Kenilworth to The Big Pineapple

17 September—19 September 2002 We stayed in the Charlie Moorland Camping Area for the next three nights.  The first day we were there, Susie went into Eumundi markets with Joan and Bruce.  Ruby and Clare stayed back with me and we went on a long walk through Kenilworth State forest.  We saw different types of…

Coolum to Kenilworth

13 September—16 September 2002 The caravan park at Coolum Beach is located just behind the sand dunes. The path to the beach is directly in front of our tent.  We couldn’t be closer to the ocean short of camping on the beach itself. Since we arrived last night, a small village of tents, cars and…

Wongi to Coolum Beach

12 September 2002 On our second day at Wongi State Forest, we did some serious mooching around. I played the guitar by the river nearly all afternoon.  I also helped Ruby photograph a model of a bird she had made from found objects, for one of her art projects.  Susie had helped her put it…

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 (not for the first time) that we had no idea where we were going.  After some deliberation, we decided to aim for Wongi State Forest, so we returned to Hervey Bay for…

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…

Mt Isa

7 May—9 May 2002 The approach to Mount Isa took us by surprise. In place of the flat plains we had become accustomed to, a dramatic, rugged, low range of hills suddenly rose up out of the landscape.  We wound our way through these hills to the township where we set up camp at the…

McKinlay day 2

7 May 2002 On our second day at Strathfield station, I went out with Heather to check a bore, whilst Susan dealt with some bureaucratic tasks on the internet.  We then checked out the old farmhouse and worker’s quarters. Heather then took us for a drive around the perimeter of the property.  This took some…

Winton to McKinlay

4 May—6 May 2002 We packed up and left Winton, somewhat wearily due to the noisy celebrations keeping us awake.  We stopped on the way out to buy some wine and beer to offer our hosts at Strathfield Station beyond McKinlay, which was our next stop.  Petrol was horribly expensive in Winton.  We refuelled at…

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…