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Jan 29, 2008 - Aussie Day Weekend @ Pancake Creek 08

Thursday, January 24th 2008. Carnelpya is dry docked waiting for the courier to arrive with the repitched props. Kimbo my mechanic tells me that these will make all the difference to power and fuel usage. I am sceptical. How can you decrease pith and diameter of props thereby increasing RPM and still expect better speed and lower fuel consumption? More on this later. Saturday: January 26th. Australia Day. Arrive at the Gladstone Marina at around 8am. Jason and Danielle arrive at 8.45. Pack up boat and set sail at 9am for Pancake Creek. Into...

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Nov 18, 2006 - Gladstone

Well another week has flown by. They really do seem to be passing by at an alarming rate now. Since my last entry we have spent the week with my sister Laurie and my brother in law Steve at their place in Gladstone. It's no mean feat having four people come to stay with you but they really made us feel welcome and showered us with love. They also fed us like royalty! We ate so very well it is going to take Anna and I another week to remove the extra pounds we managed to add whilst there. Don't get me wrong though I do love good food and...

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Oct 23, 2006 - Scuba Diving at Lady Musgrove (town of 1770)

Today is the second day of taking our Malaria tablets, which haven't been going down too well, leaving me feeling very sick, taking the catamarang out to the diving area, reasulted in quite a bad cocktail, but soon overcame it and enjoyed the boat ride from there onwards. It took sabout 2 hours to get out to the pontoon near the island, on arrival, the views were amazing, there were turtles popping out of the water and lots of different coloured fish, the pontoon also had an underwater viewing platform, where the staff feed the fish...

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Rosie and Ben

May 10, 2006 - Lake Awoonga - Burramundi world record

KM: 4100 * From Wreck rock, we were due to stay at 1770, however the caravan park was packed, and after the space of Wreck rock, we didn't fancy a sardine experience, and so headed to Eurimbula, a national park nearby. * We are learning that the national parks are genreally much nicer than the caravan parks in that they are cleaner and more remote, although usually have very limited facilities. Visits to caravan parks are good to charge up the batteries (we have 2 auxillary batteries which can last us around a week without power, get the...

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Brown's Oz Trek

Apr 15, 2006 - TANNUM SANDS - Coconet Classic Kitesurfing comp

Travelled down south today to Tannum Sands to watch the start of the Coconet Classic Kitesurfing Comp, though there wasn't much wind so most of the time the riders were sat around waiting. Saw a big lizard by our van in the campsite and went out in the evening to the only bar in town - 'Sand Bar'.

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Mar 15, 2006 - Hervey Bay @ The Kiwi's

The next morning we drove the Frasers Island Tourist drive with Claire to Hervey Bay along the coast, dropping her off in town before driving to Dundorwan Beach to stay with our lovely Kiwi couple Alan and Noeleen who we'd met in Litchfield National Park back in September 2005. There house is simply gorgeous complete with Pool and grounds which include a rainforest and colourful gardens. We were spolit rotten with red wine and steaks for dinner and it was great to get a full nights sleep in a queen sized bed before our camping tour of...

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Dec 17, 2005 - Fraser Island

Zaterdag 17/12 Vanmorgen moesten we al om 7 uur verzamellen in het hostel waar we een film kregen te zien over fraser en kregen we te horen met wie we in de groep zaten. Hebben ons voorgesteld en hebben een boodschappenlijst gemaakt voor de 3 dagen. Zijn met de 6 jeeps achter elkaar aangereden (elke groep in z'n eigen jeep) om boodschappen te doen bij Woolworth, zijn vervolgens naar de ferry gereden om vanaf daar naar fraser te gaan. Eenmaal aangekomen zijn we meteen naar lake Mc Kenzie gereden om af te koelen want het was zo ongelovelijk...

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Nov 9, 2005 - Agnus Water

In The Middle of Nowhere Agnus Water is the youngest town on Australia's East Coast. Many say the place is what Byron Bay was 15 years ago, things are cheaper and all the services are local. We had probably the nicest pie in the world from a small bakery around the corner from our hostel. Beef and mushy peas, mmmm. It's nice to have finally visited somewhere in Australia that doesn't have a Subway or KFC. Located just 10 minutes down the road from here is a place called Town of 1770. Formed by Captain Cook, it is the oldest town in...

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Oct 28, 2005 - Steve Shuttleworth and Family Visit

Took the overnight bus to Gladstone, which is about 20 minutes away from where Steve and his family live at Tannum Sands. Paul managed to sleep practically the entire 9 hour trip sat upright - puts it down to getting in plenty of practice whilst working shifts!! The girl sat opposite him couldn't believe he managed it. Steve's wife Carol picked us up with their 5 year old son Harry in tow. Spent the day around Tannum and having a much-needed swim in the pool. We met Grace (who was born in Hull) later in the day once she'd finished...

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Aug 6, 2005 - Op reis

Voor de geregelde lezers van deze site eindelijk een update. Wel een zonder foto's, omdat we een langzame verbinding hebben. Dat moet dat maar. Volgende keer meer beeld. Allemaal bedankt voor de mailtjes. Leuk om iets te horen van thuis, al is het weer daar niet best, zo weet ik inmiddels. Nou, hier is het ook niet echt denderend. Er is veel bewolking en 's avonds is het ronduit koud. Ik slaap 's nachts in de camper met een muts op. Kun je nagaan. Ondertussen maken we wel veel mee, maar vooral veel kilometers. We zijn Brisbane al genaderd...

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Tom en Andre in Oz

Jun 9, 2005 - Hervey Bay & Fraser Island, AUSTRALIA

HERVEY BAY & FRASER ISLAND The first of our 'big trips' within Australia was a 2 night, 3 day tour of the worlds biggest sand island, "Fraser Island". It is so huge that it contains over 200 freshwater lakes and has several creeks running through it. The sea that surrounds it has violent currents and the largest concentration of Tiger sharks in Australia so unless you are on a suicide mission, going for a dip in the ocean here is strictly out of bounds! We arrived at Hervey Bay and stayed in a cheap but convenient hostel and enjoyed "all...

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May 27, 2005 - Gladstone

We stayed in Gladstone because it looked like a central place to stay and 4 hours in the car was more than enough. We should've kept driving. This is by far the worst place we have stayed thus far. We were warned by the Lonely Planet that it's not the most beautiful place to stop. In fact, it said this town was solely responsible for the destruction of the Great Barrier Reef because it's an industrial coal shipping town. Luckily we were just passing through. But, there is a story! L parked Lily in the designated spot at the campsite. Well...

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