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June 2017

Tallebudgera Creek - Week 2

Thursday 22 to Wednesday 28 June 2017

A week of glorious weather at Tallebudgera Creek - overnight minimums of 10 to 12 degrees and daytime maximums of 21 to 25 degrees.

We have now settled into our normal routine of daily walks to Burleigh Beach, or Palm Beach, or the end of the Creek as the spirit moves us. The reward for doing the long walk to Burleigh Beach is a cold refresher on the balcony at "Our Club" - the Burleigh Beach Surf Club.

On a visit to the Robina Shopping Centre David bought himself a couple of Bernard Cornwell books, 1356 and Azincourt, which read in a couple of days. As a result he has now weakened and bought himself a Kindle Paperwhite and has started on Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe series - there are about 20 of these so that will keep him quiet for a while.

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All quiet on Tallebudgera Creek.

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Di on the bridge over Tallebudgera Creek.

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Palm Beach from the Tumgun Lookout on Burleigh Head.

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Oskars Restaurant from the balcony of the Burleigh Surf Club.

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Not much surf action at Burleigh Beach.

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Looking up Tallebudgera Creek towards the mountains.

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Sunset over Tallebudgera Creek.

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Palm Beach from the end of the rockwall.

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Looking back up Tallebudgera Creek from the rockwall.

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Tallebudgera Creek - Week 1

Thursday 15 June 2017 to Wednesday 21 June 2017.

Mainly overcast this morning as we packed up for a relatively short trip of 185 km from the Sunshine Coast to the Gold Coast. The traffic flowed reasonably well without too much aggravation from heavy vehicles. Major road works are still under way on the northern approaches to the Gateway Bridge in Brisbane. These works were in progress two years ago when we came this way, and they seem to have not made too much progress.

We arrived at Tallebudgera Creek just after 12:00 noon and checked in for two and a half months. Being regulars we were allocated our usual waterfront site - No 12. We spent the first couple of hours giving the van a good clean, followed by a basic setup, with awning out and hoses connected. We will do the annexe setup tomorrow.

It was mainly fine on Friday so we spent most of the day setting up the annexe, the porches and the storeroom under the front of the van. During the day the couple on the next site collected their children from the Adventure camp across the road, the girls spent their time collecting fallen leaves and turning them into rosettes which they fixed to the fence in front of their site.

We spent Saturday settling in with visits to Woolies and BWS for essential supplies. As with previous visits to Tallebudgera Creek we have been fascinated by the eerie high-pitched wailing at night, It turns out that the noise is the call of the Bush Stone-curlew calling to other family members who generally answer,

We had been concerned about our convection /microwave for a while now because of a tendency to overheat and the operate grill cycles during other cycles. The turntable had also ceased to work. We started at Hardly Normal looking for a dry hot air oven, which we bought, however we found a Sharp convection/microwave which was almost the same dimensions as the existing Beaumatic, which was on special with $120 off.

Monday was spent removing the old microwave and installing the new microwave. Luckily the dimensions were very close which helped. It still took all day though!!!

On Tuesday Colin and Merle arrived on the site across the road from us, so David spent an hour or so helping them get organised on their site.

Wednesday was back to improvements to our van including installing a Samsung phone holder/charger with a remote antennae. Not a 5 minute job - but it took most of the day.

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Sunset at Tallebudgera Creek.

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Rosettes made from fallen leaves.

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All set up at Tallebudgera Creek.

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Rear view of our van.

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Bush Stone-curlews.

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Not another folding table (the one on the right is new)

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The new microwave installed in the van.

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Another shot of the new microwave.

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The Blue Heeler guarding the back door, its been kicked off the bed.

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Di's completed crochet rug on the bed

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Dicky Beach

Sunday 11 June to Thursday 15 June 2017

Three full days at Dicky Beach with wind and rain every day. Not as much rain as the Gold Coast so some consolation, I guess.

We made a visit to Sat Plus for a new LNB for our satellite dish, so we can record on our Foxtel box while we watch something else. They said we only need a splitter, and not a new LNB. We saved money and they lost a sale - although they did sell us the splitter, but at a much lower cost. Only drawback was that sat Plus had moved from Maroochydore to Noosaville - 50 km round trip as against a 10 km trip.

No photos.

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Granite Creek to Dicky Beach

Sunday 11 June 2017

Fine and mainly sunny today for our trip of 346 km to Dicky Beach.

We were on the road by 9:00 am, stopping for a morning coffee at Childers Rest Area, then again for lunch and fuel at Tiaro Rest Area. Both rest areas are in the middle of town and allow overnight camping by self-contained vehicles. The traffic going south was reasonable without any aggravation from heavy vehicles, which all seemed to be headed north today. We have noticed this before where the trucks mainly go in one direction on a particular day then all go in the other direction on another day. If there is a system to this we have not worked out what it is.

We arrived at Dicky Beach at about 2:30 pm and were allocated a double slab site - No 52. Probably the best site we have had in this park. So far we have manged to avoid the rain, although it did rain here last night. There is a lot of work going on in the park with most of the grass sites are having concrete slabs added.

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Site 52 - a large double slab site.

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Site 40 was vacant - are they holding it for you Frosty?

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New slabs being completed.

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Emerald to Granite Creek Rest Area

Saturday 10 June 2017

Weather started fine and sunny when we set off in the morning, but showers expected later as we head south.

Had initially planned to head for the free camp at Calliope, but given forecast for rain overnight and tomorrow we decided to get as far south as we could to take the pressure off tomorrow. Forecast for Sunday is rain so we don't want to spend all day driving in rain to Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast.

We left the caravan park at Emerald at about 9:30 am and made a brief stop at the nearby shopping centre for a few supplies and the weekend papers. We stopped at Blackwater for fuel, at Bluff for a morning coffee, at the turn-off to Biloela for lunch, then again for fuel at Boyne River. All up a long day as we completed 467 km before finally arriving at Granite Creek Rest Area, where another half dozen vans and motor homes were set up for the night.

At Blackwater we ended up at a card only Caltex outlet, however a truckie explained to David the process of getting fuel, and paying with a card. He had just re-fuelled an A-B-Double with three trailers, and was heading back to Rocky. Blackwater is a town of about 5,000 people and is the centre of about six open cut coal mines. Coal trains, each more than a kilometre long travel in both directions from Blackwater to Gladstone via Rockhampton.

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Coal trains waiting at Alpha - both more than a kilometre long - one loaded and the other empty.

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Camp Site at the Granite Creek Rest Area.

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