|Dates:||1 Nov 2017 - 21 Dec 2017|
|Duration:||1 month, 2 weeks|
We are home after approximately 9000 kms & 8 weeks on the road.
The empty glasses symbolise our last night on the road.
Our stop over for the night..... The Ettamogah Pub all they ask is that you buy a beer.
Don’t upset the truckers.
After a long day sightseeing the Blue Mountains in Katoomba it is time to put up our feel & have a 🍷& whisky 🥃.
52 degrees incline.
Draft horse, coal hauler. We took the Scenic Railway at a 53 degree incline, it is the steepest passenger train in the world.
Blue Mountains... took the Scenic Skyway. At 270 metres, it is the highest cable car in Aust. Queen Elizabeth Lookout... Jamison Valley looking at the 3 sisters.
One of The views riding the Scenic Cableway. It carries 84 people, also Aust biggest cable car & descends 545 metres into the Jamison Valley.
The Lithgow State Mine Heritage site ... $3.00 pp. Signifies the struggle to bring coal to the surface.
The Small Arms Museum, $7.00 pp. 1913-1945 these guns were produced for the Army. The Museum holds the largest collection of small arms in Aust.
Hassan’s Walls Reserve.
Our night camp, .... the calm after the storm.
After the storm.
Oh what fun another night of winds, rain, lightning and now hail. A good test to see if Kedron fixed the leaks.
Free camp area at Wallerawang, you are allowed to stay for 72 hours.
Henry Lawson standing outside the Centennial Pub with Merv in Gulgong.
Our free camp for the night.
The story as to why it is called the Black Stump
We were woken around 10pm with a crack of thunder, dust, wind rain coming in through the window & the windows nearly coming off the hinges, it was a mad scurry to close everything. The van was going from side to side like being on an old red rattler. We knew a storm was brewing but not to that extent. The next morning we were speaking to a truckie that had to roll in due to the weather and he was watching in amazement that the van did not flip, he was seriously thinking of putting his truck along side our van as a buffer.
Walking around Tamworth with the temperature hovering around 39 degrees. Memorial to the Australian Light Horse. The sculpture depicts an Australian light horse trooper farewelling his “waler” horse in the Middle East desert at the end of WW1.
It is even way to hot for the ducks 🦆
Inside the information centre Tamworth
Come on give me a kiss, don’t be shy just one.💋💋
Glencoe our free camp is in the grounds of this pub, no cooking for me tonight.
Glencoe our view for tonight.
Glen Innes, Standing Stones. Celebrate the great & varied tradition of the Celtic culture. The stones average 17 tonnes & each stone had to stand 3.7 metres from the ground.
Tenterfield The saddlery where Peter Allen’s Grandfathered worked.
Tenterfield Weather Rock.
Christmas cheers for the travellers.
Brass Monkey Brew House. All beer brewed & bottled on site.
Sutton’s Juice Factory & Cider. They are famous for their apple pies, each pie consists of 22 apples.
Girraween. Bald Rock Creek 2.2km return walk.
Girraween National Park.
Called the Granite Arch a 1.6km return walk.
Looking through the Railway station.
The Wallangarra Historic Railway Station.
Wallangarra Railway opened 14/2/1887 & cost the equivalent of $3482 to construct.
The NSW/QLD Border.
Wallangarra, would you believe they have 36 Wineries in this area ... to say the least I am impressed.
Wallangarra.... Our free camp for the night also comes with flushing toilets
View of the Pumicestone Channel entrance.
Our last night at Caloundra Big 4. Pick up the van tomorrow.... not complaining but hooray last night of sleeping in a double bed & being bounced out of the bed every time Merv rolled over, a trampoline doesn’t have anything on this bed.
Rice Boi restaurant
Am I being replaced?
Beginning to wonder about my Husband.
The surf club Mooloolaba for lunch.
The view from The Edge restaurant Montville.
Montville. Don’t want to scare or give our children any ideas, but Is this going to be us in the future?
Montville... Cuckoo clocks of many shapes & sizes.
Free books in the Main Street of Maleny. Collect a book from the Book House & when you’ve read it you can set it free again anywhere in the world. The book come with it’s own unique identifying number, this way the books can travel all over the world.
On the wall of the Council Office.
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.
Queensland Government Fossicking Licence
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 - 21 Dec 2017|
|Duration:||1 month, 2 weeks|