Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Brisbane to Bunderberg then back to the outback.....

Halfway through January and I've still to catch up on our journey since September but frankly - the internet is really unreliable so it took a back step. 

For those of you that don't know yet, our plans have changed - instead of returning home for a visit we are now coming home to settle again, Dave has secured a job with Ashburton District Council at the new EA Networks Leisure centre - (the role is very similar to his Christchurch work prior to the earthquakes) so we both felt it was an opportunity too good to turn down and that we are ready to return home.  After travelling around for a few months the lure of work and routine is there and we are too young to retire yet!  We will return to Australia in the future to continue our journey up the centre and over to Western Australia. 

It was fun to be on the road again and after enjoying lots of R&R on the coast at Mooloolaba, Noosa, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Hervey Bay, and Elliot heads we headed North to Calliope, then inland onto Biloela with its dam and the Callide mine (a bit of a blot on the landscape).  From there we went to the wonderful Cania Gorge great walks, and wild life and did a few day trips in and around the area, then onto Monto, Mundubbera, Kingaroy, Kilcoy, Mt Mee, Woodford, Dayboro and back to the coast again.  We did many day trips on our stays and found some wonderful little country towns. Cooroy, Pomona, Kin Kin, Lake Weyba, Bjelke Peterson Dam, Biggenden, Gayndah, Paradise Dam, Childers and many more.

We have been in Brisbane house sitting and dog minding over the busy Christmas New year camping season and head back to New Zealand at the end of January.  It's been fun writing the blog - and sharing our travels, with over 3,000 views of the blog I hope some have found it interesting......

Following are some of the many photo's over the past few months. 

Beautiful Rainbow Beach
Catch ups with some of our lovely friends and fellow travellers
Gold Coast with Jimmy, Ron, Marie and family 
Carlo Sand blow - Rainbow beach
            Elliot Heads
 Checking for wildlife
Our lunchtime visitor - A green tree snake dropped from the tree! 
 Another of our furry friends
 Another family who we had some lovely times with Clem and Indie

Les on our big day trip
     Childers original pharmacy museum


Gladstone - more mining!

Paradise Lake


Cania Gorge 
Amazing sunsets 

Bird life



         Flora & Fauna at the Gorge




Lake Cania

More road signs




Wonderful Bunya Mountain  







The bower bird - love all things that sparkle
Lunch time! No feeding



My big hate - BATS - at Kilcoy Camp

  Hotel Cecil Murgon
Special celebration for a special birthday - Dave's 60th

Our lovely Victorian family who adopted us at our last camp at Mooloolaba

  Lilly Alex & Harry
Caravan park communal herb garden

Don't see much of this!  A welcome change.

Just passing the time, reading, scrabble, cards

 Stunning Montville (stepping in Mum and Dads footsteps, one of their favourite spots on the Sunshine Coast)
 Maleny - Sunshine Coast hinterland

A tropical Christmas in a very humid Brisbane
 Christmas Brunch with our wee dog sit girls


Another of our dog sits 

So it's goodbye from him and farewell from her.  See you in
New Zealand.


  1. It's been really great to be able to follow your lives and adventures through your blog. Don't give it up - continue with the Ashburton Chronicles!
    Love Always to you both xx

  2. Aaargh! Can't believe how close up those photos of the snakes are. The birds are beautiful and bright. Look forward to seeing you both soon. :) xx

  3. Thanks Veronica, I may continue my blog under this or "something" else - I'll certainly have lots to do and am looking forward to nesting again and finding new challenges. See you in Auckland sometime.xx