Left home just before 4 o'clock to get a few k's under our belt. It felt so good to be on the road again- this time heading to Tasmania.
We came a different route to get to Goondiwindi. Rather than going through Warwick, we came up through Toowoomba then to Millmerran. There was a lot less traffic than
We stopped for the night in a small RV-friendly park called Walpole Park- courtesy of WikiCamps.
Leeton to Lake Cargelligo via Griffith
The houses in small German villages were much more colourful than in England. Each house was a different colour.
After a great night's sleep, we packed up and headed off. Nindigully will certainly be a future stop on trips to the west.
Just by coincidence we pulled off the highway to a very small town called Bungunya. There wasn't even a shop or service station to be seen. However, they did have free hot showers (donation box), toilets and an area where one could camp- probably only with a self-contained caravan. Might not have been so good with a tent. Philippa took advantage of the shower to wash her hair.
Again, this will go down on the list of future stops.
We had a fairly uneventful drive through to Goondiwindi then on to Coolmunda Dam.
Great trips to Bribie Island
After a reasonably early departure from home, we headed in the Ipswich Motorway and Logan Motorway to the Pacific Highway. We detoured through Byron Bay, Suffolk Beach for coffee at the surf club overlooking a beautiful beach, Broken Head Nature Reserve and Lennox Head for lunch. Philippa had a swim in the lagoon, but I couldn't be bothered. She said the water was just so warm.
We joined the Pacific Highway again at Ballina after taking the mandatory photo of the "Big Prawn". Another detour took us to Broadwater National Park, through Evans Head and back to the highway at Wardell. At this stage of the trip, we were not sure our timing was going to go, so we were trying to get as far as possible on this first day. At Broadwater, we walked from a carpark over the sand dunes to the beach. There was no one else around. While this was possibly due to us being there outside the school holidays, it was just beautiful. Beaches stretching as far as the eye could see. The Ranger Station and residence was perched on top of a hill with 270 degree views of the water and beaches.
Broadwater NP will definitely be a camping destination in its own right in the future.
We pulled up for the night in the first of many free overnight spots at New Italy. It is a tourist destination and truck stop on the Pacific Highway that resells the story of the early Italian settlers who ended up here following a series of disasters. They opened up the land, starting from nothing and built a thriving community. There was a display of some sections of the Italian Pavilion from Expo 88.
Unfortunately, the highway has a slight rise and a bend at this point, so all the trucks going past were either working hard up the incline, or were using their exhaust brakes to handle the downhill bend. All in all- quite noisy and therefore difficult to sleep. Still, it was free.
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.