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
Posted 18 June 2014
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
Hi. I've just joined the club and am in the single traveller's club. In scanning the various blogs across the site, it seems that there hasn't been in activity or discussion for quite a long time. Of course, I may be missing something but it seems, on the face of it, that little is being talked about or shared. If that is the case, why is it so (thanks to Professor Julius Summer-Miller).
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.
anyone needing pet insurance, stear clear of 1300petinsurance, after paying in for over a year, we put in a claim for $350 odd for our poodle for a small operation, after months of back and forth requests for information by them we have finally given up in discust, we could see it is there intend to make it impossible to make a claim, requesting all sorts of information not readily available while travelling and the final straw was to tell us that they don't believe our 4 year old poodle didn't need to see a vet for 2 years except to have her vacinations! enough was enough. looking elsewhere now.
We have now retired. The Roma Elegance van is almost ready to travel with our favourite tug, a Pajero TD Exceed. Modifications have been made to both van and tug including suspension, 12 volt power and a diesel heater in the van.
Our first big trip starts around 16 June when we head up the NSW coast free camping all the way to Tweed Heads. From there we plan to cut inland to Lake Wivenhoe, Kilcoy, Glasshouse Mtns, St Lawrence, Camp Kanga near Prosperpine, Townsville, Daintree then back inland. The plan is to return to Canberra about mid October or November.
We will update this blog as we travel this great land, girthed by sea.
If you yearn freedom camping, new experiences, great friendly people & worthwhile souveniers then we found it all & more at the above on Labour Day Weekend.
"How!!?" do I hear you say.
The organisers, Barung Landcarers Assn Inc advertised on their website for volunteers, that only required downloading their form, filling in your options, returning & Bob's you uncle, easy as campessi.
There are many organisations requiring volunteers to assist with the setup, operation & cleanup of their events. Nominate & in return you will be amazed at the self satisfaction you will develop as well as making many new friends.
Consider Blaze Aid. Not only do they provide free camping, but, would you believe 3 hearty meals a day. Yep for a few hours of work similar to what you pay Jenny Craig & your are in the clean invigorating fresh air.
Rvers you dont know what your missing. And the money you save, plus get fit & those evening happy hours around the campfire of new stories of the loggers, timbermillers, turners not just a new lesson but a great experience.
Sorry can't get the photos accross. Still learning
Recent floodwaters hit us harder than previous inundations. In what seems like this years ‘annual flood,’ the vineyard was totally flooded with 0.5m of water running past the sandbagged buildings. Up to 3m of water covered the vines in the far blocks while the cellar and coldroom copped ankle deep water for the first time in the vineyards history.
For three days pumps, manpower and a few sips of liqueur muscat kept the water levels down inside the cold room, cellar and office thanks to lots of help from loyal friends John & Cate Travers, staff such as Trevor Forbes, Dana Gluzde and Julieanne Gray. “Thanks to the help of friends and staff, we were able to get in and restore the cellar and garden to visitor-ready status in less than a week,” said David Blacket, vineyard owner.
DOWN THE PADDOCK
The biggest job lies in cleaning up the paddock. “We need to quickly resume our vine nourishment program and to do that, we have a lot of debris down rows and fences to clear first. Anyone want to volunteer?” he asks. Trellis infrastructure is still intact and older vines will survive. Some of our 3,000 baby Midnight Beauty vines we planted in August appear to have drowned, but only time will tell. WINE SUPPLY IN THE CELLAR
Now that our cellar has reopened and no stock was damaged during the flood we still have wine available. Some of the white wine grapes we harvested before the flood should be bottled mid year to minimize any gaps in supply.
HOW TO SUPPORT US
“Visiting us at the vineyard or purchasing a few bottles online is one of the greatest ways people can help our flood recovery,” David concludes.
Easter in the Vines – TIME TO VISIT!
David Blacket says, “Riversands is a great place to bring friends, family and visitors to relax and get away for a few hours, especially at Easter. Thanks to everyone working quickly after the flood, the lawn and garden have bounced back in no time.”
“Besides a free wine tasting, we serve mud cake, scones and cheese platters in our grassy garden cafe along with a hot cup of tea or coffee… or wine!” he says. Easter also sees the addition of gourmet BBQ packs and live entertainment over two days. There will also be an official flood thankyou at 3pm on Sunday.
www.riversandwines.com/events - Easter in the Vines
www.riversandwines.com/order - Special Deals Available
Having been north for the winter, we are planning a trip from Melbourne to McLaren Vale SA in January. We are planning to head to Echuca first then progress along the Murray before heading to the Barossa, Adelaide and on down to McLaren Vale.
We then hope to head back to Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road.
We would appreciate receiving any information on good camp sites along our route.
Hope someone can help
Richard & Trish
Our tag-a-long to the national muster at Bingara began officially on Monday the 3rd of October when 4 vans met at the Highlands caravan park in Seymour, the Reids & the Tucks arrived on the Saturday followed by the Kollmorgens & the Hales on the Sunday. We had a very attentive park owner who did his best to make us all feel very welcome and shared his vast knowledge of things important. We had a camp fire provided for us and I mean provided because we told in no uncertain terms not to interfere with it, judging by all the laughter everyone enjoyed themselves so all was good.
Monday saw us head off for Albury to the All Seasons Tourist Park where we found a very neat and tidy park and once again very friendly and helpful staff. Happy hour was enjoyed by all, followed by a BBQ tea. We then played cards until about 11 pm which was a lot of laughs Derek and I were outnumbered by the girls so we thought we had better let one of them win.
Tuesday we pointed the wagons to Junee and enjoyed a very easy 180km trip, when we arrived at our destination we found an extremely good park; the Top Tourist Park in Junee has beautifully manicured grass sites, immaculately clean amenities and very friendly staff. This park even provides bath mats for added comfort after showering. We visited the chocolate and licorice factory which was quite interesting. The Junee Railway Station is well worth a visit, this place must have been a hive of activity in its heyday and the refreshment rooms have been maintained to reflect the era in which they were first opened, with many old photos and memorabilia adorning the walls. Dinner in the camp kitchen was another pleasant evening where we met up with another caravan club from NSW who were travelling south they had just left two days of rain in Bathurst. As we were leaving the park Peter & Faye (the owners) came racing over in their golf cart, Faye started yelling “Who was the thief who stole the rhubarb from my garden?”, everyone stood there very sheepishly admitting to nothing (we had permission from Peter to take some but we all thought he had forgotten to tell her) she went on to say, “Who would like some more?” well everyone broke their silence then and with Fayes help raided the rest of the garden. They have sold the park and she wanted to take the rhubarb corms down to her daughters place. I hope the new owners take as much pride in the place as Faye & Peter have done; the park is a credit to them.
Wednesday it was off to Cowra only a very short drive of 170km, at least that was the plan but just the other side of Young we were detoured through Grenfell because of a fatal accident involving a bus which added an extra 60 km to the trip. After settling in at Cowra Tourist Park we all took up positions around the fire pit which had huge fire going, late night snacks consisted of crumpets and raison toast cooked in a jaffle iron, yum. A great night was had by all, we met up with some fellow travellers with the conversation and laughter going on until the stumps were pulled at 10pm.
Thursday saw us wake up to rain, but it wasn’t all that cold. We started our trip to Gulgong and decided to call into the Wellington caves for look but the next tour didn’t start until after 2.00pm so we decided to push onto Gulgong, where we stayed the night at the show grounds, where we met up with the Sydney City Slickers, that night we all went into the RSL for dinner. The hospitality shown to us was fantastic, these country towns certainly know how to make you feel welcome, we were invited to join their carpet bowls night, well what a great night we had most of us had no idea how to play the game so as you can imagine there was lots of laughs and a great night was had by all. Derek and I won the booby prize.
Friday we headed for Tamworth, but not before stopping in Gulgong and checking out the town. The town oozes history with buildings that are all of by gone era and a walk down the street brings you back in time as you can just imagine what it was like in its heyday, there is even an old horse trough complete with hitching rail, which has been preserved in the main street. It is, in my opinion well worth a visit and make sure you visit the RSL they will look after you. Most had early night tonight in anticipation of a big day tomorrow.
Saturday we were on the last leg of our journey, we decided to stock up on essentials in Tamworth so made a beeline for the local supermarket then off to Bingara. The weather has turned a little nasty here at Tamworth but hopefully only showers. We arrived safely in Bingara just after 1.00pm and were warmly met by the organizing committee and shown to our site. Happy hour was set up around a nice fire with great company and was enjoyed by all.
We have just returned from a test run for our new Ssangyong Korando and our little Avan. From the NSW Central Coast, the 1st. stopover was Moree for 2 days of soaking in the thermal pools. Then onto Grawin (back of Lightning Ridge) for the 2011 Grawin Ball at the "Club in the Scrub". It certainly was different. Next, back to nature at the beautiful Warrumbungle National Park, where the Avan held up well in the overnight frost. Then onto Dubbo for a visit to the Zoo after 33 years since our last visit. 3 mearkat pups came out of the burrow for the 1st. time on the day we were there. Then home via Merriwa. A good little trip around the centre of NSW. Ted & Merlyn
Hi - This is from Allan Hand and Diane Loxton, new members of the Moreton Bay Drifters. We are 66 and 65 years respectively, retired and live at Ferny Grove, Brisbane. From the age of 55 to 60 years we left home and worked all around Australia for 6 years - North for the Winter and South for the Summer. We did a variety of work - some of them getting away from our usual working life occupations - we enjoyed every minute. On leaving we agreed that if either of us did not like the work we would change or pack up and leave. We have just returned from 4 weeks in the United Kingdom and look forward to our first muster at Bingara - see you there!!!