9 January, 2017. What a way to start the new year – with a trip to Uluru and the Field of Light installation. We’ve been planning this trip for quite a few months and yes, we know it is a hot time of year to be heading to the Rock, but there are a few pros. There will not be much traffic on the roads; there will be no problems getting into… 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
So, we have been looking forward to this trip for quite some months now. Having booked tickets last October we have been counting down the months and days. The Birdsville Big Red Bash is a new annual event in it’s third year and has been growing exponentially from inception. With Big Red as the backdrop to the stage, the event plays host to iconic Aussie singers and bands and this year is no… Read More
I came across these videos well after I had posted our blog on the Nindigully Pig Races so thought I’d provide you with a new post so you can enjoy some of what we did at the time. The band you see in the videos is Simply Bushed and I’ve become a bit of a groupie I think. The songs featured in this blog are all iconic Australian songs. Anyway, sit back and… 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
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
We decided to head to Lake Tinaroo for the night before heading up to the Lions Den Hotel. The landscape has changed dramatically from out west and there is loads of green either side of the road now. Green trees, fields of sugar cane or whatnot. Roadworks still continue along the roads. Most are still in recovery from the last floods. There was an abundance of termite hills everywhere we drove but… Read More
After visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton, we headed off towards Charters Towers where we intended to spend 3 nights. We wanted some R&R so Damian could rest from driving every day and we could let Pepe take a break from being cooped up in the car every day. After all, we are on holiday. Each day has been the same with skies the colour of the Australian summer – deep… Read More
We had visited the Stockman’s Hall of Fame this morning knowing that it was only a short journey to Winton. By the time we left Longreach, it mush have been almost lunchtime. The road to Winton was really not much different. Still desolate, parched earth waiting for the rains to flood the plains and deliver much needed water to the water table below. We pulled into Winton and went to the caravan… Read More
I don’t know what I can say about the amazing piece of architecture and museum known as the Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame. What started as a germ of an idea of Mr Hugh Sawrey became a reality with the help of icons like RM Williams and other Australians. Opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 1988, the Hall of Fame houses 5 different galleries dedicated to stories of the untold heroes of the… Read More
After reluctantly saying goodbye to green grass and shady areas, we headed off towards Longreach. Again, more desolation by way of dry land and no crops, poor cattle and roos littering the side of the road. I was becoming accustomed to seeing emus in the paddocks but can never become accustomed to the sight of stock in poor condition. First stop was at Tambo and I thought it was a lovely little… Read More
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