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Day 100 – Tweed Heads (Day 4)

Posted from Tweed Heads South, New South Wales, Australia.

A bit of a milestone today … Day 100 … that’s just huge.  We had a bit of a look back over the trip tonight … over all the things we’ve done and places we’ve been.  Needless to say we don’t easily recall all the things that have happened.  We also crossed another milestone with the car the other day too.  20,000km since we left home.  We’re well passed that now though. 😉

So … since today was one of those advertised ‘perfect the next’ days, what did we choose to do for the big day?  We went to Movie World!!

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Day 99 – Tweed Heads (Day 3)

Posted from Tweed Heads South, New South Wales, Australia.

There was a thunderstorm warning for SE Queensland today and when we woke up it was well underway.  A quick look at the radar showed that the storm would pass by within about 30 minutes … and it did too.  The sun came out and we had a think about what we would do today.  The weather was still a bit threatening, but looked like it’d fine up rather than try and drown us.  Kel even got some washing on the line such was the optimism.

Figuring that it was probably going to be a bit of a Melbourne rainy day we decided to head up to O’Reillys for lunch.

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Day 98 – Tweed Heads (Day 2)

Posted from Tweed Heads South, New South Wales, Australia.

The weather today was going to be Wet n Wild today, according to the forecast … so that’s where we went …Wet n Wild.

If you’re going to be at a theme park on a rainy day, a water park had better be it.  As luck would have it it turned out to be a pretty good day, weather wise.  It did rain once for about 10 minutes, hardly the thunderstorms predicted by the weather bureau … perhaps they shoulda kept that NEC supercomputer?

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Day 97 – Tweed Heads

Posted from Tweed Heads South, New South Wales, Australia.

Quick post for today.  All we really did was drive from Hervey Bay down to the Gold Coast.  The park we’d planned to stay in turned out to be booked out (read, didn’t want to honor our voucher so told us they were booked out!).  Thus, we went a bit further and got a better deal in a better park.  Funny how that works out sometimes.

Tweed Billabong Holiday Park is a little further along the freeway than we’d like to be, but its not really an issue.  We got an ensuite site again.  The park has a huge billabong for the kids to swim and canoe on, as well as a pool with waterslides.  Plenty of space to ride the bikes, etc.  For the icing on the cake we got 4 nights for the price of 3 … and then we got the Big4 discount too.  Very happy with the way that worked out.

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Day 96 – Fraser Island

Posted from Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

Up bright and early this morning.  The local wildlife has figured out that making as much noise as possible, as early as possible each morning, gets them fed, as early as possible.  Nothing quite like a gaggle of quacking ducks right next to your head at 5:15am to start the day.

Plenty of wildlife there is too.  Heaps of ducks, some ducklings, turtles.  All kiddy favorites 🙂

 

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Day 95 – Hervey Bay

Posted from Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia.

A little bit of a sleep in was allowed this morning since our first stop wasn’t until 10am.  That first stop was the Bundaberg Rum Distillery!

The tour was quite interesting.  They broke with tradition today and told us absolutely everything about how the Rum was made.  Everything!  They told us the secret formula and everything … awesome!

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Day 94 – Bundaberg

Posted from Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia.

Yet again up with the sun and plenty to do before we can get going.

The place that we stumbled into last night turned out to be a fantastic place.  It’s right on the beach … camped about 20m from the high water mark.  Tons of room for tons of vans, now that we can see things in the morning light.  The only downside is that the tides are huge and the water is about 1km away this morning.  This would be a fantastic spot to setup camp for a few days though, if we had time … which we don’t.

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Day 93 – Carmila Beach

Posted from Carmila, Queensland, Australia.

Well … today started out full of promise …

Up with the sun, as per usual.

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Day 92 – Macona Inlet

Posted from Hook Island, Queensland, Australia.

Waking up in Chance Bay to a fine, crisp morning soon had us rearing to go.  Brekky was toasted sandwiches, which filled us all up nicely.

The walk from Chance Bay to Whitehaven Beach was about 3.6km each way, but didn’t feel that long.  We had it done in under an hour.

 

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Day 91 – Chance Bay

Posted from Hamilton Island, Queensland, Australia.

After a very quiet night, we again woke with the sun.  Well, Hannah woke with the sun.  All the rest of us woke via Hannah.

By 6am some of our neighbours had already left and we thought that we should too.  So after a quick brekky of raisin toast we hauled anchor and headed up towards Hayman Island.

Not long after rounding the point and heading North, the weather (and 3 seasick crew) made the decision to head South for Whitehaven beach an easy one.  There were 2M seas and they were coming across the bow, so she was rocking side to side.  Altogether unpleasant.

Along the way we made a short stop in Cid Harbour.  The seas in that direction were the same height but it was fore/aft and easier to tolerate.  There was a beach there that I dropped Kel & Hannah off at, to have a taste of dry land.  Blake and I rambled off to find a geocache on a small rock island nearby (coincidentally 🙂 ).  Also my first terrain 5 cache and it was well worthy of that.

This geocache was a bit of a tough ask really.  The cache was right on the top of the island and it was completely overgrown.  Even though the island is only about 75m across it took ages to scramble to the top.

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