Subaru Rally of Canberra, Day 1
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!.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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
Rockhampton to Hervey Bay (My Birthday!)
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.