Sunday 31st March, (Toowoomba).

Easter Sunday, and Linda has, or we at least, have just had a phone call to Narrelle in England. We decided that all Linda’s phone calls are to numbers she can call for free, so we have her monthly call allowance to utilise on calls to England. One call she already made was only $2.50 for 5 minutes so we figure we can call Narrelle for about 15 minutes every two weeks or so. It will be much better speaking to each other rather than just email.

The weather has broken somewhat, but it is still a little overcast and windy so yesterday we had a look around a few things in Toowoomba such as the Botanical gardens, Cobb and co museum and a bird sanctuary. Today called for a tour up to Crows Nest, about 40k north and a waterfall/gorge and lake in the area.

Toowoomba is situated, as I have said before, on top of the ranges with a virtual cliff of great length along the eastern side, which offers many lookouts with spectacular scenes of the lower lands to the east.

We have booked in here until Friday so we have several days to further look around this city, and heaps more photos, and have a couple of days to just relax.


Wednesday 27th March, (Toowoomba).

I must mention a comment Linda has been making over the last couple of days, “I’m glad you have your new mobile back”. I guess she means that my temper has settled somewhat since I have had it, what a saga.

The rain is upon us once again so today was a day for shopping and checking out shopping centres, one of Linda’s favourite pastimes. As usual for a city this size there are quite a few shopping centres so we only managed to visit about half of them and the other half will have to wait until another day.

Thursday 28th March, (Toowoomba).

Rain? I am not sure I can remember the last time I experienced a storm like last night. According to the news tonight we had about 85mm of rain overnight in Toowoomba. We had power blackouts all night, up until bedtime that I know, and there were quite a few incidents of storm damage in the area. It was a bonus having our own power as we could still watch a little telly while everyone else was in darkness.

More rain today and my car in for a service confined us to the caravan today, which gave us a chance to tidy up paper work, a job we both abhor. 8:00pm and we are sitting through another storm, not as bad as last night but another storm none the less. It could be just as well we have decided to stay here for two weeks so the gear may get a chance to dry out before we move on.


Monday 25th March, (Toowoomba).

A little fiddling with the aerial and adjusting the power on the booster power has improved the TV reception a little and it is now a little more watchable.

I made arrangements for a vehicle service today, and fixing a few things on the laptops filled in the day, so tomorrow will see some sightseeing.

Tuesday 26th March, (Toowoomba).

We had a tour of a difference today, as we followed a tourist drive around Toowoomba. We have done this on an odd occasion before and have now decided that in a city at least the size of Toowoomba it will be a necessity to do such a tour.

The tour gave us a greater appreciation of the surroundings than that we would have achieved if it were up to our own resources as it has been in the past. We now know where a lot of attractions are and had a glance at what we can expect when we decide to revisit them.

Some excellent scenery is to be seen on the range looking east toward Brisbane as Toowoomba is situated immediately on top of the ranges, almost on top of a cliff.

There seems to be some other spectacular areas to visit, but that’s another day.


Sunday 24th March, (Toowoomba).

A move today to Toowoomba, which is now the start of what should be our expected anything goes touring. Anything goes was the order of the day, as we experienced a situation that I hope does not occur again: a very large hill on the last stage of the trip to Toowoomba. This hill was about 5-6 kilometres of very steep upgrade that committed the panel van to first gear, and caused extreme overheating of the engine and transmission. The transmission obviously suffered, hopefully temporarily, and demonstrated some very unusual traits on cruising after traversing the climb.

A decision has been made to change engine oil and filter while here so the inclusion of transmission oil change could be a deserved addition, as it must have gotten very cooked during the strain.

Toowoomba seems to be a place of many things to do so we could possibly easily fill in two weeks here so as to overcome the travelling problems over Easter with parks being booked out. A visit to the local tourist centre today revealed that there are several tourist drives that seem to be a must so I should even get quite a few photos.

A problem that occasionally occurs in outback areas with poor TV reception. One would think that a city the size of this would have excellent reception but I am having all sorts of problems getting a clear picture. Perhaps the main problem is the same as other parks with the signal being attenuated somewhat by all the trees they insist in growing and ultimately only achieve being an obstacle in the way of signal reception. The picture is just watchable and I guess we will just have to put up with it.

Gold Coast

Friday 22nd March, (Gold Coast).

Still on the Gold Coast and have now decided to stick with our original decision to travel inland toward Mt. Isa. Our first stop will be Toowoomba, about 120K west of Brisbane, and will stay there until after Easter, unless we change our mind. We have heard a few reports about Toowoomba of varied aspects so it will be interesting to see what it is actually like. One comment was “You will be surprised how much like Launceston it is”.

Again I have not been putting much down in words as between visiting Tony and Brenda, and working on the new PC, there has not been much time. Probably to be truthful, after having several problems with the laptops this week, I really have not been very interested in putting any words down. Due to new laptops not having serial ports I could not get my mobiles to work on the new one, even with adaptors that Tony had, and I knew existed. We will just have to keep using the old one for Internet work. We intend keeping the old one anyway so this won’t be a problem.

My replacement phone finally, after 3 months, turned up today so I guess some of my frustrations should be non-existent from now on. My only concern is that to get rid of my complaints LG may have given me a replacement of the same version as the other one and it too may fail: we will just have to wait and see.