Carnarvon Gorge to Winton

2 May—3 May 2002 We packed up and left Carnarvon Gorge, and drove two hours north to Rolleston, and then on to Emerald, where we stopped at a big, well-stocked supermarket to replenish the esky. We then headed west for two hours until we reached Alpha, where we stopped overnight in a very ordinary caravan…

Carnarvon Gorge day 3

1 May 2002 Today I walked back to the Amphitheatre and the Moss Garden to take some video footage, while Susie conducted lessons back at the camp. In the afternoon we went on the short 2km walk to the rock pool.  Clare, Ruby and I had a swim while Susie took some video footage.  The…

Carnarvon Gorge day 2

30 April 2002 Today we went on a long bush walk.  I packed the lunches last night and made the morning coffee.  It’s hard to wake up the crew here.  I’ve got some assistance this morning from a chorus of currawongs.  The animals here are precocious, although they do not pester us directly for food.  …

Carnarvon Gorge day 1

29 April 2002 Carnarvon Gorge is located in a national park about 150 km north and west of Injune. When we arrived, we set up camp and went on an afternoon walk.  Susie and Ruby spotted a freshwater turtle, and Clare and I spotted several catfish grazing on the muddy creek bed.  We scoured the…

Toowoomba to Injune

25-28 April 2002 On Friday morning we packed up and drove to Injune via Dalby, Chinchilla and Miles.  We stopped to change drivers and check out the tourist information centre at Chinchilla. We had an awful café meal for lunch in Miles. We stopped in Roma to do some shopping and bought beer and scotch…

North-west through Qld

21-25 April 2002 We packed up at Broken Head Caravan Park and went for our last swim in the Pacific until we complete our round trip.  The weather was gorgeous as usual.  The waves were great for body surfing, but treacherous.  There was a rip sweeping north along the beach and out to sea.  I…

Byron Bay day 3

21 April 2002 We had a light breakfast and then headed into to downtown Byron Bay.  When we arrived we rang Dick Cornish to wish him happy 70th birthday, and we purchased some supplies. Then we headed to the main beach. There was a surf patrol which inspired confidence, but as it turned out, the…

Byron Bay day 2

20 April 2002 We spent most of today swimming at Broken Head, south of Byron Bay, where Clare and I witnessed a small drama unfold on the beach. A Japanese surfer was pulled from the water unconscious.  We watched some surfers trying to resuscitate him.  When his chest was compressed, little spouts of water shot…

Minnie Water to Byron Bay

18-19 April 2002 Minnie Water was great. I spent much of yesterday in the surf with Clare, who is easing into this travelling lifestyle.  The surf was rough and full of rips, so I stayed within a depth of 5 feet. We had a nice soup for lunch cooked in the Dutch oven suspended from…

Bellingen to Minnie Water

17-18 April 2002 We spent yesterday at Cate’s house in Bellingen (or just outside Bellingen to be accurate).  This was a chance to catch up on some badly needed sleep, and also to catch up on improvements that Cate has made to her house.  She works on her house as if it were a piece…

North through NSW

15-16 April 2002 It’s hard to believe that we actually departed more or less on time.  We pulled out of our home in Marrickville, Sydney, about 10.00 a.m. waving goodbye to our neighbor Jim and his kids, and Lyn and Greg from across the road.  We stopped for petrol and air at the local service…

Map of journey

While we were travelling in 2002, we carried a large map of Australia and traced our journey on it with a heavy black pen. We started in Sydney, and when we reached the eastern most tip of Australia (Byron Bay), we headed north west through Queensland. When we reached Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory,…