Travelling MoyJos

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Start from the Beginning

Blogs by default show the newest post first, but sometimes when coming across a new blog, I like to read from the beginning  🙂

In this post, you can read all my posts in chronological order from oldest to newest. At the bottom of each post are links to go to the next post.

Some of our Longer Trips.

While I have included a number of short trips in this blog, I have also documented a few of our longer trips. These trips have day by day posts. This "index page" serves to make it easier to navigate to these longer diaries ...

Tasmania 2005 -Day 1: Saturday July 2nd Dicky Beach to Hobart and New Norfolk.

Day 1: Saturday July 2nd Dicky Beach to Hobart and New Norfolk. Left Dicky Beach at 7:00am with Graham our chauffeur from Quick Silver limousines. Driving to Brisbane, we encountered VERY heavy fog. Planes were all delayed in and out of Brisbane airport. Our plane was late arriving from Cairns ...

Day 2: July 3rd Heimat Chalet to Strahan.

Had a good night’s sleep for the first night. The van bed was nice and cosy and not cold at all. I woke up at some stage through the night because the wind was very strong and was rocking the van. Mick slept soundly so I figured we must have ...

Day 3 – July 4th Strahan to Zeehan

Day 3: Strahan (Gordon River cruise) to Zeehan We had a big sleep-in today (6:00pm!!) Had breakfast and showers at the amenities block and “hit the road”. We drove into the township of Strahan at about 8:00 in time to work out where to park the van and bought our ...

Day 4 – July 5th – Zeehan to Cradle Mountain and Wynyard.

Another big sleep in and we were on the road at 9:00am.  Heading into Zeehan we stopped at the Heritage Mining Museum. This was a very good display of the history of Zeehan and its surrounds in its mining heyday. Back on the road and the naviguessor got it wrong!! ...

Day 5: July 6th – Wynyard to Smithton and back to Turners Beach.

Left Wynyard at 8:00am and drove to Lacrum Dairy at Mella via Smithton. The Lacrum dairy advertised Cheese tasting and dairy, unfortunately, they are not open from May until November  :(. Back the 5kms to Smithton and we looked around. Smithton is a big town with a large industry base ...

Day 6: July 7th Turners Beach –Forth- Wilmot- Railton – Sheffield – La Trobe – Deloraine.

Awoke early and it was cold!! 6ºc at 6:00am, 7ºc at 7:00am.  No wind or rain though. We had our showers and headed off for Forth at about 7:30am.  We followed the Letterbox Trail to Wilmot. Many of the residents here have been very creative in their letterboxes. Unfortunately, many ...

Day 7: Deloraine to Launceston and the Tamar Valley to Scottsdale

WOW!!!! Finally our first cold morning. We woke to frost on the ground and ice on the windscreen. –2ºc at 7:30am. We proved our heater was working well, the temp inside the van at 7:30am was 10ºc. We let the motor warm up well and let the demister defrost the ...

Day 8: Scottsdale to Bicheno

Lesson 1: Bush camping in Tasmania, while cheap, is STUPID!!! Not having a powered site meant that we could not use our fan heater. Consequently, the van was cold when we went to bed and we could not warm up the van in the morning. We headed out of Scottsdale ...

Day 9: Bicheno to Freycinet to Swansea to Sorell to Seven Mile Beach.

Waking up at Bicheno we had a good hearty omelette before heading down to Coles Bay and the Freycinet Peninsula to climb to the Wineglass Bay lookout.  This is a fairly steep walk up the side of the mountain! It was reasonably easy as Parks and Wildlife have cut many ...

Day 10: Seven Mile Beach to Port Arthur to Barilla.(Hobart)

Slept in this morning. (Probably due to a big day yesterday??) We had breakfast and headed into Sorell to look for a Woolworths, did the shopping and headed off for the 68km drive to Port Arthur. We drove through more SHEEP!!! Arrived at Port Arthur at about 11:00am and paid ...

Day 11: Barilla to Tahune Airwalk and on to Snug.

Woke up to 2ºc this morning. We discovered how deeply Mick slept as, when he got out of bed, he found our dozen eggs!! There were none broken, not even the box was squashed. We have been putting our eggs tucked up under the doona to stop them from sliding ...

Day 12: Snug to Russell Falls and New Norfolk

Got up this morning and wandered over to the beach. Snug is a pretty little town on the banks of North West Bay. The caravan park is very nice. They are adding extra self-contained cabins and are in the process of totally upgrading the camp kitchen and have recently upgraded ...

Day 13 Heimat to Berridale

We got up and had a lovely shower in the 5-star bathroom that are Heimat Chalets Ensuite Sites. We then headed toward Hobart and pulled into the Treasure Island Caravan Park at Berridale. The lady at the Bus Information centre in Hobart had told us that this was the best ...

Day 14: Berridale to Richmond to Barilla.

Awoke to another mild morning, we have now given up on the off chance that it is cold in Tasmania. We have decided it is a ploy to keep the Queenslanders away!! We headed up to Richmond. Richmond is a lovely historic town that was one of the first settlements ...

Day 15: Going Home 🙁

Awoke to find a light frost on the ground. It still wasn’t cold though. We did a final check of the vehicle before heading to the airport and heading home. Our flight took off on time at 12:15pm We had a good flight back and then had a 1hr 45min ...

Tasmania 2005

We decided to see Tasmania in winter 2005We enjoy the cold and we certainly got cold.We had a great trip and it proved to be the first of many Tassie trips ...

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

A trip to the Botanic Gardens made for a pleasant day out. Read more about the gardens here ...

A Weekend in Sydney – May 2006

Every May the Photographic Industry holds its Trade Show. As we have a display stand at the show, we have one member stay back after the show to pull down the stand and arrange for equipment to be sent back to Brisbane.This year the weekend coincided with the May Day ...

Easter in Mackay 2007

For the Easter break in 2007 we chose to visit Mackay. We flew from Brisbane to Mackay - a short 90minute flight, then hired a car for the 4 days. We had found Ocean Resort Village , a nice little resort with self contained apartments. It turns out, there is ...

Stanthorpe – Qld

As you may have guessed from out mid-winter Tasmania trip, we both really enjoy cooler climates.The closest we can get to "cold" is the Queensland town of Stanthorpe in the Granite Belt region. We have holidayed in this region many times. Sadly, we have not ever had snow (missed out ...

New Zealand – September 2007

NZ Road Trip We spent a week in New Zealand to celebrate our daughter's 21st birthday in September 2007. We arrived into Auckland and found our accommodation at a self-contained apartment in the centre of Auckland. We had not been in the apartment long when it got really foggy and ...

Easter 2008 – Yamba

Throughout 2008 I have been doing a few trips to Yamba for work, so it was a good idea to spend Easter in this gorgeous seaside town and have a look around properly. For this trip we had a large unit at The Cove Apartments and was a nice surprise ...

Christmas “Staycation” 2008

We decided that as we live in a pretty special part of the country, we would stay on the coast for Christmas and spend some time looking around Noosa. We chose to do the usual "touristy" things - a walk along Hastings Street and then a River Cruise up the ...

Easter 2014 in Berry, NSW

On Thursday we will have a long awaited break. We have a relaxing break planned in Berry, NSW. We passed through Berry on our last road trip over the Christmas break. We were impressed by this quaint little town and decided we would like to look around a bit further ...

FINALLY !!! We made it. 🙂

Wow what a day :). After a quick stop at the factory, we made it to the airport with time for lunch . We had a good flight and landed in Sydney onetime. A very short walk and we found the courtesy bus that took us to collect our hire ...

Good Friday

We both had a great nights rest and a good sleep in this morning. We had a hearty breakfast of bacon and eggs and headed into the village to see what was open. We not not expected much to be open due to today being Good Friday, but we're surprised ...

Saturday – Food, Shopping and Family

Today M&C are to visit us today from Wollongong First up though is breakfast :). We found a nice cafe yesterday called Hedgehogs. We are having poached eggs on toast and pancakes with maple syrup(can you guess who is having what ?) Then we waited for the shops to open ...

Touring the Sights.

Today we decided to get in the car and do some sight seeing. After a quick breakfast at the bakery of Pie (chunky steak with peas) and a chicken, asparagus and feta quiche, we headed east to the beachside towns of Shoalhaven Heads, Gerroa and Gerringong. It is a very ...

Heading Home 🙁

After a quiet relaxing day yesterday, we had an early night with the alarm set for 5:00am We planned on getting to the airport early for our 11:00 flight. We were a little worried that we may have fairly heavy Sydney traffic around the airport , hence the early start ...

Mouse House – Springbrook September 2014

We are off on a much needed break for the weekend. Our lovely friends John and Lois gave us two nights at the Mouses House Rainforest Retreat as a birthday gift. We left home just before lunch for the 2.5 hr trip to the Gold Coast hinterland, and checked into ...

Things To Do

Arising from a great nights sleep, we made breakfast and headed out to look at the surrounding national park. Following the visitors guide, we visited a number of lovely lookouts and waterfalls We finished up at Puddle Ducks Cafe for a really nice pizza for lunch. After lunch, we went ...

Checkout and Home 🙁

Our weekend away has sadly come to an end :(. We have packed up and just enjoying one last cuppa before we head back north. We are stopping off at the family for a Fathers Day lunch and then back to reality 🙁 We have enjoyed our stay here at ...

European Cavalcade – October 2014

Not long to go now until I head off on my Europe trip. I leave on the 3rd of October and head to London for 3 days before joining a bus tour for 18 days.See the tour here....European Cavalcade I have been saving for ages for this trip to treat ...

Packing Light

Just over a week now until I go, and I am going to pack this weekend  For some time I have been practicing "Travelling Light" While not always sticking to carry on only, I do like to have a small case that is not too heavy..After all, I am the ...

Day 1.. Bon Voyage -Bound for London

Today stated with an early wake up to get ready to go. A quick breakfast and Mick drove me to Bill and Joy's place where my Limo Transfer was to collect me at 9:00. The Etihad transfer has a 60km radius from Brisbane airport and outside of that there is ...

Day 2 – Arriving in London

This is a re-run of the entry that I stupidly deleted. How do you accidently delete an entry you may ask? well...I am using my phone camera for the photos in this blog, so I have the Travel Pod app on my phone as well as here on the ipad ...

Day 3 – London Sightseeing

Started the day with a breakfast of bacon and eggs cooked in the apartment I organized what train I needed to get to the first point of my day sightseeing - Big Ben Checking the weather app on my phone I was happy to see it was 4 degrees at ...

Day 4 – More Sights

A big day of sightseeing today as today is my last day before I meet up with the Trafalgar tour people tomorrow afternoon.Hopping on the train I headed to Trafalgar Square. Unfortunately it was a bit grey and drizzly so the photos are not great :(. It was amazing to ...

Day 5 – A Quiet Last Day in London

Had a bit of a sleep in today and pottered round leisurely this morning. I over-did it a bit yesterday, so a slow day is definitely in order. I packed my case, had a long shower, made breakfast and checked out at 10:00   It was nice cool morning again (about 10 ...

Day 6 – London to Amsterdam

Today is the first day of my coach tour :). From now on this blog may seem a little disjointed as I will type in small bits throughout the day from the bus and then upload (hopefully) each night when I have wifi at hotels As mentioned already it was ...

Day 7 – Amsterdam to Neustadt

A nice sleep in today (6:00) good buffet breakfast, and we were "wheels rolling"at 7:30 on our way to Germany. The motorway to Germany was not particularly interesting and Bern suggested that we would not be missing much if we had a nap. :). As we approached the boarder Bern ...

Day 8 – On to Switzerland

We had our first "gentle start" we did not have to be at breakfast until 7:15 and were on the road at 8:15 Down the hwy to the Black Forest!! (Hofgut Sternen) for CAKE. We stopped at an old coach inn, where the young Marie Antoinette's carriages stopped for the ...

Day 9 – Mountains, Lake and Bunkers

Breakfast this morning was a genuine "continental breakfast" of cold meats, cheese, croissants, cereal and coffee ( and tea ) We headed onto the bus and off to the alps. Sadly the weather gods were not with us and did could not see the view at all :(. We travelled ...

Day 10 – Lucerne to Innsbruck

On the road to Austria via Liechtenstein. Bern tells us that today is brought to us by the letter "S" .... Swarovski, Schnitzel , Strudel and Schapps 🙂 We drove through some stunning countryside with soaring mountains and rolling green hills before stopping at the Liechtenstein capital of Vaduz. A ...

Day 11 – Venice

7:00 bags and breakfast then off to Verona.A pleasant drive down the motorway we passed through the Dolomite mountains and gorgeous Italian country side. We saw many fortresses along the river which were built to protect the river from invaders, often there was a fortress on both sides of the ...

Day 12 – Venice

Another glorious day in the beautiful Venice. 🙂 we have a strange phenomenon today... There is a big shiny ball in the sky that has turned the sky blue instead of grey .... yay we have SUNSHINE 🙂 8:30 on the coach and then boat back to the island. The ...

Day 13 – Venice to Rome

We had an early start today, ready for a long road trip day today. Leaving the hotel at 7:30 we are driving through the Italian countryside and will reach Rome at appprox 3:00 this afternoon. It is a good day to be on the coach today, as our grey skies ...

Day 14 -The Vatican & the Colosseum -Rome

We boarded the coach and walked straight passed the lines and entered the museum just on 8:00 We passed through the antiquity halls and saw the many amazing statues, paintings, mosaics and tapestries. Then we came to the Sistene Chapel. I know I have used words like , amazing , ...

Day 15 – Sorrento, Positano & the Amalfi Coast

Arrivederci Roma 7:00 bags and breakfast this morning and we are on our way to Naples While we were in Rome, Bern had set us some "homework" on any public buildings ( ancient and modern) we would see the letters SPQR. Our task was to find out what it meant.We ...

Day 16 – Sorrento to Florence

Pompeii ...After a good breakfast, quite a few of us went to the pool deck to take photos of Sorrento with Mt Vesuvius in the background We boarded the coach at 8:00 and made the short 30min drive to Pompeii The ruins of Pompeii were fascinating. To think we were ...

Day 17 – Florence

We woke to a misty morning and about 15 degrees Yay to some cooler weather. The weather report says it will fine up and be around 24 today. After breakfast we headed into Florence to meet our local guide, Patrizia showed us around this important city which dates back to ...

Day 18 – Florence to Nice via Pisa

Another early morning (6:45 bags and breakfast) then off to Pisa. The leaning tower was built as the bell tower for the church in the "Square of Miracles" in 1134  The builder had decided to show off and built the tower with shallow foundations. Obviously it did not work and ...

Day 19 – Nice

A free morning today, so a group of us headed out shopping. Bern gave us details instructions on how to catch the Metro and navigate to the shopping centre in the middle of Nice. Well the budget took a hit today with shopping 🙂 my suitcase is definitely coming home ...

Day 20 – Nice -Avignon -Lyon

On the bus at 7:45 we made our way along the Promenade and bid farewell to Nice. The sun was riding over the bay as the view was just gorgeous. We had a comfort stop at a small services that had a lovely surprise. There was whole model display of ...

Day 21 – Lyon – Paris via Versailles

6:45 bags and breakfast and we were on our way to Paris at 7:30 A misty morning greeted us as we headed down the highway, we made a short comfort stop at 10:00 and made it to Versailles at about 1:00 The palace that Louis the 14th built is stunning ...

Day 22 – Paris

We started the day with a sightseeing tour on the coach, stopping a number of times for photos. We then picked up Patrick ( our guide from Versailles) and had a walking tour around the historic centre of the Latin Quarter. While we were out and about, we stopped at ...

Day 23 – Paris to London

Early start this morning for our final day. Quite a few people are staying on in Paris and a number were flying out of Paris. So we said our farewells and 11 of us headed off to meet another tour group. Then we split up, some of the new group ...

Day 24 – Last day in London and Heading Home

I checked out the hotel after having the included buffet breakfast. The hotel stored my bags while I headed out to have one last look at London. I had found that the Old Spitalsfield Markets were within walking distance from the hotel, so I set off to explore.I found a ...

Home

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed my time away, I t is great to be home again. A few days after we left the lovely Bern in Paris, she sent us an email with the contact details of all our touring mates. It will be great to keep in tough ...

Kingfisher Bay – Fraser Island – Jan 2015

A long weened away.... We are off early this morning heading to Hervey Bay to catch a 9:00 ferry to Fraser Island for a long weekend at the Kingfisher Bay Resort. I managed to get a good deal through one of the daily deals sites and we have 3 nights ...

A Quiet Lazy Day

With absolutely NOTHING planned today we had a super lazy day just hanging about the resort. Breakfast, a swim, a nap, lunch, another dip in the pool, and another nap was about the extent of the day 🙂 Tonight we had our included sunset prawn platter and a bottle of ...

Beauty Spots 4WD Tour

Today we are off on our 4WD adventure with a full day tour called the Beauty Spots tour. We went to the breakfast buffet for an early breakfast, as we have to meet the 4WD coach at 7:50 in the village square. We packed a small back pack with a ...

Last day 🙁 Heading home

Our last day today.We had booked the 10:00am ferry back to River Heads. We packed our bags and had breakfast then put our bags in the luggage room ready to go on the luggage truck for the ferry. We went down to the Jetty and had a walk along the ...

Christmas “Roadtrip” 2019 – 2020

!! Updated to include costs !!Scroll to the bottom of this post This year we are road tripping through QLD/NSW country. We are travelling down to see family outside of family Wollongong for Christmas Day, And to avoid the coastal crowds, where accommodation costs would be prohibitive, we have elected ...

Day 1 Friday Dec 20 Dicky Beach – Warwick

Holidays!! After a busy year, were both ready for this break. We packed our bags the night before (the Engel fridge had been on for a day to chill down well) and were ready to go after breakfast. A quick stop to fill up the fuel tank and we were ...

Day 2: Saturday Dec 21 – Warwick to Tamworth.

Today was one of our longer drives at approximately 420kms so we had an early breakfast, packed up the car and we were on the road by 7:30 Heading south along the New England Hwy we were saddened to see how dry the country was. This area has been in ...

Day 3: Sunday Dec 22 – Tamworth to Pokolbin

I wanted to get fairly early start this morning so we could maximise our time in the Hunter Valley. We had planned a lunch at a nice looking restaurant in Pokolbin that we had an Entertainment Book voucher for, so a light breakfast was in order ? The morning news ...

Day 4: Monday Dec 23rd Pokolbin

We got up this morning to hear the quacking of ducks at our front door 🙂 A couple of crusts were made into "duck breakfast" We had decided to do something a little different today and do a half day winery tour... By Horse and Carriage !!! I made the ...

Day 5: Tuesday Dec 24th – Pokolbin to Wollongong

Today was just a travel day. As mentioned, I had thought that today would be a bit of a horror trip travelling down busy highways in and out of Sydney as well as Sydney traffic itself. As it turned out it was not too bad. I must admit it was ...

Day 6: Dec 25th : Wollongong

Merry Christmas. Today is Christmas Day with family. Our "big" little boy is 3 and is SOOO excited that Santa is coming 🙂 We had breakfast at our AirBnB before heading to see the family and swap presents. We then made our way to an extended family Christmas Day. It ...

Day 7: Dec 26th Wollongong to Canberra.

After a busy Christmas Day, we had an early night and a good sleep in. We packed up, had breakfast and left Wollongong on our way to Canberra where we will stay two nights. Rather than going straight down the highway, we wanted to look at a motel in the ...

Day 8: Dec 27th Canberra.

We spent some time last night organising a loose itinerary for today. Originally we thought we may use public transport to look around, as we had noticed that parking in the city was $3.00 per hour, however on a closer look at the bus website, we found that there was ...

Day 9: Dec 28th Canberra – Cowra. and King’s Plains

Today's travel takes us to Cowra and on to our AirBnB in a little town, King's Plains, approximately 50 minutes away. We had breakfast, packed up the car and headed off at about 8:30 First stop was to top up the fuel tank then head to Cowra, where we wanted ...

Day 10: Dec 29th Kings Plains to the Blue Mountains

We had a really good stay at our last night’s stay. Even though I had booked this thinking it was just a “place to stay” to break up the trip…it turned out to be one of the nicest AirBnB’s we have been in so far ? Super comfy bed, lots ...

Day 11: Dec 30th Blue Mountains

Today we travelled around on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus. It was another very hot day, with temperatures of 37 degrees forecast, so we made the choice to basically stay in air conditioning as much as possible.We walked down through the little village of Leura browsing the pretty shops. We found a ...

Day 12: Dec 31st Blue Mountains to Kandos

We awoke to a rare phenomenon for this trip…BLUE SKY… We could only hope that the firies were getting some reprieve. We only had a fairly short drive today, so we took the advantage of a slow start, and, with clear skies, we took advantage and headed back up to ...

Day 13: Jan 1st Kandos to Dubbo

We had a relaxing night watching TV and I wrote my blog post. I also Googled a bit about the history of Kandos. It had proven to be a larger town than we had expected, so we figured there must have been something happening in the past. We were correct, ...

Day 14: Jan 2nd Dubbo

We awoke in our Zoofari Tent after a very comfortable nights sleep. Although yesterday was so hot, we went to bed with the air conditioner on full at 18 degrees and the fan on full speed just to get to sleep, at some time through the night we pulled the ...

Day 15: Jan 3rd Dubbo to Moree

This drive was one of our longer days at around 340kms, but we were not in any hurry. The plan was to take our time and stop at a couple of towns along the way before reaching Moree for our check in at the EconoLodge Motel at 2:00pm This is ...

Day 16: Jan 4th Moree to Toowoomba.

This drive would be another long-ish one at 350kms. We know by looking at the map, there is not a lot of towns along this route, but there is always something interesting to see. As we had the hotplates, were able to cook ourselves eggs for breakfast. Not knowing we ...

Day 17: Jan 5th Toowoomba to Brisbane.

This was the last day of our "RoadTrip" The next week we have booked a room at Mantra. This will not be as much of a "budget break" 🙂 we love eating out at good restaurants, so the Entertainment Book will be used as much a possible 🙂 The package ...

Final Wrap Up of the Road Trip

For the next week, we are staying at the Mantra as previously mentioned. So I will split the holiday up as two trips.This post will be the final numbers. Facts and FiguresFrom the time we left home until arriving here in Brisbane we have.. Been away for 16 nights Spent ...

Mantra Southbank- 7 Nights 5th to 12th of January 2020 Day 1 -6th Jan

This holiday is a continuation of our Christmas Roadtrip. You can read that trip here 🙂 We arrived and checked in yesterday and had a nice night relaxing., while we did a load of washing and dried in in the tumble dryer. We slept in until around 7:30. After we ...

Mantra Day 2: 7th January

We planned on a lighter breakfast this morning as one of our Christmas gifts from our "down south family" was a voucher for the seafood platter at a restaurant in SouthBank - YellowFin. We have been to this restaurant before and it was on our list of places to eat ...

Mantra Day 3: 8th January

We had another lighter breakfast today and then we hopped on a bus over to the city and found the bus to travel to "The Summit" at the Mount Coot-tha Lookout. Neither of us had been up Mount Coot-tha for many years and the restaurant is quite iconic. As the ...

Mantra Day 4: 9th January

We planned a day in the city today to do some sightseeing and then later in day meet our daughter for an early dinner. We decided on a Brisbane City Hall visit and perhaps a trip up the clock tower.Tours do not start until mid-morning, so we had a relaxed ...

Mantra Day 5: 10th January.

This was a fun day of Buses, Boats and Trains We had been told to do a day trip out to the Moreton Bay Islands - Russell, Lamb, Macleay and Karragarra. All these islands sit in the Moreton Bay and are easily reached with a short ferry ride from Redland ...

Mantra Day 6: 11th January.

A quiet start before we ambled across to the Qld Museum. The Museum does not open until 9:30 so we had plenty of time. I started organising our things ready to pack tomorrow morning. I had done a load of washing the night before, so all we will not have ...

Mantra Day 7: 12th January

Today we are heading home. As with any holiday, our time away has been lovely, but it is always nice to get home. We had gone to bed early last night and we woke up early at 5:30am. At least we are getting back to work routine 🙂 After showers ...

New Car for our Travels

Our Christmas Roadtrip was a practise run to see how we would go for space with a proposed new car. Our previous car was a BMW Sedan, and while we did enough room in the car, we knew that upgrading to an X5 would be a good move. We collected ...

Easter 2021 – Yeppoon

Any travel through this CoVid time is a challenge, but we had decided that we did need a break but we would need to stay within Queensland. We chose Rockhampton as it had been a long time since either of us had been in the area. A quick "Google" showed ...

Good Friday – 2nd April

Whenever we travel over the Easter break, we make sure we have self catered for Good Friday knowing that not much is open. We had a nice sleep in and had a leisurely start to the day. The shower in the apartment was really nice and I had a lovely ...

A Drizzly Day – 3rd April

We awoke to find a grey and drizzly day looming. The weather reports had shown we were in for a wet Easter, so we felt lucky to have dodged rain for the last couple of days.After breakfast in the apartment we decided to head into Rockhampton to have a look ...

Rockhampton Zoo – 4th April

Awoke today to another gloomy day 🙁 We thought we would go to into Rockhampton and have a look along the River Precinct and look at the heritage buildings, have lunch somewhere and go to the Zoo in the afternoon. That plan got quashed when we got to Rockhampton to ...

Lazy Day – 5th April

Today is our last day of this break before we head home tomorrow. It has been raining most of the day, so our plan of having a lazy day of food,TV, reading and relaxing. After a sleep in and a slow start, we walked up the road a bit to ...

Last Day 🙁-6th April 2021

Today we had the return 600 odd kilometer journey back to the Sunshine Coast and home. We packed the car with the majority of our luggage last night so only had a small bag to go this morning. After showers and a cuppa, we thought we would get pastries at ...

Tasmania here we come…again 🙂

It has been a while since we have travelled to Tasmania. CoVid19 put a stop to many people's travel plans our's included. We have missed a number of family occasions and travel has been almost impossible except for within our own state. Although the pandemic continues, border restrictions have somewhat ...

Day 1 – Sunday 26th December 2021

We started Boxing Day with a relaxing sleep in before a final check of our packing lists. I had booked a motel room near Brisbane airport for the night as we had an 8:15 am flight. With traffic and having to be at the airport 45minutes before takeoff, it would ...

Day 2 – Monday 27th December 2021

Neither of us had a great nights sleep, probably due to not being in our own beds and not wanting to sleep in. After having a really nice shower and breakfast, we drove to the airport parking and found a spot to leave the car ( undercover secure parking) unloaded ...

Day 3 – Tuesday 28th December 2021

We both slept very well last night. After breakfast, we decided to drive back to the land and have another look at the view with the sun behind us. ( much easier to take photos 🙂 ) I walked up to the top of the block and shot the video ...

Day 4 – 29th December 2021

Today we head to Launceston for a night away. We had not planned to do this when I originally booked this trip, but the Tasmanian Government were kindly giving away tourism dollars for Qld, SA and WA residents to the tune of $300, so I thought why not 🙂 The ...

Day 5 – 30th December 2021

We both slept well and woke around 5:30am. We had some of the pastries for breakfast with a cup of tea, packed our bags back up and drove the short distance up the road to see the Country Club Resort and Casino (the Villas we stayed in are part of ...

Day 6 – 31st December 2021

New Years Eve 2021. We hope that this year will be the last of the pandemic and we can get back to a “normal” life (whatever that means) I do wonder if we will ever have a “pre CoVid” normal. When considering how other major events like 9/11 etc have ...

Day 7 – 1st January 2022

A quiet day of sightseeing today.  We decided to head south along the Huon River.  It is a lovely pretty river with rolling hills and large orchards. We arrived at Franklin at around lunchtime, and the Lady Franklin Hotel looked good for a meal.  We have eaten here before and ...

Day 8 – 2nd January 2022

Every Sunday, Hobart has a Farmers Market in the CBD.  We decided to get the bus to the city and have a look around.   It was a quick 20 minute trip on the bus from the Shoreline shops to the Elizabeth St Mall in the centre of town. The ...

Day 9 – 3rd January 2022

Nothing planned for today as it is a public holiday and not much is open.  We spent the morning reading a doing “nothing” - after all, we are on holiday 🙂 Such at the pub was deemed a good idea, so we went to the restaurant and had Eye Fillet ...

Day 10 – 4th January 2022

Today was an exciting day as we are meeting with our builder.  Paul from Construction4U had been in touch and we arranged to meet later in the afternoon.In the morning we decided to go for a drive up the eastern side of the Derwent River, crossing at Bridgewater then up ...

Day 11 – 5th January 2022

Another sightseeing day today and a light breakfast as this was to be an “eating day”  Firstly we headed to Richmond and the famous bakery. I chose an apricot tart and hubby had a lamington with fresh cream. The bakery precinct has a number of other shops including the Richmond ...

Day 12 – 6th January 2022

We awoke to another cloudy day with the threat of rain highly likely. We decided to not go far and run the risk of getting too wet. We had another $50 meal voucher left from our Christmas present, so today seemed a good day to use it at the Bellerive ...

Day 13 – 7th January 2022

Another cloudy, drizzly day today. 🙁 We got up and had a shower, then tried to make a cup of tea and found we had no power? The room lights were working but no power. I spoke to one of the cleaning ladies, who said “Oh no! Is yours out ...

Day 14 – 8th January 2022

We were due to depart Hobart at 12:45pm, so we asked the hotel if we could have a later checkout than 10:00. We were told it was no problem to stay until 11:00 Finished packing, went across to Woolworths and bought a couple of rolls and some ham for our ...

Easter Road Trip -5th April 2023

Finally, our holiday plans are coming back to some sort of normality post CoVid. This year we are traveling south the Newcastle to visit the grandkids and then to Hobart to look at a house we are considering. If you have followed my blog, you may remember we have bought ...

Caloundra to Coffs Harbour – 6th April 2023

We woke up at our usual 5:30am, had breakfast and were on the road just after 7:00 Our destination today is the Charlesworth Bay Beach Resort in Coffs Harbour. We have approx 475kms travel I have booked a standard studio room as it is just a one night quick stopover ...

Coffs Harbour to Newcastle -7th April 2023

We both slept well but woke early ready for another day’s drive. It is exciting to be able to see the kids again. We are sure we will notice that they have grown again. The news had said we might be in for a wet day today, so we had ...

Family Day -8th April 2023

The family arrived at our apartment around 5:00pm. As we expected the boys are growing so fast. We had a lovely time at “Nana’s New Holiday House” The boys were very surprised that the Easter Bunny had been early and left some presents here. The decision was made that he ...

More Family Fun -9th April 2023

As we had no hot water in the unit, M had a cold shower and I had a warm “bird bath”. We had our breakfast and set off to have a look at a motel we had seen online that is much closer to the family’s house. We found the ...

Heading North – 10th April 2023

Waking up this morning was a little bit sad knowing we are saying goodbye to the family. We will not see them again for a few months. We had breakfast, finished packing, checked we had everything before checking out and going to the family to have a hot shower and ...

Brisbane Bound – 11th April 2023

Today is an uneventful drive north to Brisbane. We are heading to a motel near the airport in readiness for our flight to Hobart tomorrow. The Glen Innes motel has an included breakfast from 7:00am. We had showers and went to the breakfast room. The breakfast included, a choice of ...

Hobart Fly Day – 12th April 2023

We left the hotel early to put the car into the secure parking at the airport. From there it is a short bus trip to the terminal. We checked our suitcases in and headed for the Virgin Lounge for breakfast. Our flight left slightly late at 9:50 and arrived in ...

Exciting and Frustrating Day – 13th April 2023

Today is an exciting day. We may hear that the sale of the land is unconditional, we are viewing the house we hope to buy and all being well signing a new contract for sale. We met the agents at the new house at 10:00. The house is as good ...

We Did It!!!

Apologies for this post being so long after the last one.We had a lovely couple of days in Hobart. After looking at the house on Thursday, we spent Friday looking at some other houses I had in my "Saved Properties" on realestate.com.auNothing came anywhere near the quality of the one ...

Our New House – May 2023

This is our new house 🙂 We will rent it out until we are ready to retire and move down. We have a number of photos from the real estate agent. Some were taken when the house was last sold in 2017, some taken for the current sale in 2023 ...

A long weekend in Newcastle

We are off for a long weekend to Newcastle to visit the family. An early 6:00am start, saw us heading down the highway to Brisbane airport for our 9:15am flight to Newcastle. We got caught up with a bit of slow traffic around Northlakes, but it soon cleared and we ...

Saturday 7th October 2023

A quiet day today with nothing particular planned. We spent the morning visiting and playing with the kids at a park where they could let off steam on the skate park. There was a decision made to go out for lunch before going to BMX in the afternoon. We were ...

7th Birthday Party Fun

Today, young T is having his birthday party. It is not his birthday until later this week, but his Mum and Dad have planned a trip to Sydney to take the boys to monster trucks as a surprise. Today’s party is being held at Parrey’s Indoor Skate Park. He is ...

Home again

Monday morning was our travel home day. Our flight did not leave Newcastle until 12:15pm so we were able to have a slow start to the day. I had packed most of our things the night before, so really needed to do not much more than have a shower, breakfast ...

Christmas Break 2023 – Newcastle & Adelaide

Christmas !! After a very busy year it is going to be a well deserved break this year.  We are off to Newcastle for a few days to see the family, then on to Adelaide for 9 days. Part 1: Our flight leaves at 9:10 from Brisbane, so we set ...

Santa Shopping and ever growing boys.

Part 2 of yesterdays post…We had an uneventful flight from Brisbane although we were pushed back by 40 minutes as our incoming flight from Mackay was delayed, and in turn our flight would be late. As I mentioned in the previous post, we spent the extra wait time in the ...

Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve is always a fun day when there are little kids involved. The boys were very excited there is now only ONE more sleep until Santa comes. We had breakfast and were just tidying up the room before going to the kids for our Christmas lunch, when we got ...

Merry Christmas

We woke early this morning, had our showers and breakfast and went to the family. We had arranged to arrive at 7-30ish to see the boys. When we arrived C said the boys had done well and had slept in until nearly 5:30am. Of course Santa had been and the ...

A Country Drive

Today we decided on a “country road trip” I did not particularly want to go to the Hunter Valley wine areas as we explored there a couple of years ago. (link to those posts) but rather have a look a the towns between Newcastle and the Hunter Valley - Cessnock, ...

Newcastle to Adelaide Travel Day

I semi packed our bags last night ready to have the last bits and pieces packed. We used up the last of our bacon, eggs and milk for breakfast, had our showers and packed away everything and we checked out just after 9:30am. As our flight to Adelaide does not ...

Exploring Adelaide

We both slept really well, sleeping in until 6:00am.  Our room comes with a full buffet breakfast included so we wandered down to the restaurant at 7:00 and enjoyed bacon, sausages and eggs. The chef was very friendly and asked us where we were from and how long we were ...

Exploring Farther Afield – Day 1

We had breakfast early this morning as we caught a bus to the airport we we collected a hire car.  We are only having the car for 2 days so we planned on packing a fair bit into these 2 days. Today's itiinerary is..Collect CarDrive to GlenelgDrive to "Urban Desserts"Drive ...

Exploring Day 2 – The Barossa

As mentioned in yesterday's post, we only have the hire car for 2 days and have planned each day to be quite busy.  We will have a quiet day of "nothing" on Sunday. After breakfast, we drove 40 minutes or so via the North Expressway to Gawler, where there is ...

Quiet Rest Day

After the last two busy days, we had a rest day today. We slept in a bit later and went down for breakfast. We had spoken to Nicole from the restaurant and had arranged to collect a couple of eggs and some cereal today in preparation for us to cook ...

Kangaroo Island – Day 1

Today we are setting off on a 2 day organised tour of Kangaroo Island.  When I began researching this trip, I quickly discovered Kangaroo Island was going to be expensive. With the need for a hire car, the ferry fare and the time to get there and back, this tour ...

Kangaroo Island – Day 2

After a busy day yesterday, we slept very well in a lovely comfortable bed. Given the lack of food yesterday, we thought we would use up the rest of the ham and make some sandwiches to take with us today just in case needed them tonight. Our plan was to ...

Wine, Railway Station and Glenelg

I had planned a fairly easy day today. First was a visit to the National Wine Centre.  This is located quite close to the CBD in the Botanic Gardens. The centre has self-guided walk with lots of sign boards explaining the history of the wine industry as well as stories ...

Last Day in Adelaide

Another quiet day for our last day in the city. A quick bus trip to Elder Park and a sightseeing trip on the iconic “Popeye” This service has been running since 1939 delighting Adeliade locals and tourists alike. The 45 minute trip up and back on the Torrens River included ...

Home Again

We set the alarm early, but we both woke before it. We finished packing our suitcases, went down and hade breakfast before checking out. We got a taxi to the airport, checked our bags and waited in the Virgin Lounge until our flight. It was an uneventful flight home. We ...