Met up with Jack – Alice

 

Sunday 15th May

Left home on Sunday 15th May and stayed 1st night at Blackbutt. Stayed just over the bridge, west from town, free camping at the Squash courts at the top of the hill. free use of the toilets. Met up with friends of Dons whom we are doing the trip with J & A.

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Cold night and long shadows, Blackbutt. Qld.

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Woke to a lovely day and the start of the holiday. Image below shows the area for camping, really is good.

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Day 1

Monday 16th. 

Up early and cleaned up, was very cold during the night.  Had morning tea at Goomeri and headed for Mingo crossing, very nice van park, tidy, green and good facilities. we stayed two  nights here, was a long day, arrived at 3 pm for afternoon tea. I will post some images later.

IMG_4798  WrenIMG_4846  Paradise Dam caravan park, it is a beautiful place.Paradise Stars

Startrails at the Dam.

Tuesday 17th.

Slept well, cold, sunny, have the morning sun in camper kitchen. Lots of birds.

IMG_5017 IMG_5067  These birds a Kite and Tern were fighting over a fish the Kite had caught.IMG_5130 IMG_5145

Wednesday 18th

Heading off to Wuruma Dam today. I took a few photos of Paradise Dam before heading off. We have been told its pretty full, but were going to check it out anyway. We traveled via Ceratadace. Well we got a tops spot for both vehicles, very happy. Had lunch and settled in. Lots of water in the Dam, I will post images later.

IMG_5149  Fog on the dam.IMG_5150 IMG_5151  SunriseIMG_5157

Lots of space for camping.

IMG_5295  At Wurumu Dam, there is always something happening, birds everywhere. White faced Heron.IMG_5306  Apostle bird, these birds are so funny to watch.IMG_5320  Don and Jack out having a kayak.IMG_5323 IMG_5358  Turtles, there were heaps, little ones as well as big ones.IMG_5394 IMG_5491

Sunset at Wurumu Dam.

Thursday 19th

Very mild last night slept with all windows open. Had a very relaxing day, chattered with some people, took photos men went kayaking again. Lots of water birds. Ran the gene and charged all the batteries etc..

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View from our site,

Friday 20th.

Got away by 9 am and heading to Monto, we dumped and filled up here and had morning tea, from here we went to Biloela and did some shopping. Filled up gas bottles here. Shouted ourselves lunch out. We are all set for 3  nights off the grid. Got to Lake Victoria 3 pm, set up and had a cuppa. Beautiful spot. Black soil so will be watching for rain. We have a full moon so no night shooting stars tonight.

IMG_5537  Lovely spot so were very pleased. Lake Victoria.IMG_5543  This camping is on private property so please be mindful of the owners animals and leave things as you see them, It was lovely to see that all other campers had taken all there rubbish away with them, good one you.IMG_5548  At least these lucky cows have plenty of water.IMG_5579

Just a night shot from the camp site.

Saturday 21st.

Woke to a beautiful day not a cloud to be seen. We read, chattered, and took photo’s, lots of birds. Did some night shooting and star trails until some clouds came across.

IMG_5630  Spoonbills flying offIMG_5632  We could here a cat meow, but couldn’t work it out as to where the sound was coming from, then we saw it, a black cat after a dead fish on the bank across from us.IMG_5636  IbisIMG_5669  I went for a walk and saw these big cobwebs, there were heaps of them, I don’t like spiders, so I always see cobwebs.IMG_5773  Pelicans taking off from the lake.IMG_5796

Real golden sunset tonight.

Sunday 22nd.

Cloudy, windy and not a lot of sunlight for solar panels so will run the gene later. Another lovely day, caught up on a few bits and packed what we can as tomorrow is a early start for Sapphire, hope we get a site. Took these shots just before leaving.

IMG_5873 IMG_5877  Reflection on the Lake Victoria.IMG_5885

Pelican landing, they are such a big bird.

Monday 23rd. 

Up at 6 am, lovely morning, been pretty mild as well at nights. Got breakfast done and cleaned up, left the gate by 8.40 am Had a good run thru to Dululu and dumped and filled up the water containers. I had a shower here its free so that was awesome, thanks Dululu. We had morning tea here. Headed for Comet and had lunch nice we spot. Carried onto Emerald. Grabbed a few bits and pieces, rang some family and friends while we had good coverage. Spent a bit of time here but still arrived in Sapphire by 4.30 pm and got a site, as its for only one night you make do. Been a long day, its very hot, 32 deg. Crashed into bed early.

IMG_5972  Early morning shot of the moon still in the sky going down as the sun was coming up behind me.IMG_5983  Sunrise colours, Lake Victoria.IMG_6001  Dululu, thanks to the wee town for the facilities of hot free showers and a dump point. Support these towns, got to be grateful.IMG_6013

Coal train while were traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Days 4-7

Tuesday 24th – Sunday 27th,  Happy Birthday Leroy for 25th 🙂

We are staying with Don’s sister in Barcaldine and not doing a lot, but the bird life is incredible even though it is very dry and hot really feel for the farmers out here, most water holes are dry as are the rivers. Poor things they drink from taps that we have dripping, bowls of water for cooling off, they keep us entertained. We also had a awful person deliberately hit and killed 3 kangaroo’s and their joey’s, right outside the place we are staying, the hawks and whistling kites were hanging around which is normal, council did come and clean them up on the Monday, this happened on the Friday night.

Whistling Kite and road kill-6926 Bluefaced Honeyeater-6841  Bluefaced Honeyeater popped in every morning and sat on the line.Palefaced Rosella Drinking  Paleface Rosella drinking from dripping tap. Kangaroo's-6795  Kangaroos each evening came across from the paddocks to eat the grass next dooe and where we stayed.Pair of Palefaced Rosella's-6761  This pair came each day and very daintily picked off the petals from Lynn’s flowers.Baby Babbler-6734  Baby Babbler squawking for food.Palefaced Rosella-6683  Paleface Rosella  having a swim.Apostle-6665 Apostle bird.

Twelve Apostles.

Tuesday 19th April

Overcast and drizzly today but to bad we are off the Twelve Apostles, headed off at 8.15 am, we like to get to places before to many people are around as we take photos. What an amazing  coast line, the lighting for photography was not good but you do what you can on the day. Went and looked at all the lookouts until it started to get a bit to wet. The last to lookouts we didn’t do.

Loch Ard Gorge This is such an amazing place, the sheer size of the cliffs, and that narrow opening to the sea, would love to see it in a storm. Loch Ard Gorge.

Loch Ard Gorge#2 Just another angle of the Loch Ard Gorge.Apostles This view was from a lookout, the formations of the sandstone that has been shaped through weather is incredible.

A Bay at the Apostles.I don’t have a name of this Bay, after this photo we couldn’t really get any more shots as it really started to rain, we headed back to the car, camera’s under our jackets. Went to Port Campbell from here and had lunch was really very miserable but what a lovely place if the weather had not been raining. On our way home we did pop into Joanna Beach, it is a really lovely spot to do some freedom camping at another time. Very big area. Another wonderful day.:))