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Archive for July, 2015

Kinka Beach – Day 12

I thought I’d get a lovely red sunrise photo this morning through the bedroom window but it wasn’t as good as it has been. Because we were awake so early we were on our way earlier than we expected. No more home comforts for a while. L

I think there must be a heap of money being spent on Qld roads at the moment because there seem to be extensive roadworks every few kms. We decided to deviate to Agnes Water and 1770 to see how they’ve changed since we were last there in 2002. In Agnes Water trees have grown so much that there were only glimpses of new housing developments we’d seen before and there seem to be many apartment. 1770 has had less obvious development and I was pleased to see the amphibious vehicles are still plying their trade though I don’t think they’ve been painted since we last saw them.

Even though I’d checked the Island View Holiday Park online and saw that they had no vacancies we decided to stop there and make sure. They had only a single unpowered site available. I would describe it as in the least desirable spot in any park, right beside the “ammo box” cleaning station! We decided to take it anyway because we enjoyed it last time we stayed and we won’t be sitting in the camper much anyway.

We went into Yeppoon and it’s mind blowing how that place has changed. The holiday apartment we stayed in last time looks as though it should be next on the list for demolition and there are many wonderful looking new apartment blocks, Motels etc. Apart from the fluoro shirts, and standout utes there were other signs of mining workers in the area including the Jeweller’s Shop window filled with flash watches and the two Tattoo Parlours.

We’re sitting in the communal kitchen tonight along with a group of campers who’ve been here for 8 weeks, they’ve just told us there was an earthquake in Bundaberg this morning, must have been just after we left that area.

 

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Moore Park – Day 11

We woke with the sunrise again today but were able to relax and enjoy being in a house with all its comforts. The day promised to be warm and it was but the wind still chilled. I had my haircut, we had coffees etc then went for a walk beside the lagoon. The palms are magnificent but there were no signs of wildlife. By contrast down at the Duck Pond there were THOUSANDS of Plumed Whistling Ducks as well as some Ibis, Egrets and Black Ducks. I’ve never seen so many ducks clustered together just socialising… until they decided I was a threat and took off into the water. We also searched for a geocache, I was assured it was too cold for snakes which was just as well because the grass was thick and tall. I didn’t have my GPS so I used the phone. I consider it lucky I found the cache because I don’t understand how to follow a trail using the phone. Later we walked down to the beach.

Tomorrow we’ll be leaving the comforts and companionship we’ve enjoyed in Moore Park and heading towards Yeppoon.

Moore Park near Bundaberg – Day 10

Waking up early isn’t as difficult when the sun comes up early so this morning I was wide awake at 6:00. Although we’d planned to have the annexe packed away yesterday that didn’t happen so after we’d packed everything into the car we dealt with the annexe then rewarded me for my efforts with pancakes at Sea, Salt & Vine.

We bought a lovely big Gold Banded Schnapper from Morgans then started off on our journey to Bundaberg.

I didn’t think the car was pulling as well as usual but thought it would prove itself once we were out of town but then it became jerky and we decided to pull over. Luckily we were able to pull into Bunnings carpark and as soon as Alex got out he saw puffs of smoke coming from one of the camper’s wheels. I looked and thought I saw a spark then saw a small flame. Alex grabbed the fire extinguisher and we put out the flames, I was nervous there might be more hidden but we were lucky.

Alex discovered that the brake was locked on. While he was in Bunnings buying a second pair of multigrips to work on the brake he also bought a replacement fire extinguisher. Using the two pairs of multigrips he was able to loosen the brake lock. I did a test lap of the carpark and everything seemed fine. A fellow Jeep owner who was parked nearby told us about the local caravan repairer he uses and as it was on our way we thought we’d go there but as soon as I started driving again I could tell the camper was running freely. After about 10 kms we stopped and Alex checked the wheels which were fine. We continued on to Bundaberg without incident… apart from having to follow a police car with all its lights flashing at 25 kph for several kilometres like GP drivers behind the pace car. We presume it was because something was happening at roadworks up ahead but we don’t know.

Tonight we’ve had delicious baked fish for dinner. It’s nice chatting face to face with a friend and to be sitting at a table in comfort writing the blog.

Scarborough – Day 9

Our appointment with the tyre place was at 8:00 and we had to go with the commuter traffic to Strathpine so for me, an owl, it was an early start, not for the “fowl” it was business as usual. We managed to get to the place 15 mins early only to discover the supplier hadn’t delivered the tyres as promised. We went over to the Strathpine Shopping Centre and browsed for a few hours then went back to find out what was happening with the tyre delivery. At the nearby RSPCA we bought a couple of books then went back to the Shopping Centre where we sat on some comfy padded couches and read.

At 12:45 we went back again to the tyre place intending to get tyres in Townsville if nothing had happened. Our car was up on jacks with no wheels, luckily it wasn’t long before it had new tyres and we were out of there. The people were very nice and apologetic but it was still a frustrating experience.

We needed a walk in a nice environment so went to Humpybong Creek and walked along the section which has been beautified. Prior to the beautification it looked just the same as the Sturt Drain does now in Adelaide. Maybe one day that will look just as lovely and attract as much birdlife.

I’m glad we stayed here at Moreton Bay, we’ve enjoyed the lovely little beachside places but our car business is all finished here now. Tomorrow we head off to Bundaberg where we’ll be appreciating home comforts for a couple of days, compliments of a past colleague, my friend and sparring partner.

Scarborough – Day 8

Yeah! We fished out our warm weather clothes from under the bed because the forecast was for 24 deg.

South Bank was our destination for today and because we didn’t want to deal with traffic and car parking we decided to use public transport again. The bus we used to go into the city last time doesn’t run on the weekend so this time we had to get a bus to Sandgate and then the train. We left at 8:20 and arrived in Brisbane at 9:46 – the way back seemed much longer!

We walked from the station down to the river and over the Victoria Bridge to the South Bank. We meandered along until we came to the Sunday Market where we tasted a couple of things then continued past the City Beach, then under the arbor all the way to the Maritime Museum. The Museum is situated at the site of the old city Dry Dock. Alex went into the Museum and I went back and wandered through the market stalls.

Our legs were very tired as we made our way back to the station via the Friendship Bridge and Botanic Gardens. (20 070 steps today!)

Scarborough – Day 7

Today we decided to give the new suspension a try out on some dirt tracks so we went to Mt Mee and D’Aguilar National Park. We found that our little leaflet maps weren’t very helpful beyond The Gantry which is on the site of an old sawmill. Massive Beech trees were processed there. A vintage car club was heaving an outing there and looked very civilized having their morning tea on the grass. We walked to the Bull Falls which were just a trickle but the environment was lovely. Some big Staghorns were growing high up on trees and the atmosphere was all rainforest. Lots of different lichens were growing on rocks as well as on the trees. We could hear Whip Birds but didn’t spot any and the little birds flitted about so quickly we had no chance of getting a good look at them.

After the walk we decided to drive along the Escarpment Track which seemed to be a loop and rated “green” so just an easy dirt track but it deteriorated after a while and one section had deep ruts on a steep slope. It wasn’t scary but would have been if we hadn’t had similar experiences with the Jeep Club. The environment was quite different in that area, big Gum Trees and no thick understory.

We eventually came to a junction and took a punt on a track which seemed to be running back towards our starting point but after a while decided it was foolish to continue. We had no idea what the track was like ahead and no idea where we would end up so we returned to the junction. Two cars were there and the drivers were trying to decide which way to go, luckily one driver knew the area and told us if we’d continued on the other track we would have come to a locked gate blocking our way. We decided to go back the way we’d come which meant we didn’t manage a loop but did make it out of the park without any stress. The work done on the car seems well worthwhile, the ride is much smoother.

Our first thought when we left the park was to find somewhere for brunch but that didn’t happen. When we passed through Caboolture, The Show was on so there would have been all kinds of food available but the crowds weren’t appealing and we came straight “home”. I was really looking forward to Pancakes with all the trimmings but we were too late, that was on the breakfast menu which didn’t extend to 3:30 so we settled for toasted sandwiches. The Sea Salt and Vine Cafe was buzzing, I guess places along Moreton Bay make a nice day out for people from Brisbane.

 

Scarborough – Day 6

Staying In Scarborough has been great, the roads aren’t manic and we’ve become quite familiar with the string of suburbs along the peninsula but I’m looking forward to moving away from a city. Today we were back on very busy roads on our way to get the Jeep and return the hire car. It’s definitely nice to have the Jeep back and it now has better suspension (apparently it’s important to say, Bilstein shockers) and a sturdy bulbar. I won’t go in to any of the other little tweeks but Alex is delighted with them.

We finally got around to investigating the wreck of the Guyundah and enjoyed a lovely walk through the arboretum which lines the shore. There were impressive Pandanas, Sheoaks and spreading big leaved trees which make us feel we have moved much closer to the tropics. On our way back from the Guyundah we stopped at the Redcliffe beach to get a photo of the weird and wonderful sculpture there. A plaque beside it explains a very fanciful “history” of the piece. When you wind the handle a hologram of a dragon appears inside the bulbous part. It was very cleverly made by Russell Anderson.

Down near Scarborough beach there is a massive Moreton Bay Fig Tree which is lit at night and Flying Foxes occasionally flap madly out of it.

(If you click on an image you’ll see larger photos in a slideshow.)