Friday, November 30, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
After a wet, windy weekend, we woke up to a bit of blue sky with potential, and slight south easerlies,so decided to take the chance and get out on the boat for a few days. Originally our plan was to spend most of our time boating, but other travel adventures have come our way - afterall this is all on our doorstep to enjoy whenever we want.
Started by going to the Surfers end something we don't do often, but windy and very choppy, so have ended up at old faithful Tipplers which is fab during the week (don't like it over weekends too many people).
Must go and do some sunbaking
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Don't forget folks!
Selling poppies in town today.
The poppies, child, are flowers of love.
For the men who marched away.
Why not a beautiful rose?
Because my child, men fought and died
In the fields where the poppies grow.
Why are the poppies so red?
Red is the colour of blood, my child.
The blood that our soldiers shed.
Why does it have to be black?
Black, my child, is the symbol of grief.
For the men who never came back.
Your tears are giving you pain.
My tears are my fears for you my child.
For the world is forgetting again.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
One of the stands we just couldn't help but stop at was the Stephan Boating World stand - I have to say these are some sexy little razor cats and boats so click here for a sneak preview of whats new Stefan Boating World and pink - no not really but have to say these were my favorites. We loved these when we were in Vanautu so thought we might price them out.
These shots were actually taken in their showroom on Wednesday when we went to get a quote on a few of their fantastic Rib Series. There's a lot of PINK isn't there!
Also started my trek into Volunteering in the NY - one of the things I really want to do is give back a bit to those in need - so many needs out there - but have started that journey by putting my name down on a few that I thought would be good as well as interesting.
Besides slipping in a few afternoon naps, that's about a wrap from me for this week, not quite as exciting as other weeks - but you know sometimes its nice to be home, not much planned and able to just go where the wind takes you. Have a great weekend everyone!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Friday, November 2, 2012
Overview: 4 smiles - probably not long enough
- $25 booking fee
- $1/night for the first 4 days (thats the relocation fee)
- $75/night for 2 extra days (you can elect to take extra days at the time of booking for a reduced amount)
- $170 insurances
- $90 for petrol (we spent $340 but were reimbursed $250 as a part of the relocation - remember to keep your receipts)
- $32-$37/night for powered van site ( so $175 )
- $40 along the way for coffees, drinks etc (dont forget you have your own fridge etc but sometimes its nice to stop in a cofee shop)
- $140 in groceries (steak, sausages, salad, fruit, cheese, biscuits, chocy etc)
- $70 in drinks (wine, alcopops, water, softdrinks)
- $10 for a cab ride to Cairns airport from the delivery point
- $67 for car parking for the week at Gateway Airport Parking ( I have been using Gateway Airport Parking because they have 2 days free on the back of your Coles shopper docket - great service these guys give btw)
- $0 for flights Cairns to Brisbane - we used 30,000 QANTAS points (normally about $150 per person)
Saturday 27th October to Thursday 1st November
Probably could have done with at least 1 extra day - 2 would have been perfect especially if you dont like driving all day. We had anticipated to stay the last night in Port Douglas but after the first 2 days driving all day we decided we could live without staying in Cairns given it was only a couple of years ago that we had a holiday there.
We had a 2 man van which was OK for this length of trip, but I was starting to get a little over it by the end a bigger van would be recommened for longer periods.
Booking etc: 4 Smiles
There are heaps of sites including the Motor Home site themselves that advertise relocations and other sites we used Standby Relocations
The van was a Britz which we picked up from Brisbane. I will say that the check in and check out could have been a bit friendlier - they were very robotic and really they are like motel receptions in a way dealing with people going on holidays. Also I would recommend they put a guide to your van in as I am sure this could be quite danting on how to use the loo and empty it, getting the gas connected etc but its all like a boat so we were ok.
Day 1 - Brisbane to Yeppoon
The one thing I really noticed on this first day was the amount of creeks that had water in them, over the years I have driven this road many many times and dont ever recall the creeks with water in them, so I started a little game of taking photos of them as we drove over them. Remember most of these were taken at 100 kms an hour. Doing omething like this also is a bit of fun, it kept us on our toes and made the long driving times go faster. What are the names, I dont know take your pick there must of been at least 5 of each of these along the way from Bris to Cairns:Creeks of Queensland - Brisbane to Cairns
- 2 mile creek
- 4 mile creek
- 6 mile creek
- 12 mile creek
- Aligator creek (why not crocodile creek is something we would like to know)
Another long days driving some 400 kms today. We decided today to get in a bit earlier so we had some time to relax and unwind a bit - which was better. From here in we always tried to get to somewhere by 1-2pm.
We headed to Blacks Beach and this was the only park that wasnt a Big4 that we stayed at - but they didnt seem to have anything on the beach so we choose Seawinds Caravan & Holiday Park which was lovely.
Here are our shots from Seawinds Pics from Blacks Beach or view a short video below
Day 3 - Mackay to Bowen
Yes onwards to the home of Mangoes (we stopped at the Big Mango but no fresh Mangoes go figure). The day was a much slower paced day now having gotten the big miles over so we were able to take our time, stop in a few more places along the way for a looksee.
We stayed at BIG4 Bowen Coral Coast Beachfront Holiday Park, these parks seem to be getting better - this one right on the beach. We did however make our first Van Park naughty given we had a site right on the beach and these vans open from the back, we reversed in - within a few minutes we were told to move the van around so that our driving compartment got the best view - what a waste and what a shame - it really didnt make sense to me but they did have lots of beach front seats and tables. The beach was great though and again went for a big long walk (Ladies North Qld Beaches are great for getting your feet buffed for free), these walks are great after a car trip, and the weather was lovely, the beach pretty good quality.
One of the things I noticed on this walk and started taking photos of was the crab holes everywhere so have a look at my photos here and let me know what you think Sand Art by CRABS
Also there where heaps of seagulls and I got some really great shots The Seagull Collection
So here are the pics we took of the day Mackay to Bowen
So where to next we thought??? Can it get better than this and thanks to a guy we spoke to here he recommened Rollingstone 40 kms north of Townsville (total beach front he said, even better than this he said) THANK YOU KIND STRANGER for that tip.
Day 4 - Bowen to Rollingstone
So we spent the first few hours of the day at the local Bowen Auto Electricans - after the aircon died the day before we had rung the service department and off we went. We got there at 9am as requested by the assist team. So funny the guy says to us well I cant fit you in until Friday (remember its Wednesday now) is there somewhere we can drive you to? Derek "Yes mate to Cairns with 2 overnighters please" - yep that got it fixed in 2 hours didnt it.
On to Rollingstone - 40 K's past townsville, and 4 k's past the Rollingstone turnoff (so we found out).
Well this place is about as close to heavenly that there is and all for $37 a night - I assume during school holidays it would be packed, but for us only a few vans in and take your pick. I am not going to say too much more as I will let the video and pics tell this story.
Pics of Rollingstone
While we were walking along the beach I noticed these shells moving - here you go you watch the attack of the shells .
Well like everything all good things must come to an end.
Day 5 - Rollingstone to Mission Beach - the land of the Cassowary
For all the great shots of this part of the journey click here Rollingstone to Mission Beach
And for a few more Windscreen Cams click below