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Jul 13, 2017 - Sapphire Stop over

Left Emerald around mid morning and are heading towards the gem fields. Arrived in Sapphire in time for lunch. Just as we were coming into the town six very large kangaroo's decided to cross the road in front of us - and when we believed that was it - out of the bush came two more, one decided to stay in the bush line but the larger of the two decided he would see if he could out run us so he was hopping along beside my car door - damm where is the camera when I need it quick - anyway he finally got tried and headed into the bush...

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Jul 4, 2017 - Lake Maraboon - Red Claw Country

Arrived in Emerald around lunch time, to find the Donaldson's (Bob and Dannie)parked waiting under the bridge (seems they enjoy the sound of freight trains rolling over their heads at night??? - that's good old free camping at it's worst. After a quick hello, we are all off to Lake Maraboon, we stopped in the main street to grab a loaf of bread and Bob passes us, back on the road and take the turn off to the lake but where is Bob and Dannie (no where to be seen) arrived at the caravan park and still no Bob and Dannie (they doubled back to...

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Jun 26, 2016 - DAY 67

Day 67 Into Alpha And on to Sapphire and Rubyvale, this is the largest gem stone area in the southern hemisphere; It is also the best hick town I’ve seen. It looked old world with tin shanties and derail machinery everywhere. Didn’t stop to check out the gem shops as there were so many it was too confusing. Down to Emerald camped up and did washing a I had become nicker-less. Emerald has a great shopping complex; it is a bigger town than you think.

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RUSSANDY 2016

May 25, 2016 - Emerald

25/5/2016 Wednesday Up early and into Emerald to visit Centrelink to sort out a problem. Could have slept in a bit longer - they were unable to help - don't have expertise in Aged Pension enquiries!!! At least they were honest. But they were able to tell us where the local shopping centres were...... We picked Pam & Don up where we'd dropped them off earlier and headed to the outskirts of town to Big W where we had a look around, made a few small purchases, and then coffee before backtracking a little to Coles/Target. Again we all made...

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May 25, 2016 - At Emerald

Wednesday 25 May A relaxing day around Emerald and the Lake. Headed into town early so Bullochs could sort out things at Centrelink early in the day before the rush hour! We had a look around a Woolworths village, but not much to see. Trip to Centrelink was quick, so we headed out to a couple of shopping centres. The men could check out Supercheap, BCF and the Reject shop, while the girls got a couple of bargains at Big W. The men were very happy with their $3 torches from BCF! Patronised a coffee shop before heading back to park for lunch...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

May 24, 2016 - Moura to Emerald

24/5/16 Tuesday. Yep - on the road again at 9am after being woken earlier than we would have liked firstly by a couple of noisy trucks passing and also noisy neighbours who had an early morning chat next to our van. Oh well, the joys! I think we travelled on the worst bitumen road we've ever driven on between Moura and Bauhinia Downs. It was so bad that at one stage I thought I'd have to get Ian to pull over, as I was feeling so nauseous. The road did improve somewhat, and we stopped at Rolleston for morning tea, thinking we had come across...

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May 24, 2016 - Moura to Emerald (Lake Maraboon)

Tuesday 24 May On the road again and heading for our destination of Emerald. After quite a warm night, woke to a fine and cloudy day. Decided to make our first stop at Rolleston. The road from Moura to Rolleston and beyond would have to be the roughest road we have ever travelled. Arrived in Rolleston with nearly every other van on the road! Popular spot for a break. Continued on through Springsure to Lake Maraboon, which is 20 kms SW of Emerald. A lovely park and we are very comfy on two lovely sites near the lake. We are told that red...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Apr 15, 2016 - Springsure to Emerald

Very short drive from Springsure to Emerald (approx 60ks). Visited tourist information and decided to book into caravan park for the night. Pretty well could select our own site! Washing had to be done- hence the need for caravan park. Went for a walk round town, before driving out to Harvey Norman (had been having some phone issues-which they fixed in about 1 minute), then a few groceries at supermarket, bit more of a sight see around town and back to caravan park. Emerald is pretty flat, named for its green paddocks apparently!! Must...

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Oct 4, 2015 - in Emerald

SUNDAY 4th October Today is church day and we walked to the Baptist church just a block away. The pastor has only been there 2 years and it is a difficult ministry as the town has been hit hard with the downturn in the mining industry together with the drought. Emeralds population has reduced to about half of what it was in the mining boom. The pastor and his wife are a 40 yr old couple with 5 children (only 1 at school) and they have had a difficult year with Steve suffering from health issues. It was an inspiring service with communion...

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Oct 3, 2015 - In Emerald

SATURDAY 3rd October Today we need to pick up a couple of items from the shops, get scripts, find out what time church is, and take a walk around town. Well!! We got all that done after a late start coping with high winds that sent dust into every crack and crevice of the vans. The two Rons rescued a van neighbour's awning that was a 'whisker' away from folding back over the top of the van (they were out). When we got back from our town excursion everything had a layer of thick gritty dust on it. We had to wipe down many surfaces just to...

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Oct 1, 2015 - at Emerald

THURSDAY 1st October A restful morning today pottering around after we had both done double lots of washing, Now we are starting to feel clean and the vans have had a bity of cleaning done inside to get rid of the dust buildup from the delightful Carnarvon access road. RonP even managed to get under his van and find the reason for the water pump not working after the rough travel. All fixed and tested so we had morning tea and settled down for a quiet read ...... ......... "what's that water I can hear?" says RonG. We look around and there...

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Sep 30, 2015 - Emerald

WEDNESDAY 30th Sept It's time to say goodbye to Carnarvon Gorge. We thought so much of that shocking road that we thought we would do it again. Yuk!!! So RonG led and took the dirt road fairly slow - all 14km of it and when we got to the bitumen and the T intersection we turned the corner went 500m and stopped just before the aircraft crash memorial and waited looking for RonP in the mirror. A car pulled up, asked if we were travelling with "that van back there". Yes we are - "Well he's got major problems with a wheel". Time to U-turn and...

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