I have finally made it into Qld after 18 Mths touring NSW, I
don’t do anything quick anymore as I have learnt to slow down.
I am having a great time touring this big country of ours, been
to lovely towns, campsites as well as I have met some great people along the
Seen the new Starcraft Outback (21-66-3 & 21-66-30B)
with the slide out, wow that looks good could be my next van, although I
am more than happy with the one I have.
From here to Emerald, Rockhampton up to Cairns down to
Charters Towers across to Mt Isa down to Alice Springs, Port Augusta and then
to Ceduna for the oyster festival in late September and onto the Nullabour
across to WA to do the West Coast, Kimberley, Darwin and back into Queensland
………….. Well that the plan but my plans do change!
I am back on the air not sure for how long though
I have been to Undara Experience to see the Lava Tubes and
to catch up with a friend who was also staying there
See pics above. I am actually standing in a Lava Tube and
taking a pic looking at the entrance ………. Amazing experience the other pic is
the camp kitchen which did cooked meals every night ………… very nice as I didn’t
have to cook
From there I free camped @ Fletchers Creek
Then on to Campaspe River instead of Charters Towers as the
parks were booked out due to the show. I am at Hughenden to top up the water
and power supply.
Then on to Julia Creek, Mount Isa, The Marbles, and Alice
Springs – I know that I will be on the air again at Alice
I have made to Alice Springs after 4 days from Mt Isa,
taking my time although I did 510k in the one day – I slept really well that
Arrived here around 11am haven’t been for a look around the
town as yet, plenty of time as I am here for 16 nights.
The highlight coming from Mt Isa would of been a sleepover
at The Devils Marbles – see attached pics.
Absolutely fantastic camp and the scenery especially with
the full moon was incredible
As I am now heading south the nights have really cooled down
to around 4 deg, but the days are pleasant at around mind to high 20’s
I have arrived at Kalgoorlie after doing another few
bush camps on the way.
Staying a Discovery Boulder very tight sites cannot
have the awning out as there is no room on the site no wonder I enjoy camping
in the bush.
Went to the Kalgoorlie Hotel for lunch and the off for a look around, the old
buildings in the infamous Hannan St are really nice with the old architecture.
Went to the Superpit which is a big a very big hole in
the ground, they extract gold from the big hole
When I leave Kalgoorlie which is next Thursday, I will be
heading North before turning around and going to Esperance, I am staying at
Menzies and having a look around the towns of Menzies, Leonora, Kookynie and
the bush for a couple of nights at Niagara Dam. These towns were big in the
gold days but now they are now one horse towns with old outback country
This week I am driving to Broadarrow and Orabanda for the
day, again old mining towns
I have made it to Ceduna, after staying at 2 bush camps between here and Port Augusta see above pictures
I plan to stay in Ceduna until 16th October before heading across the Nullarbor
See below for a link to the Ceduna Oyster Festival which I am looking forward to
After leaving the Menzies / Kalgoorlie area I headed south to Esperance WA after bush camping in 2 areas
From there I headed to Salmon Gums for a night, a beautiful little park run by the community at $15 per night for a powered site, no TV but had internet and mobile reception (Telstra) which was a good thing.
On arriving the day after at Esperance, I headed for the Pink Lake Caravan Park where I spent the next few weeks including Christmas and New Years Eve, this park was very crowded but considering the time of if is to be expected
During my stay at Esperance, I visited Cape Le Grand, Lucky Bay and Hell Fire Bay. This is a National Park the scenery around this area is nothing short of spectacular
While staying at Esperance I also did the Great Marine Drive several times, the road takes you around the foreshore of the Southern Ocean with great bays to look at on the way as well as a wind farm, finally finishing at the Pink Lake.
The lake is no longer pink due to the run off of chemicals from farms around the lake, there is a pink lake off shore, you can get a helicopter to take you there, I decided against that idea - Albany and beyond - Cape Le Grand NP -
Great Marine Drive / Southern Ocean pics
Yesterday I went for a walk (a big walk actually) around the
Kalbarri National Park and wow am I sore around the calf and thigh muscles, my
newest best friends say that it is good for me, not sure if any sort of pain is
good for a ageing body
with 6 pictures are of Denham near Monkey Mia, 320k south of
Carnarvon (which is where I am now) and 375k north of Kalbarri.
I decided not to go into Monkey Mia cause you have to pay to
even get into the town see the below link
This is the first town that I have ever heard of that you
have to pay to go into, I was going to have a look around Monkey Mia and maybe
have lunch and a coffee there …………….. changed my mind Ord River @ sunset,
– Lake Argyle and the boat to pick us all up to take us back
to Kununurra,Argyle Homestead,
– Warmun Roadhouse
I had to give my licence to the staff member before getting any Diesel, if you
pay for the fuel then you get your licence back, if you don’t pay then they
keep your licence
They say it is because they are isolated ( and they are ) have had drive
through’s but not since this has been introduced. Been to a few isolated
servo’s first time I have struck this.
Since my last update I have travelled from Derby to
Kununurra which is up the top of WA and only 36 kms from the NT/WA border, I
camped at Ngumban Cliff Rest Area for 1 night, the pics are attached to this email
The other day I did a tour with JJJ Tours of Lake Argyle by
bus and the on a boat down the Ord River back to Kununurra,
I leave here on Wednesday 30th May and head for
Darwin after stopping 3 nights at bush camps on the way. I am due arrive
in Darwin on the 3rd June for 21 nights before heading south to
– Darwin CBD, Darwin is a lot smaller than I expected but
still heaps to see and do.
Check this out
for a menu, The sunset beach market ,
the Jumping Crocs’ Boat Trip
Pic 966 – Life Jackets on board the boat, go figure ????
Pic 032 – Safety First !
I am now in Katherine enjoying the cooler nights, the days
are still hot much the same as Darwin, since arriving in Katherine I have seen
the Kimberley Outback Experience and the Katherine Gorge
Click on the below links for more details
The following 7 emails are of the Katherine area
On Monday I will be leaving Katherine, maybe staying at the
Daly River Pub on the way south to 3 Ways, then on to Mt Isa where it will be a
lot cooler and boy am I looking forward to that.
Pic 312 – Speed Limit on the Stewart Highway from Darwin to
the NT / SA border.
Pic 321 – Katherine River
Pic 339 – Water Buffalo
Pic 336 – Laying on the horse
Pic 329 – Outback Experience
Pic 334 – Outback Experience
Pic 324 – Welcome to Katherine
327 – Outback Experience
At the moment I am in Longreach, what I have seen so far
this is a really nice place with lots to see (and spend your money on) more of
Longreach in a later email
Since my last emails which were from Mt Isa, I have stayed
at Winton and a couple of bush camps along the way
You should receive 7 emails with attach picsPic 083 – John Flynn Place, this is where John Flynn, the
founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service began his operation. If he knew what
the RFDS has become today he would turn over in his grave
Pic 087 – John Flynn Museum
Pic 108 – Looks sort of real !!!
Pic 110 – The Waltzing Matilda Centre at Winton
Pic 127 – Boo ! Probably thinking I don’t want to be here
Pic 137 – Bush camp at Long Water Hole near Winton
Pic 116 – The Jolly Swagman
Pic 52 & 154 – Darr River Rest Area bush camp just
Until next time when I leave Longreach and have more pics to
email …….. bye for now
119 – Outback humour
Since my last updates I have travelled from Dubbo to
Creswick which is where I am now. The following 10 emails are the pictures taken from Parkes
(NSW) to Rochester (Vic).
Pic 407 – The telescope @ Parkes from where the movie The
Dish was made Pic 422 – The closest I have been to Albury for a long while
Pic 006 – Caravan Park @ Griffith with the optional ensuite
Pic 425a – Plane in the CBD of Griffith
How the following pics of the oranges are attached to wire
frames taken at the Griffith Orange Festival
Pic 427 = A carrot
Pic 013 – Murrumbidgee River @ Sandy Point in Hay
Pic 020 – Bush camp @ Sandy Point
Pic 054 & 039 – Bush camp on the Edwards River in
Pic 044 – A bird found a friend
082 – Silos @ Rochester
Pic 084 & 085 – Silos @ Rochester
That’s all for now from Creswick I’m off to Ballarat (now
that’s a big drive) to stay with friends I met in Alice Springs for a week then
heading towards Lake Bolac, Dunkeld, Hamilton and then to Mt Gambier for
When I left Creswick, I headed to Ballarat to stay with
friends that I met at Alice Springs some time ago now, it was great to be shown
around the Ballarat area and to catch up with Gordon & Marilyn.
I will be back in Ballarat during the months of May, June
and July next year to house sit as Gordon & Marilyn are off overseas to
catch up with their son, I asked if they could post pone there trip till later
when it is a little warmer, they were not that interested in doing that.
At present I am in Dunkeld, which is a small town on the
southern end of the Grampians, from here I’m off for a few days bush camping at
a place called Fort O’Hare which is near Dartmoor on the Glenelg River between
Dunkeld and Mt Gambier. See the below link for more details
From Fort O’Hare I have a short drive to Mt Gambier where I
will be staying till around end March 2019
The following 9 emails are pics of Ballarat, Dunkeld and The