Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Update on the camper

 Well we made a few mods to the camper trailer and had a bit of a dry run to Avoca. Added a Darche roof top tent. Looks pretty good and very functional. Bit hard to get a good appreciation but seems a good option. Required a few mods to the bar work but has a fair bit of space and remained dry after we had a fair bit of rain. Very happy with our mods. Looking forward to getting on the road.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tewantin to Broken Bay


From Hervey Bay we made the short trip down to Tewantin - Noosa to catch up with Brad and the grand kids. Well 3 nights ended up 5 nights as our travel plans are pretty fluid and it was good to catch up with the kids. 
So it was the usual stuff dinner out one night to celebrate Max (Gillies Young Guns facebook page) being sponsored by a major fishing tackle importer and Darcey's successful production at school. A trip to Eummundi markets and a bit of fishing with Max, Gaz and Myself( 14 whiting with Max getting a PB of 40 cm) and that about sums up the week really. We are still getting plenty of rain as we have for most of the trip thus far, hopefully we will get a bit of a break soon. Our next leg will be to Broken Heads in NSW just south of Byron Bay.
Visitor to our caravan site

Broken Bay well broken something
The trip from Tewantin to Broken Bay wasn't the best. It rained steadily for most of the trip down. Di and I have not been to Byron Bay and I guess we wanted to see what all the hype was about Broken Bay was a little further on so we thought that would be a good base. Once past the Gold Coast we had a few roadworks but made good time all the same. The small caravan park had been recommended to us and whilst it wasn't too bad the 50% hike in site fees from the previous week ($37 a night) was just gob smacking. $60 a night was a bit rich plus a 3 night minimum and to top it off the sites had such a slope and so small it made levelling impossible. Gary couldn't even get his car on his site. The staff were less than helpful so all in all this put rather a dampener on it. And while we tried to set up it poured, didn't help the temperament I can tell you. Weather for our 3 day stay 
wasn't the best and too cold for a dip. We managed a trip to the macadamia nut castle, a look around Byron Bay and out to the Crystal Castle helped pass the time. 
Macadamia nut castle hasn't changed much over the years and was good for lunch. Byron Bay well we've seen it now not sure what all the hype is about. 
The Crystal Castle was the star really. It is a place of worship for Buddhists and has to be seen to be believed.  

Gibb River road and the Kimberly's

And so the next journey is getting close. Leaving home for Adelaide, on to Pimba, Coober Pedy, Alice Springs. Turning west after Alice its on to Tillmouth Well, Tanami Desert, Wolf Creek, Fitzroy Crossing then on to Derby. We then will head east along the Gibb River Rd and all its splender of Kimberly's to Kununarra, Katherine and the then south to home. It has been a really wet, wet season up North which means the Kimberly will be spectacular.