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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Baralaba

We've stopped at the weir a few times on our way through, but have never camped there. There were quite a few vans there already when we pulled in, but we found a nice spot under the trees. We took our chairs down to the water and enjoyed a cracker of a sunset.

A few days at the Gem Fields

Since we only had a few days we decided to camp at Graves Hill. I wanted a spot on the hill, and we got it! The perfect vantage point for sunsets and a spectacular sunrise on the last morning.




I just love cooking on the campfire... and we gave the camp ovens a good workout. Olive bread, roast pork and vegies, beef and red wine stew, plus a big pot of soup and a golden syrup steamed pudding... if we stayed much longer we would have put on some serious weight!


Although the boys only had two days of specking they found a few nice sapphires and zircons.






This little fellow popped up in front of Dazz on our last morning.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Bundoora Dam

A pretty little dam for an overnight stop... the kids both enjoyed a paddle at sunset.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The beautiful Whitsundays...

Well, they weren't too bad the first day, so we went snorkelling off the beach in Bowen. There was quite a lot of sand washed onto the rocks around the headland but we did see some fish (we found out later that there was a reef just to the north of where we were... good to know for next time!).


The weather over the next few days did exactly what was forecast - cloudy and windy! We explored Conway Beach with our friends. The kids climbed the rocks, played soccer and flew a kite (unfortunately we didn't end up with any photos of that), and the more artistic ones took advantage of the 'outdoor art gallery' that Dazz created on the sand.





The next day the kids wanted to fly kites again so this time we went to Dingo Beach. It was so protected from the wind that there wasn't a puff of breeze!


The main activity turned out to be building a rock tower. The first one was a little unstable, but the second one looked better.


On our last afternoon we went for a drive out to Shute Harbour. It was still overcast and windy...


The day we left the weather started to clear... and it's probably back to its stunning best now! Fortunately we were there to see friends, not just the scenery. Maybe next time we'll have better weather!

Friday, June 30, 2017

To Airlie Beach

This is the year of the school holiday trips, and where better to go in winter than Airlie Beach! First stop was Isla Gorge.

We had been to Blackdown Tableland once before, but had only done a short walk near the campground. This time we picked a walk to a waterfall and we weren't disappointed.





Next stop was Eungella National Park, and Finch Hatton Gorge.






Then we went up the hill to Eungella and did a couple of short walks up there.




Someone we talked to while walking at Finch Hatton Gorge told us that Cape Hillsborough was really nice, so we decided to make that our lunch stop.






Sunday, May 14, 2017

Melbourne to home

When we were arranging to see people in Melbourne some friends asked if we'd like to go to an AFL game at the MCG... how could we say no! We had a great time, even though we don't follow either of the teams that were playing (Hawks and West Coast). We loved the atmosphere, and the half-time hot dogs out of a thermos!


Our next lot of uni marking started while we were visiting, and kept us busy the whole way home. Lake Cargelligo was so beautiful we decided to stay an extra night and spend the whole day working.




Mendooran was just an overnight stop. The sunset looked promising but this was as good as it got.


Since we were driving right past we stopped in for a quick game of cricket...



After a few longer driving days we were pleased to stop at Glen Riddle Reserve. The weather was nice and sunny and it was really quiet so we ended up staying three nights and pushed through a lot of work.



We're back home now... but the next adventure is already planned for the winter school holidays... stay tuned!