Airlie Beach

On my last post I mentioned needing more time to travel. Before leaving Townsville we were talking to a young couple who sold their house in Sydney bought a van and hit the road. That was nine months ago. No plan, no safety net, just living the dream. Awesome. The next leg of our trip…

Sights of Townsville

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly two weeks since we left home and in that time we’ve been on the go quite a bit. So today was much more relaxed, and other than a ride around town to check out Townsville we stayed close to the tent and took it easy. Ideally it would…

Turning South

And just like that our time in Cairns and hanging out with our good friends Russell and Jeltje has come to an end. It’s been a blast. Now we point the wheels south and start our journey back to the cold country … but our trip is far from over as we have another 3,000km…

The Reef

Tuesday was spent checking out a small corner of the Great Barrier Reef and to do some snorkelling. Of all the days we’ve been on the road this was the worst, the weather was over cast and windy … not ideal for being out on the reef. The trip out reminded me of a previous…

Where the Bitumen Ends

One of the things that’s been on my list for some time is to ride to Cooktown which is about the furtherest you can travel on the tar heading north on the east coast of Australia. They are currently sealing more of the road north and you will potentially be able to drive on tar…

The Final Push to Cairns

Day 9 – Porcupine Gorge to Cairns Waking up early this morning was a great opportunity to see the sunrise over the gorge. And after a great cooked breakfast we packed up and set of for Cairns. But we only made it to the main road before Russell ran into a problem with a deflating…

Where Dinosaurs Trod

Day 7 – Longreach to Winton Today was all about dinosaurs and a recent (ish) discovery of dinosaur bones by a farmer on his property over 20 years ago. What has spawned from this seems to be the dinosaur capital of Australia. This morning was an earlier morning as we wanted to leave by 8:30…

Going Back in Time

Day 6 – a bit of history in Longreach Today was another non-ride day and a chance to check out Longreach. As we really only have one day we habe to choose what we want to do as we just can’t do everything. And Covid adds a level of complexity as things are often run…

Going to Smiley town

Day 5 – Charleville to Longreach Today we had over 500km to get to Longreach and like clock work we rolled out of our campsite at 9am. Our first stop was Augathella which for Australians over 50 is the town where the kid (Didy ‘Smiley’ Creevey) that the character “Smiley” was based on. 2008 was…