BLOG CATEGORIES

  • 2015-08-16 001 001
  • 2015-08-18 001 021
  • 2015-08-18 001 067
  • 2015-08-18 001 177
  • 2015-08-20 001 008
  • 2015-08-20 001 079
  • 2015-08-22 001 005
  • 2015-08-23 001 148
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR0386.
  • 2015-08-24 001 384
  • 2015-09-02 001 003
  • 2015-09-02 001 058
  • 2015-09-02 001 095
  • 2015-09-02 001 140
  • 2015-09-02 001 171
  • 2015-09-02 001 192
  • 2015-09-02 001 230
  • 2015-09-07 001 133
  • 2015-09-09 001 093
  • 2015-09-16 001 063
  • 2015-09-12 001 070
  • 2015-09-16 001 189
  • 2015-09-16 001 201
  • 2015-09-16 001 315
  • 2015-09-22 001 095
  • 2015-09-22 001 096
  • 2015-09-22 001 189
  • 2015-09-18 001 100
  • 2015-09-26 001 172
  • 2015-09-26 001 207
  • 2015-10-07 001 031
  • 2015-10-08 001 018
  • 2015-10-08 001 170
  • 2015-10-08 001 184
  • 2015-10-19 001 017 (2)
  • 2015-10-18 001 026
  • 2015-10-28 002 018
  • 2015-11-01 001 021
  • 2015-11-02 001 075
  • 2015-11-08 001 031
  • 2015-11-14 001 008 - Copy
Gallery

So this is the end of our wonderful trip.  It has been such a fantastic experience and, with the exception of a couple of days or places here or there, if we had our time again we’d do it the same.  Yes – we were on the move a lot and yes – we covered […]

3 comments / 2 votes
2015-08-24 001 190
0 comments / 2 votes

This is just a funny little poem that I made up as we hiked the Echidna Gorge in the Bungle Bungles, mainly to keep Emily distracted and hiking without complaining!!  I kept forgetting to put it on the blog until now! Today we clambered over rocks to get to Echidna Gorge. Up and down the […]

0 comments / 2 votes
  • DCIM100GOPROG0021156.
  • DCIM100GOPROG0081324.
  • DCIM100GOPROG0131484.
  • 2015-11-14 001 002 - Copy
  • 2015-11-14 001 022 - Copy
  • 2015-11-14 001 014
Gallery

Well, actually it doesn’t quite, but I couldn’t think of a catchy title involving Cape Le Grand.  And, as it turns out, it didn’t even end there, although it was supposed to. Sadly, the weather again played a part in diminishing our first impressions of a town.  It was incredibly windy and cold when we […]

0 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-11-12 001 007 - Copy
  • 2015-11-12 001 011 - Copy
  • 2015-11-12 001 015
  • 2015-11-12 001 016
  • 2015-11-12 001 022
  • 2015-11-12 001 012 - Copy
Gallery

We left Streaky Bay early and were surprised at what a comfortable drive the Nullarbor was.  The road is wide and smooth, fairly flat (derrr), surprisingly empty of traffic and makes for easy driving.  We crossed the tree-less plain and stopped at our one and only Bight viewpoint before we hit the WA border. The […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-11-08 001 023
  • 2015-11-08 001 029
  • 2015-11-08 001 041
  • 2015-11-09 001 138
  • 2015-11-11 001 092
  • 2015-11-11 001 103
Gallery

Our “welcome” into South Australia was an officious quarantine guard who almost gleefully emptied our fridge of approximately $30 worth of fruit & veg.  When we asked if we could at least finish our grapes, his response was “you’re on camera – you can’t just sit here and have a feed”.   Welcome to South Australia […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-11-03 001 001 - Copy
  • 2015-11-03 001 007 - Copy
  • 2015-11-03 002 022
  • 2015-11-04 001 025
  • 2015-11-05 001 034
Gallery

Our luck with the weather seemed to be holding out.  We had one stormy night and two gloriously sunny days in Katoomba then awoke on the day we were leaving to find it foggy & drizzly.  Not much fun to pack up in but we might as well be driving on rainy days.  We headed […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-11-01 001 015
  • 2015-11-02 001 027 - Copy
  • 2015-11-02 001 017
  • 2015-11-02 001 073
Gallery

The Blue Mountains were the perfect antidote for leaving Sydney.  We loved it here.  Although things got off to a bad start – we could barely see the famous “Three Sisters” for all the Sunday crowds and the local council hit us for street parking that was $4 for the first hour, $4.80 for subsequent […]

0 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-10-28 001 005
  • 2015-10-28 001 013
  • 2015-10-28 001 041
  • 2015-10-29 002 001
  • 2015-10-29 001 022
  • 2015-10-30 002 030
Gallery

Getting into Sydney towing a 17ft caravan wasn’t as scary as we’d imagined it would be.  Drivers in other parts of NSW might be a bit dodgy, but in the city they’re great.  Our caravan park was, as promised, lovely.  A beautiful patch of national park almost in the middle of Sydney. There was much […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-10-25 001 029
  • 2015-10-25 001 040
  • 2015-10-25 001 041
  • 2015-10-25 001 017
Gallery

We had a tough time deciding where to move to from One Mile Beach, or indeed deciding if we should move at all.  We were within striking distance of Sydney by now so we could just head straight there.  But we were both curious to see part of the Hawkesbury River region.  I’d travelled by […]

0 comments / 0 votes
Gallery

Keen to get in some more beach time, our next stop was back on the coast at Hat Head.  This stretch of the NSW has lots of promontories, but our uninventive forefathers clearly struggled with the spelling of that word or any sense of creativity as they have simply added “Head” onto all the place […]

2 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-10-19 001 017
  • 2015-10-19 001 063
  • 2015-10-19 001 086
  • 2015-10-18 001 047
  • 2015-10-20 001 033
  • 2015-10-18 001 032
Gallery

A little bit south of Nana Creek, north of the town of Diehard but down a bit from Diehappy Forest, on top of Taylors Arm and Thumb Creek, close to Hickeys Creek but far enough away from Gum Scrub, nestled in between Tucker’s Nob, Shea’s Nob, Bald Nob and Willi Willi, right next to Never […]

1 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-10-16 001 006
  • 2015-10-16 001 023
  • 2015-10-13 001 032
  • 2015-10-18 001 004
Gallery

Ahhhhh…..Byron  Bay.  If Dropkick has a capital, this is it.  And I don’t just mean the people who sit around the kids’ playground drinking spirits in the afternoon, or those letting their dog snap at the children on the swings, or people who think soap is a four letter word (errmmm…. You know what I […]

2 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-10-07 001 127
  • 2015-10-07 001 133
  • 2015-10-11 001 039
  • 2015-10-07 001 135
Gallery

Where else but Australia would there be a road called “Bruce Highway”?!  It was this ocker-named thoroughfare that took us further south to the famed Gold Coast.   Despite being mostly highway and later motorway, it was still a very scenic drive, populated with hills, forest, the Glasshouse Mountains and “house removal” companies.  Now, to most […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-10-07 001 016
  • 2015-10-07 001 031
  • 2015-10-07 001 105
  • 2015-10-05 001 080
Gallery

We were headed for Hervey Bay, the main kick off point to Fraser Island.  We spent a day in “H.B.”, getting ready for our trip to Fraser and it struck us as a strange sort of place.  It had all the ingredients for a perfect holiday town – a cup of beaches, ½ cup of […]

0 comments / 0 votes
Gallery

Dear Mrs Williams and Room 12 We have seen and done so many interesting things.  I wish you could be here because it has been a great holiday so far.  My dad keeps banging his head on the caravan but apart from that it is fine.  I miss you all very much. Here are some […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-09-30 001 242
  • 2015-09-30 001 265
  • 2015-09-30 001 287
  • 2015-09-30 001 312
Gallery

Our next stop was the twin towns of Agnes Waters and 1770.  Or more accurately, “Town of Seventeen Seventy”.  I’m a bit miffed as to why it’s made the big time, as it was Cook’s 2nd landing on Australian soil (the first, of course, being Botany Bay) and he only stayed a night on this […]

1 comments / 2 votes
  • 2015-09-30 001 168
  • 2015-09-30 001 170
  • 2015-09-30 001 178
  • 2015-09-30 001 187
Gallery
20
Oct-2015

On our way back to the highway, we wove our way through the surrounding cane-growing countryside, all of which is criss-crossed with tiny, cute little (train enthusiasts would say “narrow gauge”) railway tracks that the cane trains use to transport harvested cane from farms to sugar mills for crushing.  To prevent deterioration of the sugar […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-09-30 001 045
  • 2015-09-30 001 065
  • 2015-09-30 001 087
  • 2015-10-02 001 011
Gallery

Bowen was a lovely little town, with gorgeous beaches and not much else.  But that was just what we needed.  We had a day of “housekeeping” – loads of washing and cleaning the van for the first time in ….. well, never mind.  In fact, doing next to nothing was so nice that we decided […]

0 comments / 0 votes
  • 2015-09-26 001 002
  • 2015-09-26 001 009
  • 2015-09-26 001 025
  • 2015-09-26 001 088
  • 2015-09-26 001 015 - Copy
Gallery

Voted the “#1 must-do attraction” in Queensland, it was hard to resist the temptation of Paronella Park.   Although the threat of tour buses is ever-present with such status.  Created by Spaniard Jose Paronella back in the 1930’s, its original purpose was as a European-styled park and picnic gardens, built around the beautiful Mena Creek falls […]

1 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-09-22 001 167
  • 2015-09-19 001 045
  • 2015-09-18 001 097
  • 2015-09-18 001 111
  • DCIM100GOPROG0030645.
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR0852.
Gallery

Next stop, Lake placid – a gorgeous location just outside of Cairns, surrounded by mountainous rainforest and right next to the Barron River.   From there we took the bus up to Kuranda, the “village in the rainforest”.  Kuranda is set on the side of a mountain, surrounded by rainforest and some lovely rainforest walks.  I’d […]

0 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-09-22 001 005
  • 2015-09-22 001 046
  • 2015-09-22 001 055
  • 2015-09-22 001 100
  • 2015-09-19 001 019
  • 2015-09-22 001 142
Gallery

Our first sight of the east coast was very exciting.  4 weeks after saying goodbye to the west coast, we’d made it all the way across the top of Australia!! We had originally planned to take the van up to Cape Tribulation until we were told how long the trip could take, due the windy […]

1 comments / 2 votes
  • 2015-09-16 001 201
  • 2015-09-16 001 203
  • 2015-09-017
  • 2015-09-18 001 026
  • 2015-09-16 001 246
Gallery

And BOOM!  Just like that we left the dust behind.  After 5 weeks of hot, dry, scorching heat and scrubby, dusty surrounds, we literally crested a hill in Ravenshoe to find rolling green dairy land laid out before us.  It was the most surreal thing and we felt as though someone had picked us up […]

0 comments / 2 votes
  • 2015-09-16 001 120
  • 2015-09-16 001 177
  • 2015-09-16 001 125
  • 2015-09-16 001 174
  • 2015-09-16 001 180
  • 2015-09-16 001 189
Gallery

From Normanton, we continued travelling east over the Gulf Development Road.  Also known as “National Highway 1”, the first moniker is more apt as, on some parts, we were back to single lane road.  This section of the highway was only paved in the late 1990s and they’re still getting around to widening it to […]

0 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-09-16 001 037
  • 2015-09-16 001 056
  • 2015-09-16 001 063
  • 2015-09-16 001 068
  • 2015-09-16 001 103
Gallery

I know that a one-night stop in a small town wouldn’t ordinarily merit an entire post on its own, but who could resist a title like that?!! The peak season has just finished in Karumba, and all the oldies who head there to fish for months at a time have headed home, which gives it […]

1 comments / 2 votes
  • 2015-09-14 001 001
  • 2015-09-14 001 011
  • 2015-09-14 001 022
  • 2015-09-14 001 004
  • 2015-09-14 001 011 - Copy
  • 2015-09-14 001 016 - Copy
  • 2015-09-12 001 036
Gallery

This was the section of the trip that has both excited us and had us feeling quite nervous.  Long stretches of nothing – or close to it.  Long days of driving and making sure we are carrying enough fuel.  We had one day, back in WA, where we must have been driving into a head […]

0 comments / 3 votes
  • Wangi Falls, Litchfield NP
  • 2015-09-09 001 051
  • 2015-09-12 001 024
  • 2015-09-07 001 233
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR0573.
  • DCIM100GOPROGOPR0576.
Gallery

After 5 days in Darwin, we were ready to get back on the road again.  Litchfield National Park was an easy first stop, less than 2 hours down the road.  We set up camp in a gorgeous, almost tropical caravan park and headed into the national park to meet Mat & Nic.  First stop, Florence […]

2 comments / 1 votes
  • 2015-09-06 001 011
  • 2015-09-07 001 009
  • 2015-09-06 001 029
  • 2015-09-06 001 032
  • 2015-09-007
Gallery
19
Sep-2015

We left Kakadu and headed north to Darwin against a tide of boats being towed in the opposite direction.  All those Darwin Dads, out for a spot of Barra fishing on Fathers’ Day.  We had seen a couple of boats out fishing when we were on the Yellow Water tour.  But if a croc started […]

2 comments / 4 votes
  • 2015-09-02 001 011
  • 2015-09-02 001 025
  • 2015-09-02 001 059
  • 2015-09-02 001 060
  • 2015-09-02 001 129
  • 2015-09-02 001 218
  • 2015-09-02 001 395
  • 2015-09-02 001 415
Gallery
13
Sep-2015

Kakadu exceeded my expectations.  I had thought it was going to be hot and dry.  And it certainly exceeded those expectations.  It was BLOODY hot and BLOODY dry.  But there were so many more places to swim that I had expected.  Admittedly most of them had crocodile warning signs.  Unless a pool was at the […]

1 comments / 3 votes
2015-08-30 001 182
2 comments / 4 votes

First on the agenda for this morning – cross the border from WA into NT.  A pretty exciting moment as we’d never crossed a land border before.  In fact, we realised with some shame, the children have never been into another state of Australia.  Plenty of other countries but never another state.  Whoops!  After lots […]

2 comments / 4 votes
  • 2015-08-24 001 324
  • 2015-08-30 001 103
  • 2015-08-24 001 307
  • 2015-08-24 001 311
  • 2015-08-24 001 315
  • 2015-08-24 001 320
  • 2015-08-24 001 324
  • 2015-08-24 001 338
  • 2015-08-24 001 361
  • 2015-08-24 001 363
  • 2015-08-24 001 364
  • 2015-08-24 001 373
  • 2015-08-24 001 390
  • 2015-08-30 001 002
  • 2015-08-30 001 004
  • 2015-08-30 001 011
  • 2015-08-30 001 012
  • 2015-08-30 001 015
  • 2015-08-30 001 036
Gallery
01
Sep-2015

Kunnunurra was a gorgeous town.  Lush and green with a palpable buzz in the air because horse races on that afternoon.  Shops & cafés were closing early to mark the occasion.  Although I had hoped to find fruit and veg stalls everywhere, selling the local produce, we didn’t really come across any, which was a […]

3 comments / 4 votes

Archives

> <
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec