logged some miles so far! Safe hugs to both of you.

I like this Track my Tour thing. It's fun to follow you on your trip
Be safe and keep on enjoying your holiday and your nice camper
Keep us posted. Love Mum & Dad

Cooee, Ms Outback Adventurer :-) Looks like you're having a lovely and relaxing trip. Enjoying your photos. Xxx

The beach looks so peaceful (and deserted!). Wish I was there walking along the shore too, even for an hour. Hope you guys can adapt to the new sleeping quarters get a good night of rest soon. :)

Hey soulsis! :) Glad you like that app... I do too! It's fun (and easy) to keep you guys updated with our journey. Bare in mind, I might not be able to do so. regularly as at times, I will not have internet access and 3G connection doesn't reach everywhere out in the bush.
It's been quite an adventure so far... Steep learning curve for trailer newbies! :)

Love the "Track My Tour" so I can see where you guys are headed and the photos along the way. The camper looks very sleek and small all folded down. Hope y'all have a terrific adventure!