Glen Waverley to Gilgandra via Coolamon's 'Up-to-Date' store and West Wyalong to Gilgandra, through charming farmland and forests.
Glen Waverley to Wangaratta; visit relatives.
Wangaratta to West Wyalong; visit "Up-to-Date Store", Coolamon.
West Wyalong to Gilgandra, through charming farmland and forests.
Gilgandra north through Coonabarabran's 'Crystal Kingdom'to Moree, until Moree Day 2, having a resting period, enjoying the Artesian Hot Pools.
Gilgandra to Moree, including Coonabarabran's 'Crystal Kingdom' then on to Moree.
Moree day 1; recovery in artesian pools
Moree day 2; recovery in artesian pools
Moree via Lightning Ridge (purchase opals)then via Hebel, then St George to Rolleston
Moree to Lightning Ridge via Walgett
Lightning Ridge "Black Opal" bus tour; bought opal pendant
Lightning Ridge to St George, via lunch at Hebel
St. George to Rolleston (longest drive of whole trip; 456 km)
Rolleston to Rockhampton (to buy new laptop) to Mackay
Rolleston to Rockhampton
Rockhampton day 1; buy new HP laptop
Rockhampton day 2; rest
Rockhampton to Mackay
Days 15 to 18 - Mackay, then Ayr, Cardwell, to Lake Placid (Cairns)
Mackay to Ayr
Ayr to Cardwell; observed stone curlews
Cardwell to Lake Placid Tourist Park, Cairns
Whole day (2 nights) temporarily at Lake Placid, Cairns
Drive to Palm Cove (Cairns) starting two week's holiday at Cairns - 30 km north of the city, at Palm Cove Holiday Park
Palm Cove day 1 - settling in to Palm Cove
Palm Cove day 2 - booked 2 tours
Palm Cove day 3 - shopped at Clifton Beach supermarket.
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.
Kuranda and Rainforestation via train and bus tour plus Skyway from Kuranda back to Cairns.
Palm Cove day 4 - Kuranda and Rainforestation via train and bus tour plus Skyway
Palm Cove day 5 - Cape Tribulation bus tour
Went to the Aboriginal Cultural Tjapukai by Night Tour including Buffet Dinner, and also the Australian Armour and Artillery Museum
Palm Cove day 7 - Recovery day 2 and Tjapukai dinner at night
Palm Cove day 8 Recovery day 3
Palm Cove day 9 Artillery and Tank Museum
Drove ourselves up to Kuranda, where we viewed the Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, then back in Palm Cove caught up with domestic chores.
Palm Cove day 10 - We drive to Kuranda and view the butterflies
Palm Cove day 11 Washed and shopped, etc.
Palm Cove day 12 Had haircuts, and did census form
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.
Palm Cove day 13 Cooktown charter flight and town tour
Palm Cove day 14 Recovery sleep in after Cooktown flight
Fitzroy Island ferry, Cairns market, leave Cairns, drive up to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands
Fitzroy Island ferry trip; Cairns market; and pack up.
Palm Cove to Lake Tinaroo, Atherton Tablelands
Lake Tinaroo day 1 recovery mode and Glenyce has a cold
Lake Tinaroo, tours and recovery time.
Lake Tinaroo day 2 visit Atherton, and tour "Crystal Caves"
Lake Tinaroo day 3 recovery mode and rain.
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
Lake Tinaroo to Innisfail - via Gallo's Dairyland; Curtain Fig Tree (snake, fungi); Malanda Falls (turtles) and rainforest walk
Innisfail to Townsville; toured Innisfail then to Townsville, via "Big Mango", plus "Panjoo" lookout view of Hinchinbrook Passage
Townsville days 1 & 2 of 5 days: shopping, then tour The Strand and "Castle Hill"
Townsville day 1 Deeragun suburb shopping, pharmacy and supermarket
Townsville day 2 tour The Strand and ascend Castle Hill; Glenyce falls over, unhurt, damages camera
Townsville day 3 & 4 of 5 days: Reef HQ Aquarium and Museum of Tropical Qld: get software installed into new laptop
Townsville day 3 tour Reef HQ Aquarium; turtle hospital; Museum of Tropical Qld incl simulated cannon firing on board the Pandora; detailed displays of Qld tropics life.
Townsville day 4 - arrange installation of Office 365 and the Corel software; also via Telstra/JB-Hi-Fi, arrange dongle upgrade to the 4G network. Now ADSL works OK.
Townsville day 5 & depart: The Strand, Kissing Point, Townsville to Bowen via Ayr; "Ayr Nature Display"; Bardo: The Rainbow Community Serpent, Mt Morgan
Townsville day 5 - picked up accidentally left-behind power supply for laptop; tour "The Strand", Kissing Point; lunch in restaurant there.
Townsville to Bowen - stopped at Ayr Nature Display and photographed thoroughly; saw Bardo: The Rainbow Community Serpent sculpture at Mt. Morgan.
Bowen to Mackay, tour and photograph Mackay, then Sarina 'Sugar Shed', and to Rockhampton for a rest period.
Bowen to Mackay - do spur of the moment sugar-mill tour.
Mackay day 1 - toured Mackay, took photos; shopped supermarket at Caneland.
Mackay day 2 - toured marinas, and had lunch at a riverside restaurant
Mackay to Rockhampton, call in at "Sarina Sugar Shed" demo. Late arrival at Rockhampton means setting up in the dark.
At Rockhampton for 6 days: days 1 & 2; rest, Yeppoon-Emu Park, Keppel Marina
Rockhampton day 1 - recovery day.
Rockhampton day 2 - tour Yeppoon-Emu Park; Keppel Marina
Rockhampton rest days 3 to 6: Rockhampton Botanic Gardens; Capricorn Caves, rest days.
Rockhampton day 3 - all day at Rockhampton Botanic Gardens; excellent.
Rockhampton day 4 - rest and supermarket shopping
Rockhampton day 5 - Capricorn Caves
Rockhampton day 6 - rest; software, prepare for travel
Rockhampton to Seventeen Seventy: do Army Duck shallows experience; walk to Round Head and tour Agnes Water region.
Rockhampton to Seventeen Seventy; army duck ride in shallows
Seventeen Seventy; walk at "Round Head"
Seventeen Seventy; drive around Agnes Waters region; eat at the "Fingerboard Roadhouse"
Seventeen Seventy to Hervey Bay: Childers; Telstra fix software; Uranga Pier; resting time.
Seventeen Seventy to Hervey Bay via Childers (lunch Thai cafe); street sculptures; stay at Point Vernon caravan park, Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay day 1 - rest day; software problems; Telstra store fixed partly; Urangan Pier
Hervey Bay day 1 - rest day; software problems
Hervey Bay to Lightning Ridge via Dalby; Moonie Roadhouse experience; St George.
Hervey Bay to Dalby
Dalby to St George; Moonie roadhouse - quite an experience
St George to Lightning Ridge; set up in heavy rain
Lightning Ridge tour 'Chambers of the Black Hand'; buy matching opal ear-rings and 3 aboriginal paintings; travel to Moree
Lightning Ridge; buy matching opal earrings, and aboriginal art; tour "Chambers of the Black Hand".
Lightning Ridge to Moree via Walgett, rainy.
Moree days 1 to 4: extended rest period of nine days using the artesian hot pools at "Gwydir Carapark" and elsewhere.
Moree day 1; explore other big hot baths
Moree day 2; relaxing in hot pools and enjoying daily bush yarns, bush poetry and humour with audience participation from "Mel and Susie"
Moree day 3; relaxed
Moree day 4; relaxed
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.
Moree day 5; Moree art gallery
Moree day 6; relaxed; wine tasting;
Moree day 7; relaxed; pools
Moree day 8; relaxed; pools
Moree day 9; prepare for travel
Moree to Orange: via Narrabri (lunch), Coonabarabran, Dubbo, Orange (bogged at caravan park, NRMA pulled us out).
Moree to Coonabarabran
Coonabarabran to Orange; bogged at Orange Caravan Park, pulled out by NRMA.
Orange to Glen Waverley: via Blayney, Cowra, Young, Wallendbeen, Cootamundra, Muttama, Coolac, Gundagai, Albury, Wangaratta, Glen Waverley (Home).
Orange to Glen Waverley (Home) via Blayney, Cowra, Young, Wallendbeen, Cootamundra, Muttama, Coolac, Gundagai; some wavey and broken-up rough roads owing to some heavy vehicles using this route to avoid the floods at Forbes and West Wyalong; a relief to finally be on the nice, smooth Hume Highway.
From Gundagai, Holbrook, Albury to Wangaratta
Wangaratta via the Hume Highway to Home (Glen Waverley); unpacking and recovery.