Wongi State Forest

11 September 2002 The next morning we packed up and headed out along the main road out of Hervey Bay until we realised we had no idea where we were going.  (This is not the first time that we have departed a town in this fashion.)  After some deliberation, we decided to aim for Wongi…

Fraser Island 2

9 September 2002 On our second morning on Fraser Island, we had an enormous breakfast and then departed with the tour group once again, this time to Lake Wabby.  This involved a short drive up the beach followed by a walk of about 2 km over a sand blow to a small freshwater lake nestled…

Fraser Island 1

8 September 2002 I got up at about 6.30 a.m., wiped the outside of the tent dry, and made 14 slices of toast while we all finalised preparations for our trip to Fraser Island. We left the trailer locked to the car in the caravan park at Hervey Bay and boarded a bus.  Susie forgot…

Hervey Bay

5 Sept—7 September 2002 We had an excellent day of whale-watching, despite the drawbacks of a packaged tour: we spent the first 50 minutes on a bus that meandered through the suburbs collecting other tourists, until we finally alighted at an-awful private marina development and sped out to sea in a large diesel powered catamaran. …

Moree to Maryborough

1 September—3 September 2002 The Caravan Park in Moree was a total dump.  The sink got blocked, the bunk bed was dangerous, and everybody including the caravan park manager smoked in the toilets, despite signs prohibiting it.  In hindsight, we might have done well to stay in Collarenebri and put up with the exposed site…

Broken Hill to Moree

The next morning we headed back to the tourist centre in Broken Hill to see if we could get some more information about outback New South Wales.  There wasn’t a lot to be found, so we decided to make up our minds about which way to drive to Queensland once we got to Cobar. First…

Broken Hill

29 August 2002 On our second day in Broken Hill, we had breakfast in the cabin and then headed into town.  Our first stop was the visitor information centre.  We then set off to the Delprats mine site where we booked ourselves in for a tour of the original BHP mine.  The site was just…

Quorn to Broken Hill

28 August 2002 The rain in Quorn turned out to be nothing more than half a dozen heavy drops in the early hours of the morning.  The drought is palpable here.  We had breakfast in the camp kitchen, and packed up our gear and headed out of the caravan park, filling our green gas bottle…

Quorn via Hawker

27 August 2002 The next morning we packed up. The girls were extremely helpful, so for the last half hour we let them play in “Rockville”.  As we crawled along the gravel road out of the national park, Clare pointed out that Ruby was crying.  The poor kiddo had an earache.  Susie and I went…

Flinders Ranges 2

26 August 2002 What a day!  I was cold last night due to an ill-made bed.  After beautiful clear days, the nights are freezing, just like Karajini.  Tonight will be truly punishing, as there was hardly a wisp of cloud in the sky during the day.  Anyway, Clare climbed into bed with Susan and I,…

Flinders Ranges 1

23 August—24 August 2002 On Friday morning we finished packing up our gear, said goodbye to Jane, and headed north out of Adelaide towards the Flinders Ranges.  I drove the first 300 Km to Port Augusta where we got some information about the National Park, refuelled and bought a bit of firewood.  We had lunch…

Around Adelaide

19 August—21 August 2002 The following morning, Susie and I went into the GPO to collect the latest batch of materials from Sydney Distance Education Primary School.  Susie and Jane then went op-shopping in the late morning. I stayed back at Jane’s place to help the kids with their schoolwork.  When the shoppers returned, I…