Bill and Glenyce Leithhead's Mid-winter 2016 Ten-week Return Caravan Trip from Melbourne to Cairns
 
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Illustrated Journal of Our Caravan Trip from Melbourne to Cairns and Back During July, August and September of 2016
Written by Bill Leithhead, Melbourne, Australia

The 80-day diary is divided into an Introduction and 27 multiday Trip Segments. You can navigate segments via rows of links at the top of each page. Place cursor on link to see brief description; left-click to go there.


Please note: At this time, October 8th, 2017, only an Index, plus Segments 1 and 2 are written. There is no Introduction, nor Segments 3 to 27. I will be caravanning in Tasmania during this month, October, and November, 2017. After that, I will work on completing this Cairns trip diary.



View Segment 1 - Days 1 to 3
Glen Waverley to Gilgandra via Coolamon's 'Up-to-Date' store and West Wyalong to Gilgandra, through charming farmland and forests.


View Segment 2 - Days 4 to 6
Gilgandra north through Coonabarabran's 'Crystal Kingdom'to Moree, until Moree Day 2, having a resting period, enjoying the Artesian Hot Pools.


View Segment 3 - Days 7 to 10
Moree via Lightning Ridge (purchase opals)then via Hebel, then St George to Rolleston


View Segment 4 - Days 11 to 14
Rolleston to Rockhampton (to buy new laptop) to Mackay


View Segment 5 - Days 15 to 18
Days 15 to 18 - Mackay, then Ayr, Cardwell, to Lake Placid (Cairns)


View Segment 6 - Days 19 to 21
Drive to Palm Cove (Cairns) starting two week's holiday at Cairns - 30 km north of the city, at Palm Cove Holiday Park


View Segment 7 - Days 22 to 24
Palm Cove: Whole day tour to Kuranda, incl. railway to Kuranda, then "Rainforestation" tour, then return via Skyway. Next day bus tour to Port Douglas, Daintree River, Cape Tribulation, etc.


View Segment 8 - Days 25 to 27
Went to the Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner, and also the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum


View Segment 9 - Days 28 to 30
Drove ourselves up to Kuranda, where we viewed the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then back in Palm Cove caught up with domestic chores.


View Segment 10 - Days 31 to 32
Charter Cessna 172N with pilot to Cooktown, over the reef, land, tour the town and museums, have RSL lunch, fly back, along the coast. Recover from flight.


View Segment 11 - Days 33 to 35Z
Fitzroy Island ferry, Cairns market, leave Cairns, drive up to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands


View Segment 12 - Days 36 to 37
Lake Tinaroo, tours and recovery time.


View Segment 13 - Days 38 to 39
Atherton Tablelands Gallo's Dairyland, Curtain Fig Tree (python and fungi), Malanda Falls (turtles), via Innisfail, Tully, Cardwell, Ingham, Hinchinbrook Passage "Panjoo" lookout, to Townsville


View Segment 14 - Days 40 to 41
Townsville days 1 & 2 of 5 days: shopping, then tour The Strand and "Castle Hill"


View Segment 15 - Days 42 to 43
Townsville day 3 & 4 of 5 days: Reef HQ Aquarium and Museum of Tropical Qld: get software installed into new laptop


View Segment 16 - Days 44 to 45
Townsville day 5 & depart: The Strand, Kissing Point, Townsville to Bowen via Ayr; "Ayr Nature Display"; Bardo: The Rainbow Community Serpent, Mt Morgan


View Segment 17 - Days 46 to 49
Bowen to Mackay, tour and photograph Mackay, then Sarina 'Sugar Shed', and to Rockhampton for a rest period.


View Segment 18 - Days 50 to 51
At Rockhampton for 6 days: days 1 & 2; rest, Yeppoon-Emu Park, Keppel Marina


View Segment 19 - Days 52 to 55
Rockhampton rest days 3 to 6: Rockhampton Botanic Gardens; Capricorn Caves, rest days.


View Segment 20 - Days 56 to 58
Rockhampton to Seventeen Seventy: do Army Duck shallows experience; walk to Round Head and tour Agnes Water region.


View Segment 21 - Days 59 to 61
Seventeen Seventy to Hervey Bay: Childers; Telstra fix software; Uranga Pier; resting time.


View Segment 22 - Days 62 to 64
Hervey Bay to Lightning Ridge via Dalby; Moonie Roadhouse experience; St George.


View Segment 23 - Days 65 to 66
Lightning Ridge tour 'Chambers of the Black Hand'; buy matching opal ear-rings and 3 aboriginal paintings; travel to Moree


View Segment 24 - Days 67 to 70
Moree days 1 to 4: extended rest period of nine days using the artesian hot pools at "Gwydir Carapark" and elsewhere.


View Segment 25 - Days 71 to 75
Days 5 to 9 at Moree: Moree Art Gallery; wine tasting and musician at hot pools; shopping, washing, reading, etc. plus the hot pools; keeping an eye on severe flooding along our homeward journey.

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