This trip starts from home and does a near lap of Queensland. The furthest point is the Dig Tree, nearly to the South Australian border. Approximate duration, six months.
  • Nov10

    Epilogue

    November 10, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 23 °C

    The trip actually finished in Brisbane in early November. Close friends will be aware of the complications. We will resume some trips around South East Queensland over the next 6 or so months and some more longer trips next year.Read more

  • Oct16

    Surfers Paradise

    October 16, 2021 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    We were invited to spend a weekend in a top notch Gold Coast hotel. After about 190 days(*) on the road, this would be as far from our camping lifestyle as we could get.

    Huge rain showers with unlimited hot water, deep opulent bath tubs of steaming hot water, spa pools, beach and sand.

    This is definitely not your average camp site.

    The Merriton is 5 star posh. There is internet, TV, dishwasher, room service and everything luxury. We are nearing the end of our current trip, shortly working our way up the Queensland south east. A few more weeks we will be home after another amazing journey.

    * This year we began travelling on 6th April. We returned home for a few days to be involved in Anzac day and do a few last minute jobs on our van. We then hit the road north on what has become a decent lap around Queensland.
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    Traveler

    Great trip. Enjoyed meeting you guys and following the journey. Thanks for introducing me to FindPenguins. doesnt matter if anyone reads it, it is a great resource for keeping the adventure alive and in the right sequence!

    10/19/21Reply
    Traveler

    It seems you are having a great trip. we are still in Brisbane spending a fair amount of time with family and friends. It was great meeting you and following your adventure. Somewhere down the road we will catch up again.

    10/24/21Reply
     
  • Oct15

    Coombabah

    October 15, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    We are on the Gold Coast with some time before our family members arrive. A few kilometers from where we will stay is a nature reserve. Quite a few good walks and birdwatching opportunities.

    The roads getting here and returning back to Surfers is very slow travel.Read more

  • Oct6

    Lake Eden

    October 6, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Over this way there are lots of lakes with reasonable amount of water that I suspect is kept topped up. This ensures a good population of wildlife for the enjoyment of visitors.

    This morning there was quite a few birds and some water dragons to keep us interested as we walked the couple of kilometers around the lake. There were a pair of swans keeping watch on their 3 cygnets and chasing any other birds that got too close.

    Towards the north end was a fair group of magpie geese relaxing in the cool morning. Lots of brown honeyeaters were on hand singing to us as we walked past. Dozens of turtles swam over in the hope of food. We don't feed them but obviously people do.

    This area is a nice spot for a morning walk.
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  • Oct4

    Boondal Wetlands

    October 4, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Today a short 2.5k walk at the Boondal wetlands. There is no significant fresh water so not many birds apart from the mynas. Out in the channel today from the bird hide a lonely Ibis and a lonelier pelican.

    The path is well maintained and very easy to walk. It is suitable for wheelchair. No vehicles or bikes are allowed, but there is a cycle track that runs along the side of the highway for several kilometers. You can take rover as long as he is on a leash and you pick up after him.
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    Traveler

    Civilisation approaches!

    10/18/21Reply
     
  • Sep24

    The GAS Festival

    September 24, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Well friends, I could not tell anyone where we were until it's over. You would have been too jealous! We turned off the phone, set up out camp amongst the tall iron bark trees and settled in for a whole weekend of the greatest music event in Queensland. What a way to start and then finish 6 months on the road.

    Some of you might recall we were here in April. That was the old fashioned music weekend. This one was the Quirky music weekend. An outstanding line-up with the famous "Church of Goat" on Sunday morning. An uplifting and sometimes irreverent show of gospel music and uplifting music and even a reading. Check the photo of the menu.

    We camped at the site, roughed it with bush bucket showers but were a little spoilt with super clean flushing loos. Fit for the princess or prince of any family.

    Bryce and Marney treated us to their special historical Apulucian mountain music, complete with some background and history. The songs are up to hundreds of years old, handed down though ages of family song.

    We really enjoy these small shows of a couple of hundred audience and will definitely be back again.

    One big surprise was the mystery performer. Brought on stage behind a human supported curtain for the reveal. When the curtain was whisked away, the legendary Chad Morgan was poised to entertain us for the next hour. It was amazing to see him do a full show at age 88 years. He even signed his latest "best of" CD and posed for photos.

    Lindsay Pollock was also on hand to show us some interesting musical instruments. He played a variety of home made instruments including a folding chair flute.

    This was one seriously jam packed weekend.
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  • Sep23

    Ban Ban Springs

    September 23, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Really sad. The near permanent springs of hundreds of years are dry. This is what happens when bores are drilled and pump the aquifer down low. All to irrigate a paddock.

    Traveler

    🤨

    10/18/21Reply
     
  • Sep22

    Barambah Caravan Park

    September 22, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We are always a little apprehensive when we book a caravan park. This place was a pleasent surprise. Nicely laid out on the side of a hill, birds all around and lots of woodland walks behind the park. It even has a 9 hole golf course out front for $5 a game.

    Pam is really enjoying the walking and birds. I am walking all over and relaxing with my book in between walks. It is very relaxed. The only outing has been a run over to Murgon via the Bjekke-Petersen dam. Boy that is low! 7% according to the reports. They need a rain dance. We should have come with the camper. That always gets us wet.

    The weather rock is quite dry but was swinging a lot yesterday. Probably did a bit of a jiggle dance this morning in sympathy with the earthquake in Victoria.
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    Traveler

    So much greenery!

    10/18/21Reply
     
  • Sep19

    Jandowae Golf Club.

    September 19, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    About 8 kilometers to the north of Jandowae is the golf club. Limited camping is available here for a donation. They have great amenities and the area is quite beautiful.

    We are camped beside the dam and can walk around the golf course if we wish. The entire 9 x 2 holes takes about 6k. (Each hole is played twice from a different direction. That makes sense as there are only 9 greens to keep "green" in this water land of ours.

    It is very quiet and relaxing sitting here watching the sun sinking slowly towards the horizon.
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    Traveler

    where you heading to from there Rob

    9/19/21Reply
    Traveler

    Hi Paul. we are heading towards Maryborough to a classified location.

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  • Sep19

    Roma Bush Gardens

    September 19, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This was an amazing spot early in the morning. The first thing is the bird chatter and song. Then a one kilometre walk around, andthere are birds everywhere. From the majestic pelican to the tiniest fairy wrens in the shrubs. It is an great place to visit.

    More About Roma (From an information sign).

    Wicome to Romal The area surrounding Roma i traditionally home to the Mandantan Aboriginal people travelling throughout the region, the Mandandanji occupled an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometres. Following exploration to the region by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1846, the Mandandanji became known as the fish net people for their use of nets rather than spears for fishing. Today a wonderful exhibition of traditional tools (reated by the local Mandandanji people) is available for locals and visitors in appreciate at the Mandendanji Park on the easter entrance to town.

    Roma was settled following exploration to the region by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846 Making his way north along the Balonne River and then west along the Muckadilla Creek, Mitchell stood atop a solitary hill and glowingly reported "I beheld the finest country I had ever seen in a primeval state a champaign region spotted with wood, stretching as far as human vision ar even the telescope would reach.

    He named the hill Mount Abundance' (located between Roma and Mitchell and visible toward the south from the Warrego Highway near Muskadilla) and continued his journey west to the Maranoa River, just north of the present town of Mitchell. During the following year, Allan McPherson established Mount Abundance station, marking the beginning of a lang history of primary productions for the region.

    The town of Roma took its name from the wife of Queensland's first Governor, the Countess Diamantine Roma and was one of the first gazetted settlements following Queensland's separation, from New South Wales in 1859. Today, approximately 8,090 full time equivalent residents live in the township of Roma

    Roma can truly be regarded as being the cradle of Australia's Oil and Gas Industry. Like many western towns reliant on water in the late 19th century, Roma looked closely at the potential of underground water. In 1899, water was discovered at a bore sunk on Hospital Hill. In that year, a second bore spudded at the same site encountered natural gas. Today, Roma has strong links with natural gas production and is centrally located in an area of large reserves of petroleum gas and coal seam gas. The Big Rig Museum is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of the industry, including the Oil Patch self guided tour and the Night Show.

    The local economy of Roma is based on the extraction of coal seam gas and its related industries, as well as agriculture (primarily beef production, with some sheep and broad acre farming), cypress milling and tourism. Australia's largest cattle selling centre is located at the Roma Saleyards with 300,000-400,000 cattle sold through the facility, annually. Visitors are welcome to attend sales every Tuesday and Thursday and even take i a tour with a local farmer.

    The town of Roma has a range of cafés, specialty shops, restaurants and accommodation options that we are sure you will enjoy. Volunteers and staff at the Roma Visitor Information Centre look forward to welcoming you to their community and making your stay a most

    enjoyable experience. Please relax, unwind and enjoy the country hospitality found in abundance in Roma.

    About the Maranoa

    Welcome to the Maranoa! With a stunning and diverse natural landscape, fascinating history and abundance of cultural experiences available, we are sure that you will love exploring and getting to know our region.

    Spanning a geographic area c 58,834.5 square kilometres (a little smaller than Tasmania), the Maranoa region takes in the towns of Roma (the central hub), Injune to the north, Mitchell to the west, Surat to the south, Wallumbilla and Yuleba to the east. the communities of Amby, Muckadilla and Mungallala (west of Roma) and Jackson at the region's eastern most gateway.

    The Maranoa is traditionally home to the Gunggari, Kooma, Bidjara, Mandandandji and Iman Aboriginal people. Today, the culture and traditions of the original people are proudly displayed throughout the region. Visitors are welcome to visit the Aboriginal Traditional Campsite in Surat, the Native Wells near Yuleba, Mandandanji Park in Roma, the Yumba in Mitchell and each of the inspiring National Parks to the north of Injune.

    European settlement to the Maranoa region commenced following exploration to the region by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846.

    Today, the Maranoa region is a dynamic and vibrant regional community, with a population of approximately 13,076 residents. The local economy is based upon coal seam gas extraction (and its related industries), agriculture, timber milling and tourism.

    The Maranoa offers visitors a diverse range of experiences from tranquil natural environments with superb sandstone formations, to interpretive displays which celebrate the culture and history of the region. The residents of the Maranoa are proud to call this region their home and are thrilled to welcome you into their community. Please take the time to explore the region. We are sure you will make memories that will last a lifetime.
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