Nov 10, 2018 - Heron Island
Heron Island We sat around for a while in Gladstone Harbour until the boat was loaded then we boarded. The boat departed about five minutes late, but no worries, and took its course out of the harbour and off towards Heron Island. A bumpy crossing with a good breeze but no ‘mal de mer’ evident. Arrived at Heron Island after the two hour boat trip, a brief welcome and orientation then on to our room. Too late to snorkel today as it was now low tide so we just relaxed until dinner time. Buffet dinner, we ate far too much, collapsed into...Jump to full entry
Nov 6, 2018 - We’ve arrived!
LGW to Brisbane All the last minute jobs completed, garden and house ready for winter (as far as possible), all packed, the car arrived and we were off to the airport. Not the smoothest drive but we arrived at the airport safe and sound and in plenty of time. Just as well as we discovered an issue with Ruth’s visa. The Emirates staff sorted it and we were checked in and soon in the lounge. A large glass of champagne (well maybe several) and all seemed well with the world. It was soon time to board and off we went. Dubai. The cabin was full...Jump to full entry
Nov 6, 2018 - Brisbane to Heron Island
Brisbane to Heron Island Up early with bright sunshine flooding our room. Found breakfast in the Skygate complex opposite the hotel - smashed avocado and feta with smoked salmon on sourdough, very Australia! We visited the Woolworths to buy stuff for lunch and found the ‘Timtams’, a real reminder of our earlier trips. It was great to wander across in the warm sunshine, people greeting us as we walked, everyone is so friendly its almost like coming home - the jacaranda trees were in full bloom plus all the strelitzia, agapanthus, wattle...Jump to full entry
Nov 2, 2018 - All set!
Brisbane Fri 2nd 22-27°C, Mostly clear. Auckland forecast Sat 3rd 15-19°C, Mostly cloudy, strong NW wind in the afternoon. Had a farewell meal at Sushi Train Cannon Hill with my daughter Mel, it was delicious! Packed and ready for an early start, will be at the airport at 05:15. Looking forward to relaxing with a nice breakfast in the Qantas lounge.Jump to full entry
Oct 29, 2018 - The Great Barrier Reef
After Uluru and Kata Tjuta in the state of the Northern Territory, we flew to Cairns in the state of Queensland. I forgot to mention before, Qantas still feeds you on flights over 2 hours! So civilized! Upon arrival in Cairns we had a transfer up to Port Douglas. The drive was beautiful. It was called the Pacific Highway and rivaled our own Pacific Coast Highway in California. Stayed at the Ramada resort outside of town. Just so so. Pretty property. Like a rain forest which the area is in. We walked about three miles on the beach into town....Jump to full entry
Oct 21, 2018 - A streetcar named "Helensvale"
Off to Helensvale on the streetcar named Helensvale. We could have walked 500 metres to the 777 bus stop and taken the bus to the terminus but instead we drove to Pacific Fair and snuck out the entrance and walked over to the terminus for this was to be an End to End then back again experience. The G link system has been obviously well thought out, shaded bike shelters at each stop and chilled still or aerated water at each stop, your bottle or theirs. The ticketing machine was easy to get the gist of and we bought return Concessions @...Jump to full entry
Oct 20, 2018 - Off to the Hinterland
Off to the hinterland today. No not as far as O'Riellys, once along that road is enough... So we went to Canungra and Beaudessert. Its funny how revisiting somewhere can bring back strange memories. When in 1970 I completed training at JTC the chief instructor had earned himself the nick name “And errr consequently” because that's about all he had to say. Due to the heavy rain over night the creeks have all risen “and err consequently” we cant practice creek crossing today “and errr consequently” your programs will need to be amended AND it...Jump to full entry
Oct 19, 2018 - A day with the birds
Off to Currumbin today as we thought it would be the “tame” option for the mandatory theme park visit. The weather was on our side today as well. By the time we arrived the animals and birds had already been fed so most were asleep in their dens. The Brush turkeys were building their huge nests of forest litter and other birds were wandering around. They also have rope courses here for people who think climbing on ropes for pointless exercise is fun, I wonder at the roping course at Canungra do they have safety harness and safety helmets...Jump to full entry
Oct 17, 2018 - Gold Coast
And so here we are among the chaos of the Gold Coast, packed in like kippers at the Nobby Beach Holiday Village. The people next to me have their awning guy ropes under my Van. They are going to get a shock when I need to walk along the side of the Van to empty the toot.... It was an easy drive along the highway getting here, the Bruce Hwy has had several realignments since we last drove along this section. Some interesting Bill Boards that caught my attention. “ Put your faith in Jesus, he will guide you home” Well I could do that too if I...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2018 - Rest, Repair & Replenish
If its Tuesday it must be repair and replenish day... The nice people here loaned me a ladder to enable me to get up to see what was happening on the roof. No I didn’t walk on the roof but I found several leaks and fixed them, all due to oxidation of the substrate... All fixed now and therefore it wont rain again. Some washing was done and not even that has bought on the rain... It is however bucketing down on the Gold Coast to where we are traveling tomorrow, all booked in, locked and loaded. Lunch at the Yacht Club overlooking the...Jump to full entry
Oct 15, 2018 - A day at Rainbow Beach
Something very strange happened today – the sun came out. All be it in short bursts. But first things first, I must have clipped a street sign or something sharp because a small tear had been made in the awning. Fortunately I had some vinyl sheet that I had previously used to repair the awning along the top seam where it had started to delaminate... A quick repair and I’ll claim on insurance when I get home... We then drove off in search of Cooloola Cove. We did not find the cove part and ended up in Rainbow Beach. Drove out as far as we...Jump to full entry
Oct 14, 2018 - Reunion in Hervey Bay
We drove through pouring rain and across more flooded creeks to Hervey Bay to meet up with some old friends. So the first thing is that an error of grammar was pointed out to me regarding being sucked up into a sinkhole at Inskip Point. That should read simply swallowed by a sinkhole. Its all very secure where they live, probably to keep out feral tram enthusiasts. Gates are locked and controlled from the homestead remotely... James has 3 trams only 2 of which work the 3rd is static display... It was good two memebers of the old brigade...Jump to full entry