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Tweed Heads

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  • Day25

    The start of our walkabouts adventure

    November 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    While our presence in Australia appears to have solved the drought problem (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-50286053) the last two days have been frustrating. We had hoped to have been on our way several days ago. We’d hoped to have Big Bertha on Friday but it didn’t happen.

    On Sunday we made a trip to an enormous DIY type warehouse that sold everything, literally everything. We made a list of things we would need for Bertha, a couple of camping chairs, a camping table .... repairing stuff, kitchen stuff, emergency stuff, eating and cleaning stuff .... quite a list.

    On Monday we hung around awaiting the call to pick up Bertha but received a call to say that the part still hadn’t arrived. While the engineers had cut a hole for the new part, so that it will be fitted as soon as it arrives, the work still needs to be approved by the gas inspector.

    Today we were told that the part had arrived and was being fitted, but we still had to hope that the inspector would have a chance to inspect it and approve it. Today is Melbourne Cup day so we just hope that no one involved is a horse racing fan.

    So that we didn’t spend our time kicking our heals we decided to head for the Gold Coast and look around or lay on the beach. On the way we would drop into IKEA to buy Bun an orthopaedic pillow for her neck. On our way we received a call that the van was finished and approved, no beach today

    When we arrived to collect Bertha she was wired up to the mains with the a/c working and was beautifully cold inside. When she had been sold to the dealer, she contained “everything needed” and this was in a pile in a garage. We were told that we could take anything we wanted. Cutlery, cleaning materials, fuses, spare fan belts, picnic chairs,and table, toaster, kettle ... and so forth. We loaded it all on board.

    Bertha comes with about 3kg of keys! I don’t know how many sets there are. There are a number of storage spaces each accessible from outside and each with their own door that has a lock or two. Why each lock isn’t suited the same, I don’t know. Tomorrow we will sort them all.

    We were shown how to sort the toilet, the gas, the fridge, the cooker .... information overload. Then we moved Bertha and were shown the awning. Time to go home.

    We travelled 20yds to the fuel station and filled Bertha up I was using my hone for satnav and it sat happily on the dashboard until about 400yds down the road and I’d turned onto the motorway. The remaining 50 miles (plus detours from missed turnings etc) was miserable with respect to directions, but Bertha behaved well.

    She’s parked up, locked up and will be sorted out tomorrow. Will we leave Brisbane tomorrow or Thursday? No plan yet.
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    Tony German

    Wow. Thank you for posting it feels like we are there with you. Great 🥰

    11/5/19Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    I wish you had been - I probably wouldn’t have become lost!

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  • Day88

    Going South

    January 7, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Bill - RIP, will be much missed

    We left Brisbane on Monday 6 January. We had taken over our house-sit, the kids had arrived with their partners, we’d hired a car to take all six of us, plus luggage, we had a memorable Christmas with Bun’s family, the kids had left, we watched the fireworks in Brisbane on New Year’s Eve, we gave the house back. Now time to hit the road.

    Thanks is never sufficient for what Mike and Renate have done for us while in Australia, but we thought we’d give them the biggest gift we could ... and left them to the peace and quiet of their daughter’s family and children 😂

    The plan is simple, head south, arrive in Melbourne mid-February for a holiday with Bun’s sister and her family, then off towards somewhere else and back to Melbourne for flights to KL on 23 March. The fact that much of the area we want to go to is currently on fire ... well it’s an adventure.

    Another problem is that, as it’s the school holidays in Australia, many campsites only want a 7 day booking, not single nights. They are also full. We didn’t find this out until we tried to book our first night. Oh dear ...well it’s an adventure.

    The first leg was a quick drive down the M1 to Kingscliff where we stayed at a campsite under the flight path to an airport and next to the M1. Actually it was one elf the quietest sites we’ve been on. A jet plane or lorry is pretty quiet compared to a flock of sulphur crested cockatoos.

    We visited Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, very interesting and informative, but a bit tired. There are huge politics around aboriginal history and I’m not going there except to say that the cultural centre said that more aborigines were killed by “white mans” diseases than guns. The centre gave the impression that the local aborigines willingly worked for the Europeans and wanted the tools and benefits of this new culture. It gave the impression that, in this area, the young aborigines left the land and their heritage before it was taken from them. Enough said.

    The centre includes a walk and a “Bora”.

    Bora is an initiation ceremony of the Aboriginal people of Eastern Australia. The word "bora" also refers to the site on which the initiation is performed. At such a site, boys, having reached puberty, achieve the status of men. The initiation ceremony differs from Aboriginal culture to culture, but often, at a physical level, involved scarification, circumcision, subincision and, in some regions, also the removal of a tooth. During the rites, the youths who were to be initiated were taught traditional sacred songs, the secrets of the tribe's religious visions, dances, and traditional lore. Many different clans would assemble to participate in an initiation ceremony. Women and children were not permitted to be present at the sacred bora ground where these rituals were undertaken.

    Unfortunately, while the Bora has been saved from being built on, there has been no restoration back to what it was and hasn’t been used since 1908. I wonder why?

    We visited the place we bought Berth from. I think they were concerned that we were going to give them grief rather than simply ask for advice.

    We had a walk around Kingscliff beach and the estuary, then on to Hosannah Farm Stay Campsite where we can feed the piglets, sheep, calf etc. Actually all we want to do is cuddle a dog but none of their dogs are cuddly.

    Tomorrow we head for Nimbin that has an alternative livestyle ... pass the space cookies 😍😜🤪🥰
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    Wayne Bampton

    Sorry to hear about Bill...

    1/7/20Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    I see from the calm way you left (video) in Bertha that you haven’t kept up the D.I.L.Y.S.I. philosophy 😋

    1/7/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Bertha doesn’t respond to that philosophy, lots of gear changes, being aware of what’s ahead and praying the brakes will work.

    1/7/20Reply
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  • Day25

    Coolangatta

    November 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Fingal Head, ein Dorf im äussersten Nordosten von New South Wales und ca. 5km südlich der Grenze zwischen New South Wales und Queensland. Vom Lookout Point hatte man eine Aussicht auf zwei fast menschenleere Strände und die Skyline von Coolangatta. Nachdem die Grenze zu Queensland überquert war, wurde die Zeit um eine Stunde zurückgedreht. In Coolangatta am Greenmount Beach badeten wir zum ersten Mal im Meer, lagen im weissen Sand und sahen den Surfern zu. Während die Mittagssonne brannte, kümmerten wir uns ums Einkaufen, Campingplatz suchen und Mittagessen. Am Strand von Kirra Beach war nicht viel los, da die Sommersaison noch nicht begonnen hatte. Den Abend beendeten wir mit einem Spaziergang durch die Strassen von Coolangatta.Read more

  • Day12

    Camper Vans - Tweed Heads South

    October 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Our plan .... no, it’s not a plan because we are not allowed to have one, our thoughts are to buy a camper and go walkabouts. Head north, see the barrier reef, do some diving, back to Brisbane for Christmas, see the kids, see in the new year, head south, Sidney, south coast, Melbourne, maybe Adelaide, back to Melbourne, catch a plane back to KL. Simple. Just need a camper van.

    We have been looking at vans on the Aussie gumtree. There are many good looking vans. Some basic, some quirky. The cost is less critical than what we lose on it between buying in Brisbane and selling in Melbourne. The most basic camper will cost us around Aus $50 per day to rent, approval $7,500 for 5 months. However, the most basic won’t allow us to take the six of us when Toby, Jessica and their partners come over for Christmas.

    We decided to go to a dealer in Tweed Heads South (THS) so that we could have a look at a range of.vans.

    THS is across the border in New South Wales. The time zone is currently one hour ahead of Queensland. If we were to fly the airport terminal is in NSW but part of the runway goes into QLD and is, technically, in a different time zone.

    The dealership had about 20 vans, we were looking at the more budget end. The photos on gumtree must have been taken by the same person who does house sale photos and can make a tiny box room look like an enormous double bedroom. We learnt a lot, mostly about what we didn’t want, a little about what we would lik (all round mosquito curtains) but couldn’t find a van we liked. Decided to retire for a coffee and rethink.

    The coffee shop was in NSW, south of THS and shut at 4. We set of and were due to arrive at 3:30 if we got a wiggle on. When we arrive£ we found that, despite being in NSW, they worked on QLD time and it was only 2:30. Very confusing.

    The previous day we had arranged to meet Carl and his girlfriend who had a quirky camper for sale. They had driven it from Brisbane to Sidney bcuase someone had said that they would buy it, but then didn’t. They were driving back from Sidney and we arranged to meet in the IKEA car park south of Brisbane. The van was certainly quirky and had been built to a high standard, but it was tiny. Not sure our marriage would have survived the time in that van. https://youtu.be/dq_TdykIqt8

    We drove back through Brisbane and continued the search for vans on gumtree and eBay.
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    Jill Underhill

    Good luck with your search; that van was tiny indeed!!! Xx

    10/24/19Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    Like the video, why not get one each 👍

    10/25/19Reply
    Geri Briggs

    What does ‘quirky’ mean in the context of a camper van?!

    10/26/19Reply
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  • Day123

    FINGAL HEAD, QLD

    March 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Für drei Tage sind wir auf einem Campingplatz direkt am Strand. So konnten wir heute morgen den Tag im Meer beginnen. Nach der Stranddusche dann gemütlich Frühstück inmitten der Aussi-Piepmätze...
    Manchmal sieht es aus, als wenn wir von der Vogelwelt wie im ZOO bestaunt werden.
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    Globolistin

    Magisch

    3/2/20Reply
    Globolistin

    Vorsicht: unpatroled Beach

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  • Day124

    FINGAL HEAD Beach, Tag 3

    March 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Bevor es zur weiteren Erkundung der Küste geht, gibt's einen Kaffee. Diesmal mit selbst geernteter Kokosnuss. Viel Arbeit aber leckere Milch und noch leckeres Fleisch...
    Das Brotmesser musste allerdings dran glauben!Read more

    Globolistin

    Muss man auch mal gemacht haben 😂 zum Glück war es nicht das gute Messer 😋

    3/3/20Reply
    DojüTour

    Na Ihr seid ja richtige Feinschmecker. Viel Spaß weiterhin!

    3/4/20Reply
     
  • Day16

    Time to relax

    October 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    De temperatuur begint lekker op te lopen, dus wordt het tijd even rustig aan te doen en de was te doen. Hier zijn we een ochtendje zoet mee en genieten ondertussen van het zonnetje bij de camper. Hierbij hebben we gezelschap van een lizard die net zo geniet van de zon als wij. Nadat alle was droog is (en dat ging behoorlijk snel met die warmte) lunchen we even wat en vertrekken we naar het strand. Daar aangekomen staat er een iets hardere wind dan op de camping, terwijl het maar 2 min lopen was... We proberen een plekje te vinden waar we niet gezandstraald worden.. dit is vrij onmogelijk op dit gedeelte. Dan maar een duik de zee in. In het begin voelt deze erg koud aan, maar als je er doorheen bent is het eigenlijk best lekker. Het enige nadeel, zijn die hoge golven😅hierdoor is echt zwemmen onmogelijk en bij sommige golven is blijven staan een hele opgave🙈. Als we wat zijn opgedroogd, proberen we iets zuidelijker op het strand een plekje uit de wind te zoeken. We hielden het even uit achter een paar rotsen, maar dat snijdende zand heeft deze keer gewonnen😅 dan maar de laatste kleine boodschap doen en eenmaal bij de camper even goed afgespoeld. Na het eten hebben we nog gezellig met onze buren Olly & Colleen een paar drankjes gedronken. Hij komt uit Engeland en zij uit Ierland, samen reizen ze nu 3 maanden door Australië. Ik (Maris) heb ook nog een typisch Australische wijnsoort gedronken, Goon, wat best goed te drinken is. Wij zouden het beschouwen als een dessertwijn. Na een paar uur gezellig zitten kletsen over vanalles en nog wat houden we het voor gezien en gaan we lekker slapen. Nog maar 2 nachtjes in de camper, voor we hem inleveren en Australië bijna gedag zeggen. Sleep tight😘Read more

    Carla en Dick

    Wat een schatje! Hielp tie niet met de was? 😜

    10/19/19Reply
    Carla en Dick

    Net zulke als op Boa Vista?

    10/19/19Reply
     
  • Day50

    Do it „For the Love“

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Am Wochenende ging es auf das „For the Love“ Festival in Coolangatta. Acts wie Hayden James und Gorgon City live zu sehen war die Reise über Surfers Paradise auf jeden Fall wert!
    Die Stimmung auf dem Festivalgelände war überragend und die Liebe war tatsächlich spürbar. 💕Read more

  • Day25

    Point Danger

    August 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

    [Wie sich spaeter noch mehr herausstellen wird, hat das Wort Lookout magische Anziehungskrafte.] So konnten wir natuerlich nicht an diesem vorbei vorallem da auch noch Sonnenuntergangszeit war. Also aus dem Auto gesprintet, Kamera geschnappt und los.
    Vom Point Danger hat man einen wunderbaren Blick auf die gesamte Gold Coast und Surfers Paradise (was ein Stadtteil von Gold Coast ist). Direkt dort verlaeuft auch die Grenze zwischen Queensland und New South Wales. Von hier aus stieg dann ich auf der rechten Seite ein und die wilde Fahrt ging zu unserer Unterkunftnach Byron weiter.
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  • Day124

    Porpita porpita, BLUE BUTTONS JELLIES

    March 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Strandspaziergang mit vielen Entdeckungen. So finden wir die Blue Buttons Quallen vereinzelt am Strand. Gestern früh war der Strand davon übersäht und auch im Wasser gab es genug Sichtungen. Ein Local hat mir nun den Namen verraten und das die Berührungen Hautirritationen verursachen. Abhilfe in solchen Fällen schaffen nicht die aufgestellten Essigflaschen, sondern Waschung mit warmen Wasser... So weiß ich jetzt, warum ich eine unruhige Nacht hatte. Zum Glück war noch AUTAN-Gel im Kühlschrank! Vielen Dank Töchterchen für den Vorrat!!Read more

    Globolistin

    Aber optisch sehen sie toll aus 😍 Vorsicht beim Baden 🤷🏼‍♀️

    3/4/20Reply
     

You might also know this place by the following names:

Point Danger, Tweed Heads