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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

Deep down, we were stretching out this part of the trip as much as possible.  Neither of us were ready to go home, but we had to be in Brisbane first thing the next morning to pick up our new camper trailer 🙂 On the road, we passed some roadworks (naturally) and I just loved the colour combinations of the deep red of the dirt and the vibrant green of grass and… 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

On the way into Cairns, we took a detour to Kuranda and enjoyed a little time there wandering around, having an ice-cream and buying some ‘relaxed’ clothing for me.  Yes, I relented and purchased some ‘happy pants’ which are rather ‘way out’ for me.  But, oh they are comfortable. Situated only 25km NW of Cairns, Kuranda is accessible by car, sky rail or the Scenic Railway.  We’ve been up on the train a… 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

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

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

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