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…

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.  Some surfers tried to resuscitate him, but the poor guy had drowned.  When his chest was compressed, little…

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…