Subaru Rally of Canberra, Day 1

Friday, 7 May 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Australian Capital Territory
Rowena and I made our way to Canberra to watch the Subaru Rally of Canberra. An annual event, using dirt roads and forrestry tracks in the forests surrounding our nations capital.

We were lucky enough to spend the night in the hotel with a few of the drivers, so finding the first event was fairly easy - just follow the procession of cars that looked like they new where they were going !

Some amazing driving, lots of action.

The first stages were to the west of Canberra, unfortunately there had been big bushfires through only a few months previously, so what used to be a forest was now flat and featureless dustbowl - but it made for long range viewing of the cars.

THe most spectacular stage of the day was the 'MineShaft' a 45 degree downhill run with a nasty crest at the top. Lots of air, and a few near misses.

We finished the day with a tour of the Tidbinbillia Radio Observatory.

Brisbane to Sydney, HOME!.

Thursday, 18 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland
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The drive home, as always, boring and uneventful - but a good time to reflect on the amazing places I've visited, and the absolute success of my plan to have no plan, as it were. A rough outline, a quest so to speak, is all I will ever need for a holiday again - the benefits are many.

With the loss of an hour at the QLD / NSW Border, the trip took me 11 hours, 7am to 7pm.

Jonte came to the rescue with Sushi. My god did it taste good.

Brisbane Region, Tamborine NP, Lake Moogerah.

Wednesday, 17 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland / National Parks
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Luke had managed to get the day off, so we went for a bit of a drive into the area south of Ipswitch, west of the Gold Coast.

We stopped at Lake Moogerah, and did one third of the walk to the peak nearby - it was very tough going. After that, we drove to nearby Governors Chair, and walked to the lookout, an exposed rock at the top of a sheer cliff, with a magnificent view of the Boonah region.

One the way home, we headed up Tamborine Mountain, into Tamborine National Park. The drive took us through lush old growth rainforest and stopped at a delightful little campground near Cedar Creek Falls.

With all the recent rain, the Cedar Creek Falls were running well, making a mighty roar that could be heard well before it could be seen. I spent some time taking photographs of the main falls and the rockpools.

Heading back to Brisbane, we went to a Monica and Gareths house for a BBQ. It was very good to finally spend some time with Monica, we worked out its been about 8 years - far to long. Rhys made it also, and Gareths brother Gavin.

Gladstone to Brisbane.

Tuesday, 16 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland
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I headed off first thing in the morning to Brisbane, getting in at about 3pm.

Luke hadn't finished work yet, so I had a bit of a poke around in the Queen Street mall, and found a photographic gallery by XXX XXX, which was fantastic. Most of the places photographed by XXX I can now proudly say I have visited.

I caught up with Luke, and we had dinner with Joshua and Tracy whom I've not seen in ages. We ducked off and had our obligitory Guiness for St Patricks day.

Rockhampton to Gladstone.

Monday, 15 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland
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I bummed around Rocky with Andrew - pickup up some things, dropped his car off for a repair, saw a movie, etc.

I then drove to Gladstone, and then Banaraby, 150kms south of Rockhampton, to catch up with Jason. We had a bit of a look at his beautiful Arabian horses, and had a home cooked dinner.

Jason's property is far from the city lights and has a magnificent view of the night sky. We had a bit of a play with the camera to see if we could take photo's of any stars, and got passable images of the Southern Cross and Orion.

Upper Stoney Creek.

Sunday, 14 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland
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Today I drove to Upper Stoney Creek in the Byfield state forest with Katherin (Bug) and had a swim and a bit of a look around. After the recent rains, the water was running and was very clean.

The decks that were there last time had apparently been washed away. They've been replaced with a more natural loooking boulder water entry and some fences have been added.

We swam upstream as far as we could, and then clambered further to find the rapids and sat around in the natural spa formed by the rocks and the water.

Fish and chips for lunch on Yeppoon beach rounded out the day, and a bit of a snooze in the early afternoon. I could so get used to this holiday idea... Poor Clair happened to call me just after lunch. I did warn her that she wouldn't want to know what I was doing.

Great Keppel Island (Diving)

Friday, 12 March 2004 | link | tag | / Diving / Australia / QLD - Great Barrier Reef
Started our diving trip. Andrew, Simon and Dan were doing the remainder of their Open Water PADI and I was coming along for the dives.

It took about an hour and a half to get over to the island from the Roslyn Bay marina, and we were in the water by lunch time.

The water wasn't the cleanest, but it was delightfully warm. We started with a reconasance snorkle before a shallow (4 metre) dive to get the guys used to their gear again.

After some lunch, we moved to another spot and did another dive with more skills this time. I basically hung around nearby taking photo's while masks were cleared, etc.

We anchored near Big Penisula, part of the Great Keppel Island, and did a spot of fishing before dinner. We caught a fair few fish, even caught a couple of keepers to have for dinner.

Finished the night off watching the amazing view of the stars while listening to the surf on the nearby beach - wonderful.

Hervey Bay to Rockhampton

Thursday, 11 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland / Hervey Bay
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Nothing eventful, drove back to Rockhampton, stopped in Gin Gin as always for lunch.

Hervey Bay

Wednesday, 10 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland / Hervey Bay
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Bumming arround in Hervey Bay. Rest.

Rockhampton to Hervey Bay (My Birthday!)

Tuesday, 9 March 2004 | link | tag | / Trips / Australia / Queensland
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Drove down to Mum and Dad's in Hervey Bay with Andrew. Hervey Bay still looks like paradise. 1 cm waves, blue sky, deep blue water, white sand.

I got a call from all the guys at work for my birthday, which was nice.

We had a great meal at the 'Prince of Wales' restaurant on the esplenade, and drank some of my S.A. wine. Mmmm.