Our Trip Home to WA with our New BT

 
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Loki of Condor



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:18 am    Post subject: Our Trip Home to WA with our New BT Reply with quote

We picked up our new BT on October 14th last year. Our trip home was never designed to be a knock 'em down drag 'em out battle with the bush, more a tourist trip of some of the nicer places in SE QLD, NSW and SA.

We left BT and headed up the coast to Hervey Bay and visited Fraser Island and went on a whale watching tour. Excellent.



Driving a little way further north we stayed at Woodgate Caravan Park.



Beautiful place right on the beach. We even went for a swim. Usually I have to battle the Greenies on the beach when they try to damp me down with a wet towel and roll me back into the ocean but this beach was Greenie-free.

We turned south from here and went back to BT to have our 1000km service done and, after leaving the factory, drove SW to Kilcoy and overnighted in the Memorial Park there.



Huge thunderstorm that night.

Heading south through Toowoomba we pulled in at the small town of Nobby. We were able to park opposite Rudd's Pub (Steele, not Kevin).



Great place. $2 at the pub got us power for the night. Had a delicious countery there washed down with a couple of sherberts and next morning had breakfast at the General Store.

Next couple of nights were spent at Somerville Valley Tourist Park in the bush SE of Stanthorpe. Beautiful park.



Further south we overnighted just north of Glen Innes at Beardy Creek Heritage Park..



We spent a few pleasant days at Inverell and then headed out to the Gwydir River and camped there for a couple of nights.



Travelling SE from here we passed through Bundarra and had lunch at the Lions Park.



Driving into Armidale we stayed at a caravan park for a few days and had a good look around. Beautiful city.

Heading south we overnighted at Mendooran Rest Area. The pub is a handy short walk away.



Then into Gulgong and Mudgee. Nice places to explore. The Gulgong museum is very good. Driving through Bathurst I wanted to check out Macquarie Woods Campgrounds just west of the city. It looks good for future stays.



Next stop Cowra for a few nights, then through Boorowa (very pretty, well kept town) to Canberra. Did the touristy thing there and visted rellies.

Back NW via Cootamundra (had to play John Williamson's "Cootamundra Wattle" as we drove in) to Junee and a visit to the licorice factory. We then headed to Tumut and stayed at a caravan park. We went for a drive east along the Snowy Mtns Highway and stopped at a couple of places.

Here is Yachting Point Campground. That's not us but it will be next time.



Next stop the beautiful little town of Temora. It has the best aviation museum I've ever seen. It specialises in Warbirds that can fly. No static displays. They fly 5 or 6 weekends a year. Fantastic.





The caravan park is new and is right on the airfield. I was sitting under our awning, beer in hand, watching an F86 Sabre rehearse for the weekend.



Check it all out here:
http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/

Heading west through Hay and Mildura.



Into SA we stayed overnight at Melrose Showgrounds.



Through Port Augusta and down the east coast of the Eyre Peninsula. We overnighted on a beautiful but very windy clifftop near Port Gibbon.



Onto the west coast of the Eyre Peninsula, Elliston is always a nice place to stop.



From there we entered the Nullarbor and, like most people, once we got a sniff of the home run, we just drove, getting home to Mandurah early December.

I hope some of these places appeal to you and you find some pleasant days there like we did.

Love the van.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great report Steven
and photos always enhance.
Have noted a couple of spots we will check out.
My word Melrose SA is a busy little town with
activites and festivals.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Steven,

I also enjoyed your report. Sure beats towing a Trakkie!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sawtybt wrote:
Steven,

I also enjoyed your report. Sure beats towing a Trakkie!!!


You're absolutely correct there. Our friend's is still falling apart. Now the external alloy cladding is cracking around the door frame.

Glad I got rid of mine.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 4:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good report Stephen

We will be taking delivery of a 21’ BT in September and doing a similar trip.

Our daughter, her husband and our grandson are due to shift from Port Hedland to Perth at the end of February. I have recorded the spots you have visited on the way to WA.

Our plan is to be in Perth for Xmas with them. How long did you take from the time you left Brisbane to get home?

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hullo Bruce,

we took 6 days to drive over from Perth and two months to come home....

cheers
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 2010 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Stephen

That should give us plenty of time for a leisurely jaunt to Perth and have a good look around before Xmas.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 10:16 pm    Post subject: Full width rear ensuite query Reply with quote

G'Day Stephen,

Although not a BT ownwer (yet) I follow the site on a regular basis & see the majority of BT's are not this layout. I follow the logic of not doing so, but the wife likes the extra room of the full ensuite.

Would you mind sending a plan of the van and any comments on what compromises you might have made to fit this arrangement.

If it is too difficult to post the plan I can supply my home email later if you wish to correspond that way.

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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 10:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey Loki
Great trip...... now its time to go and get some dust (on the outside only) on the rig

Cheers John
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PostPosted: Thu May 27, 2010 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Grumblebum and the Dragon wrote:
Hey Loki
Great trip...... now its time to go and get some dust (on the outside only) on the rig

Cheers John


Getting a little dust on it now John.

Look at this link:

http://www.exploroz.com/Members/98872.25/MyProfile.aspx

On ExplorOz my Nom de Net is Gone Bush (WA). I have activated some "TrackMe" software through my Iphone (left it til SA, unfortunately) and you can see my track from Broken Hill down to Menindee Lakes, Wilcannia, Bourke and up to QLD. Presently on Noosa North Shore and just got back from a drive up to Rainbow Beach. Works wherever there is Next G. If I had a Spot Messenger it would work everywhere through satellites. Cool.

Great technology.

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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thats pretty cool stuff. I was thinking of doing similiar but on Google Earth with photos.

How did you get such a nice presentation in your original trip report? I flaffed around for ages try to insert photos into the text and finished up with the reults you see. Not nearly as good as yours. I usually just cut and paste my travel diaries via a pdf file .. but this forum system does not accept pdf files.

Cheers John
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