Spent yesterday roaming around St George. Nice spot. How about the old Greek guy that carves the Emu Egg lights. Great story about him coming to Australia after WW2 & making a success for him & his family. He can spend over 100 hours per egg.
We then went to Riversands winery for a tasting & ended up having a ploughman’s lunch. Excellent chardonnay & as always Ulrika purchases a bottle of Muscat. It is a little chilly in the evenings!
Went for a drive to Beardmore Dam but not much there. Interesting that the floods of 2012 were the highest recorded level & that the whole town was evacuated for a week.
Set off for Moree this morning & have spent a lazy day looking around the town.
Ulrika has added a Wedge Tailed Eagle & Apostle Bird to her list of sightings.
Off to Tamworth tomorrow to spend a few days & have our first game of golf for a while.
Drove to Clermont today & we stayed at Clermont Caravan Park. Walked around town looking for somewhere to have dinner. Nope, only place open on a Friday night were the pubs. Decided to do Pub Crawl (as you do). Visited all 4 pubs & caught up with locals. Not much of interest in town except for a horse & cart.
Horse & cart at Clermont
Drove the next day to Carnarvon Gorge & stayed at couple of nights at Takarakka Bush Resort. Its been 21 years since we were here last with Steve Elliot & family. If your watching Steve here’s some photos from then.
Got some decent pics of the gorge. Got a bit chilly at night but the caravan is not bad. Ulrika has decided to take up Bird Watching as a pastime as we travel around. She has an app that helps her identify birds.
Fortunately they had a happy hour which we made the most of.
Left Carnarvon Gorge this morning heading to St George. Ulrika got most excited just the other side of Roma when she saw Emus & Baby Emus.
Stopped at Surat for lunch. Interesting place. The last horse drawn Cobb & Co stagecoach arrived here in 1924.
Surat Cobb & Co Stagecoach
Lots of cattle on the road after we left Surat
Arrived at St George this arvo & just had dinner with my lovely at the Cobb & Co Hotel for my birthday.
Well we are finally back on dry land after spending the last 10 days on the water. The weather was great overall blowing consistant 10-15 knots every day from the South East. Great for sailing. Gary & Grant enjoyed the challange of learning to sail. Gary especially likes tacking! Got a bit windy (25-30 knots) last night & today as the wind turned South. Good thing we were coming in! Below is where we went (blue lines).
So I can remember this is where we moored each night:-
1st night Abel Point Marina
2nd night Nara Inlet
3rd night Stonehaven via Caves Cove
4th night Tongue Bay via Blue Pearl Bay vis Manta Ray via Border Island
5th night Chalkies via Whitehaven Beach
6th night Hamilton Island Marins via Solway Passage via Fitzalan Passage
7th night Stonehaven via Caves Cove (yes we like it there)
8th night Sawmill via Butterfly Bay via Maze Bay
9th night South Molle
10th night South Molle via Shute Harbour many times (Garys tacking skills need improvement)
One of the consistents was the mess left from Cyclone Debbie. Just a few examples below.
Wharf at South Molle Damaged
High & Dry
Mess on Whitehaven Beach
Uli had a good time with the highlight being feeding the turtle
We did not do much snorkling as the underwater visibility was still not good. We did do plenty of eating & drinking & laughing.
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Found a couple of different ways to travel.
Seaplane on Whitehaven
Helicopter on Whitehaven
Went to some great spots.
Collection of Shells on Black Island
Sunset in a Beer
Waterfall at Stonehaven
We may not be back next year but when we do we “need a bigger boat”. Luckily we found one that meets our needs. Southern Cloud – 130 foot long, 6 state rooms & pretty reasonable at $100k/week.
Thanks Dorothy, Gary, Nancy & Grant for a great start to our lap. The only thing that spoilt it was Garys mood after QLD lost last night.
Tomorrow off to Clermont on the way to Carnarvon Gorge.
Been busy the last few days & no internet connection. Saturday we left Mackay & drove up to Airlie Beach. Checked into Island Gateway Holiday park for the night. Lots of Curlews around park. Met up with the Waine’s for arvo drinks & dinner.
Sunday we dropped Caravan off to storage & picked up groceries. Spent the arvo loading our boat “Rinaldo”. Spent night on board eating seafood & drinking.
Monday we headed out & raised the sails. Gibbo is a convert to sailing. Great boat for partying. Headed to Nara Inlet for the night. Weather is a bit rainy but warm.
Today we sailed downwind to Stonehaven. Uli’s been really good to get over first night hangover.
Will not be posting much in the next few days as we will have no technology.
We left Maryborough on Tuesday & headed towards Yeppoon. Couldnt help ourselves & had to stop at Bundaberg to pay homage to the famous Bear. Left with wallet a lot lighter.
Stayed at Kinka Beach (16k) south of Yeppoon. Great spot. Ulli enjoyed a walk on the beach before breakfast.
Uli at Kinka Beach
Were supposed to stay 2 nights but because of the weather forecast we took off on Wednesday so we did not have to drive to Mackay in the rain. Went for a drive via Capricorn Resort (the old Iwasaki resort) & was disappointed to see that they have closed the old resort course. The place was empty. Rockhampton to Mackay drive is boring.
Staying at Bucasia Beach (10k north of Mackay). Haven’t been to Mackay for 15 years & boy has it grown up. Set up caravan & went to dinner at Eimeo Pub. Great spot on the hill overlooking ocean. Food excellent.
The forecast rain started aroung 10pm last night & it is still pouring down.
The main reason we started this blog was so we could keep a record of our trip. It may also be useful to our family & friends who can look at it at whenever they want to rather than be inundated by Facebook posts.
Not sure when we are heading off yet, a couple of issues need to be finalised. Hopefully we can get away in June/July.