Western Downs

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  • Day28


    March 30, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Au am hütige Morge hemmer als ersts wieder d Morgesunne uf de Terasse gnosse und sind aschliessend go Zmörgele. Au hüt hemmers wieder gmüetlich gno und sind e See go aluege und aschliessend go pöstele füre Abig + en Schäri für de aschliessendi Coiffure Termin vom Philipp
    Ganz chillig hemmer hüt zäme grilliert, musiziert und de Wii gnosse 😋
    Spöter hemmer denn sogar no es tierischs bsüechli übercho!
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  • Day27


    March 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Spontan hend üs denn die beide am gestrige Abig zumne Usflügli richtig Outback iglade. Nachdem de Chläusi üs es Top Zmorge gmacht hed simmer richtig Chinchilla gfahre und sind nachme Zwüschestopp i de Erdnussstadt am spötere Nami acho. Spontan hend au mier ned chönne wiedersta und hend es härzigs Cottage gmietet für zwei Nächt. Zäme hemmer e gmüetliche Abig uf de Terasse verbracht. 🍺Read more

  • Day476

    Bunya Mountains National Park

    July 23, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 10 °C

    Our next stop is the Bunya Mountains National Park. It is very cold up here in the mountains but the scenery is amazing. Green rainforest and hundreds of wallabies everywhere around our campsite. We have never seen so many babys!

    Unser nächster Stop ist der Bunya Mountains Nationalpark. Es ist zwar ziemlich frisch und regnerisch hier oben auf ca. 1000m Höhe, aber landschaftlich richtig schön. Neben den riesigen Bunya Bäumen und dem Regenwald sind vor allem die Wallabies unser Highlight. Soooo viele haben Babys aus dem Beutel schauen. Richtig cool!
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  • Day474

    Angekommen in Queensland!

    July 21, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    1700km far away from Adelaide already but now we are in Queensland! We still have more than 1000km to go until we are back in summer, but at least we are back in Queensland now! We were told that the border controls at the coast will take a few hours because of the high number of people traveling, so we decided to cross the border in the outback. We were the only car at the border so it was the perfect decision, but even here the border was protected by police and military :D. last time we saw such a protected border was between Vietnam and Cambodia...

    1700km haben wir schon hinter uns gebracht, doch heute haben wir unser erstes Zwischenziel erreicht. Wir sind in Queensland! Wir haben zwar noch gute 1000km vor uns bis wir wirklich wieder zurück im Sommer sind aber zumindest sind wir im richtigen Bundesstaat! Nachdem wir bereits in den Nachrichten und von anderen Reisenden die Info bekommen haben, dass es lange Staus und Einreisekontrollen nach Queensland gibt haben wir uns für einen Weg im Outback entschieden. Hier gab es kein anderes Auto weit und breit und wir konnten schon nach ein paar Minuten weiter fahren. Aber auch hier mitten im nirgendwo würde die Grenze von Polizei und dem Militär gesichert. So eine Grenze haben wir das letzte Mal zwischen Vietnam und Kambodscha gesehen... Corona sei Dank gibt es sowas jetzt auch innerhalb Australiens.
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  • 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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    Paul White

    where you heading to from there Rob

    Rob and Pam T

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

  • Day4

    Archer's Crossing

    August 12, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heading for Chinchilla we saw a sign for Archer's Crossing on the highway and decided to have a look. So glad we did. This is a free camp on the banks of the Condamine River that was originally developed by the local fishing club. No power water or toilets but there are rubbish bins and a covered area with barbeques and tables. I tried my hand at fishing with some lures but nothing was doing. The yabbie pot went in overnight but I can now report that yabbies have no liking for sweet potato peelings. I really must get better organised.
    This campsite was so good we decided to stay another day before moving on.
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  • Day3

    Heading back East

    August 16, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 11 °C

    Woke up to a cold but pleasant morning In St George. Braved the cold to give my hair a wash, had breakfast then drove into town to have a quick look around St George as we didn’t really see a whole lot last night. To be honest there wasn’t a whole lot to see apart from an interesting bridge and a phone tower Rob organised out there many years ago.

    Just outside of town there is a dam which sounded interesting when I read up about it but in reality wasn’t. There were quite a few kangaroos hanging around there which was the highlight.

    Next stop the small town of Surat. About half way there Rob realised we were running short on petrol and I started panicking. Basically if there wasn’t any in Surat we were stuffed. And google was giving us mixed results. Thankfully it turned out there was a small station there - crisis averted.

    We had some morning tea by the river and went along part of the river walk there which was pleasant.

    Next we took the “Surat Development Road” our East. Had no idea what a development road was but it turned out to be a bitumen road with a plethora of bumps so you felt a bit like you were riding a roller coaster most of the way.

    We arrived at a place called Glen Morgan where there was an old car yard and museum there, looked interesting but not very open so we just had a quick look outside.

    Not far past was Meanderry which was the spot for our lunch. Unfortunately not a very picturesque place so we plonked ourselves next to some old military vehicles on display. It was at about this time, after Rob was speaking to some locals, that we realised that perhaps some of the strange treatment we’d received along the trip (including the finger from a P plater for no real reason) was because of the Victorian number plates the rental van had. Nobody likes the COVID state at the moment.

    The town of Tara was our next stop. Still no coverage (been that way pretty much all day) so had to try and find the walk I’d read about from memory. Soon found the park and went for a walk around the river. Was hoping to get all the way around but the path across the water had been washed away so that was the end of that idea! Found the rememberance gardens which were a little underwhelming but did tell the story of the first settlers in the area which was somewhat interesting.

    Then it was on to Dalby, our ultimate destination for the day. After plugging in, we went for a walk into town which was totally dead. Not sure if that’s because it’s a Sunday night or because it’s always that way. There were quite a few places for lease so that’s never a good sign. The walk along the water was semi pleasant at least. In the end decided to have dinner at the pub by the tourist park and ended up running into old friends Claire & Miles - it’s a very small world!

    Bunkered up for a very cold night after that - getting down to 3 in the morning!
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  • Day3

    Which way? Tempt flooded or go safe?

    December 27, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    St George to Lightning Ridge road showing flooded as of 25th dec. Its the 27th dec. Would the waters have receeded by now? Or go Gundy to Moree?

    Ralph and Sally - 4WD

    Have you got the live traffic app, it is updated every day

    Ben Morris

    yes. we have this. the nsw one is better than the qld one. Info was out of date by almost 3 days.

    Ralph and Sally - 4WD

    There is a live traffic app for each state

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  • Day4

    A Tough day in the Office

    January 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Although we are tripping around with no "real" boundaries, I do have a little work to be done from time to time. I must say though, sitting under a shady tree doing G business essentials beats the hell out of sitting in a dingy office.Read more

  • Day3

    Creatures and Plants

    January 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Well after dark I noticed an impressive spider web complete with its hairy, eight legged owner. With powerful light I was lining up and composing a photo when all of a sudden.... A hapless moth collided near the bottom of the web.

    The spider was there in moments before the moth could get free of the sticky strands. Another second he would have e been free and on his way. A quick stab of venom and the spider proceeded to wrap his meal for later. There was a stream of breaking wings drifting aside as the spider attached his victim with a strong strand.

    Now the moth was spun rapidly and encased in web until completely wrapped. Once done the supporting thread was cut and the delectable prize carted up to the centre of the web. Here it was hung in place ready for a future dinner.

    Most of the plants are quite interesting. Excepting the triple throned burs. They are a literal pain wherever they spike you. Cactus are more obvious so rarely a problem. Some plants have flowered and scattered their seeds for next season.
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