My Perth Adventure

                A recent incident let me know Murphy is alive and functioning at full capacity. I was in Perth and was ready to head to Adelaide, I was at a Woollies check out to pay for my cross country provisions when the card reader said " go away, your card is invalid ", luckily I had enough cash to cover the transaction. I promptly rang the Visa freeze card department who informed me they had indeed acted on my behalf as a previous purchase of update of software from an overseas firm had also been blocked as this firm had been tagged as scammers. They also told me a new Visa card had been mailed to my postal address in Adelaide --- Bewdy!!  Unfortunately I was still in Perth with 70 bucks to my name and it was a Friday long weekend there, so they agreed to sponsor my trip across the Nullarbor as they could monitor my purchases ( fuel etc ) as I progressed on my run East. I thanked them profusely as they were bending over backwards to assist me. Some hours later silly me went to withdraw some cash from a hole in the wall, the ATM promptly ate my card and I am sure the ATM camera had an arched eyebrow and a nasty gleam in the lens!  Needless to say I survived the next 4 days by using nefarious methods and not being there when the council ranger checked. Luckily for me there was a branch of the bank I use in Fremantle, one of about five in Aust and managed to get there the following Tuesday without running out of fuel. Luckily my run East was uneventful. To add insult to  injury the Visa person I had negotiated the terms of use with rang me and inquired  how my trip went?  I must confess I calmly and sedately described my anguish at being stranded due to an oversight in their department.  Just another incident in the learning curve of being on the road. however I would not change this life for anything and am happy to keep going.      Regards   Nick 

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Murray River Ramblers Bush Camp

  Murray River Ramblers 14th  Muster at Boomanoomana  Bush  Camp

Our first Bush Camp held from 30th Oct to 5th Nov. on the banks of the Murray between Barooga & Mulwala 12 MRR members camped, Daryl & Jill MRR members and friends Dan & Jan called in on Monday,  also camping with us were Border Hoppers members Peter & Raye  from Wagunyah, Bill & Una from Wagga ( on their way home from Lucindale ) & 2 other Borders Hoppers  from Mulwala called in for a few hours, also from Swan Hill Southern  Nomads  Des & Lyn  camped with us. Another camper nearby from Brisbane  Al was invited to join in also (he knew how to play cards well )

The Muster was full of fun, fellowship & games as well as plenty of WIND on Sat. & Sun. which made it impossible to keep Trevor’s marquee upright,. As usual Kaye Hocking had things well organised with Trevor taking care of the portable loo. Friday evening seen a few members  dress up for Halloween.

Saturday afternoon saw a few games on the river bank such as throw the Broom like a Javelin & rubber mallet like a Shot Putt followed by a game of Klop won by Border Hopper Peter. Then it was time to get ready for our Damper tea cooked by some members in camp ovens ( on Gas).

After all that those of us who were brave enough to face the cold enjoyed a sing-along accompanied by 3 members on Ukuleles (Kaye ,Maree & Una with Henry keeping beat on an imported Drum )

Sunday started with our traditional cooked Breakfast of Eggs, Bacon, Sausages & Tomatoes & the rest of the day was filled in by fellowship under the Gum trees with a few Ladies doing Craft work or Crosswords & that evening saw 5 members & Al play cards until it got to cold.

Monday was another great day of fellowship with the Wind finally giving up. Des showed off his latest  toy being a Drone with some amazing photos. Again the same ones played cards finishing the last game at 11pm.

 Tuesday Melbourne Cup Day couldn’t go by without celebrating the MRR way on the river bank.  Ross & Sharron prepared a paper bag lunch which was enjoyed by all. But the highlight of the day was the horse racing game organised by Kaye & Ian. There were 3 races with 6 horses bets were placed & dividends paid it was a very entertaining event. There was a hat parade won by Gloria & Ross

Then it was time for those that had to go home to leave but there were 8 members that stayed on for another night & so ended our longest Muster & thoughts of having another Bush Muster next year. Story done by Phil   Griffiths                                                                                                                                                                                                           (

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The Pownall's

John and Janet Powell from Point Cook vic 

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Ted and Cathy's Nomadic Adventures 2014 (Pt.5)

Day 228  18-09-14

Left Camooweal and headed to Mount Isa. Called into Lake Moondarra.  A shadow of its former self and I am not talking about the water level. Very disappointing.

Booked into Sunset Top Caravan Park. Ted contacted a friend Trevor Crawford, and made arrangements for lunch the following day.

Did some shopping. Woolworths building disgusting. Filthy and run down.

Day 229 19-09-14

Washing day and then off to lunch at the Coffee Club for lunch with Trevor Crawford. Great to catch up with him again.

Day 230 20-09-14

Left Mount Isa and set off for Cloncurry. Toured the Rev. John Flynn Memorial ( He was the founder of the Royal Flying Doctor Service). We found it very interesting.

Moved on towards Normanton. Pulled up at Terry Smith Lookout Rest Area, opposite the now closed Quamby Hotel. We decided to stay a few days.

The sunsets were fantastic.

Day 231 21-09-14

Decided to stay an extra night. Lots of birds drinking from bird waterers, some person had made. Kept the water level up.

Day 232 22-09-14

Headed off to Normanton, with a quick look at Burke an d Wills Roadhouse. Very basic and expensive.

Arrived in Normanton and visited the Tourist Info Centre, which is in the old Burns Philp Warehouse. Toured the Museum, which cost us $8 each. Very Interesting.

Then to the Normanton Railway Station and went for a ride on a 1931 Rail Motor RM 31, which is powered by an AEC petrol engine, which has to be started by a crank handle. Gret ride.

From there we headed to Karumba, where we filled up with water and emptied black water. No free camps. Back towards Normanton and spent the night at Phil Schaeffer Rest Area. We had no gas as the tap on the regulator was leaking. Had to run the generator all night to keep the fridge cold.

Day 233 23-09-14

Into Normanton and had the gas tap replaced, before heading off to Croydon. Had a great yarn with an old lady (a real "Bushie") Very interesting lady. Also went to the  "Oldest Store in Australia". It was like a step back in time.

A quick trip to Lake Balfour and then off towards Georgetown, with an overnight stay at Cumberland Chimney Camp Spot, right near a lilly covered Billabong. Fantastic range of Bird Life.

Day 234 24-09-14

On the road again, into Georgetown,where we bought some souvenirs. Continued on to Mount Surprise. Could not get fuel as they were waiting for a delivery. The road has deteriorated into narrow, one lane bitumen, with strips of wider road. Headed on into Mount Garnet and then cut across the Silver Valley Road, to just outside Herberton. This road was all dirt with some very hilly sections. We headed to Irvinebank, as the Tavern there was advertising free camping. Irvinebank is an historic tin mining village, 26 kms from Herberton, along a sealed and unsealed road' We set up camp and decided to eat at the Tavern, only to find that it closed the week before our arrival. Bummer.

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Ted and Cathy's Nomadic Adventures 2014 (Pt.4)

Day172 23-07-14

Left Tapping W.A and headed North on Indian Ocean Drive.

Called into Two Rocks. Very interesting place with numerous sculptures.

From there it was onto Leeman where we fueled up again and found out about a free camp along the coast, exactly 51 kms from Leeman. Unfortunately, we weren't the only ones who found it. However, we found a spot.

Day 173 24-07-14

Travelled on into Geraldton. Stayed one night at Belair Caravan Park.

After check out next morning it was off to see the H.M.A.S Sydney Memorial. This is a truly magnificent tribute to those who lost their lives in this Naval engagement.

Left Geraldton and travelled via Chapman Valley into Northbridge and Kalbarri. We spent the night in a 24 hour Rest Stay amongst the wildflowers

Day 174 25-07-14

Only went about an hour up the road to Nellen Nellen Rest Stop. met a nice couple, Marge and Pat from Mandurah and also several ACC W.A. members, who gave us advice re free camps and water points. Another great reason to be in the ACC.

Great night.

Day 175 26-07-14

Decided to spend another night with marge and Pat. Played Canasta in the afternoon. Made a really good change from just sitting around. Thank goodness for the new van's layout, that enabled all of us to sit at the table.

Day 176 27-07-14

Left Nellen Nellen and headed into Shark Bay (Denham). Stopped at Shell beach and again found our ACC friends. Went in to Denham and purchased a Camp Permit for Whalebone Beach. $10, but only allowed to stay one night. Not even a rubbish bin provided for our $10. Great rip off as was the fish and chips at $17 per serve. We filled up with water at the Water Board. $1 for 20 litres.

Back to Whalebone Beach and found an fantastic camp site. right on the waters edge.

Met a nice couple Tony & Robyn. We had Happy Hour together. Spent a nice night alongside the water.

Day 177, 178,179 & 180 28, 29 & 30 & 31-07-14

Headed off back to the Highway, via Overlander Roadhouse to Eddogee Rest Area, approx. 8o kms from Carnarvon. Will spend at least two nights here.

Day 181 01-08-14

About to leave Edagee, but battery decided to be flat. Asked a couple in a sedan for a jump start, which earned us a flat out NO. Hope Karma decides to visit them. Honda generator took care of the problem. Will probably be up for a new battery soon, as it is almost 2 ys since the last one gave out.

Late start, but made it to Carnarvon for water and fuel. Quick look around and off to Bush Beach Free camp. Met up with friends Marge and Rob from our brief camp at Nellen Nellen.

We set up camp next to them. Windy as usual.

Day 182 02-08-14

Finished setting up camp. Sat TV made easy by Rob next door, who had a much better Sat finder. Must get one.

Restful day and then went into Carnarvon for a look around. Returned home to very windy conditions. Forced to roll up awning during night, due to gale force winds.

Day 183 03-08-14

We did intend to reposition the van to try and minimise the wind on the awning side, but changed our mind as the wind direction was continually changing.

Went fort a walk on the beach at low tide and tried to help Rob with his Sat TV Set Top Box which is playing up. No luck there. He will have to contact his supplier tomorrow.

Day 184 04-08-14

Less wind today. Helped Rob next door with his Sat. TV. Managed to find the problem, which was an incorrect setting.

Ron and Marge's friends, Peter and Ruth arrived, and set up camp with us.

We played Bocce until the flies got too bad and then all had Happy Hour together.

Day 185 05-08-14

Some wind, but plenty of flies. Walked on the beach and later had a really great Happy Hour with all our neighbours. Gathered some useful information.

Day 186 06-08-14

Left Bush Bay this morning. Into Carnarvon for water, fuel and supplies. Bought a "Solid Gold " Gas refill at $42+. Ridiculous Rip Off. Complaints were met with, 'its not our fault. Kleengas tell us what to charge. You can always complain to them". What a Cop Out.

Presently camped about 73 ms North of Carnarvon.

Day 186 07-08-14

Off towards Exmouth this morning. Lots of cattle and sheep to be seen on the side of the road. Presently camped at "The Termite Mounds" Rest area.

Day 187 08-08-14

Went into Exmouth to replenish water and fuel.

Fuel $1.86 per Litre for Diesel. We got a 5cent per litre discount at Exmouth Fuel Supplies.

National Parks camps all full, so back to the "Termite Mounds". We will try to stay here until warranty matters can be finalised. Doubtful if we could have gotten to the Caravan Parks, even if we were prepared to pay their exhorbitent prices.

Day 188 & 189 09& 10-08-14

Quiet day at Termite Mounds.

Day 190 11-08-14

Contacted Coromal Agent. Tap replacement set for 12: oo Noon at Exmouth. Packed up and headed off. Shopping and Lunch in Exmouth. Tap replaced, door adjusted and told battery may be faulty. 

Contact made with Cameron Caravans. Further tests to done.

Spent the night in a Rest Area near Bullara Station on the Alt. Route to North West Coastal Highway.

Day 191 12-08-14

Weather hot and windy (what else would it be but windy). On the road again. Saw four Wedgetail Eagles, but could not find a safe spot to stop for photo.

Lunch at Nanutarra Roadhouse. Made our  own as a Chico Roll was $4.95. Small cup chips $6.95.

Camping tonight at a Rest Area alongside one of Rio Tinto's Mines. Rest area possibly provided by the Company, going by the signs.

Day 192 13-08-14

Onto Karratha. Filled up with water Coin in the slot. Fueled up. Brief look and then  headed out towards Port Hedland.Camped at West Peawah rest area..


Day 194 14-08-14

On towards Port Hedland, battling gale force headwind all the way. Playing havoc with fuel economy.

Pulled into South Hedland.Stocked up on groceries, after lunch at Maccas. Fuel and then on towards Broome.  Camped at De Gray River rest area, about 80kms North of {Port Hedland.

Day 195 15-08-14

Still at De Grey. We will be here until Monday (18th), when we rendezvous with Cameron Caravans Rep. to do a battery swap, as the van house battery is not holding charge.

Day 196&7 16 & 17-08-14

Still at De Grey River. Beautiful clear water in river. Replenished water bottles for washing etc.

The area abounds in cockatoos. Large flock visits in the early morning and late afternoon

Met a few fellow travellers and on 17-08-14 did laundry with river water.

Day 198 & 99 18 & 19-08-14

Still resting here at De Grey. Met up with Representatives of Cameron Caravans and had faulty battery changed in the van.

The water in the river is of exceptional quality. Dipped out some for washing etc.

Numbers swelled here last night to probably 60+ vans and other RVs, most of whom were returning from Broome, after attending the Broome Cup.

Began the pack up for our departure for points North in the Morning.

Day 200 20-08-14

Said goodbye to neighbouring campers, George and Debbie from Dubbo and headed North.

Fueled up at Sandfire Roadhouse. Saw an ACC badge on a van marked "Grumpy". Couldn't get to it before he drove off. UHF call unanswered. Pity.

Kept going to Stanley Rest Area for the night. Very popular spot.

Road Trains are part of the scenery in this part of the Country.

Heavy smoke on horizon. Obviously bush fires in the area. We will have to keep an eye open.

Day 201 21-08-14

Set off for Broome. Easy to see where the fires had been.

Arrived there about 11:00 am. Straight to the Visitor Information Centre. Did a huge shop at Coles. Fuel and lunch. Went out to Cable Beach for a look and decided to head for Derby. The Tourist attractions were a bit steep for our blood, as was the Accommodation. The Pistol Club and PCYC Overflow Parks were being closed this week, with no reduction in the exorbitant rates for the CPs.

We got as far as Roebuck Plains Roadhouse and then found the road closed due to large Bush Fire. We reluctantly booked into the Caravan Park there, to wait for the road to clear.

Day 202 22-08-14

Awoke to find the road is open, but lots of smoke. Headed out to Derby.

We had a good run to Willare Roadhouse. Cuppa break there before moving out to Derby.

Gas bottle refill at Derby @ $45. Visited Tourist Info Centre. Decided against Gibb  River Road, due to extremely poor road conditions.

Made a visit to the Boab Prison Tree, before departing.

Travelled past bushfires near Curtin RAAF Base, on the way out.

Made camp at Rest Area, about 110 kms from Derby, on the Great Northern Highway, heading to Fitzroy Crossing.

Another fine specimen of a Boab Tree in the middle of the Rest Area.

Day 203 & 204  23&24-08-14

Onwards towards Fitzroy Crossing. Two nights here Ellendale Rest Area. Popular spot with a resident flock of Top Knot Pigeons, who are not afraid to come right up to the vans.

The spoilsports were also there. See above.

Day 205 25-08-14

Arrived at Fitzroy Crossing, after battling head winds again. We saw a few eagles outside the Town.

Went to the Visitors Centre at Fitzroy Crossing.  Boat cruise on Geikie Gorge advertised as being available at 11am. Checked with staff and we were advised to head out quickly. 18km trip out there to be told that the 11am cruise had been cancelled. Not happy. Next cruise scheduled for 3pm. We decided to keep going, after returning to the Visitors Centre re not being told  about the cancellation. The blame game was being played.Obviously poor  communications between National Parks and the Visitors Centre. Overnight on the cliff top at Ngumban  Cliff rest area.

Day 206 26-08-14

Headed off towards Halls Creek in strong headwinds, still. Arrived at Halls Creek and went to the Visitors Centre. Bought water at 20 cents per litre. Asked for current road condition to a number of attractions, but we were refused the information, due to a possibility of the staff being sued, if we did not like their information. Not much use at all. So much for the   local tourist industry.

We did visit the China Wall, which is a unique rock formation.

Overnight at a nice little Rest Area about 60kms from Halls Creek.

Day 207 27-08-14

headed off to Kununurra. Plenty of heavy transports on the Highway.

Arrived at Kununurra at about 1:30 pm. Booked into Discovery Big4 and got a discount for ACC membership.

Did some shopping in town and then went to dinner at the park in aid of the Careflight helicopter service.

The highlight of the evening was a visit from the Park's resident crocodile "George", who is a Johnson River Crocodile.

Day 208 28-08-14

Laundry day. Made a visit to the Sandalwood Factory. Dearest Coffee in Australia. $5 for a small cappuccino.

However, we did locate cheaper fuel at Ord Co-Op. Cheaper by 20 cents per litre.

Visit to Tourist Info Centre. Picked up some brochures for N.T., as we head that way tomorrow.

Day 209 29-08-14

Left Kununurra and travelled to Lake Argyle. Could not get to the Lake itself as caravans were not allowed past the caravan park. Camped at Dead Horse Springs. Nice spot to camp.

Day 210 30-08-14

Left Dead Horse Creek and crossed into Northern Territory. Speed Limit now 130 kph.

Camped overnight at East Baines River. Nice spot. met a nice couple from Geelong.

Day 211 31-08-14

Onto Timber Creek. Had a Devonshire Tea. Fueled up and refilled a gas bottle. before moving on.

Day 212, 213 & 214, 01,02 & 03-09-14

Camped at Mathison Creek Rest Area and then arrived at Katherine. Booked into Shady Lane Caravan Park for three nights. Very nice little park.

Travelled out to Katherine Gorge and booked a 7am cruise on the Gorge for 04-09-14.

Day 215 04-09-14

Out to Katherine George and went on a fantastic cruise. Would recommend it to anyone.

Day 216 06-09-14

Left Katherine and headed off to Pine Creek. Found a great camp at Coomalie Creek RV Park. $10 per night unpowered and $20 powered. Owner gave us a guided tour and explained his plans for the park. It will be fantastic when completed.

Day 217 07-09-14

Headed off and detoured via Batchelor. Not a lot to see. Stopped at the Northern Territory Wildlife Park. Arrived in time for the Birds of Prey show. Excellent presentation. Ted got free entry and an ice cream, for Fathers Day.

One of the interesting parts was that of a Buzzard (Pictured above), dropping a stone, which he had picked up in his beak, onto a simulated Emu egg, as he could pick up the Emu egg.

Arrived at our ACC Farm Stay at Howard Springs.

Went into Darwin and headed to Mindil Beach for the markets and the stunning sunsets.

Day 218 08-09-14

Went into Darwin again, passing an overturned Road Train of soil. Emergency Services in attendance.  Much disruption.

Explored Darwin and watched an old Army Duck used for tours enter the water.

Lunch and then back to the van.

Day 219 09-09-14

Took a trip to Kakadu National Park, with a detour through Windows on the Wetlands.

Given the extremely dry conditions, we opted not to pay the $50 entry fees to access the Park.

Checked out Bird Billabong, which had some water, but not m uch bird ;ife in the extremely hot conditions.

Returned back to Howard Springs.

Day 220 10-09-14

Had Morning Tea with our Host, Lindsay Davis and then into Darwin with toilet cassette for the dump point.

Checked out the shops at Parap and Bunnings at Palmerston, before returning to the van.

We are off tomorrow, for points South.

Day 221 11-09-14

Late start from Howard Springs, back towards Katherine. {Pushed on through Hayes Creek and overnighted at Bridge Creek. Quiet spot along the creek.

Day 222 12-09-14

Hit the road at 8am and arrived in Katherine. Coffee, fuel and gas refill. Some shopping and then off towards Tennant Creek. Pulled up on the side of the road near Dunmarra. Noisy night.

Day 223 13-09-14

On the road again at 8:30am and headed into Elliott. Refueled at $1.92 per litre.

Travelled on to a Rest Area at Bonny Springs.

Day 224  14 -09-14

Another night spent at Bonny Creek. Dis some laundry.

After some thought, we decided not to go to Alice Springs and Uluru this trip.

Day 225 15-09-14

Back to Tennant Creek for fuel and water and then turned onto the Barkly Highway at Three Ways. Spent the night at 41 Mile Bore rest Area,

Day 226 16-09-14

Hit the road again and had Morning Teas at Barkly Homestead.

No phone reception from about 20 kms from the Roadhouse.

We were following a Road Train, that was all over the road. Almost onto the gravel shoulder on the incorrect side of the road, with traffic coming towards him. No way to contact Police, due to the phone situation.

Arrived in Camooweal at about 2:30pm.

It is approx. 43 Years since Ted was last there. On that occasion he was performing relieving duty at the Police Station.

Not many changes. Fueled up and made camp at Georgina Billabong. We will be staying two nights.

Day 227 17-09-14

Made contact and had a quick yarn with Sgt. Dan Baker, on of the present day Police Officers.

Great lunch at the Pub. Fillet steak, salad and chips for $12. Great value.

Met a few other travellers and swapped road conditions etc.

Off to Mount Isa tomorrow.

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New Member request to contact another member with similar intinerary

We left Tasmania 4 weeks ago after joining your club at Agfest. We are currently camped at a scout camp near Maroochydore QLD. Our general itinerary is to travel slowly to Cairns across the Gulf to Darwin spend quality time at Kakadu then head south and attend the Clubs Muster in SA in November. Would be so nice to catch up with another member just to have a yarn or possibly join us in our travels for a day or so or what ever. Happy to hear from you in this blog or if you would prefer contact Mike on 0408322412

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Mike, Go to the 'where are you now' thread on the members forum. Most members post where they are at present.
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Murray River Ramblers Yarrawonga Muster

Murray River Ramblers held our 11th Muster at Yarrawonga last weekend . It was a joint muster with the Border Hoppers, 42 members attended included 2 from the Southern Nomads. The high light of the muster was the Mini Olympics organised by MRR muster director Kaye Hocking. There was 9 games to play with 9 teams of 4 members it was fun,thanks Kaye. The July muster at Shepparton has been cancelled and the next muster is at Barham 12th to 14th Sept.
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Blog title (click to edit)Ted and Cathy's Nomadic Adventures 2014 (Pt.3)

Day 101 19-05-14

After attending to medical matters in Horsham, we set off for South Australia and overnighted at a Rest Area, just over the Border into South Australia.

Day 102 20-05-14

Packed up and set off towards Bordertown. Pressed on to Narracoorte. We didn't stay as it was too difficult to find suitable parking for a 20 ft 8in van and rig.

Headed into Penola, which is a lovely little town. Visited the Information Centre, which also houses an Art Gallery and small Museum. The staff were terrific and were very helpful.

Penola has a very interesting main Street, with Antique Shops, Crafty and other shops, including food. We had lunch at a business called Vintage Coffee. Cathy had quiche and I had the most delicious chicken pie with champagne sauce.

After lunch it was on to Robe. Definitely not an RV Friendly town. No free camps and very very expensive caravan parks. On the advice of a very helpful lady in the Information Centre, we headed off to Kingston SE, which was the exact opposite of Robe. At least four areas set aside for  free camping. We spent the night along the foreshore.

Day 103 21-05-14

Filled our water tanks and dumped the toilet contents. Stocked up on fruit and veges. Very expensive.

It was then off to Murray Bridge. We have booked into the Avoca Dell, Top Tourist Park, which is a very nice park. Caught up with the laundry etc.

Day 104 22-05-14

Had breakfast and decided to go to Hahndorf  (the oldest German town in SA). Travelled down the Motorway, in heavy cross winds. Thank Goodness the van was not on the back, as it would have been a lot slower. Turned off at Mt. Barker, and then 4kms into Hahndorf.

Hahndorf was a delightful surprise, although the streets were very narrow, when vehicles were parked on both sides. The German influence is very obvious in the style of shops and businesses.

Had to buy some mettwurst. My Sons will relate to this. Terrific taste and very reasonably priced. Much more so that the Queensland product.

Into Mt. Barker for fuel and then home again.

We manged to book a cruise on one of the Paddlewheel Steamers on the Murray River for tomorrow.

Day 105 23-05-14

Down to the main wharf area for our three hour cruise on the Murray.

We boarded the "Captain Proud" for our journey. The staff were very friendly and welcoming.

The cruise included a two course lunch, which was truly amazing. We had a choice of roast beef or chicken with vegetables, for the main course, with a choice of  fruit crumble and cream, fresh fruit salad or lemon cheese cake. All for a reasonable $59 each.

It was beautiful day on the river, with plenty of birdlife and boats to keep us interested.

We have no hesitation in recommending the cruise to anyone, wanting a glimpse of this one time popular method of transport. Fantastic Day.

Day 106 24-05-14

Left Murray Bridge and headed off towards the Barossa Valley. Lunch at Angaston. Picked up some cheese at the local Cheese Factory. We were surprised at how close the little towns are to one another.

The road signs take a bit of getting used to here, as instead of showing the next Town, they show Towns further along the road.

We spent the night in a Rest Area at Dublin. Very quiet spot.

Day 107 25-05-14

Headed off towards Port Wakefield, which was somewhat larger than anticipated. Lunch was at Port Pirie, before heading off gain towards Port Augusta. We have encountered heavy head and cross winds for the last several days. Overnight tonight in a Rest Area at Mambray Creek, approx. 40kms from Port Augusta.

Day 108 26-05-14

Set off towards Port Augusta and arrived there about 10:00 am. Wasted time trying to find the Dump Point. Eventually found it at the Football Ground, which houses the Port Augusta Motorhome Park. In true South Australian form, we have a Dump Point sign, indicating a turn off the main road, but then no further following signs.

Visited the Information Centre and inquired about where we we could fill our water tanks.

We were directed to a list of Service Stations, where we could fill up with water, after filling up with fuel. Tanks filled, despite a confrontation with a cranky truckie. Sorted things out with him and he then kindly advised us against drinking any of the water in Port Augusta, other than bottled water.

Not to happy with Port Augusta, so we headed off towards Coober Pedy and are presently camped at Ranges View rest Area, about 60kms from Port Augusta. Several other vans with us here.

Some showers have developed, so it will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings.

Day 108 27-05-14

Woke to a fine morning. Set sale again and arrived at Pimba. Fueled up at Spud's Roadhouse. $1.87 per litre for Diesel. Bought the worst coffee ever.

Off 6kms to Woomera, which is a very interesting town. Woomera was heavily involved  in the Space race with America in the 1960s and 1970s. The Museum is very well stocked and documented, and should be a must for all visitors to the Town.

From there it was on towards Coober Pedy again. An over night stay at a roadside rest area again for the night.

Day 109 28-05-14

Arrived at Coober Pedy and made a visit to the Tourist Information Centre and then we booked into Riba's Camping and Caravan Park, which included a tour of their underground Opal mine at night.

It was very interesting to Cathy, but no much to Ted, who had been deep underground, three times at Mount Isa  Mines, in the 70s.

The park itself was interesting, in that several sites, including ours, had a shadecloth roof and sides. No mains water though, as water is very costly in Coober Pedy.

Day 110 29-05-14

Off this morning for a look through the Catacombs Anglican Church (underground), Catholic Church and Serbian Church (also underground). We followed that by a tour of "Faye's House", which is an amazing underground house, constructed by three Ladies.

It was originally began by Faye Nayler, who is considered to be the instigator of the Coober Pedy tourist industry. She is still alive at 82 ys of age and living in Brisbane.

It is a fantastic establishment and well worth the entry fee.

Day 111 30-05-14

Shopping today and then in the late afternoon, we made the loop trip to The Breakaways Reserve, amongst the Sandstone and Granite hills, where the movie "Mad Max III - Beyond Thunderdome" was filmed. Fantastic scenery, followed by a loop back along the "Dog Fence", which is 2025 kilometres in length and built to control wild Dingos.

We spent the rest of the day hooking up ready to move in the morning, back to Port Augusta.

Day 112 31-05-14

Left the Caravan Park at 7:30am in cold and heavily overcast conditions. Fueled up and then off towards Port Augusta. Fuel again and Glendalbo and took on water at Woomera. Over night we camped in a Rest Area about 150 kms from Port Augusta, after having driven in mostly wet conditions.

Day 113 01-06-14

Arrived at Port Augusta, for grocery shopping and medications. met some nice people also new to  caravanning. Handed out an ACC Brochure and Application Form.

Then it was off towards Whyalla. Camped about 40kms from Whyalla.

Day 114 02-06-14

Arrived at Whyalla. Went on a tour of the Onesteel steel production plant. A little bit disappointing, in that we were not able to go into any of the plant on foot, but were confined to driving around in a bus.

Headed off toward Cowell, and arrived there with not much fuel left. We have been fighting a headwind most of the way. Set up in a free camp, provided by the local Council. Great views of the harbour.

Day 115 03-06-14

Spent the day relaxing and looking around Cowell and surrounds. Paid a visit to Lucky Bay and then to the Quandong Farm, where we had Devonshire tea with the elderly owners. It was a great afternoon.

Day 116 04-06-14

Set off towards Port Lincoln. Side trips into Port Neil and Tumby Bay etc.

Quick visit to John martin Caravan Repairs, as toilet had decided not to open properly.

Arrangements made for plumber to visit tomorrow. Booked in Port Lincoln Tourist Park. The park is on the foreshore, with terrific water views from our Awning.

Day 117 05-06-14

Decided to stay here for a week. Sorted that out just before the plumber arrived. Toilet fixed in about 45mins, for a cost of $60.

Into town later to shop, and arrange cash payment to Plumber. All sorted.

Day 118 06-06-14

Touring around Port Lincoln. Took a trip around the Marina and Wharf areas. Coffee & Cake overlooking the harbour.

Day 119 07-06-14

Ventured down to Coffin Bay for a look, without the van attached. Nice place, but fail to see what generates all the commotion about it.

Had a great time watching the sea birds, Pelicans, Gulls etc.

Day 120 08-06-14

Nothing special today, resting, Laundry etc.

Day 121 09-06-14

Restful Queens Birthday. Not much to do.

Day 122 10-06-14

Off to Centrelink to renew Cathy's Health Care Card. Stock up for departure tomorrow morning. Washed car at car wash, but ran out of cash to do a bang up job.

Packed up for departure.

Day 123 11-06-14

Left the Park at 9:00am. Off to car/truck wash to do caravan. Cold windy day. After $16 spend, the van looks much better.

Off towards Elliston.

Ran into rain and cold, windy conditions. Stop at Elliston Visitors Bureau.

After a quick look at the rugged coastline cliffs, it was off towards Streaky Bay. We overnighted off the side of the Flinders Highway, about 20kms from Streaky Bay. Light rain.

Day 124 12-06-14

Into Streaky Bay. Shocking weather. Blowing a gale, raining very heavily and very cold.

Fueled up and headed off towards Ceduna. Took a look at Smoky Bay. Too wet for photos etc., so off into Ceduna and booked into Ceduna Foreshore Caravan Park. Stocked up on prescriptions and supplies, to head over the Nullabor tomorrow. Checked with the Tourist Information Office, re Whales at Head of Bight. Will not be paying the requested $12 each to stand on a viewing platform to possibly sight a whale.

This area is apparently under control of the local Aboriginal Community. The charges are a disgrace.

Not too concerned about not seeing a whale as, we have been on two whale watching vessels and had seen plenty of whales.

Day 125 13-06-14

Set sail from the Caravan Park, took on fuel and set off towards Nullabor Roadhouse.

Bucking a headwind all the way. Despite all advice that we should have gone around the other way to W.A. e.g via N.T., it is not always possible to do that, given the time of year that we set off. Mid January, would have put us right into cyclone season in the North.

Fueled up again at Nullabor Roadhouse $2.03 per litre for Diesel. Operator obviously had an overdose of Nasty Pills. Most unhelpful with road information. Overnight at a rest area with about 4 other vans.

Day 126 14-06-14

Off again into the wind. Made a couple of photo stops along the cliffs above the Great Australian Bight. Decided to camp at the last stop.

Answered a knock on the van door, to find Wayne & Jo Mills, our former neighbours from Ipswich, outside. They have purchased a Motorhome and are on their way to Perth to see their daughter. Small world.

Day 127 15-06-14

Set off again. Rain eased somewhat. Kept running across the Mills, from time to time. Fuel again. This time at $1.98 per Litre. Overnight in another Rest Stop. Well into the Nullabor Plain by now.

Day 128 16-06-14

Off along the Nullabor again. Sunny day. Fuel at $2.00 per litre. Loaf bread $5.50.

All roadhouse staff seem to be on the Angry Pills.

Pushed steadily onward and spent the night about 40kms from Belladonia. Five other vans with us.

Day 129 17-06-14

Pushed on this morning and arrived at Norseman at about 11:00 am. Stocked up on groceries. Visit to the Tourist Information Centre. Decided to head towards Kalgoorlie, due to bad weather warning for the coast near Esperance.

Went to use the Dump Point at the rear of the Tourist Information Centre, but found it locked. Went to the office for the key, only to find it closed. All this in the space of less than 5 minutes, after seeking their advice. Pressed on and are presently camped about 20kms from Norseman. First Internet connection for two days.

Overnight at a rest area about 20kms from Norseman.

Day 130 18-06-14

Pushed on into Kalgoorlie and set up camp in the Centennial Park RV 24 hour stopover. Very handy to shops etc.

Called in at Visitors Information Centre. Fantastic building and very helpful staff.

Day 131 19-06-14

Took a tour of the Royal Flying Doctor Base and also viewed the huge Open Cut Gold Mine.

Moved on in the afternoon to Coolgardie. Once a busy centre, but now pretty much a Ghost town. Still a lot of interesting things to see.

Day 132 20-06-14

Toured Coolgardie Museum and Pharmacy Museum. Very interesting, with a huge amount of exhibits in both buildings.

Headed off to Southern Cross. Had a quick drive through of the town, which was bigger than anticipated. Spent the night in a Rest Area about 40kms out from Southern Cross. On our own for most of the night until two trucks arrived late.

Day 133 21-06-14

Set off again  into Merriden, where we had a walk around this busy town. Tourist Information Centre does not open at weekends, go figure, and then off to Narrembeen and Kondinin and then turned towards Hyden.  We had intentions of visiting Wave Rock, but decided against it, when we were required to pay an entry fee. Free camped in Rest Area about 80kms from Ravensthorpe. Storms and heavy rain most of the night. Very windy conditions.

Day 134 22-06-14

Gale Force cross winds and rain this morning. Had to keep the speed to around 80kph to stay on the road. Got into Ravensthorpe about 3pm. Fuel and then overnight about 5kms on the Albany Road. Camp shared with a few other travellers. Bitterly cold and windy.

Day 135 23-06-14

Scattered showers, but not such a heavy wind. Full head wind today. Kept going into Albany, arriving there late afternoon. Booked into Lazy Days Caravan Park. Nicely kept park.

We had a quick look at some of the town. Very picturesque.

Day 136 24-06-14

Laundry day. Then into town. Finally located the Visitor Information Centre. Very helpful staff. Finished up at the Coromal Dealer looking at vans.  Good deal offered on new Off Road Van. May accept after inspection of our van was made. Will see tomorrow.

Day 137 25-06-14

Well we did it. We accepted the deal on a new Coromal Off Roader. Now its chaos to sort out stuff and make ready to tow the Princeton to Cameron Caravans in the morning.

Day 138 26-06-14

Early start to be at Cameron Caravans at 8:30.

Spent a lot of time on the phone re purchase. Arrangements made to stay in their yard to make transferring payload from one van to the other. Blustery, showery day

Worked flat out between showers to empty old van into new one. The staff were very good as they had parked the vans so that the doors were opposite. We were locked in the caravan yard, but were given a key to get in and out.

Very blowy, wet night. Almost completed the change over. Will finish last of it tomorrow.

Day 139 27-06-14

Up at 4:30am. Finished off the last of the clean out of gear from the old van. Then began cleaning, before staff arrived.

Off sightseeing, while reversing camera transferred to new van and other matters being attended to.

Called in at Lime Burners Distillery. We were going to do a tasting, until we saw the prices.

Tastings start at $5.00 each for a taste of the lower class whiskey and then rise dramatically, as the quality increases. Priced a Single Malt Whiskey and almost needed a taste to revive me $300.00 for a normal sized bottle. I almost told them were dreaming, ala The Castle movie.

Back to the yard, to discover problems with the camera set up. Eventually we were sent to Albany Stereo, where a new plug  was required on the truck. Cameron's paid for it all. We left Albany about 5:30pm. Overnighted about 30kms from Denmark.

Day 140 28-06-14

Set off again this morning and called at the Information Centre at Denmark. Some shopping. Called into a Cidery and Toffee factory. Had a taste and bought Cider, Chutney and Toffee. Photographed the pet Pig that imitates the dog barking. Most enjoyable stop. Then off towards Pemberton, where we filled the water tanks. Due to all the drama with the camera, they had not been filled completely, before we left Albany. Had to make a donation before we could have water.

Continued on towards Busselton and Bunbury, through very mountainous country, amid thick forests. Interesting drive.

Found a rest Area, about 40kms out of Walpole.

Day 141 29-06-14

Off again and decided to travel straight to Perth, where we will be staying with our Son in Law, Dean Rich, at Tapping. Nice drive on good roads. Bit confusing with GPS in Perth, but arrived safely at destination around 5:30pm.

Day 142 30-06-14

Walked Grandson Zack to school. Met his Teacher.

After Breakfast, went exploring and some shopping. Laundry etc.

After a phone call from Cathy's Niece, from Queensland, who was in W.A. at her daughter's house, we made a quick trip Baldivas, which is about 45 minutes from Tapping. Joy and Rachel were leaving for Queensland tomorrow, so it was the only chance we had to see them. We spent a very enjoyable evening. Got home about 10pm.

Day 143 01-07-14

School run again today, as it will be until the week end.

Laundry next then off exploring again in nearby Joondalup and Wanneroo.

Day 142 02-07-14

Spent the morning exploring the area.

In the afternoon, it was off to the dreaded Centrelink again, as Cathy's new Health Card had not arrived. Mixed messages from Centrelink, as usual. Most confusing. Matter sorted out O.K.

Made contact with Leura & Doug Catchcart from Moreton Bay Drifters Chapter of the ACC.

Leura will ring again to arrange a catch up, before we head off again.

Message left for friends, Maria and Brian Minchin, who live near Perth.

Day 143 03-07-14

Decided to travel along the coast towards Perth. We had morning tea at a very nice restaurant called "The Dome" at Mullaloo Beach. Very nice.

Travelled towards Perth, along the Sunset Beach Tourist Drive. Nice view of the Indian Ocean.

Our travels took us to the Port and we were amazed by the stockpile of containers.

Maria Minchin, made contact and we will be meeting her and Brian for lunch on Sunday, at a yet to be decided destination.

Drove through Perth CBD for quick look. Seems to be a very vibrant City.

We arrived back at Tapping about 3pm, after a stop for lunch.

Day 144 04-07-14

Off to North Perth for Morning Tea with Doug & Leura Cathcart, fellow ACC Moreton Bay Drifters members, who are visiting family in Perth. Had a great catch up.

More exploration of Perth area after Morning Tea.

Day 145 05-07-14

Spent the day helping our Son in Law sort out carport contents etc.

Also made some adjustments to van e.g. hooks in front boot and extending rear bumper bar to accommodate coil of sullage hose.

Day 146 06-07-14

Woke to very windy conditions. Gale Force at times with heavy rain.

Off to lunch at Hilarys Boat Harbour with our W.A. friends, Maria and Brian Minchin. We had a delicious meal at Grilld and a great catch up and shared trip stories and experiences.

Went sightseeing afterwards. Pity about the weather, but not much we could do about it.

Day 147 07-07-14

Horrible day. Gale force winds and driving rain. Very low temperature.

Did not venture out of the house, except for some urgent supplies and obtaining a quote for a service on the Tug.

Day 148 08-07-14

Slightly better day. Ventured out to Morley to have repairs made to Ted's hearing aid. Lunch at Galleria Shopping Centre, with young Grandson Zack Rich.

Hopefully tomorrow will be much improved.

Day 149 09-07-14

Spent the day at home. Not doing much.

Day 150 10-07-41

Took the Van to Perth Caravan Repairs, for some small Warranty matters.

Took a trip to Freemantle. Very difficult to find anywhere to park, especially with a roof rack. No free car parks, except for the dog beach near the Yacht Club. Would like to return, but not with the vehicle. Bus maybe.

Collected the Van and returned home.

Day 160 11-07-14

Took the car in for a 100,000 Service at Killarney Autos at Wangara. very thorough.

Car runs really well now, not that there was anything wrong before the Service.

Day 161 12-07-14

Coffee and Lunch out today. Just the two of us sightseeing today.

Day 162 13-07-14

Lazy Day. Stayed in.

Day 163 14-07-14

Haircut for Ted, with some shopping. Touchiong up house for real Estate inspewction to,morrow.

Day 164 15-07-14

Picked up a key rack that a kind gentleman, who works for Masters made for us at no charge.

Not really suitable for our use, but didn't want to seem ungrateful. Will find a use sometime, I guess.

Miserable day, but took Grandson Zack to the beach.

Real Estate inspection did not happen, as Real Estate  person discovered that she did not have keys, despite assurances from her that she did.



Day 165 16-07-14

Day mostly spent at home. Quiet day.

Service to Honda Generator (oil change etc.)

Day 166 17-07-14

Off to the Thermomix shop to buy a carry bag for the machine. Of course, we did not leave without extras (Gluten Free Cook Book and a book stand). The bag is great as it holds the machine and supplied accessories in padded safety. Goodbye original box.

Day 167 18-07-14

Quiet day. Sorting out cupboards in van in preparation for departure on Wednesday.

Day 168 19-07-14

Another quiet day, after a visit to Wanneroo markets, for some supplies.

Day 169 20-07-14

Similar day to previous. Discovered a locking knob missing from Anti Flap Kit. Inquiries for a new one to be made tomorrow.

Day 170 21-07-14

On the run around again for the previously mentioned Ant Flap locking knob. Eventually had to bite the bullet and maker a trip to Camec at Welshpool, which is some distance from here. Fortunately the trip was successful and the new mechanism fitted on returning home.

Two more sleeps to our departure from Taspping.

Day 171 22-07-14

Spent day sorting out gear to go back in the van. Fueled up etc.

NB: Please catch up with us in Part 4


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bags are good aren't they whats the first stop north??
Sunday, 20 July 2014 03:18
As it turns out we stayed at a Free camp 51 kms North of Leeman as our first stop North.
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Heading for KARRATHA


18th April '14

Hi one and all, 

Finally 'on the road' again after leaving home on 5th April heading to our niece's at Geelong for a short stay with the 11 grand nieces and nephews.  No that wasn't a typo they have 11 children.

  The only daughter of my only brother who sadly passed away at a nursing home while we were there.   His son was travelling from the UK for the funeral which took extra time before we could hold the service. All went to plan though a very sad event nonetheless.

Last time we were travelling was June 2013 so we have been keen to warm up the wheels again.

Heading to Karratha via Adelaide and no issues since we left Geelong having  a very pleasant overnight stay at Green Hill Lake 3 km before Ararat. Great spot donation of $5 hot showers and clean facilities.  

The spot is on the Lake which is somewhat depleted from lack of rain, but a bonus for nomads with no keen boaties roaring around and dog friendly. Highly recommend.  

Off to Adelaide now to see Chris's sister then our journey starts to Geraldton via Meridian then to Karratha. Looking forward to a safe and happy trip.  

Happy Easter to all you fine Nomads out there. Go on get on the road again.


Chris & Marilyn

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Ted and Cathy's Nomadic Adventures 2014 (Pt.2)

Day 41 19-03-14

Left Upper Lansdowne and travelled to Thornton, near Maitland, with an quick detour into Tea Gardens and Hawks Nest, which were lovely places.

Spent the night at Margaret & Terry Writer's house. Margaret is Cathy's Cousin. Had a terrific night with a few tipples.

Day 42 20-03-14

Left Thornton and travelled onto Mudgee and then onto Ilford, where we overnighted at a Rest Area near the Town. We had plenty of company, as it seems to be a popular spot.

Day 43 21-03-14

We left a very chilly Ilford and headed into Lithgow. We checked in at the Tourist Information Centre and the decided to travel over to Bathurst and on to Cowra. We were going to stay at the Showgrounds at Cowra, but after receiving slight damage to the van getting into the camp ground we left. Of course, it didn't help that the camping area was the most run down one we have ever struck, with derelict looking power boxes and long uncut grass.

We motored onto Grenfell, where we fuelled up and found a free camp in the Lions Park, where the public Dump Point is located. Allowed to stay 2 to 3 days. Great spot.

Day 43 22-03-14

Checked out the historic main street in Grenfell, which is the Birthplace of one our most famous poets, Henry Lawson. There is a bust of Henry in Town. A Henry Lawson Festival is held here each June long weekend.

After coffee etc we headed off to see Ben Hall's Cave, where the bushranger hid from the authorities. The cave is in the Weddin Mountains National Park, some 48 klms from Grenfell. It is very rugged country and would have been very difficult to hide there with horses at the time of Hall's rampage.

Had neighbours for the night. Barry & Cherie are relatively local residents, who were going to try and sell some goods at the markets here tomorrow.

Day 44 23-03-14

Had breakfast and then visited the markets. Nothing much of interest to us on sale, so we headed off for a look at Forbes. Nice town and home to Ben Hall's grave.

We also located the grave of Kate Foster (nee Kelly) who was the sister of another famous bushranger, Ned Kelly.

Had lunch and headed home to our camp.

Day 45 24-03-14

Rained most of the night. The weather was very considerate and stopped raining while we hooked up. Off to West Wyalong, where we decided to stay for a couple of nights. Having lunch in the park, and met relatively new ACC Members, Margaret & Ian, who were travelling from their home in Adelaide to the Sunshine Coast. First fellow ACC Members we have met on our adventures.

Presently listening to the rain falling on the van roof. We are staying at the Ace Caravan Park. Reasonable price at $27 per night for 2 people.

Day 46 25-03-14

Woke to a rainy morning, which turned into a sunny day. Shopping and exploring West Wyalong. Nice little town.

Day 47 26-03-14

Checked out of the Ace Caravan Park and waited at nearby gardens to catch up with fellow Moreton Bay Drifters, Barb and Darryl Walker. Great to see them and we shared a very nice morning tea.

Set off towards Temora. We didn't stop there but continued onto Illado for an overnight stay in a great little rest area, across from the Pub and Store. Dinner at the pub. met some fellow Caravanners. Pub closed by 8:30pm. Off to Liquorish Factory tomorrow at Junee.

Day 48 27-03-14

Rainy morning. Had a late start, then onto Junee.

made the 10:00 am tour of the Liquorish & Chocolate Factory. Was the maiden tour for our guide, Jessica. She handled it and us very well. We were provided with plenty of samples during the tour. We were introduced to vertical Liquorish Bowling, which Ted won by a hair.


Then it was coffee in the Coffee Shop, before purchasing some of the varied wares in the shop, before heading to Gundagai.

We arrived in Gundagai about lunch time and after a visit to the Tourist Information Centre, we set up free camp at the Gundagai Pump House reserve. Great spot by the creek. At the moment we have it all to our selves.

Day 49  28-03-14

Another wet day. Spent the morning around the local area, including the "Dog on the Tucker Box"

After lunch it was on to Tumut for a look, and then on to Adelong, and the gold battery ruins.

Day 50 29-03-14

Rest Day today. Have new neighbours from Sydney.

Took photos from some of the lookouts.

The photo above shows our van on the right and our new neighbour's van.

We had a visit from a lone pelican today

Probably leaving here tomorrow.

Day 52 30-03-14

Packed up, filled up with water etc and headed off to Yass. Made a quick stop at Jungiong. Very busy so we pressed on.

Located an RV  Parking area in town set up camp in a lovely spot along a creek under the trees.

Only downside is the poor TV reception.

Day 53 31-03-14

Decided to move towards Canberra, so packed up and head off. We stopped at a little place called Murrumbateman. Free camping was supposed to be available at the Recreation Ground, after making a donation at the local Post Office. The office is a volunteer one and was closed when we arrived. Spoke with some men working at the Men's Shed, who told us the arrangements were to pick a spot and call at the Post Office when it opens at  4pm.

We were joined by a couple in a Motorhome and he went to the Post Office and was virtually told to get lost. Both of us decided to move on next day, after catching up with the laundry.

Day 54 01-04-14

Headed out early and travelled back through Yass and Gundagai to Tarcutta, where we had morning tea. Great caravan parking area in town.

Headed out and stopped in Holbrook and had a look at the former Submarine "HMAS Ottway" in the park.

We called at the Tourist Information Centre and spoke  with a very nice man called Cliff.

Lunch at a nearby cafe, which was great.

Onto Howlong, where we found a terrific free camp by the river. We met some fellow Queenslanders, Mark and Lyn. Very nice people.

Day 55 02-04-14

Shopping and fuel at Howlong.

After lunch we travelled to Rutherglen, Vic. Very old Town, checked out a few Antique Shops and then moved onto Chiltern, which seems to have more Antique and Second Hand shops than normal stores. Cathy got a bargain in one shop, scoring a bag of old jewellery for $5.00, which she will be able to recycle into her own hand made jewellery.

Day 56 03-04-14

Woke to a rainy, miserable day. Had Breakfast and after breaking camp, headed to Corowa.

We made a visit to the Corowa Whiskey and Chocolate Factory, which is a sister factory to the Junee Liquorice Factory. Chocolate was yum. Coffee was great to0.

Both properties were bought from the respective Councils for the princely sum of $1.00. Both were in a very neglected state.

From Corowa we travelled onto Berrigan for water and dump point, as the very unhelpful Corowa Council has removed tap handles from all of their dump points. Berrigan dump point is in a lovely park, which also contains the Berrigan Lions Club Caravan Park.

From their it was a wet drive, almost to Jerilderie, where we set up a free camp, along the river.

Day 57 04-04-14

Quiet night at Jerilderie with one other van and two Motor Homes.

Woke to overcast skies and drizzly showers. After breakfast, it was a quick pack up and after purchasing the cheapest fuel so far on this trip, we set off along the busy Newell Highway, before turning off towards the Village of Urana.

We arrived there about 11:00 am and booked into the Council Caravan Park for week. Lovely park and very friendly staff. Tariff $18 p/n for 2 Adults.

Caught up with the laundry and just chilled out on the banks of Lake Urana.

Day 58 05-04-14

Some shopping locally at Urana. Took a drive through Boree Creek, Morundah and back to Urana, under very overcast skies, with some showers. Both Boree Creek and Morundah are very small and have little in the way of services.

Day 59 06-04-14

Rest day, here in Urana. Chill out time.

Day 60 07-04-14

Sunny day. Off to Wagga Wagga for some pharmacy items and toilet chemicals etc. Wagga is about 1.5 hours from Urana. We had morning tea at Lockhart, in the Blue Bird Cafe, which is a 1950s Greek Cafe. The decor has been kept along with framed articles about the Cafe and its owners. Coincidentally, the owners came from the same Greek Island as quite a number of the Greek Cafe owners in Ipswich, when Ted was young.

Day 61 08-04-14

Another rest day. Ted walked into Urana Business Centre this morning and discovered a number of scrap metal sculptures.

This is a terrific Caravan Park and we would happily recommend it.

Day 62 09-04-14

Another rainy day.

After lunch we went back to Lockhart for some grocery shopping.

Did some more exploring.

Lockhart is known as the "Verandah Town" due to the shop awnings, providing shade to the footpaths.

The footpaths are paved, with designs and tiles commemorating historical facts and family roots.

Dotted around town are numerous sculptures, made from scrap metal, similar to those at Urana.

Day 63 10-04-14

Rain, Rain and more Rain.

Began some packing ready to head to Wagga Wagga tomorrow.

Day 64 11-04-14

Rain eased overnight. Luckily, we were able to pack up without getting drenched. Headed into Wagga Wagga and found ourselves free camping at Oura Beach Approx. 19 kms east of Wagga Wagga City centre.

Still a bit wet and some showers persist. Still its a lovely spot.

Day 65 12-04-14

Had a great nights sleep. Into Wagga Wagga for some shopping and then back home for a late lunch etc.

Day 66 13-04-14

Quick trip in to the nearest dump point and then sussed out the venue for the "Stone the Crows Festival" and made a visit to the Tourist Info Centre.

Lunch and then Laundry etc.

Day 67 14-04-14

What a day.  Van battery low as Waeco was not set right overnight. Started generator to charge it, but the inline fuse blew. Off to Town for a replacement fuse. Almost home and cart fuse blew, as did adapters for cigarette lighter plug. Had a spare for the car, but not for the adaptors. They will have to wait until tomorrow.

Car booked in for service tomorrow, so fuses tomorrow.

Have more neighbours. I wonder how many are going to "Stone the Crows".

Day 68 15-04-14

Lovely morning again. After breakfast, it was into Wagga Wagga for fuses to get the adaptors working again. Returned home and replaced the fuse in the double adaptor without any problems, however, the extension lead to connect the Waeco to the car was another matter. It suffered a meltdown and was unusable. back into Supercheap Auto and purchased a Narva heavy duty lead. No problems with that one.

Day 69 16-04-14

Began to pack up camp ready for departure in the morning to Stone the Crows. Quick trip to the Dump Point for the toilet. Then last minute stock up for the weekend. We will be sorry to leave Oura Beach, as it is a wonderful spot.

Day 70 17-04-14

Well. What a sight. Fog and heavy dew everywhere. Bit nippy to pack up, but we managed.

Off to Wilks Park for water refill. We had to line up as there was a max exodus of vans and motorhomes, heading to Stone the Crows. A fifth wheeler was in front of us and during discussions, established that it could take up to an hour for him to empty waste and fill water tanks.

Fortunately for us, he was almost done, so there were not so many curses uttered. Filling up complete, we headed off to Stone the Crows.

What an amazing sight. So may RVs lined up, all going to the same venue.

We eventually made our way through the gate, where we were directed to our site. Thanks to an inept and cranky official, we managed to slightly damage the rear corner of the van. This will now have to be an Insurance claim on Tuesday. ***@@@@

Nevertheless, we put it behind us and decided to enjoy ourselves.

We were sited next to fellow ACC Members, Rob and Marg, who are somewhat famous to readers of Caravan and Motorhome magazine, as they travelled around Australia, and had there adventures documented in the magazine. They are a great couple.

The afternoon saw us attending the official welcome and we were entertained by the Wagga Wagga Accordion Band. They were very skilled musicians, but the music was a bit ancient.

Commentary was provided by Jim Haynes, who was part of Slim Dusty's travelling shows.

He was joined by a very talented 17 old girl named Kaitlin O'Donohue. She is a fantastic entertainer, and will no doubt, go a long way in the entertainment industry.

We registered for games etc. and look forward to a great time.

Happy Hour was round a fire near our van. We were fortunate enough to meet a lot of new people.

Day 71 18-04-14

Well,  first day of competition. Ted's team in CrowFL, managed to progress to the third round, before being knocked out.

Visited the ACC Stand. new members being signed up and queries from interested parties being handled very efficiently by the capable members manning the stand.

Cathy attended the Ukelele lessons for beginners. Mostly a sales platform for the Tutor's merchandise.

Had happy hour around a campfire. Very welcome as the weather was quite cool.

Day 72 19-04-14

Had Breakfast and then off to Town. Gas bottle refill, some grocery shopping etc., while Cathy was at Ukelele lessons. Had Lunch and then watched some of the games competition and took photos.

Saturday night, saw Ted going to a great concert, hosted by Jim Haynes. Cathy was too chicken to brave the cold. Headliner was Darren Carr, a comedian/ventriloquist. Fabulous show, worthy of any top line auditorium.

Day 73 19-04-14

Attended a workshop on photography. Didn't learn anything new though. Also attended a workshop about writing for Magazines. Very informative, but I probably will not pursue this avenue, as there are too many rules and conditions.

Noticed an antique caravan, which was being used by one of the professional Bush poets.

More lessons for the budding minstrel.

Sunday night saw the Talent Quest finals. Great show, although very cold.

Day 74 21-04-14

Up at 6am. Freezing. Started to set up at the Open Day markets at 7am. Cathy managed to make a modest amount of profit, despite intense competition from other stall holders.

After Lunch, we decided to pack up and head off to avoid the rush, next morning.

We left the grounds, filled up with water at Wilks Park, Wagga Wagga, and then headed back to Oura Beach. Unfortunately, it was almost full, so off to Wantabadgery for two nights.

Unfortunately, the van bolt on folding step, fell to pieces, and had to be removed.

Day 75 23-04-14

Back into Wagga Wagga, still chasing mail, without success. Great job, Australia Post. NOT.

Lunch and then off south. Overnight between Glenrowan and Benalla at a Rest Stop. Very popular and very well set up. Cool night.

Day 76 24-04-14

Off this morning towards Shepparton. Had lunch at Wunghnu, pronounced One Ewe.Nice little town.

Had a quick stop at Benalla and visited the Information Centre.

Great ceramic feature in the park. Constructed of hand made tiles, it took 27 years to complete.

Travelled to Shepparton. Unable to park near the Chocolate Apple Factory, so we kept on towards Echuca. Overnight stop near Tongala turnoff. Freezing night.

Into Echuca, very busy. It suffered from a lack of available caravan parking, so it missed out on our dollars. We did make a stop at Bunnings, but could not find the gas heater we were looking for, so on towards Swan Hill.

Lunch at Gunbower and filled our water tanks.

Free camped at Lake Charm Rest area. Camp spots shown in Wikicamps, could not be located.

Day 77 25-04-14

Decided to retrace our steps towards Shepparton, due to lack of free camp spots near Swan Hill and the school holiday pricing of caravan parks. Paid a visit to Boort and then back into Kerang. Filled tanks again at Gunbower Overnight at Rich River Golf Resort at Moama. The club administers the dump point and allows free camping of up to 48 hrs on a grassy area near the tennis courts.

We had dinner at the club for a change.

Day 78 26-04-14

Travelled via Tongala and Mooroopna, where we had lunch at the award winning bakery and then onto Shepparton. Missed the chocolate apple factory again. Free camping at Casey's Weir, about 20kms from Benalla. Will stay two nights. Still cold at night. Lovely days.

We met Martin, who makes and sells A-Boards to businesses, to advertise on footpaths etc.he is also an accomplished musician.

Great yarn spinner.

Day 79 27-04-14

Quiet day. Mostly relaxing with a book or two.

Day 80 28-04-14

Packed  off and headed towards Benalla. Visit to the chemist and then onto Yarrawonga.

Lunch at Maccas, after attending to toilet duty. Attempted to get a quote for tyres, but operator really did not want to be bothered, so we headed into Cobram and located the free camping area at Big Toms Beach on the banks of the Murray River.

Very cool weather, but not a bad camp.

Day 81 29-04-14

Arranged for new tyres to be fitted on 30-04-14. Had a look around town. Seems to be a nice town, with some interesting buildings, such as the Court House.

Rain this afternoon, which made the weather very very cool.

Day 82 30-04-14

Breakfast and then into town for tyres.

Purchased warmer clothes at the Op Shop. Good bargains.

Ted made an overdue visit to the barber and had his ears lowered.

Picked up the car and we were informed that the steering idler arm bushes, need to be replaced. Went to the Ford dealer, but spare parts man did not know what we were talking about. Great isn't it. Over to Repco and parts ordered, without any problems.

Grocery shopping and then back to camp.

Booked into Yarrawonga Holiday Park for weekend. Check in 01-05-14.

Day 83 01-05-14

Off to Yarrawonga, after picking up parts for car, arranging repairs and wheel alignment for 05/05/14. Also priced gas bottle refill at local caravan dealer. Refused to pay $34.

Booked into Yarrawonga Holiday Park. Quite a number of ACC members already in attendance. Set up camp and then attended our first Happy Hour of the weekend. Met lots a new faces.

Day 84 02-05-14

Awoke to a very cold day. Shopping in Yarrawonga. Laptop mouse decided to expire, so purchased a cheapy wireless mouse at Woolworths. Brought it home and found it faulty.

Happy Hour again. Great atmosphere.

The hearty fire certainly helped.

Day 85 03-05-14

Today is a cold wet day. Back up town for a replacement computer mouse. Bought the dearer one, I should have bought the first time. No problems.

Quiet day, until communal dinner in the camp kitchen. Great meal and company.

Entertainment was provided by a new band, at one time called "Four Play", until they became five.

Following the magnificent voices of the ACC members attending, a Fashion Parade

evolved. Not sure of the models, but the Three Stooges spring to mind.

Our Chairman Tom, provided us with an overview of where the Club is going and some problems that will have to be addressed. He then took questions from the floor, which I believe, was most beneficial to all attending members.

Day 85 04-05-14

Up early on a bitterly cold and windy morning, for breakfast in the Camp Kitchen, which we shared with a visiting Hot Rod Club.  The proceeds were donated to Blazeaid. Very good cause.

A great time was had by all.

Spent the rest of the day yarning and packing up. Ted went to the very cold Happy Hour, while Cathy stayed in the warm van.

Then off for dinner at the Mulwalla Golf Club. Great meal and Ted won $15 on the pokies.

Day 86 05-05-14

Cold day again. Broke camp and headed to Post Office, as Telstra, were supposed to have delivered a Wi-Fi Mobile Hot Spot device to us there. Unfortunately, there was no delivery.

Over to Cobram for care repairs and wheel alignment. Contacted Telstra, who informed us that the order had been cancelled by their credit dept. Believe it, or not, a person in Ipswich, withe same Christian and Surname as my self has a credit default. We were advised to go to a Telstra Shop to sort it out and to take delivery of a device.

So it was back to Shepparton for this purpose. Spent the night at a Rest Area about 24 kms from Shepparton.

Day 87 06-05-14

Freezing morning. After a visit to the Chocolate Apple Factory, in Shepparton, it was off to the Telstra Shop. Assisted by a very helpful young bloke named Jonty. Credit matter sorted by Drivers License No. The other person had a similar Lic. No. with only one digit different.

Collected device and headed towards Bendigo.

Spent the night in the Huntly-Epsom Lions Park, with several other vans, including three Quuenslanders. Great spot.

We had to cover the mirrors on the car to stop a stupid Minah bird, from going berserk and attacking himself in the mirror.

Day 88 07-05-14

Off towards Bendigo. Very busy City. Parking a problem. Visited Show Grounds for the Dump Point. Budget camping stopped by Bendigo Council, so we decided to spend our money elsewhere.

Off towards Horsham and overnighted in a rest area, about 75 klms from Horsham. No other campers. Cold night again.

Day 89 08-05-14

Headed off to Horsham through St. Arnaud, Rupanyup, Murtoa and Dooen. After a little trouble, we found the Horsham Showgrounds on the banks of the Wimmera River and booked in for 7 days at a cost $50 in total, as well as two complimentary tickets to the Greyhound racing on Tuesday night. How could you beat that for value.

Unfortunately the Horsham Council, who own the caravan park, and another person, who owns cabin accommodation, are attempting to close the camping down. Greed raises its ugly head again.

What a great club the ACC is. Waiting for some prescriptions to be filled, we decided to have a coffee in Waack's Bakery, when lo and behold, who should we run into but the very well known Lionel Mussell and Bernie Barnwell, the leading Tasmanian identity.

An invitation to visit Lionel at Illawarra was issued and gratefully accepted. Consequently, at the end of our week in Horsham, we will b travelling to South Australia by way of Chez Mussell.

Day 90 09-05-14

Woke up to rainy and windy conditions. Very cold. Up town for shopping.

Laundry day again.

After lunch it was off to see a Doctor to replenish our Prescriptions.

Day 91 10-05-14

Overcast morning. After Breakfast, it was up town and coffees etc. at Maccas. Not much room to move in their Car Park, when the Drive Through is overflowing.

The afternoon turned into a fabulous day, as the sun decided to come out.

Day 92 11-05-12

Woke to heavy fog. Sun came out later, so we walked into town along the river. Great walking paths provided. Had a coffee. Cath visited Spotlight for some supplies. Back to the van for lunch, with showers threatening.

Visit to the dump point etc. Priced some cameras in Harvey Norman. Think I will stick with the one I've got, even though it may need a minor repair.

Day 93 12-05-14

How great it is to be able to do nothing at all, except speak with Tom Smith on the phone.

Much warmer day when the sun came out, following another heavy fog.

Day 94 13-05-14

Better day, weather wise. spent a little time looking around Horsham. Used our complimentary tickets to the Greyhound racing. Meeting started at 4pm. We went over at 5:30pm and found that the meeting was almost finished. Only about 6 spectators in evidence.

Day 95 14-05-14

Very foggy morning again, but turned into a nice day.

Stocked up the pantry, prior to our moving to Lionel's tomorrow. After lunch, began the process of packing up.

Day 96 15-05-14

Off to Illawarra. Uneventful journey to Lionel's house. Had a coffee with Lionel and then set up camp.

Cathy made a curry, which we shared with Lionel over a wine or two.

Day 97 16-05-14

Set off into Stawell for a quick look and then we decided to look at Halls Gap. Lovely spot.

We had a coffee with  the bird life at the Information Centre.

Back to the van, awaiting roast leg of lamb at Lionel's.

A great night was had by all.

Day 98 17-05-14

Visit to Stawell for toilet dump.

Lionel undertook to show us around Lake Lonsdale and lake Fyans, in Bernie's jeep.

Very interesting tour, albeit a bit cool.

We were very impressed by Lionel's Long Necked Sheep (Alpacas) named Doris and Lucy after Doris Day and Lucille Ball.

Dinner again at Lionel's, with him and his Daughter and Son in law. They are a terrific couple.

Two of Cathy's Daughters and two of the Grandkids are visiting Portland, which is only 220 kms from here. Arrangements made to catch up in Portland tomorrow.

Day 99 18-05-14

Early start this morning to Portland, via Halls Gap. Arrived about 9:30am. Had a great time with Tanya, Michelle, Jayden and Jayme, along with Tanya's friends, Penny and Dean and their kids. Had a good look at Portland, which is a great place on the coast. It is home to a fishing fleet and a commercial Port.

Our tour of the area also included Port Nelson Lighthouse.

We left about 3:00pm and returned to Illawarra via Arrarat.

Ted made his famous Spaghetti Bol, for the three of us. It is our last night with Lionel.

We should be in South Australia, tomorrow.

Day 100 19-05-14

Late start. Said our farewells to Lionel and his Son in Law and set off to Stawell and Horsham.

Attended to some medical matters in Horsham and then off towards South Australia.




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Ted and Cathy's Nomadic Adventures 2014 (Pt.1)


Day 1. 18/01/14

Finally we have left Ipswich about 11:50 am. Steady run up Cunningham's Gap, across to Toowoomba and on towards Dalby.

We traveled through to a little place called Brigalow, where we overnighted, in what was obviously a heavy vehicle stop. A bit noisy, but, hey, it was free.



Day 2 19/01/14

Set sail for Chinchilla. Large markets near the road, but we did not stop as parking was a problem. Fueled up and continued on towards Roma. Went to buy some groceries at Woolworths, only to find them closed. This would be the only Woolworths I know of that was not trying to ring the last fifty cents out of the population. IGA open and trading steadily.

We returned to the car and saw that a pedestrian had been knocked over by a car, in the short time we were shopping. All Emergency Services were in attendance.

Left Roma about 11:30 am, heading towards Charleville. Temperatures steadily rising.

Numerous delays due to extensive roadworks between Roma and Charleville. Arrived Charleville at 3:55 pm.  Road works added almost 1.5 hours to the trip.

Booked into Bailey Bar Caravan Park (Top Tourist). very helpful Proprietor. The park is a quiet shady park with some concrete annex pads and some grassy sites. We do think, however, that it is a bit pricey at $34 p n, considering the basic amenities offered. To top it off the use of Private Washing machines is prohibited. They need to pick up their act.

Had a quick look around the town. Ted was stationed here for 6 years when a Qld Police officer. Almost a ghost town.  only one pub operating. Back to the park for dinner.

Day 3 20/01/14

Made contact with Dave Barker.  Dave is a former Sergeant of Police, who worked in Charleville with Ted. Arrangements made to catch up in the afternoon.

Made a few purchases and explored shops etc. Temperature reached 42 degrees. Bloody Hot.

Spent most of the afternoon in the van with the A/C struggling. Met up with Dave Barker as arranged. It was great to reminisce with him and recall some funny events.


Day4 21/01/14

Fueled up at the new Gulf Truck Stop. $1.64 per litre for Diesel. Then off to Cunnamulla.

Walked around town and took some photos, before heading off towards St. George. We are amazed by the proliferation of Emus. Every couple of kms there is another Mob. When I lived out this way it was rare to see one, unless you out around Thargomindah. Roos of course are in plague proportions, as they always were.

We arrived at Bollon and camped overnight, in a great camping ground, along Wallam Creek. Camping fees are by donation to the local community for medical equipment. It is all set up with a flush toilet, fireplaces and seating on the river bank. Concrete walking paths follow the creek bank. I have filled out a Budget Camping entry for this one.

Spent a quiet, but warm night. We were the only campers.

Day 5 22/01/14

We left Bollon this morning about 07:30am for the run into St. George.

St. George is a larger community on the banks of the Balonne River. Spent some money in the town on Iced Coffees and a haircut for Ted. Fueled up at $1.64 per litre, before moving off to Goondiwindi.

 Lunch was had at the little town of Talwood. Nice tidy little town.

Arrived at Goondiwindi  at about 2:00pm. Booked into Top Tourist Park.

Went out to dinner at the Queensland Hotel. Lovely meal, but had to wait almost 1 hour for it. Was only Rissoles and a Chicken Parmigiana, which was the special and one would think, should have been precooked.

Arrived at the Van in very gusty winds. We found the awning flapping madly. It had been torn out of the Anti-Flappers. The washing was a mess. We managed to roll up the awning, although conditions made it very difficult. A number of other campers, were happy to stand there watching, without offering help. Why am I not surprised? Of course Management was conspicuous by their absence. 

Day 6 23/01/14

Still no sign of Management, to see whether we sustained any damage last night. Happy to take your money though.

Found a MacCafe and had a coffee, whilst we fueled up for tomorrow. Stocked up on groceries and visited the Botanical Gardens. It is a lovely are, but conditions are very dry.

We don't mind Goondiwindi, as it is a vibrant very tidy town.

Spent the afternoon resting as,  the rains came along with gusty winds.

Day 7 24/01/14

Well its off into NSW today. Not that it took long, as Goondiwindi sits on the border.

Gusty winds, fortunately behind us today. Into Boggabilla, past the "Wobbly Boot" Hotel.


from Boggabilla it was on into Moree for a quick look. Moree is quite a large town, very busy on a Friday at least. We didn't stay but headed to Warialda. Quite a nice easy drive. From there, a short drive to Bingara. Had lunch at the Roxy Cafe. Very retro and very nice.


Stocked up on groceries at the IGA and then set off to camp by the river for the night.

Day 8 25-01-14

After a rainy night, we struck camp and headed to "Thistlebank" near Tingra, which is owned by the National President of the Australian Caravan Club, Tom Smith and his wife Sandra.

Tom and Sandra are hosts of one of the ACC Farm Stay Properties.

It was great to catch up with Tom & Sandra. Tom organised us with a top spot to set up camp. Afternoon tea on Tom & Sandra's front  verandah, followed. We partook of chocolate chip bikkies, made by their Daughter, Katerine. Yum Yum.

Day 9 26-01-14 (Australia Day)

We awoke to a blustery, windy and cold morning. We packed up, and after Morning Tea with Tom and Sandra, we set off to Guyra, where we stopped for the Lamb and Potato Festival. We decided to camp at "Mother of Ducks Lagoon" Rest Area. Top spot.

We met fellow caravanners, Kevin and Lance, together with their wives. Had a good talk with them about the ACC and handed them brochures and Application Forms. They seem very interested.

We invited ourselves to Happy Hour with them and had a great time, with many yarns being told, at least by the men.

Day 10 27-01-14

Another blustery cool morning. Packed up and realised we had left our extra long hose at "Thistlebank". Fortunately, Tom's Daughter, Hannah and her Husband, Sam, were returning to Armidale, so thanks to their good graces, we got the hose back. Thanks all.

So, after all that, we set off to Armidale. Booked into Armidale Showgrounds, for the next week. Very reasonable at $20.00 per night. Because we were staying for a week, we only paid for 5 nights. Very windy weather. We decided against putting the Awning out. Dinner at Hungry Jacks for something different.

Day 11 28-01-14

Awoke to a less windy day, which enabled us to erect the Awning etc. Relaxing day. Ted walked to Town for groceries. 12 Minute walk. Too easy.

Booked free Heritage Bus Trip, for tomorrow, at Tourist Information Centre.

More vans arrived today. Approx 6 vans and two large mobile homes now in residence.

Day 12 29-01-14

A bit cool this morning, but turned into lovely day.

After Breakfast, we took ourselves to the Tourist  Information Centre, for our heritage bus trip around Armidale. It was a very informative tour, of the city education precinct, Aboriginal Cultural Centre and Keeping Place, New England Regional Art Museum, Armidale Railway Station and Museum (the morning tea was most appreciated) and finished off at The University of New England at "Booloominbah"  Homestead, which is now the Administration Centre for the University.

It contains some of the most magnificent stained glass windows, we have seen. One of these  commemorates general Gordon of Khatoum fame.


This last photo is of "The Gordon Window".

Following the tour, we explored the town and Ted purchased a new phone handset at the Telstra Shop to enable better coverage when away from urban areas. Cathy has the same phone which works well in outer areas.

Returned to the van for the rest of the evening.

Day 13 30-01-14

Another blustery day. Laundry day.

Took car to "My Car Sound & Communications" to have a 3G phone antenna, to the car for greater coverage. Excellent people to deal with. Very reasonable.

Walked all over town, while waiting for the vehicle.

Had dinner with Ted's  Niece and family. Great meal and great night.

Day 14 31-01-14

Another fine day in Armidale.

There have been some changes in our fellow campers. It looks as though it may be quite popular.

Quiet day today. Stocked up on a few groceries. Spent the rest of the day in relaxed mode.

Day 15 01-02-14

A pinch and a punch, the first of the Month.

Went walking today, well at least Ted did.

Still waiting for Australia Post to get their  act together. Mail posted 4 days ago on the Gold Coast, still not delivered to a P.O. Box in Armidale. maybe an increase in service levels, before an increase in postage rates.

Paid for another two nights here. Can't travel on the Navigator's Birthday.

Day 16  02-02-14

Lazy morning. Then off to Saumarez Homestead, which is a National Trust property, approximately 10 kms from Armidale CBD, for a Devonshire Tea and guided tour.

Well worth the Concessional Price of $8 each for the tour and the $7 each for the Devonshire Tea.

The house is over 100 years old and was home to two generations of the White family, before being handed to the National Trust.

Because there were only four of us on the last tour for the day, we granted access to areas that are not usually shown to visitors.

The house is surrounded by a number of garden areas. "Mary's Garden" is a typical English style cottage garden, with meandering paths and little nooks.

Day 17 03-02-14

Cathy's Birthday today.

Off to Breakfast at Caffiends, Armidale. Lovely meal.

Dinner at "Servies Bistro" at the Armidale Services Club. Another top meal.

Played the pokies with limited success.


Day 18 04-02-14

Mail finally turned up. Only took a week. Great Service from Australia Post.

Some shopping and tidying up ready to move on tomorrow.

Met some new arrivals at camp. Darryl and Marie. Fellow Queensland full time travelers. Had Happy Hour with them and another couple, Trev and his wife.

Day 19 05-02-14

Pack up time this morning and then on the road to Walcha. Arrived in a busy Uralla, with the intention of having a nice cup of coffee etc. No parking available to suit our rig, so Uralla missed out on our dollars.

Onwards to Walcha. Fueled up and had a quick snack. Off towards to Wauchope. Lots of cattle grazing on the road, due to drought conditions.

Very overcast day, with some showers. We decided to overnight at Stockyard Creek Rest Area. Lovely bush c amp. prolific bird life, including Bellbirds.

We decided to play a card game called "Crazy Eights" for something different. Ted won of course.

Spent a peaceful night, albeit a bit wet.

Day 20 06-02-14

Onward to Wauchope. Very windy road, interspersed with numerous roadworks. Overcast with light drizzle. The drizzle ended before Wauchope, but overcast conditions continued.

We are camped at Wauchope Showgrounds at $20 per night.

Stocked up on groceries etc.

Day 21 07-02-14

Woke up and had Breakfast with 3 Magpies. 2 Adults and one Juvenile. All demanded food.

Off in Port Macquarie for some shopping and to fill prescriptions. Ah the price of getting old.

Back to Wauchope. Relaxed for the rest of the day.

Day 22 08-02-14

Great weather this morning. Neighbouring Van left this morning.

After Breakfast it was off to Ricardoes Tomato and Strawberry farm for a look. This a a self pick strawberry farm, with tomatoes for sale as well. A well stocked Gift Shop and Cafe are attached.

We had coffee, with scones, jam and cream. A little bit pricey, but very nice all the same. Picked some strawberries and bought tomatoes. Not the cheapest, but at least we know they are fresh and where they came from.

Went back to the van, to find we had new neighbours. Another Coromal Princeton.

Lunch and spent the rest of the day in relaxed mode.

Day 23 09-02-14

Quiet Day. Did nothing until pm and then into Port Macquarie, to the Tourist Information Centre. Bought some Post Cards and a fridge magnet. Stocked up on some groceries, at IGA while we were there. Prices a lot dearer than Queensland.

Started packing up after dinner, for our departure tomorrow.

Day 24 10-02-14

Leisurely departure and steady drive to Taree with a pie and coffee stop at Kew.

Sought info at the Taree Tourist Information Centre. Very helpful staff who told us about a free camp at Wingham. Off to Wingham we went, post haste and secured a possie near the river.

We had a visit from a very friendly chook.

Day 25 11-02-14

Nothing to do and all day to do it, in a lovely spot.

The friendly chook, turned out to be a rooster this morning early.

Unfortunately we had to stock up on fuel for the generator, so had to cease doing nothing.

Day 26 12-02-14

Much the same as Yesterday, with the exception of a trip into Taree, checking on mail. Return journey via Tinonee and Mondrook. Nice looking little villages.

Day 27 13-02-14

Trip to the Chemist. Ah the price of aging.

Met some new travellers, Hosea and his wife from Cairns and Motorhome people, who did not really give us a name. Happy hour before dinner.

Day 28 14-02-14

What is this wet stuff falling from the sky. Wait, I believe its rain.

The locals are so looking forward to this. Country is very dry.

Toured the Wingham Museum, which is one of the best we have visited. Well worth the effort.

Day 29 15-02-14

Still raining today.

Contacted Chris Murphy, re our Farm Sit. Arranged an ETA with him for tomorrow. Spent some more money in Wingham.

Rain eased off for awhile, after lunch, so we went for a walk on the boardwalk in Wingham Brush, which adjoins our campsite. The walking trails have been very nicely done.



Day 30 16-02-14

Packed up and headed off. Stop at Taree for lunch then onto Ryrie Lane, Upper Lansdowne. Met Chris and Robyn Murphy. Set up camp. We had to take the Awning in, due to violent storm. Very strong winds and heavy rain..

Day 31 17-02-14

Still raining. Off to Taree, chasing mail. No luck. Back to Upper Lansdowne for a BBQ with our hosts, Chris & Robyn. Lovely meal. Great company


Our Farm sit is pictured above.

Day 32 18-02-14

Lazy day at the Farm.getting familiar with tasks to be undertaken.

Day 33 19/02/14

Off chasing mail again. Australia Post has struck again. Nothing like good service. Pretty we can't get from Aust. Post.

Some shopping, then back home.

Day 34 20-02-14

Chris and Robyn left for their holiday today.

We were on the mail chase again. No luck again.

Went to Old Bar and Manning Point for a look. Old Bar was a bit bigger than anticipated, but Manning Point was about as pictured.

Lunch at Taree Rest Stop, in torrential rain.

34.5 Mls in the Rain Gauge at Upper Lansdowne (Just in case you're reading this Chris & Robyn)

Went out for a steak at the Airport Hotel. Would not rush back again. Ted's T-Bone was OK, but Cathy's Rump very gristly.

Its a bit of a con. Steak advertised at $5, but then the salad is an extra $3 and Mushroom or Diane Sauce is another $2 on top of that.

Day 35 21-02-14

Went for a walk around the property with "Chocko", the dog.

Large variety of bird life in the area.

Lawn mowing and relaxation for the rest of the day.

Day 36 22-02-14

Checked water troughs and went to ill neighbour's house to feed pony.

Off into town and then to Forster-Tuncurry, for a look see. It reminds me a bit of Yepoon in Qld.

Also drove into Hallidays Point, for look. Much quieter and less commercial development.

Back home to feed animals.

We had a visit from Neighbours, Doreen and Darryl Bishop. (Horse owners) Very nice couple, who asked if we could water some plants for them as well as attend to the horse. This will be no problem.

Animals seem to have taken to us as you can see below.

"Chocko" and Cathy.

Day 37 23-02-14

Travelled down for a look see at Nabiac. Nice little town with a quaint Antique Shop. Nothing quaint about the prices, however. Back to Taree and then home. Located Chris' Persimmon tree. Only tree in the paddock and loaded with fruit. Collected some for later.

Day 38 24-02-14

On the mail chase again with Aust. Post. Still nothing.

Off to Wingham to head for Ellenborough Falls. Direct road closed for Roadworks so off via Comboyne Road. Majority of the trip is gravel. High Range 4WD a definite must for most of it. Graders working and rain on freshly graded areas. Located the falls. Quite spectacular.

Resident Brush Turkey was quite unfazed by our presence. In fact he walked up to Ted and demanded food.

We had a coffee and snack at the local store. Felt like we were back in the 60s what with all the "Flower Children", somewhat older versions, and Alternative Lifestylers, probably Dope Growers.

Returned via Comboyne, Kendall and Kew.More gravel road. Lovely scenery, including our restful friend below.

Day 39 25-02-14

Replaced one way water valve with an isolating tap. Sick of the valve sticking open when mains disconnected, and allowing the holding tanks to drain.

Still no mail.

Day 40 26-02-14

Well. Some mail finally arrived in Taree. 6 Days from the Gold Coast. 1 letter still missing after 2 weeks +. Well done APO, NOT.

The boss went shopping in Spotlight. Oh well, more jewellery in the production line. Getting ready for the Stone the Crows Festival at Easter.

Day 41 27-02-14

Nothing to report on today.

Day 41 28-02-14

Woke to heavy rain. 8Mill in that lot. Showers and rain for rest of the day. Into Taree for more jewellery supplies. Came home with an Android Note Tablet for the boss.

Day 42 01-03-14

Lazy Day. Stayed home.

Day 43 02-03-14

Met up with Cathy's Brother Joe and his wife Marianne. They are now staying with us at the farm.

Had a great lunch and dinner. They are on their way home from a lap around Oz.

Inspected the river crossing here on the property. It was barely trickling across the causeway before the rain. A big difference now.

Day 44 03-03-14

Off to Thornton, near Maitland, with Joe and Marianne, to visit Joe & Cathy;s Cousin, Margaret Writer and her Husband Terry. After a battle with the GPS Witch, we arrived in time for lunch. We had a great time there, before returning to the farm to feed the animals.

We had a coffee stop at Bulahdelah, overlooking a great Free Camping area on the river.

Day 45 04-03-14

All of us went to Taree for shopping, before visiting Wingham Museum and giving our guests a tour of the area including Tinnoee and similar villages on the way back to Taree.

Day 46 05-03-14

Lazy day today. Rest and relaxation.

Day 47 06-03-14

Spent the day mowing after the rainy periods. Still more to do.

Day 48 07-o3-14

Joe and Marianne packed up this morning. Had Breakfast with them and them showed them a short cut to the Pacific Highway. More sightseeing around Taree after a delicious Fish & Salad lunch on the banks of the Manning River at a lovely Town park.

Day 49 08-03-14

Spent the day mowing. Lots to do. Fed the neighbours horse and then rested up.

Day 50 09-03-14

Rest Day, then in the afternoon off to Krembach and took a second look at Forster. Missed a lot the first time.

Day 51 10-03-14

Into Taree for a Naturopath Appointment. Shopping and then home and sorted out some computer files.

Day 32 11-03-14

More yard work. Cathy not well and spent a restful day.

Day 34 12-03-14

Shopping in Taree, Cathy much better today. Lunch in town. Phone call re a buyer for Cathy's Investment Property. Numerous phone calls with agent.

Day 35 13-03-14

Cleaned our poor muddy/dusty tug. Can now see its correct colour again. Calls from and to Real Estate agent.

We decided to go out for dinner, so went to Taree Leagues Sports Club. Nice meals and lucky night for Ted on pokies.

Day 36 14-03-14

Collected some mail at Taree. Grocery shopping. Rest of the day spent relaxing.

Day 37 15/03/14

Full days mowing and cleaning, as our Farm Sit is nearing  completion, with Chris & Robyn returning home on 17/03/14.

Fed neighbour's pony, probably for the last time, as they are due to return today, sometime.

Day 38 16-03-14

Started to pack up our gear. Chris and Robyn advised they will be home tonight. Severe thunderstorms here today. Had to roll up awning.

Cathy cooked dinner for the travellers and we joined them for dinner and catch up.

Cathy has created a collage of photos for them. It was a great hit.

Day 39 17-03-14

Collected mail at Taree P O. Lunch in town. More packing etc.

Day 40 18-03-14

Packing. Checking tyre pressures etc. Having "Last Supper" with Chris & Robyn tonight and heading off tomorrow.


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          Murray River Ramblers had our 8th Muster at Finley on the weekend at the 
          Finley C/P. It was a cool & very windy weekend but 22 members enjoyed a great   
          weekend  of fun & fellowship. On Sat  first was a game of Klop won by Phil & then a         a  game of Golf Fling won by Trevor . Held our AGM out going President   Henry
           thanked members for their support in getting Club up & running & welcomed back            our founder Col Bonney who travelled down from Sydney for the weekend.
           Incoming office bearers are President Ross Rowe (Jerilderie)                   
          Vice President  Trevor Lee ( Shepparton) Secretary Gloria Griffiths (Deniliquin)  
            Treasurer Kay Todd (Deniliquin) Publicity Officer Phil Griffiths (Deniliquin)
            Muster  Coordinator Kaye Hocking (Numurkah).
           After the general meeting it was time for happy hour &  Kris Kringle  & then it was ti         time to put on the Christmas gear for our Christmas party at the Bowls Club it was
            a good meal & great fellowship (& entertainment thanks to Alistair).
            Sun. saw another game of Klop won by Henry. The muster ended with Xmas               wishes passed on to all .Our next muster is at Tocumwa March 21st to 23rd. 
                                                                 Regards to Phil


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Farm stayers @ Narrabri

Just had some great time with Ray et al when they stayed at ours. What laughs!!

Hope all enjoy the Muster.

Maybe Stephen and I will get to the next one???? Plan A or Plan B!!!!!!!

Keep laughing


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Murray River Ramblers had our 7th Muster at Deniliquin last weekend 19 attended which included 2 new members from Tocumwal & 2 guests. As Deni is home base to some members not all used their vans. Happy hour on Friday was followed by tea at the Sporties Hotel. Sat morning there was time for 2 games of Klop before we headed out for lunch At Clancy's Winery & Museum. A bit of wine tasting before a light luncheon & a guided tour of the museum which has the largest display of number plates in Australia.It was well worth a visit if you are going past it's 20kmls from Deni on the Conargo Rd. We returned  to C/P for our meeting & then Happy hour, raffle & then a BBQ tea together followed by some games & fellowship. Sunday  breakfast was bacon & eggs together in the camp kitchen & then a game of golf fling & then it was time to pack up for those who were leaving & so ended our muster. The weather was fine & sunny which is a nice change from what we usual get. Our next muster is at Finley on Nov. 8,9&10 which will be our Xmas party

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jj Joint muster at Yarrawonga

       Murray River Ramblers joined the Border Hoppers at Yarrawonga for great muster although it rained all day Sat. but the Camp kitchen was fully enclosed & heated had great meal on Sat night & it was special for me as it was my 60th we all shared the big cake. We also played alot of cards & other games . Those of us that stayed Sun. night enjoyed a good Chinese meal at the RSL club. I would like to thank the Border Hoppers for organising the weekend  Well Done Cheers Phil

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Hi All, Over the last couple of years Margaret and I have had a blog of our travels on another site. I am not sure that we will start up another one here but am sure we will put important events in from time to time. 
We have been members for about the last 6 months but have only just logged into this site 
Blog site   Everybody is welcome to have a look.

Cheers    marg & john.

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SW Queensland

Left home in Mackay early July this year and had a good trip south on the old Sarina/Marlborough Road, a lot less traffic and NO trucks.  Had a week at Bargara and then headed south inland.  Stayed at Lake Broadwater just south of Dalby - magnificant site, very large, hot showers and plenty of wildlife.  Then off to Cunnamulla where we stayed on Bowra Station - a bird lovers delight!  Well over 300 species of birds frequent this property! Continued west stopping at Lake Bindigolly (?) a huge expanse of water both sides of the road.  Great spot and camping on the southern side of the highway.  Next stop Thargomindah, a wonderful caravan park there, did washing etc. Enjoyed our time there - plenty to see.  Next stop was Noccundra where  we camped on the banks of the Wilson River and watched the hundreds of pelicans feeding etc.  From there did a loop around to Quilpie, first night at the Lake and then stayed at the rest area.  Fascinating place - everyone should check out the opal altar in the catholic church.  Has to be seen to believe it! On to Charleville and visited the Cosmos centre at night - freezing cold but a great experience. From there north to Longreach and then onto Lake Dunn - the most wonderful lake we have ever seen.  Cannot wait to get back there!  The sun rises and sets over the lake and there is also good birdlife there.  Watched the pelicans feeding while we having breakfast!.  Wonderful trip.

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Travels in 2012

My major trip for 2012 was up to Alice Springs and back in. A mixture of free camping and caravan parks. Great trip.  Can't seem to upload photos to this blog so will have to leave the "stunning photos" till another time.

A couple of injuries one after the other have kept me tethered to home for the latter part of the year. 

I have several trips planned for next year including the Stone the Crows Festival. Anyone else going? Sounds like a lot of fun.


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Caravan Choice

My wife & I have just ordered an OPTION RV Destinction model for Dec delivery & was wondering if any members had such a van & what were there thoughts about this particular van, it's 20'6" centre door.

                Cheers, Trevor

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