After spending six days stranded in Sydney, w were finally on the road again with the turbo fixed. It was simply a short section of rubber air hose leaking between the turbo blower and the inlet manifold. Hopefully that's has sorted it out.
Camped for the night in the Berry Showgrounds. This was very busy with a great variety of different caravans with some camper-trailers and even tents. It was just a short walk to the Berry pub. This was our first wander into the public bar of a country hotel.
From Andrew Drynan Park, we crossed the border into New South Wales. I suspected that the repaired tyre was leaking, so we went into Kyogle to get it checked.
It turned out to be okay.
We then went back to Sheep Station Creek Campground in the Border Ranges National Park.
Left our little riverside camp and needed to buy some bottled water. The variety of water supplies had finally caught up with Philippa's tummy and she needed something much more predictable.
We went into St George for a look and out to the Beardmore Dam on the Balonne River.
Free camp tonight at the Nindigully Pub. This is a place that my brother-in-law has spoken highly of many times. Amazing place where you can get to talk to some very interesting fellas. The locals as well as the travellers.
We had way too much to drink talking to some blokes who had just come for a drive out here from Gympie for the weekend. While Nindigully is famous for their huge burgers, we settled for a delicious steak cooked on a plate on a fireplace next to the Moonie River under the coolabahs. What a place- free camping, great beer, steak on the fireplace, a good night's sleep and delightful company.
Straight forward trip out the Cunningham Highway and New England Highway. Headed out the Stanthorpe - Texas Road to the main campsite at Sundown NP.
We camped at Middle Rocks campground. This is the one with no facilities. Our campsite was under dense trees which was great for keeping cool, but terrible for charging the batteries with the solar panels. I was moving the panels around all day chasing small patches of sunlight. A lesson there in campsite selection.
There was one day of rain. We chose that day to walk north along the beach towards Red Rock. I suspect we passed that and arrived at the next headland. Unfortunately, I did not take my iPad so was not tracking our progress. We managed to find a spot under a rocky overhang to have lunch. We had remembered to take our rain jackets. They certainly proved their value that day.
Drove home via the township of Woodgate. This was Election Day, so we tried to do an absentee vote in Woodgate. However, there was such a long queue, we decided to head off and make sure we got home to vote at Karalee. We succeeded.
Woodgate is a very pretty town. The real estate world seems not to have arrived in a serious way yet. It looks quite small and unspoilt. This will certainly change though.
Scored a free camp for the night on the banks of the Balonne River. W found a very secluded camp by following a side road off the Ballon - Dirranbandi Road and then taking a track off that towards the river. It was across the road from a camp on Wikicamps. We had the camp to ourselves. Pretty cool! This means w have now managed to camp for free on the banks of four of Australia's famous rivers- Snowy, Murray, Murrumbidgee and now the Balonne.
Following unseasonal rain in January, there was quite a lot of water in the river.