Friday 9th September 2016, Caboolture.
We are back home again with mixed feeling of our past two weeks in the caravan. The cold nights didn’t help a great deal, and the first day at Jondaryan was almost a trip killer, and the insects at Laidley were intolerable. We should have expected, and I think we did, that the nights were going to be a lot cooler but I don’t think we expected it to be as cold as it did get. Jondaryan, as we discussed later between us and K and A, was a first impressions disappointment, and it was later said that if anybody suggested not staying there on day one we would have packed up and moved out. It turned out not to be too bad but was a bit over priced for what they provided. No water was available to each site, with only two taps provided to fill water tanks. The sites were too close together, but turned out not to be a great bother to us as after parking in the position we did it was convenient for us being close together, and their van ended up providing shade to our site late in the afternoon. Things that were advertised to be operating, weren’t, the festival starting the week after we left may have been the reason with all hands busy, but we did hear from other visitors that that was also the case a lot earlier. I am not sure whether that might just have been a case of people expecting too much. The other thing I didn’t mention earlier was the almost constant wind we endured during the two weeks away, none of us like high winds. Laidley, now this was a place we did enjoy, apart from the insect invasion we had one night. They were there most of the time, but in a tolerable number, but this particular night they simply completely took over the place. The wind was also hard to take here as well, but I did put up walls to counteract it on occasions so it was a little more tolerable. Other than this though Laidley was a nice place, and caravan park on the side of a lake, and after being asked by Adrian as to whether we would return there at any time, my answer was “I would most certainly consider it again”.
So now it is settle back into home life again until we think about going out again, or Christmas, whichever comes first.
Thursday 1st September 2016, Laidley.
It has been a change today with some sightseeing being done. It has been a long while since we have done some touring as a tourist in an area that we have not been before. We went back toward Toowoomba via a small place called Spring Bluff, a small enough place to now only have a historic railway station left in existence. This is a very picturesque area and well worth the trip. The main idea of the trip today was to go to Toowoomba and have a prelude to the flower festival upcoming. We went a bit unprepared only to find that unless you know where to go to look at the gardens there is nothing out of the ordinary to see. We did go back to Picnic Point, have been there before, but were surprised to find that Kay and Adrian haven’t been there before. Between there and Spring Bluff, both having flower gardens, we decided that we did get an example of the festival after all.
Tuesday 23rd August 2016, Nanango.
We are out on the road again. Kay and Adrian have completed a few mods to their “Nipper” van and were keen to take it out for a test, so we decided to tag along and have a couple of weeks out as well. We have moved to Nanango for a couple of days to visit Les and Jan while we are out and about.
Thursday 25th August 2016, Jondaryan.
Relaxing couple of days at Nanango, but it rained a bit on day two, yesterday, but that didn’t bother us as we were just there to visit. It turns out we missed most of the rain anyway as it passed us by, so we only caught the edge of it.
We have now moved to Jondaryan Wool Shed, a caravan park on an old farm with that has a big history of sheep farming, near Dalby. It’s claim to fame is the very large wool shed, which was one of the largest in the area. They have also started a museum of all sorts of farm machinery and old buildings donated from within the area, and it all comes together very well indeed. The whole display area actually took us a couple of days to have a good look around, but then we have plenty of time and aren’t in a hurry.
Tuesday 30th August 2016, Laidley.
Got out of Jondaryan just in time: They are just about to head into their annual Jackie Howe Festival, which is a sheering competition that attracts plenty of people. It may have been nice to stay and have a look at things but it was bad enough as it was accessing the amenities with the number of people that have been there for the past few days, without putting up with the extra 400 or so camp sites being made available, it would be bedlam.
We are now at Laidley, half way between Toowoomba and Brisbane, a small place Kay and Adrian stayed at a while back and swore to return. It seems to be worth it as I think we are going to enjoy a week here investigating the Lockyer valley and what it has to offer.
Sunday 31st July 2016, Caboolture.
A lovely week was had at Clontarf, with not doing a great deal, just relaxing. The walking track did get a fair bit of use though, but for the rest of the time there was never any intention to do much at all. We learned a couple of things that we need to do before heading off again, like a couple of things we hadn’t packed. We did not take the awning and for the first few days while the weather was hot, would you believe that Queensland was classed to have had a heat wave, but for the last few days it would have been nice to have a wall or two up to block out the cold wind so we wouldn’t have had to spend so much time inside. I am going to have to give a fair consideration to what we are going to do for internet connection whilst travelling because with the advent of using windows 10, and cloud storage, I find I am using a lot more data than before. I don’t know that I am prepared to just go off for another week like this again as I really did miss the comfort of home, but if we have somewhere specific to go, like visit Peter in Rockhampton, then there would be no problem. In fact, I think I am looking forward to taking the van to Melbourne again this Christmas, and take a bit of time to have a look at an area we have not seen, or would like to return to.
Friday 22nd July 2016, Clontarf.
We have once again packed up the van and gone for a week away. A trip to Clontarf, about 40K away is all we have done, but we look at it as if it may as well be 1000K, we are not home and we are at the beach. We arrived here yesterday and will be here for a week of doing nothing. We have been here before, a couple of years ago, and still it is a reasonably priced park, as are all the Moreton Bay council parks. This is demonstrated by the fact that the only reason we got in here is because just before I rang up to book someone had cancelled, and the park is completely full.
We are readjusting to life in the caravan, as it is different this time being short term hauls. We have to decide what we need to take instead of getting in all we have. We must get used to doing without a lot of things, such as all the tools I used to carry. I have to get used to not doing any work while away as it is regarded as holiday now. Other things have changed as well such as Internet access, we have now connected to NBN at home and cancelled the mobile broadband we did have, so now we have basically nothing portable, except for the small amount of data on our phones, so it is a test to see how we manage, and whether or not we are going to need something else. Telstra air could be another option except it is so slow, and we don’t have any here in the park, and I do not intend chasing it.