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Wow how did I get to be 62 so quickly!! I have lots of passions one being travelling around Australia in our Camper trailer "Myrtle". We have already had 12 month on the road seeing a lot of Western Australia and South Australia and are now heading of to see some of the East Coast. I would love to have you join in on my adventure of travel and also my other passions which are my family, my jewellery business, my crafts and anything else that takes my fancy. You are most welcome to come along for the ride.

Monday, October 5, 2015

1770, Queensland

In my Aussie Adventure research I had read and heard a must is the town of 1770, or as its official name is written Seventeen Seventy because it is so beautiful and one of the rare west facing beaches in Queensland. It has a permanent population of just under 80, that swells dramatically during holiday time and is situated on the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. 
According to Wikipedia this is how the town gets its name. 
Seventeen Seventy, also written as 1770, is a village in Queensland, Australia, built on the site of the second landing by James Cook and the crew of HM Bark Endeavour in May 1770 (Cook's first landing in what is now the state of Queensland). Originally known as Round Hill – after the creek it sits on – the name was changed in 1970 to commemorate the bicentennial of Cook's visit. The community of Seventeen Seventy hold the re-enactment of this historic landing in May each year as part of the 1770 Festival held in May.
I definitely agree it does look very nice and last night there was a pretty amazing sunset, but next time my visit won't be at the end of school holidays, on a Queensland long weekend and the night of the Rugby Grand Final when the both teams are from Queensland. The noise levels and excitement of the occasion didn't bother me at all because I was interested in the outcome of the game. But, there are just so many people here, I think most of Central Queensland have headed to this part of the world for the week/weekend!!!!! When we booked in we got the very last site available and it's a pretty big park. (We very rarely pre book where we want to stay, because we keep changing our mind where we are heading). Plus there are two families camped next to us, that seem very nice but OMG one of them can snore. I walked down to the toilet block and I could hear him three camps away. So that's why I'm sitting outside Myrtle at 6.30am listening to the birds, the garbage truck empty all the bins from this towns busy weekend and watching as the camper rise, have breakie and start packing up for their trip home. I have a feeling around 9.30/10ish there may be abut of a mass evacuation while everyone heads home. 

It's really funny what people are like around our country. Not to generalise but I find that people that are travelling in groups or are just away for a week or weekend don't tend to greet you easily, or sometimes even want to make eye contact as people who are on the road for months plus at a time. Long term travellers make eye contact metres away from you and not only is a good morning exchanged but more often than not a small (or sometimes long) conversation takes place. I find after I have been out on the road travelling for a while and I get back to the city I find out of habit I am saying hello to complete strangers on the street. Sometimes I get a hello back but sometimes I get a look of "who is that crazy lady talking too". Wouldn't it be nice if we could all greet at least one stranger everyday with a hello!!!! You never know it could be the only hello and smile they get for the day. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015


We decided to base ourselves in Rockhampton for a few days and drive around and see a few things in the area. Back February 19, 2015 this area was hit by category 5 severe Tropical Cyclone Marcia. Many hundreds of houses were damaged and Marcia caused in excess of A$750 million in damages. Driving around there is still a lot of evidence of this natural disaster. Yesterday we went for a tourist drive to Yeppoon then onto Emu Park and back to Rocky. Driving to Yeppoon there were so many trees down. Yeppoon is a real seaside village, renowned for its beaches and its tropical climate, so we decided to have brunch there. 

Next it was onto Emu Bay, which as Yeppoon it also has a real tropical, friendly feel. One attraction I had read about in Emu Park was the "Singing Ship Monument". I had no idea what it was but wanted to check it out. The Singing Ship commemorates Captain Cook's Bicentenery in 1970 and marks his discovery of the bay in May 1770. The memorial represents the billowing sail, mast and rigging of his ship Endeavour. Concealed organ pipes use the sea breeze to create eerie music. As it was quite a windy day we were treated to some amazing singing. 

This morning we headed out of town to Mt Hay to do some more fossicking, this time for "Thunder Eggs". I hear you ask "What is a Thunder Egg?"  
According to Wikipedia - 
    A thunderegg (or thunder egg) is a nodule-like rock, similar to a filled geode, that is formed within rhyolitic volcanic ash layers. Thundereggs are rough spheres, most about the size of a baseball—though they can range from less than an inch to over a metre across.

    Once again we had heaps of fun and came away with some pretty impressive pieces of 12 million year old pieces of rock. 

    Who would have that inside this- 
    Was this- 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Queensland Gemfields

We headed off from Barcaldine at about 8.30 and headed for the town (albeit very small) of Sapphire in the Queensland Gemfields. I have wanted to have a go at fossicking for quite a while and now I was about to get my chance. Not that I had a clue what to do. When we arrived at Sapphire Caravan Park we were very pleasantly surprised with the park. It was quite hilly and surrounded by trees and wildlife.  The next morning we decided to head out to a business that supplies you with a bucket of wash (basically a bucket of rocks) and we spent the next couple of hours washing the rocks in the "Willoughby" and searching for sapphires or any other gems we could find. This business was called "Rubyvale Miners Cottage" and the owner Gae was lovely and extremely helpful. We decided to do our fossicking this way rather than do a Tag Along tour and dig for our own as we had no idea what we were doing. It was $15 per bucket and that not only got us our bucket of rocks but tea, coffee, ice water and fresh scones, jam and cream. I had read that they seed (put little pieces of gems in) the buckets. But I don't believe Gae did and by seeing the gems we ended up with I am so glad we took this option. We both ended up with heaps of little gems and these ones in the bags are the bigger ones we got that are big enough to have cut. We both had a very enjoyable couple of hours learning lots about Sapphire mining and doing something we had never done before. I know we will definitely head back this way one day to have another play. 

After our fossicking we did and underground mine tour with "Miners Heritage walk in Sapphire Mine Tour. This mine is the largest underground Sapphire Mine in Australia, established in 1984. It was very interesting walking down the tunnels and learning about how the gems are mined now and also the many challenges the early miners had to face. 

We fully intended to head to Rockhampton on Tuesday morning but the night before someone had mention Lake Maraboon that was about 70km away. So as usual our plans changed and we packed Myrtle up and drove 70kms to our next destination. Lake Maraboon is a water area that is said to be three times the size is Sydney Harbour. The creation of Fairbairn Dam in 1972 provided Emerald Shire with a stable water supply. New industries such as cotton, coal mining, vineyards and citrus orchards were also able to be established with this now regular water supply. Although from the look of the lake at the moment it seems quite low due to the drought this area has been in for a number of years. In saying that yesterday while we were in Emerald we got hit by a huge downpour and then treated to a beautiful Central Queensland rainbow. 

We intend to go out tonight and have a bit of a fish - wish me luck!! 

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Barcaldine, Queensland

We headed off from Longreach this morning after having a very enjoyable time there. I really liked Longreach, it had a good feel to it. Even though it was only 107km we decided to have a night in Barcaldine, get this, so I could get some photos of the "Tree of Knowledge" at night, as I heard it looks better when it's lit up. So that's what we did and I have just got back to Myrtle after taking my shots. It does look pretty impressive all lit up, but one thing I didn't even notice during the day was the trees roots are actually still there and lit up as well during the night. Whoever designed this structure sure did do am amazing job. It is very impressive. 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Qantas Founders Museum - Longreach

This museum tells the story of the founders of our Aussie airline Qantas. The "Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service was started back in the 1920's here in Longreach. The museum has lots of old aircraft, genuine artefacts, movies that tell the story of what it was like in 1920's Queensland. The museum also includes the original Heritage Listed Qantas Hanger, it's pretty small compared to the size of aircraft hangers these days.

As an addition we decided to do the Jet Tour as well. This tour began at the huge 747 with a walk around inside and out showing such features as the Lavatory Service Hatch!! I've always wondered what happened to that!! We were also shown the infamous Black Box (that was actually orange). 

The Black Box isn't Black!!!
Next was the 707 which they describe as an aircraft like no other. We learnt about its early days of being built in the United States, it's first days with Qantas then it's luxurious conversion into a private jet for a Saudi Prince. 

The tour ended with the historic DC3, which was left to rot in a paddock and was eventually bought by the Museum for some ridiculous amount under $100. 

We were lucky enough to be doing the tour while the famous pilot/plane group "The Roulettes". They did a few air manoeuvres and landed right in front of us. 

We are now sitting at Myrtle listening to the singer Paul Kelly rehearse for the drought relief concert that's on in town. It's actually at the Stockmans Hall of Fame which is just next door. Also singing are two singers I haven't heard of and my favourite Country singer Troy Cassar-Daly. We are intending on going to the concert but just in case we should still be able to hear it quite well from Myrtle. 

Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame - Longreach

Longreach for me is the true Outback Australia although it is talked about in the tourist brochures as being the gateway to the Outback. It is quite a big town and doesn't have the dying town feel even though it has been in a severe drought for about the past 5 years. Driving around the area it's fairly obvious there is a drought, everywhere is so so dry. Rivers and creeks are just full of dust instead of water. Longreach's river the Thompson River only has an 18km stretch of water left. 
Yes there is a drought here
The Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame was one of the reasons we wanted to visit Longreach. This amazing attraction pays tribute to Australia's pioneering legends, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and outlines our Outback history. It includes some amazing artifices, electronic displays, films and photography. We paid a little extra to see an Outback show that included outback horsemanship, the way dogs work the sheep and general outback stuff. I would really recommend the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame as it really gives us city slickers a glimpse into what the early Aussies had to go through to get this country it is as we know it today.