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Charleville - Day 1

Thursday - 2 July 2015

Mainly sunny today, but still intermittent cloud, which does not bode well for the Cosmos Observatory. After a couple of trips into town for papers, a gas bottle refill and a few odds and ends at Mitre 10 and Home Hardware, we headed for the Tourist Information Centre to book in for evening Cosmos Observatory session. Thursday was booked out but we got a place on the 9:00 pm session on Friday. They were hoping that the cloud would clear that afternoon and be fine and clear for tonight and tomorrow night. Here's hoping it will be fine - as the last time we were here we missed out because of heavy cloud on both nights.

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Bailey Bar Caravan Park at Charleville.

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Miles to Charleville

Wednesday 1 July 2015

A bit cloudy this morning with a hint of rain. We retraced our route back to Miles and turned west towards Roma where we refuelled, before stopping for lunch at Mitchell. After lunch at the Anzac Memorial Park we walked back into town for papers, and while we were doing this a 4 trailer road-train passed us heading west. We ended up following him for about 100 km to Morven, and as the last trailer tends to wander all over the road we did not attempt to pass. Even the oncoming road trains were giving him plenty of room. While he generally maintained a speed of 85 to 90 kph, which suited us, he frequently slowed to about 60 kph on the hills. Thankfully at Morven he turned north for Augathella while we continued west to Charleville.

We arrived at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park at about 4:00 pm and booked in for three nights. It was just as well that we had booked ahead as the park was full of families with kids in town for a football carnival (rugby in this part of the world) at the nearby showground. Being a 5th wheeler we got one of the two large sites either side of the amenities block. The last time we were here we got the one on the other side. After a long day driving we had a quiet night watching TV. For some reason we had an excellent signal on Foxtel, but could not get good reception on VAST.

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Lunch at the Mitchell Memorial Park.

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New growth on a paper bark.

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The Western Hotel in Mitchell.

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Gold Coast to Miles

Tuesday 30 June

After saying goodbye to Colin and Merle, we were packed up and on our way by 9:30 am. The weather was fine and mainly sunny for our 415 km trip to Miles, which is about halfway between the Coast and Charleville. We headed north on the Pacific Highway, with reasonably heavy traffic and lots of trucks, until turning west onto the Logan motorway towards Ipswich. After bypassing Ipswich we continued west, negotiating a long slow climb, about 6 km at 10%, just before Toowoomba. We were down to 2nd gear struggling along at about 35 kph, but managed to pass a B-Double that was doing little better than walking pace - about 10 kph.

We re-fuelled at Oakey and had lunch at the Oakey Rotary Park, before continuing on through Dalby and Chinchilla to Miles, where we turned south for the Gil Weir free camp - about 6 km from town. There were about a dozen other vans and camper trailers there but still plenty of room for us. We got out the fire pot and spent a peaceful evening enjoying the warmth. David had a chat to a few of the other campers and found a fellow sailor travelling with his rather large black cat. He lives in Gladstone, owns a Swanson 38 yacht, and had recently returned from 7 years of cruising the South Pacific with his cat.

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Gil Weir free camp 6 km south of Miles.

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Fire pot and new chairs at Gil Weir.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Days 25 to 32

Monday June 22 to Monday June 29 2015

This is our last week at Tallebudgera Creek before we head inland on our way to Cooktown. The weather was a real mixed bag, sunny and warm, cloudy and cool, showery, all in equal measure , coupled with a couple of very wet days. We continued to maintain a few daily walks when it was not raining.

On Tuesday Di had a visit to a local dentist to have a broken filling replaced.

On Thursday we joined our caravan park neighbours, Colin and Merle for a buffet lunch at the Coolangatta and Tweed Golf Club. Mountains of food including seafood, roasts, Asian stir-fries, and desserts, and only $16.50 a head. Later in the day we headed for the Southport Club to catch up with Frosty and Marg before we leave next week. As Di and I had a big lunch we opted for a couple of small pizzas.

On Friday we did the rounds of Rays Outdoors and Anaconda looking for some new recliner chairs, as the old ones were in poor condition being 5 years old, rusting, grubby and repaired many times. The new ones are light weight - 6 kg compared to 11 kg for the old ones - a saving of 10 kg in the constant search to save weight.

Early on Saturday morning Colin from Australia-Wide Annexes delivered a new flap and sail-track for our awning. David spent the rest of the morning attaching the sail track to the face of the awning, and sliding the flap into place. The flap is designed to keep rain out of the zips and stitching at the top of the annexe. In the afternoon Di wanted a last visit to Robina to check out the shops.

The weather forecast for Sunday was fine compared to rain for Monday so we decided to pack away the awning while it was dry. It is now safely on the roof rack with the cover on to keep it clean and dry, it will not be needed again until we return to the Gold Coast in August. Despite the fine forecast the rain bucketed down about an hour after we had finished.

On Sunday afternoon we decided to have a last couple of drinks at our club - CSi Southport. David had an email advising that he had 11 tickets in the draw for the car and you had to be present to win. The prize was a choice of a small Hyundai car or $10,000. Needless to say we did not win one of the 20 keys that were drawn, neither did we win any of the 30 meat trays that were raffled. Probably just as well as the fridge and freezer are full.

Over the weekend we had 4 large Dragon Boats with crews of 20 racing up and down the Tallebudgera Creek, with drums banging away. After two days of it we were glad when the drumming stopped.

On Monday it rained on and off all day, occasionally very heavy, so just as well we packed up the annexe yesterday. We made a last visit to Woollies and BWS for supplies, and refuelled at Seven 11. Woollies charge 139.9 before shopper dockets compared to 131.9 at Seven 11 - no contest. Between showers David pumped up the tyres and air-bags on the Navara to our travelling pressures and checked the wheel nuts on both the Navara and the van.

Tomorrow our final pack should only take about an hour and hopefully it won't be raining.

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Small Dragon boats at practice - a bit cooler today.

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Small dragon boats practising on Tallebudgera Creek.

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Sand dredge working the southern side of Tallebudgera Creek.

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The new sail track and flap installed on the awning.

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A briefing for the Dragon boat crews before the racing started.

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Briefing over - the Dragon Boats head for the start line.

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The start of the first Dragon Boat race.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Day 24

Sunday 21 June - day trip to Brisbane

Today was forecast to be sunny - so we headed for Brisbane. We caught the Gold Coast Train at 10:40 am planning to get off at Southbank. However track-works meant that we did a large detour to the west ending up at Roma Street. Not only a 15 minute delay, but a 30 minute walk back to Southbank. As usual we headed for the Plough Inn for a couple of drinks and lunch. The place was packed as usual, and David ended up in the lunch queue for about 30 minutes, followed by a 40 minute wait for our meal. Our meal - slow cooked lamb shoulder was worth the wait however - excellent!!

After lunch we went for a walk around the Sunday Market, before walking back to Central Station, rather than Roma Street. On the way we passed a suit case market in the centre of the city.

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The Gold Coast train arriving at Varsity Lakes.

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The Plough Inn at Southbank.

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Southbank Market.

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Floral show at Southbank.

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A Jet Ski on the Brisbane River.

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City Cat on the river.

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Di at Southbank.

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Nepalese Temple at Southbank.

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The Big Wheel at Southbank.

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Brisbane City skyline.

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Brisbane suit case market.

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