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Back on the mainland – Part 9

10th April 2018 We were now truly on the home stretch. Next stop was Mendooran, a spot close to the river. 11th April 2018 Quite a long drive for us on this day to Bingara, some 300km. We have stayed … Continue reading

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Back on the mainland – Part 8

5th April 2018 We left Wagga Wagga together with most other campers. All the same Lesley managed to find a campsite where we were on our own – Touts Lookout north of Young. Spectacular views from this place. Many photos … Continue reading

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Back on the mainland – Part 7

The Stone the Crows festival was now just one day away. We were allocated a 7:30 entrance slot, so we wanted to be close the night before for an early start on the day. We decided to stay at Oura … Continue reading

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Back on the mainland – Part – 6

26th March 2016 From Yass we travelled to Gundagai, another pretty town with lots of historical buildings. We camped in a donation camp within walking distance of the town center. The town originally was on the floodplain (where the campsite … Continue reading

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Back on the mainland – Part 5

24th to 26th March 2018 We still had a bit of time on our hands so we decided to visit a fellow traveller who was part of our tour group in Vietnam. Alex lives in Yass, a pretty little town, … Continue reading

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Back on the Mainland – Part 4

16th March, 2018. With our fridge now fixed, we had no plan for our couple of days in Mildura so we decided to drive to Wentworth as we had not been there before. Along the way, we drove in to … Continue reading

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Back on the mainland – One on One Photography Workshop with Leanne Cole – Part 2

The area of Bells Beach was our next destination. Our first stop at Winkipop found us in the middle of preparations for a big surfing competition, the Rip Curl Pro. There were lots of surfers and even more spectators. This … Continue reading

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Back on the mainland – One on One Photography Workshop with Leanne Cole – Part 1

I have admired the work of photographer/artist Leanne Cole for quite some time and occasionally submitted photos to Monochrome Madness that Leanne puts up for us to participate in.   The way she treats her photographs and her attitude towards the … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 4

On Monday, a full program was provided for those who wished to participate. In the morning a bus trip to Possum Park, originally a WWII ammunition bunker which has now been converted to a cabin and caravan park while retaining … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 3

Following an ecumenical church service at the Juandah Historical Village, we were treated to a camp oven lunch prepared and cooked by members of the Juandah Historical Society. The fires were lit at 3.30am so that the coals would be … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 2

Friday was the first official day of the two day Show and Erich was out early to capture photos of some the local birds. Apostle bird Female Red-rumped Parrot Varigated Fairy-Wren Indian (Common) Myna Jacky Winter We headed out to … Continue reading

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Wandoan Show 2017 – Part 1

Our first trip for this year was a week away at the small country town of Wandoan as part of a group of fellow residents of RV Homebase to attend the annual “Show”. The founder of RV Homebase began this … Continue reading

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Days 114-122 – Heading for Home – Elliott NT to Maryborough Qld

22nd September, 2016. Elliott to Wonarah Bore Longreach Waterhole was the last of our multi-night camps as the weather was now too hot for us to linger in the north. Lawn Hill and Porcupine Gorge will have to wait for … Continue reading

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Days 111-113 – Longreach Waterhole NT

19th – 21st September, 2016. Following very heavy rain overnight, we had a rather messy time packing up in the morning to move on. We had been greatly anticipating our stop over at Longreach Waterhole, just west of Elliott on … Continue reading

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Days 108-110 – Bitter Springs

16th – 18th September, 2016. We had been tracking our mail forwarded from RV Homebase and expected that it would be in Katherine when we passed through on Friday. The Express Post article had been scanned through Winnellie NT sorting … Continue reading

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Days 106-107 – Sullivan Creek Rest Area

14th -15th September, 2016. Our drive out of Keep River NP was a little easier than our drive in as our tyres were cold and therefore had significantly lower pressure. Still we took it easy just to be sure. We … Continue reading

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Days 104-106 – Keep River National Park

12th – 13th September, 2016. On the road again and heading for the WA/NT border, we stopped briefly in Kununurra to restock the larder and refuel and then we were in the Northern Territory again. Last year we passed the … Continue reading

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Days 102-103 – Purnululu National Park aka The Bungle Bungles

10th-11th September, 2016. Today our destination is Spring Creek Rest Area on the Great Northern Highway about 500m south of the entrance to the Bungle Bungles access road. We had been debating whether it was too hot to attempt the … Continue reading

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Days 95-97 – Heading back to Broome

3rd-5th September, 2016. Having left Dampier early, we were soon back on the North West Coastal Highway heading towards Port Hedland. The roadworks that had been in place when we headed south from Port Hedland at the intersection with the … Continue reading

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Day 101 – Ngumban Cliff Rest Area

9th September, 2016. We got away in good time from Broome’s Gateway on Friday morning but not before Erich took a few last photos. Today we planned to go to Fitzroy Crossing to check out the Geikie Gorge boat tour. … Continue reading

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Days 98-100 – Broome for the third time

6th-8th September, 2016. Well here we were again, back in Broome for the third time! We honestly thought when we left last time that we would not return again but it was 10,000kms of travel since our last vehicle service … Continue reading

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Day 93 – Millstream-Chichester National Park

1st September, 2016. Instead of taking the van down to the Millstream campground, we decided to make our visit a day trip from Dampier. It was around 100kms of good sealed road before we turned on to gravel to head … Continue reading

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Days 91-94 – Dampier and surrounds 2

2nd September, 2016. We decided to make a day trip to the towns of Point Samson, Cossack and Roebourne and to include some Geocaching along the way. It started out a beautiful morning for Erich’s walk by the bay. The … Continue reading

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Days 91-94 – Dampier and surrounds 1

30th August – 2nd September, 2016. Leaving Cape Range National Park, we retraced our route to Exmouth where we collected our mail, restocked with groceries, filled our tanks with water at the Information Centre and refuelled before heading back down … Continue reading

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Days 88-90 – Cape Range National Park

27th-29th August, 2016. The day finally arrived when we could book in to our camp site at Kurrajong in the Cape Range National Park. We got away early from Minilya after fuelling up at the roadhouse and began the drive … Continue reading

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Days 86 & 87 – Minilya Rest Area

25th & 26th August, 2016. Our original plan had been to retrace our steps from Mt Augustus past Kennedy Range, back to Gascoyne Junction and then to Carnarvon to do our restocking. However, on consulting the map we decided it … Continue reading

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Days 84 & 85 – Mt Augustus National Park

23rd & 24th August, 2016. We had been in two minds about whether to visit Mt Augustus National Park or not. I had not been able to find out much about what there was to do until we got to … Continue reading

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Days 81-83 – Kennedy Range National Park

20th-22nd August, 2016. We headed north from Wooramel Station to the intersection where the North West Coastal Highway meets the Carnarvon to Gascoyne Junction road approximately 6km east of the coastal town of Carnarvon. There was a convenient fuel depot … Continue reading

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Day 80 – Hamelin Pool Stromatolites

19th August, 2016. Leaving Kalbarri, we drove east towards the North West Coastal Highway which would take us north to Carnarvon from there we would head further east towards the Kennedy Ranges National Park. We had already decided not to … Continue reading

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Days 76-79 – Kalbarri River Gorges

16th August, 2016. With a beautiful day in the offing, we decided to visit all the river gorges in the National Park, starting with those farthest away and work our way back towards town. First was Hawks Head with an … Continue reading

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Days 76-79 – Kalbarri Coast 2

We spent our second day in Kalbarri NP exploring the river gorges, the third day was rainy and windy all day so on our final day which was windy but fine, we decided to return to complete the coast walks. … Continue reading

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Days 76-79 – Kalbarri Coast 1

15th-18th August, 2016 There is no free camping in Kalbarri and, as we like to be flexible in our travelling, we rarely book ahead unless there is no other option. Arriving at a caravan park recommended to us, we found … Continue reading

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Day 76 – Northampton WA

15th August, 2016. We said our farewells to Bev and Frans again as they were moving on to follow the wildflowers while we were finally heading to Geraldton to collect my long awaited glasses. For our last evening together we … Continue reading

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Days 73-75 – Ellendale Pool

12th August, 2016. It was a pretty drive from Three Springs north to Mingenew and then we were once again on roads already travelled until we got to Dongara. The monument that Erich wanted to photograph was easily found right … Continue reading

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Days 71 & 72 – Three Springs

10th & 11th August, 2016. We parted company with Bev and Frans as they were going to Dongara to have their vehicle serviced and, as we were still waiting for my new glasses to arrive in Geraldton, we headed further … Continue reading

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Day 69 – The Pinnacles

8th August, 2016. During our stay at Lake Indoon we decided to make a day trip south to The Pinnacles which Erich last visited with his father in the early 1980s. It is quite a stunning natural phenomenon formed by … Continue reading

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Days 67-70 – Lake Indoon

6th-9th August, 2016. It was just a short drive from Cliff Head to Lake Indoon and we were lucky to find a good campsite to fit both rigs right above the lake shore. Our first sighting of a Fan Tailed … Continue reading

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Days 65 & 66 – Cliff Head

4th-5th August, 2016. Unfortunately, as predicted, light rain began falling overnight. By morning there had been an exodus of other campers leaving just us, Bev and Frans and people in a camper trailer. We debated whether to chance staying but … Continue reading

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Day 64 – Coalseam Conservation Park

3rd August, 2016. Leaving Mullewa and turning on to the road leading to Mingenew, we found another exhibit on the Art Drive Mid West route. Recycled old tyres made to look like teacups filled with wildflowers not yet in bloom. … Continue reading

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Day 63 – Mullewa Last Impressions

2nd August, 2016. There was not much left for us to see around Mullewa but Erich photographed a few of the buildings and then we went for another drive out to have a look at the Wreath Flowers north of … Continue reading

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Day 62 – Mullewa Day Trip

1st August, 2016. There are a number of interesting walks and drives that can be taken from Mullewa and we chose to do two of them that day. But first Erich was out early for his “oil pulling” walk. It … Continue reading

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Day 61 – Mullewa Wildflower Trail

31st July, 2016. The day started out nice and sunny with a gentle breeze, perfect for doing the washing, or so I, and a number of other people at the caravan thought. Within an hour, the rains came along with … Continue reading

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Day 60 – Geraldton

30th July, 2016. As it appeared that my glasses cannot be repaired, we drove back to Geraldton to organise a new pair at OPSM. For once it was a quick procedure with my prescription being available on their central database … Continue reading

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Days 57 & 58 – Mullewa

27th & 28th July, 2016. As our mail had arrived in Mt Magnet, it was time to move on from Cue. Our destination today was the small town of Mullewa “in the heart of the wildflower country”, to quote the … Continue reading

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Day 46 – Karijini National Park Day 2

16th July, 2016. We packed lunch and set off on the approximately 110km drive to Hamersley Gorge. The rock formations pictured below were very common along Karijini Drive and I had tried to photograph them from the car yesterday but … Continue reading

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Days 34-40 – 80 Mile Beach

4th – 10th July, 2016. Originally we had thought of staying at Barn Hill Station after leaving Broome’s Gateway, however School Holidays put paid to that idea. Apparently the unpowered area at Barn Hill is huge. Nevertheless it was completely … Continue reading

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Day 31 – Odyssey Expeditions Kimberley Cruise Day 9

1st July, 2016. It’s with mixed feelings that we greet the day. On the one hand, our last day aboard Odyssey but on the other hand an exciting day ahead with a helicopter flight over Mitchell Falls landing at Mitchell … Continue reading

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Day 27 – Odyssey Expeditions Kimberley Cruise Day 5

27th June, 2016. More of the same but it doesn’t get boring! Raising the anchor. The crew is meticulous about cleaning the anchor chains each time the anchor is raised. Another beautiful day in paradise. Even the whales are up … Continue reading

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Day 25 – Odyssey Expeditions Kimberley Cruise Day 3

25th June, 2016. It was an early start today to get to Montgomery Reef in good time to watch the reef seemingly rise out of the surrounding sea. Of course the reef itself was not moving, it was the tide … Continue reading

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Days 13 – 21 – Broome

13th – 21st June, 2016. It was an easy drive from Ellendale Rest Area to Broome’s Gateway, the caravan park where we plan to stay for the duration of our visit to Broome this year. We stayed here for two … Continue reading

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