Monday 27th April 2009, Sunshine Coast.
After being here for three days we are almost settled in. Now we are in an area that doesn’t have water restrictions we have taken the opportunity to do a bit of washing, and the annexe walls badly needed a good wash and they have been done, but that was after the van got its first wetting by hose for at least 18 months. Those that aren’t aware of the shortage of water in a vast amount of areas around Australia may get a bit of an idea now by our lack of washing, believe me it is not because we are lazy. We still have some to go though, as Linda intends doing the inside van walls, and I have the car to do, and it will get the best all-over wash it has ever had. I also have a couple of ideas I want to try with the annexe setup so we will be busy in setup mode for a few days yet. With all this work Linda has still found time to go for her retail therapy, and we have both found time for the compulsory walks on the beach.
Saturday 25th April 2009, Anzac Day, Sunshine Coast.
We are finally here. We are going to take a fair bit of time to settle in this time as we have to spring clean the van and annexe. It has been something like 18 months since we have been in an area where we could use water to wash the van, being no water restrictions on the Sunshine Coast we are free now to give it a good wash. The annexe walls need a good wash as well so we intend doing them as well before we put them up. It is times like this when one finds out how fit he is, as I am now feeling a little stiff having made more arm movements today than I have in the past months, having had a nice hot shower I am now felling a bit better. Oh well more tomorrow.
Monday 20th April 2009, Ipswich.
We caught up with Kay and Adrian yesterday for a short visit and they are planning on coming here for a longer visit tomorrow. Today we had a trip back up the road to Cunningham’s Gap, the pass over the range on the road we took to get here. We stopped for a rest at the gap on our way here and noticed that there were a few walking tracks and a lookout there, so it was decided to return and have a good look. The lookout wasn’t as good as I would have expected, the view being restricted by trees, but the walks were something else. We have done several rain-forest walks in the past and this one would have to compare with the best we have done, especially seeing that it has been a while since being in a rain-forest.
Saturday 18th April 2009, Willowbank.
We have now made our second last move before moving to the Sunshine Coast next week to settle in for winter. We are now at Willowbank (See map) which is just south of Ipswich. It is also right next to Amberley Air Force Base, so if one knows where that is you will know where we are. Our main reason for being here is to visit Kay and Adrian who are parked at Ipswich, or close to it, with engine trouble again, their problems must be due to end soon.
Thursday 16th April 2009, Goondiwindi.
We have finally reached Queensland, being at Goondiwindi (See map). We have decided that we must return one day and revisit the area we have just travelled, between here and Tamworth, and have a fair bit of time so we can stop at all, if not most, of the small towns. There are quite a few nice looking towns and quite a few other things to check out. We are only interested getting to the Sunshine Coast for now, via Ipswich to visit Kay and Adrian, so all that will have to keep for the future.
Tuesday 14th April 2009, Bingara.
As nice a place as Gunnedah is we found we were a little lost for things to do, especially seeing we were rained in for the past couple of days, so we have now moved on to Bingara (see Map) about 170K north of Tamworth on a road known as the Fossickers Way. We had heard about Bingara from several people and decided it would be somewhere new to visit. On our way here we did think that the countryside was much better than we have seen for a while on our travels, even though the weather was rather overcast and our views were somewhat restricted. Some of the towns we passed through seemed worth a visit, so Linda was heard to say “This area looks like an area we could spend some time, in the future, just cruising and staying at these small towns
Sunday 12th April 2009, Gunnedah.
We look like being in Gunnedah for a couple of extra days as we are rained in, and we don’t move in the rain unless essential. It has been forecast for showers for the past few days but we got basically nothing at all, and it is forecast for rain tomorrow and I guess it has arrived a little early, so if it is still raining in the morning we will simply book in here for an extra day until it is fine enough to move.
Thursday 9th April 2009, Gunnedah.
Went to another town lookout called Pensioners Hill today and this is one of the better town lookouts I have seen so far, being close to town and at a reasonable hight giving some quite good views of the town. Unfortunately though this is about all we intend doing while here because as I said there is not a great deal to do here for the tourist, now we have two more days to just relax. There is a rural museum with a large display of old tractors and such but we have seen all we need to see along that line during our travels, so we gave it a miss.
Wednesday 8th April 2009, Gunnedah.
Gunnedah is a very nice place, and a good caravan park, but there doesn’t seem to be much to do in the area for sightseeing apart from the few things around town, so it is a good place for a few days of not much to do. There is Lake Keepit about 40K east of town, that we went for a drive to see yesterday, and it could be quite good for a stay if one was into fishing and water sport. It has a couple of caravan parks on the lakes edge, when full, that are reasonably cheap and we thought of actually going there for a few days when we leave here but there are a couple of negatives:- the water in the lake is very low, as are all inland lakes at the moment, the sites for the caravan are a brown gravel and on a slope which could make it difficult to level it up, and the whole area seems to be covered in that horrible Bindy grass with big spiky thorns, so we have decided to give it a miss. It is unfortunate because it did initially look like a good place to sit and relax for a few days, oh well we will make up for it by possibly getting to the Sunshine Coast a few days early. I went for my usual walk around town taking photos today, one thing I am surprised I didn’t do when we were here last time, and a sign of how nice the town is by the number of pics I took.
Monday 6th April 2009, Gunnedah.
Gunnedah is about 200K NE of Gilgandra (see map) and about 75K west of Tamworth, and we intend being here for a week. After stopping at Gilgandra we realised that we didn’t enjoy our last visit there because of the ants and thorns in the grass, so we have again said we won’t stay there again, this time we might remember. After the very short time we have been at Gunnedah we can see why we wanted to come back for a longer visit, but after being here for a week will tell.