Charleville – Nindigully – approx 433km Stoked up the fire this morning and first light here is a lot earlier than it was in Birdsville as well as much warmer overnight temperatures – was 6.7° this morning at 7am as opposed to -1° at Birdsville in the morning. After we packed up, we decided to drive on just a little further because we felt we weren’t in the right spot. What did… Read More
MILES – MITCHELL After last night’s stunning full moon and clear skies, we awoke to an overcast sky and a chilly morning. We had a peaceful night’s sleep out here on our own with no highway noise to disturb us. After a leisurely breakfast, we packed up and headed into Miles to stock up – remembering that we have made a conscious decision to shop locally along the way to support small country… Read More
Well, we are finally on our way to Birdsville and the Big Red Bash. We’ve been looking forward to this for some time and are keen to get on the road. We don’t have too far to drive – we are trying to average about 400km so that we aren’t tiring ourselves out with driving all day. It’s nice to get somewhere and enjoy the solitude of the camp site and the… Read More
Statistics: Total Time Away: 21 days Total Distance Travelled: 5,743km Total Fuel Used: 711 litres Total Fuel Cost: $1,123.00 Most Expensive Fuel: Cooktown ($1.73/l) Cheapest Fuel: Gympie and Goondiwindi ($1.55/l) No. of Nights Free Camping: 4 nights No. of Nights at Caravan Parks: 16 nights Total Cost of Accommodation: $520.00 Avg. Cost of Accommodation: $32.00 Total Cost of Sightseeing: $90.00 Total Cost of Food: $952.00 Mechanical Problems: 0 Tent Problems: slight repair… Read More
After our 3 nights at Airlie Beach, we packed up and headed off back down the coast getting closer and closer to Brisbane and Canungra. As we packed up though, the little family of ducks that had been ever present during our stay, crossed in front of us looking for grass to eat. We had seen these ducks further up the coast as well but they had been too far away to… Read More
We booked into the Seabreeze Tourist Park at Airlie Beach and again were told we could just wander round and pick our own site 🙂 As it was now school holidays, caravan parks were getting a little busier. This caravan park appears to be undergoing some fairly extensive renovations and extensions – looking all for the good. When we were there, they were laying new slabs for more caravans and trailers under shady trees. The… Read More
We had pre-booked into a caravan park at Airlie Beach for 3 nights so we decided we needed an early start to get there before 5pm. As I had a photographer friend in Townsville who I wanted to catch up with, we would need all the time we could get on the road. Before we left though, this pretty rainbow sent us on our way. Once again, the mountains were covered in… Read More
The time has come to start heading towards home. My personal reflections so far? Nindigully Pub was an absolute highlight for both of us. I very much enjoyed the journey to my home town of Dirranbandi and meeting up with Anne Young of Begonia Station. Seeing all the buildings that Dad used to work in and sleep in really bought a tear to my eye and I’ve since shown Dad some of… Read More
Before I start this post, I thought I’d give the Facebook page associated with this blog a shameless plug 🙂 I know I have lots of people who like my posts, so why not head over to the Facebook page and give me a ‘like’ – http://www.facebook.com/exploringozinstyle. I am also in the process of creating a website which will feature the best of the photos seen on this blog. More on that… Read More
Well, this iconic hotel deserves it’s own post. I was so looking forward to coming here and I was not disappointed. This whole area was so much fun. Not just the hotel, but the camping grounds were great and we did a day trip up to Cooktown and Archer’s Point (more on that in the next post). Built in 1875 on the banks of the Little Anninan River, the Lion’s Den Hotel is… Read More
After a walk to the Lake again for Pepe to let off some steam, we packed up and headed to the Lions Den Hotel. I was excited by the prospect of the drive and what scenery I would see. Damian has seen all this as he worked and lived up in FNQ for some years, but I’m new to it. We stopped briefly in Mareeba for some supplies. I was desperate for… Read More
In the last post, I talked of Dad’s memories. This post is about how Begonia Station is now. I’d like you to meet Anne Young – owner of Begonia Station for the last 10 years. Anne grew up in Dulacca and her parents have always been involved on the land. Her dad was a shearer. Now, those who truly live on the land in Australia (properties, stations and the like spread around… Read More
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