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Blue Snoopy is a 2012 Nova Vita Caravan pulled by a 2012 Nissan Navara ST Dual Cab Ute.

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4 August 2011 – Tamworth to Sydney NSW

It would be fair to say that we were eager to return home and we left the caravan park at 8:00am.  Traffic was relatively light and we were soon heading out of Tamworth through Goonoo Goonoo, “Have a Galah” (there must be somewhere with that name??) and finally Wallabadah where we stopped at the . . . → Read More: 4 August 2011 – Tamworth to Sydney NSW

3 August 2011 –Toowoomba QLD to Tamworth NSW

Eager to continue our trip home, we were on the road at 8:00am and found a service station (unfortunately in the wrong direction) and refuelled the motor home.

We then headed south at a reasonable pace and stopped at Tenterfield for brunch.

The bakery we chose for lunch . . . → Read More: 3 August 2011 –Toowoomba QLD to Tamworth NSW

2 August 2011 – Monto to Toowoomba QLD

For the second consecutive day we said goodbye to our friends before continuing our trip south.

We refuelled at Monto and spoke with our son and learnt that our Grandson was on the mend but still in hospital.

We decided that Toowoomba would be our destination and we . . . → Read More: 2 August 2011 – Monto to Toowoomba QLD

1 August 2011 – Rubyvale to Monto QLD

We’re home now and “He” is back at work.  Due to having a dose of the “Dog’s disease”, we have also neglected posting on our web site and issues with our hosting of the site have also added major delays.

Nevertheless, back to our trip.

After receiving the . . . → Read More: 1 August 2011 – Rubyvale to Monto QLD

31 July 2011 – Rubyvale QLD

We slept in.  We planned it and we did it and we enjoyed the extra time asleep!

We had chosen 10:00am as our departure time and close to that time we all jumped into our Suzuki and headed to Sapphire where the Sunday markets were running.

We spent . . . → Read More: 31 July 2011 – Rubyvale QLD

30 July 2011 – Belyando Crossing to Rubyvale QLD

Once again our alarm went off early and we took our time in getting ready to depart.

Our intended destination today was Rubyvale which is located in the centre of the Queensland gem fields.

Whilst we finalized the hitching of our car, our friends left and we followed . . . → Read More: 30 July 2011 – Belyando Crossing to Rubyvale QLD

29 July 2011 – Fletchers Creek to Belyando Crossing QLD

Our alarm went off early but we took our time in getting ready to depart.

It was only a short trip to Charters Towers where we stopped to purchase groceries and some liquid refreshment.  We also had an early lunch at a café before refueling and then heading south again . . . → Read More: 29 July 2011 – Fletchers Creek to Belyando Crossing QLD

28 July 2011 – Undara to Fletchers Creek QLD

It was bad enough saying our goodbyes in Mount Isa and we found we were doing the same thing again.

One of our intended travelling companions for the trip home received an early morning telephone call which resulted in a decision being made to return to her home as quick . . . → Read More: 28 July 2011 – Undara to Fletchers Creek QLD

27 July 2011 – Undara QLD

The only activity booked today was a 3:30pm tour to the lava tubes followed by dinner in the local restaurant.

We started our day with bacon and eggs (absolutely enjoyable and it started a trend with other campers) and then had a lazy morning talking with other members of our . . . → Read More: 27 July 2011 – Undara QLD

26 July 2011 – Innisfail to Undara QLD

With an almost four hour drive in front of us, we left the caravan park just after 8:00am and headed into the business centre of Innisfail to post a letter.

That done, we stopped at a bakery and soon we were climbing into the hills to the west of Innisfail.  . . . → Read More: 26 July 2011 – Innisfail to Undara QLD

25 July 2011 – Townsville to Innisfail QLD

With the motorhome packed and ready for travel, we were back at Iveco when they opened at 8:00am and were informed that the freight normally arrived sometime between 10:00am and 10:30am.

First job for the day was to refill a gas bottle (we did that and returned to Iveco and . . . → Read More: 25 July 2011 – Townsville to Innisfail QLD

22 – 24 July 2011 – Townsville QLD

We were at Iveco when they opened at 8:00am.  With the engine problem now consistently happening, we drove from the caravan park at half power but this was not a problem as we were part of the Townsville traffic peak.

With fingers crossed, we left Iveco and headed to Harvey Norman where . . . → Read More: 22 – 24 July 2011 – Townsville QLD

20 – 21 July 2011 – Mount Isa to Townsville QLD

We decided to have breakfast early in the motorhome and at 8:00am, we said our goodbyes to our fellow safarities.  Once again we have made new friends and it is very hard to say farewell.  It was even harder knowing that the safari still had another 6 days to run and we . . . → Read More: 20 – 21 July 2011 – Mount Isa to Townsville QLD

19 July 2011 – Mount Isa QLD

Today was our last full day with the safari group.

We started with our usual community breakfast followed by the taking of a photograph of the entire group.

With two friends,, we then headed into Mount Isa and visited the Underground Hospital.  The hospital was built during WW2 after the . . . → Read More: 19 July 2011 – Mount Isa QLD

18 July 2011 – Dajarra to Mount Isa QLD

We had a relaxing start to the day with our usual community breakfast.  We were one of the early motorhomes to leave as we wanted to see if we could avoid the road trains that travel on the narrow road between Mount Isa and Boulia.

We had our fingers crossed . . . → Read More: 18 July 2011 – Dajarra to Mount Isa QLD

17 July 2011 – Dajarra QLD

As was the case in Boulia, we awoke to fog.  Fortunately it lifted quickly to reveal an outstanding outback day.

After breakfast, some members of our group who had been able to book into a caravan park at Mount Isa departed leaving 11 motorhomes at the camp site.  “He” spent . . . → Read More: 17 July 2011 – Dajarra QLD

16 July 2011 – Boulia to Dajarra QLD

It did not rain overnight but we woke to a dull day with fog surrounding the race track.

There was no significant improvement with the ground still wet and muddy.

We started the day with a community breakfast and then waited for news of the time that the . . . → Read More: 16 July 2011 – Boulia to Dajarra QLD

15 July 2011 – Middleton to Boulia QLD

Having gone to bed at 8:15pm on the previous evening, it was no problem at all to get up when the alarm sounded just before 6:00am.

We prepared breakfast and were ready to leave at 7:00am.  It was still dark as we left our camp and we were the third . . . → Read More: 15 July 2011 – Middleton to Boulia QLD

14 July 2011 – Winton to Middleton QLD

We awoke to another perfect day.  No wonder they call this area “big sky” as all we could see was clear blue sky.  The temperature continues to rise and is very pleasant.  We have heard stories of how cold Sydney is and can now understand why the grey nomads travel north for . . . → Read More: 14 July 2011 – Winton to Middleton QLD

13 July 2011 – Longreach to Winton QLD

Today started as another perfect day weather wise.  The temperature has risen and there was no need for jackets when we went to breakfast.  We said goodbye to J & A as we passed their campsite (they were packing and about to head to Mackay).

After breakfast we hitched the . . . → Read More: 13 July 2011 – Longreach to Winton QLD

12 July 2011 – Longreach QLD

It is getting warmer.  The day started with our community breakfast comprising bacon and eggs.

Immediately following breakfast we headed to the “Stockman’s Hall of Fame” where we were fortunate to gain entry as part of a group booking.  We had visited this attraction before and decided not to spend the additional money to . . . → Read More: 12 July 2011 – Longreach QLD

11 July 2011 – Blackall to Longreach QLD

It was still cold when we ventured to breakfast but the cold was not as severe as previous days.

The process of connecting the car is becoming easier, however, we feel there is a problem with the transfer case as the car is making some weird noises when we change it from tow to . . . → Read More: 11 July 2011 – Blackall to Longreach QLD

10 July 2011 – Charleville to Blackall QLD

Did we say it could not get colder?  We had a great sleep under our summer doona and actually had to remove a light blanket.  Today we had to provide our own breakfast so we enjoyed cereal washed down with coffee.  Whilst “She” made the inside ready for travel, “He” ventured outside to put . . . → Read More: 10 July 2011 – Charleville to Blackall QLD

9 July 2011 – Mitchell to Charleville QLD

Someone said it was minus one but it was cold when we left the motorhome to attend a community breakfast.  By the time we had finished breakfast, the temperature had risen to zero and “He” actually considered taking his coat off.  That did not happen!

Something is going wrong.  The further north we travel, . . . → Read More: 9 July 2011 – Mitchell to Charleville QLD

8 July 2011 – Nindigully to Mitchell QLD

We had another great sleep due to the cool temperature and our first safari breakfast consisted of bacon and eggs.  It was sad saying our goodbyes to our friends from Canberra and after doing so, we were on the road just before 10:00am and headed 45 kilometres north to the township of St George.  . . . → Read More: 8 July 2011 – Nindigully to Mitchell QLD

7 July 2011 – Narrabri NSW to Nindigully QLD

Having gone to bed relatively early yesterday and having a good sleep, we made our way out of bed at 6:00am with the intention of getting away by 8:00am.  We left just prior to 8:00am to head north into the rising sun.  The impact of the lost of the driver’s sun visor became apparent . . . → Read More: 7 July 2011 – Narrabri NSW to Nindigully QLD

6 July 2011 – Sydney to Narrabri NSW

We started our drive before sunrise and we finished after sunset.

We departed home at 6:00am for a two hour drive to Newcastle for the final fitting of our flat tow arrangement.  We had decided to drive both vehicles rather than suffering the stress from towing our Suzuki in the Sydney peak hour traffic.  . . . → Read More: 6 July 2011 – Sydney to Narrabri NSW