… and we are back to the festive season, oh how quick time can fly.
With the “silly season” awaiting us literally just around the corner and with big businesses in their starting positions to cash in big; we should maybe think about supporting our local/small businesses. Be it a milk bar, the corner store or your local cafe.
I think we need to realise that small businesses do the hard yards to stay afloat, these guys only have Us individuals who support them by buying the odd loaf of bread or coffee-to-go.
These people have Us as their “business marketers” who recommend them to our family, friends, others through social media and other means of communication.
It is up to you now to take the pledge to support these small businesses in your local area. Spread the word and we can make a world of difference! It’s a networking opportunity for Us to speak directly to the business owner to understand how they operate and how you can help.
Wishing you all a wonderful day.
#TakeThePledge #ShowSupport #SmallBusinesses #Everyday
And our trip takes Us along the way to the beautiful coast of Hervey Bay.
Being a coastal town it’s also hugely known for the Southern Humpback Whales which pass the coast through their migration to Antartica. These whales come to Hervey Bay to raise their calves, relax and play in these beautiful waters which protects them from any predator.
We were lucky to get a good deal on our whale watching tour on the M.S Amaroo – I made sure my cameras battery was charged and I brought all my photography equipment also, mind you it consisted off a few lenses, a few cables and a charger so no biggie. 📸😂
At 8:30am it was on the boat (front seats of course!) and off into the bay we went. It took around 45 minutes to get Us to where per radio to the other crews out there we soon spotted a mother and it’s calf. My goodness are these animals beautiful! They gracefully swamp past the boat and we just all watched in awe.
Our whale watching tour went until 12:30pm with Morning tea being provided on board, which gave us plenty of time to spot other pot of whales in the area which was a definite guarantee on this particular day.
It didn’t take long until we spotted a young whale calf breaching! It was the cutest thing We have ever seen.
My camera has taken the most incredible photographs which I will post to my Instagram account once I am back home as I didn’t take my phone in case I was to loose it on the boat or worse .. in the ocean.
For you all out there ever wanting to see these beautiful mammals, I really encourage you to take a trip to Hervey Bay. It is a beautiful place and I am sure you’ll enjoy your stay here as much as We have !
And we have arrived in Bundaberg, QLD where Bundaberg Rum is produced! Super exciting times ahead … Distillery Tour in the morning (I will say it now: Prost! 🍻), followed by a Seafood Platter for lunch and a Ginger Beer Tour in the afternoon.
Anyhow, I should tell you about the drive. Quite exciting for Wildlife Enthusiasts + all Wanderlusters alike. Leaving Longreach you’ll see Kangaroos, Emus and Eagles (I made my partner pull over to the side road a fair bit just to get that perfect shot👍🏻📸)
You will head inland yet again however trust you are heading towards the coast of Rockhampton. Now remembering that Rockhampton will only be a super quick pit-stop to stretch the legs and grab something to eat. It’s then back on the road to Emerald. Great place to stay is Kin Kora Village Caravan Park, just be careful which spot you pick for your unpowered tent site … my partner was eager to choose the spot this time and this is how it went down 😂😂
The spot chosen was right in the path of the plane takeoff and landing strip 👍🏻🙈
Anyhow we did some Grocery Shopping in town this morning and off we went via Agnes Waters and Seventeen Seventy to Bundaberg!
And our next stop is Longreach, still regarded as an Outback town and located in pretty much the centre of the state.
Longreach is a medium sized town with a nice Main Street and of course the well known Stockman’s Hall of Fame & Qantas Founders Museum.
We arrived at Longreach Tourist Park in our ute and ready to pitch the tent. While at the Reception we had a look through some of the tours which were offered and decided on a Package which got us into both museums and also onto a Sunset River Cruise with Liveshow.
If I could have I would have stayed in Longreach permanently! The people are so lovely and having a Stockman in his long shirt, jeans and Akubra hat stand behind me at the Post Office made my jaw drop (almost like a little kid meeting their favourite celebrity!😂). Of course there are just normal people but the way they work in remote isolated stations – through sweat, blood and tears makes you really appreciate the work they do, one tend to show a lot more respect. Their stories are inspirational + full of pride.🙏🏻
For anyone ever visiting Longreach, stay a few nights! Do the station tours, visit the museums and book yourself in for the Drovers River Sunset Cruise with Outback Aussie Tours at Smithy’s – they are absolutely wonderful and you will really have the best time enjoying a cruise on the Thomson River, a two course meal some damper and a cup of tea all while being entertained by the incredible John Hawkes!
Greetings from Us to you while I finish writing this blog post and enjoy the beautiful sunset and glass of wine on this magnificent cruise ✨🌅⛵️
The next morning it was off from Port Augusta (who were still trying to get their businesses going from the Super Storm 24/48 hours prior!) into the Flinders Ranges at _____ for a few nice walks and some hiking! They have beautiful lookouts + scenery, perfect for your next capture on your camera, however for Us the weather was a bit of a challenge so we together made the decision to keep driving to Marree, S.A.
I have to be honest that I slept most of the way here but I did ask my partner a few questions about what Marree was like…
Well… Marree is an outback town with a population of round about twenty residents including Aboriginals. Marree has one pub, one railway line and one small Caravan Park. Yup and that’s it for y’all !
Outback Greetings from
Having had not much luck with the weather ever since we started our trip especially the blackout in the entire state, we drove through the German town of Hahndorf just for a quick look around, bypassing Adelaide and heading straight for Port Augusta.
While the drive was rather somewhat slow and steady it gave Us time for some brain riddles and jokes while I started working on my next post of #RoadtripAroundOz
We arrived at Port Augusta in the early afternoon and soon decided o stay the night at Foreshore Caravan Park. Personally, I would count this town best for a stop-over and not exactly the nicest of holiday places to stay at.
Apologies for anyone thinking otherwise but it’s a personally point of view here.
As I mentioned earlier we didn’t have the best of forecasts, Port Augusta was not very cooperative either in this matter:
We decided against staying in the tent and opted for a budget cabin instead. It was soon time to catch up on the News and off to bed for our journey to continue the next morning.
Good Night + until the morning,
Finally are We able to give you a bit of an insight into our trip from Melbourne to Torquay and beyond.
This trip will take Us across four states over the period of four incredible weeks, so please join Us on our journey by subscribing and it won’t take long before the wanderlust strikes you.
Torquay, a beautiful beachside surfer town just past Geelong on the Bay. We arrive at Torquay Foreshore Caravan Park, which offers various sites for caravans and camping (campers beware: this park does not offer unpowered tent sites!) and sits just opposite the beach.
For those wanting to catch the sunrise, a morning swim or surf go right ahead. The caravan park has great amenities blocks with showers, camp kitchen with free wifi and is close to the Main Street.
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Thank you Torquay and Hello Princetown!! 📸🚗🌎☀️