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June 2018

Week 2

Roma to Bundaberg

sunny 23 °C

Day 8 - Tuesday June 19
Today was supposed to be a rest day with Hiroe and George doing some washing and Bob a bit of cleaning around the van. Well, that was the end of the resting. George decided to go for a short drive and we ended up at Injune some 90 kms away. Not too much to this little village but we had a good look around just the same before returning the 90 kms to Roma. On the way we came across a herd of cattle being driven along the roadside and feeding. There must have been a couple of thousand head.
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In Australia, the Travelling Stock Route (TSR) is an authorised thoroughfare for the walking of domestic livestock such as sheep or cattle from one location to another. The TSRs are known collectively as "The Long Paddock". A Travelling Stock Route may be easily distinguished from an ordinary country road by the fact that the grassy verges on either side of the road are very much wider, and the property fences being set back much further from the roadside than is usual. The reason for this is so that the livestock may feed on the vegetation that grows on the verges as they travel. The TSR's provide a source of feed for stock during drought.
We arrived back at the vans just on 2.00pm for a late lunch the a quick trip back into town to purchase fuel and a new lead for the TV antenna.
And that's it for today.

Day 9 - Wednesday June 20.
After another very cold night we were a bit lethargic leaving Roma this morning - 8-45 away.
First stop was at the small village of Jackson for morning tea then on into Miles for a walk around and a visit to the local butcher for meat for tonight and tomorrow.
We then drove on to Chincilla and after driving through town continued on up theWandai Road for 5.5 kms to a free camp beside the Round Water Hole. It is reasonable quiet here and we have collected wood for tonights campfire.
The relections on the water are very good and the birds around here are in abundance.
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Day 10 - Thursday June 21 (The years shortest day)
Last night wasn't quite as cold as the last few so we had a much better nights sleep.
Left Chinchilla at about 8.30 and drove up the Wondai Road where we had morning tea in a very nice rest area right in town then on to Murgon for fuel then Ban Ban Springs for lunch in the rest area there. We then took the Isis Highway and arrived at Bundaberg at about 2.30. We had already booked into a caravan park here and we will stay for week of rest.

Day 11 - Friday June 22
Spent the day visiting Op shops, Bunnings, Supercheap Auto, and supermarket for food then back to the vans for afternoon tea and a rest again. (must be getting old). So that's it for today's activities. (A lot happened but not worth reporting on). Couldn't find a screen protector to replace the one on George's phone.
I took a short video across the river from our caravan at dusk tonight.

Day 12 - Saturday June 23
We all went for a drive in Georges car out to Bargara, and Elliott Heads this morning. The beaches out here are not very nice - lots of rocks.
Took quite a few photos but not many worth posting.
Took one of Hiroe at Elliott and also some marks left by little crabs on the sand at the same place.
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Day 13 - Sunday June 24
After breakfast this morning we went to have a look at the Sunday Markets at the local Catholic College. It was a quite large market with lots of fruit and vegetables at reasonable prices as well as plants, flowers, old wares, tools, etc but we didn't buy much in fact, Hiroe was the only one who spent anything and that was $5.
Back to the vans and a mate of ours from our caravan club came to visit us Merrilee is camped at Gin Gin just 34 kms away so we had a long chat then went to the local RSL Club for lunch.

Day 15 - Monday June 25
We all went in Georges car this morning to The Town of 1770 and Agnes Water where Georges daughter Rhonda lives with her husband Barry. It is about 120 km north of Bundaberg and quite a nice drive.
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a town and locality in Gladstone Region, Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing in Australia by James Cook and the crew of HM Barque' 'Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Originally known as Round Hill – after the creek it sits on – the name was changed in 1970 to commemorate the bicentenary of Cook's visit. The community of Seventeen Seventy hold the re-enactment of this historic landing each year as part of the 1770 Festival held in May.
Although the town is referred to locally as "1770", the official name of the town is Seventeen Seventy, as it is principle of Queensland's place naming that numbers are spelled out.
The village is a tourist destination on Queensland's Discovery Coast. It is situated on a peninsula, with the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay on three sides. Agnes Water is eight kilometres (five miles) to the south. The village itself contains holiday accommodation, restaurants, general store, hotel, picnic areas with free barbecues and a small marina where daily trips depart for Lady Musgrave Island on the Great Barrier Reef, and several trips a week to Bustard Head Light Station.
Seventeen Seventy can be reached by a sealed road from Bundaberg, 120 kilometres (75 mi) to the south, going through Agnes Water. The town sustains a small permanent population; a significant holiday population makes it to the area to take advantage of fishing, Great Barrier Reef trips and other water activities.
After arriving in 1770 George took us all for a sight seeing tour around both towns.
First stop was at a memorial cairn noting the landing of Captain Cook here in 1770.
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From here we stopped at the beach (?) at 1770 and took a few more photos including on of Hiroe looking for oysters.
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A short drive took us to Joseph Banks Reserve (Banks was a botanist on Cooks expedition). The cliffs here were quite impressive as were the rocks.
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Took a photo of Rhonda, George and Hiroe at the headland of the Reserve.
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Onwards then to a Paperbark Tree walk and wetlands. The trees were quite something.
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We took Rhonda back to her house then returned to our vans.

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Week 1

Bomaderry to Roma in Queensland

overcast 15 °C

Day 1 - Tuesday 12th June. We left home just after 8.30 this morning and drove out to HMAS Albatross where we met up with George Mitchell who will be the only one accompanying us this year. We travelled via Main Road 92 through Nerriga and turned on the Oallen Ford Road intending to stop at the forf for morning tea. Unfortunately it was raining where we arrived so we continued on the the Tarago Road Junction where we stopped briefly for a cup of tea. (It is very cold).
We continued on and drove straight through Goulburn and on to Crookwell for lunch and refuel. (It is even colder here). Onwards then through very small villages of Binda and Tuena where if you blinked you would have missed them. We arrived at Trunkey Creek at about 2.30 pm and called into the local hotel to book into campsites in the showground - It is only $10.00/ night with power (Very cheap). We have power for heater and electric blanket for the night.
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Day 2 - Wednesday 13th June. It was extremely cold last night and we did appreciate the electricity we used for the electric blanket on the bed.
We departed Trunkey Creek at 8.30 and drove to Blayney and drove straight through. It is cold and raining. On then through Millthorpe and bypassed range before stopping at Molong for morning tea. The fruit vendor in the rest area informed us that it is forecast to snow on Saturday and Sunday so hopefully we will be far enough north to miss it.
We continued on to Wellington and after parking we all went for a short walk around town without purchasing anything and then had lunch. Back on the road and up to Dubbo. We already had a plan where we would spend the night here however, Georges GPS wanted to take us to ? so we activated ours and finally we arrived at the Reserve. No electricity here so we will have to rely on gas for cooking and heating.
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We had our first campfire for the trip tonight and were visited by a very friendly willi wagtail bird who would eat biscuit crumbs out of the hand.
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Day 3 - Thursday 14th June. Quite cold last night and thank heavens for hot water bottles in the bed.
We departed camp at 8-15 and drove up to Gilgandra then Tooraweenan rest area for morning tea. Not much to report this morning except there are a lot of trucks on the Newell Highway.
We arrived in Coonabarabran at about 11.15, had a look at the Diprotodon (extinct Meg Fauna) , Exhibition in the Information Centre then had a quick walk around town before buying pies etc for lunch.
On then to Baradine where we have camped for two nights in the Camp Cyprus Campground. After setting up (power and water etc) we visited the Pilliga Forest Information centre to obtain details regarding the Sculptures in the Scrub and the Dandry Gorge which we will spend some time visiting tomorrow.
We had another campfire here tonight. The firepit is a great design.
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Day 4 Friday June 15
We all went in our car out to "The Sculptures in the Scrub" in the Pilliga forest. It is about 35km of quite rough dirt road to get there but the views and the sculptures made it worthwhile. Unfortunately George's hips and knees wouldn't allow him to do the complete walk.
We returned to the vans for a late lunch.
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Day 5 - Saturday June 16. We left Baradine this morning at 8.20 and drove to Coonamble where we had a walk around town and then had morn ing tea before driving on again to Walgett. There was an interesting sign just before we entered Walgett.1f272940-712c-11e8-9dac-ffb46f469b9b.jpg
We had lunch here and a quick walk to the supermarket for supplies then drove up the Highway before turning off to Cumborah where we have camped for the night. The area around here is in severe drought. We don't know what the cattle, sheep and goats are eating but they seem to be surviving.1ef65540-712c-11e8-9dac-ffb46f469b9b.jpg

Day 6 - Sunday June 17. After a very quiet night at Cumborah we left at 8.15. It was a little warmer during the night (we must be getting closer to Queensland. We drove to Lightning Ridge which is an Opal mining area. We didn't purchase any opals, just visited the Sunday markets and bought some biscuits for morning tea.c550aa30-71fe-11e8-837e-c10469c2ec1f.JPG
Onwards again and our next stop was at the border of Queensland and New South Wales.
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then on to the small village of Hebel (Small is the operative word - the only things here are the hotel and the cafe come general store.
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we drove on to Dirranbandi where we had lunch then continued on to St. George where we refuelled and purchased some groceries before heading out of town some 15km to tonight's camp-spot on the Beardmore Dam road on the banks of the Bolone River.

Day 7 - Monday June 18. We had a very very cold night last night - minus something. We decided to camp in the Mitchell showground (Power fot heater Electric blanket etc) as the forecast is for this extremely cold weather to last for the next 5 days.
Halfway to Mitchell when we stopped for morning tea George discovered the loss of his caravan keys and couldn't open the door. We decided to continue on to Mitchell and get the Auto Service centre there (RACQ), to open the door. They were unable to do so and rang a locksmith in Roma (90kms away) who said it would cost $330 to travel to Mitchell to have a go at fixing it. I suggested to George that instead of staying overnight in
Mitchell we drive on to Roma and stay there for 2 nights and get the locksmith to visit us in a caravan park so that what we have done.
There are no photos from today's trip.
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