Bethungra Dam

Stayed at this Dam for a couple of nights, was nice but that’s all, a good rest stop as it was very quiet, not that far off the main road, not a lot to do, talk to the cows :).The water was very inviting but couldn’t swim as it had Blue Green algae.  Here’s a couple of shots.

 This is one of two shelters and there is one toilet block plus rubbish bins. no water.

Day 27

Friday 10th June,   Leaving Lawn Hill for Gregory River.

Got away at 9.30 am and had a good run through to Gregory River. So good to be back here, got our same site, shade all day, but plenty sun for solar. Had lunch once we were set up,  dumped toilet and rubbish. Would love to sit here for a week. Well I’ve checked out our meals and we have just enough to stay another 3 nights,  trying to run all the food out so I can stock up on fresh foods for the next leg of journey.  Alice and Jack are heading off early in the morning. We will stay until Monday. A lot of vans tonight, a group traveling over to do the central of Australia,  about 8 in the group. Mild, not to hot, beautiful.

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Horses have the right of way up here as do all the animals.

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Dusty roads, vans are still coming up this way.

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Roaming animals, they must see so much traffic they are never in a hurry to get off the road.

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Nice to see some water in some of the water holes still, they had rains out here a fortnight ago and were flooded.

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Female Crimson Finch.

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Brolgas, such big birds, they are awesome to see flying.

Day 15

 

Sunday 29th 
Got up for sunrise but was a bit of a sizzler. Made a cuppa and waited for the sun to appear. Got breakfast before the flies come. Still very windy and in the shade quiet cool. Sun is hot but having the wind helps . Caught up with Robert T,  met him at Lara,  now at Long Water Hole Winton. Had a good chat with him.  We all did star trails, milky way.  Photographed birds, cows and packed up what we could.
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Sun setting over the Long Water Hole

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Animals drinking just behind our camp site.

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Who’s going to move for who.

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Nice sitting in the cool of the afternoon at our camp spot. Long Water Hole.

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White Plumed Honey eater

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Crested Pigeon

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Pelicans landing

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Apostles, ones teaching the other one something.

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Red tailed Black Cockatoo’s, a Kite hovering above.

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Whistling Kite

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Sand Goanna

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Sand Goanna

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Whistling Kite.

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Got his lunch.

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Red tailed Black Cockatoo.

 

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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Xmas, 3 weeks

 

I spent 3 weeks away camping at a private farm by a river, my daughter and youngest son and families came as well, we kayaked, chattered and just relaxed. Is lovely watching the horses and cows, were off the grid so it was very pleasant. Here are a few photos.

DSCF5612Campsite  Setting up campIMG_0100  Fire going to get some coals to cook on the camp ovenIMG_0059CalvesPlaying  Young calves playingIMG_0049RockyRiver  A well worn track through to our deeper hole for cooling offIMG_7306On Harvey's Chair  Sampling Harvey;s new chair, now has a back on it.IMG_7749Judy Rocky  Kayaking down the riverIMG_8250Monarch  Monarch Butterfly20151221_210923Moon  Had a go at photographing the moon with my mobile through the telescope, amazing I thought.DSCF5738  My son taking the dog for a rideDSCF5755Byron

My grandson playing with his xmas/birthday present

Day 112

Monday 22 nd June

Well woke to no frost, cloud cover and rain pending. Annex all nice and dry. Caught up with Dean and Marilyn before we left,  on the road at 11.30 am.  Got to Penguin and shot goat island and some rocks,  then straight up to Somerset,  paid at the office then up and picked a site, we are up the back, own toilet due to no one else using it, camp kitchen is great, and a paddock full of cows, just lovely oh and the ocean across the road.

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Day 80

Wednesday 20th May

Well it was a very cold night, woke early and went to the kitchen and made a drink, wrapped myself in a big cuddly blanket and was drinking it when the other traveller chap popped his head in and was shocked to see me, this is at 5 am. When the sun rose it was so foggy, i got dressed and went out to take photo’s. We then had breakfast and headed off to St Columba Falls, what a sight, just to massive to fit in one shot. The forest was beautiful, just love the green moss on all the dead trees and the Punga ferns are massive.

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Day 60

Wednesday 30th April

Went for a drive today and did the Tarkine circuit, called into Trowutta, Rebecca’s Lagoon and Couts Beach.

IMG_5192 IMG_5202  Ancient forestIMG_5207 IMG_5214 IMG_5219  Sink holeIMG_5227  Looking down into the sink hole on one side only.IMG_5228  Sink hole on the other side of the arch.IMG_5229  Wall of the arch.IMG_5244 IMG_5240  Looking up through the hole of the arch from the side with the water in the sink hole, all very airy down here.IMG_5246 IMG_5266  Lots of these signs around this area.IMG_5268  Arthur RiverIMG_5275  These signs are alway after the sign about the endangered Tasmanian Devil, we think because of the noise when you drive over them it may scare them off and there fore save a life.IMG_5288  Rebecca’s Lagoon, endered up camping here but in the paddocks to the right of this photo.IMG_5289  Couts BeachIMG_5298  Rocks at CoutsIMG_5306 Camping with the cows again at Rebecca;s Lagoon. Beach is over the dunes on the right.

Day 10 & 11

Monday 29th 

Going into Tenterfield today get some bits, like fill gas bottle, fill petrol, gumboots, fresh fruit and vegetables. Milk and bread, etc. Well we got most of what we need, spent some time just getting a few extras. Love Tenterfield. Neat place. Went into Crooked Creek and had a look around. Went over to the equestrian place and one has to book now so we have the phone numbers to ring. Got home and put the groceries away.  Went down to Kay and Mark,  had a chat,  we have all agreed that if the rains are going to continue we will pack up at 1st possible time and head to Texas,  check out Bonshaw Wier if full go to Demasque river at Texas. We have had tea. The river has dropped a bit. No photos today.

Tuesday 30th 

Woke to very dark clouds all around the hills, but wasn’t long and they had burnt off to a very warm day. We had breakfast, cleaned up and then did our walk, if you are not back from the walk before 8.30 am it’s just far too hot for me. The family next to us were having great fun going over the Rapids so Don and I started taking pics of them and did a video.  I went over and told them and said I’d like to email them to them as i don’t want them. Harvey took me on the buggy down to the bottom of the rapids so I could do a video of them coming towards me. Then in the late afternoon Harvey took Don up the hills in buggy, I chose not to go as a bit rough on my back.  We must of had 6 swims today. Kay and Mark came up for a swim in our waterhole as it’s in shade,  their’s is in sun, not good for Mark. Sat around the fire for awhile and got all our scrapes burnt then bed.

IMG_8835  These kids just bobbed around like little corks, they had so much fun.IMG_8818  Here they come down the rapids.IMG_8777  There the kids go, there helmets and camcorder on there heads, DSCF3889 I would sit in the shade here and the cows would hang around, so neat.