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After leaving Begonia Station, we travelled onwards to Charleville.   After three nights of free camping, the Princess (aka me) needed a shower and to wash clothes.  It’s at this point that we begin to look forward to the camper trailer being finished and we know we will appreciate it more by the end of the trip.  Camping is fine, don’t get me wrong, but even by this stage, we are getting sick… 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

I’m going to separate the posts on Begonia Station into two posts.  This post is about the buildings and the area that Dad would remember but I don’t know if he was there during a time of drought or of rains.  This time, it is very definitely in the grip of a particularly nasty drought. When I told Dad we were going through Dirranbandi and then St George he asked if we… Read More

So after a drive around Dirranbandi, we headed toward St George where we were aiming to stop for a late lunch by the Balonne River.  I have a friend who has never been to St George and asked if I would take photographs for him, which of course, I did. The road to St George from Dirranbandi is all sealed and is a very easy road to travel on.  The road was… Read More

Let me tell you a story. I was born in Dirranbandi, in 1964, on Cubbie Station (before it was, well, you know, Cubbie Station) to parents who were born and bred on the land.  What they didn’t know about horses was not worth knowing. My dad’s name is Bill and he is 86yrs old this year (on Christmas Day).  He has had somewhat of a hard knock life but as a true… Read More

After another couple of hours on the road, we pulled up at the Nindigully Pub to set up for the night with the sole intention of attending the annual Pig Races.  Now, they say that the best night to be at the Nindigully Pub is on a Saturday night and the best night of the whole year is the Annual Pig Races.  Seeing as we were heading to Dirranbandi anyway, we decided… Read More

Well, after a frenetic week with Damian finishing work and me tying up loose ends at home, we finally set off on Saturday morning (30 Nov) in the pouring rain.  Not that we are complaining 🙂  Personally, my favourite weather is rain, rain and more rain – especially summer storms.  We were treated to some glorious cloudy and misty scenery along the way. After a quick stop in Aratula to give Pepe… Read More

There are two schools of thought regarding how much to plan an upcoming trip of any magnitude. One school says ‘plan to the nth degree so that virtually nothing is left to chance’.  Now, usually in my everyday life, I am in that camp.  I plan my day in 15min blocks and am never, ever late.  Rules govern my life and I am called ‘Sheldon’ at home by Damian.  I have an… Read More

As we aren’t going on our ‘first trip’ for a couple of months yet, I thought I’d share with you a recent trip we took to Fraser Island. We decided to head up there in July last year just to get away.  I had never been to Fraser Island and was keen to see what all the fuss was about.  We loaded up the ute with camping equipment and our trusty Fridgemate… Read More

Well, we are planning our first trip for this December.  We are hoping our Aussie Swag trailer will be ready but chances are it won’t be so we will probably be camping.  Damian is planning on having a canopy built for the ute as well as having a drawer system built and some other small things which need to be done. We have a friend in one of the Aboriginal Communities in… Read More

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