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    Finally got us a new tent. Camping come at me
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    Another photo from Mt Barney Road


    Bluff Rock Tenterfield



    We have free camped two nights here at Bluff Rock and went in to town for the Anzac Parade. The Main Street was lined with people cheering for the Veterans
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    A visit to Tamworth Powerhouse Motor Cycle Museum. This is a private collection and the standard of the bikes is amazing. There are about fifty bikes displayed and another 100 waiting for extensions to be made to the museum. If anyone goes through Tamworth this is a must see.



















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    A drive up to Nundle and a huge group of Adventure Riders were riding in covered in dirt. They are on an organised ride and the joy and laughter from the riders something to see and show Mrs Lin why we ride.

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    Anyone have any experience of Dirk Hartog Island?

    Thinking of heading there July next year, just wondering what to expect. Any idea of how long it'd take to tour the island comfortably? It's only 80km long, but I imagine most of it would be pretty slow going.

    Cheers.

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    I looked at going up there a few years ago on my yearly fishing trip, ended up going to Quobba instead. I have no doubt about the fishing and would probably want a week there to explore as much as possible. What stopped us was the cost of the barge trip, which was going to be about $600 per car from memory, and the fact that at the time there was only one scheduled time per day for the barge transport which was 8 or 9am. We only had 6 days available so didn't want to lose another 1/2 day by travelling the night before to wait for the barge and that day is then spent travelling and setting up camp. Closest accom to the departure point is denham I think. Definitely still on the bucket list though.
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    Emerald Beach to Dorrigo today return.
    Cruising towards Nana Glen on a lovely twisty road a BMW caught up and passed us the Patrol outclassed. At Nana Glen the rider was sitting with a friend at the Idle In Cafe. We stoped and chatted with the rider ordering tea and scones. What a lovely motorcycle enthusiasts business this is with great food and motorcycle photos inside.



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    There’s is an easy way or dirt road over the mountains.





    Stopping at Dorrigo Bakery another customer struck up conversation when I mentioned how we got here his eyebrows lifted in that are you crazy involuntary reaction. Turns out he owns nine bikes and uses the DR 650 for this run.

    Going home the tar seal way and these roads are something special for bikes. Perhaps a bike rider designed them?





    Another fantastic day

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    We decided to stay longer at Emerald Beach. I see a Ducati ride passed my caravan each day. Last night I caught up with the 65 year old rider who has a Camper van and trailer for his bike. He goes riding in the mountains every day. Today he bought a surf board and has had his two first ever surfing lessons. It is great meeting adventurers like this.

    We walked eighteen kilometers along the beach a couple of days ago and the beaches and scenery are stunning. Walking through groups of Roos and even a small snake on the headlands. Today we walked along the beaches North and out on a headland a 9 km walk. A family of dolphins joined us and entertained as with a final jump before departing.




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    Two months on the road Tuesday. Would I change a thing NO!

    A few pics of Nature at Red Rock clear water here. Then this guy must have the ultimate toy. Arrived in time to see it being assembled on the front lawn of a house. Then off for a flight to Brisbane.








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    Byron Bay, well how good is this, when walking up to the Light house there were four pods of Dolphins below the cliff. Some surfing the waves and jumping out on exit. I had left the SLR camera home today and now wishing I had not.







    Then we went for a ride on a restored train using solar power. Amazingly quiet and using new light weight solar panels.




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    A short drive along Scenic Road Mullumbimby. A lovely drive with trees lining the road and corners of 15 kph advisory signs. Wet conditions so I took every corner wide and at careful speed. A white sedan with red P plates came racing around the corner front wheels under steering and coming onto our side of the road. We then turned around to head back. We came across a ute that had flown over a deep drain gone down a bank and through a barbed wire fence. Driver was not injured until the barbed wire got him.

    A lady who stopped said a white sedan had nearly hit her head on and the ute had left the road to avoid a head on with this car.

    The guys boss used a snatch strap to get the ute out? From descriptions we gave the owner he thinks they will find the driver of the car.



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    We are now near Australia Zoo.

    My old riding mate from Bunbury is in Caboolture so I took Mrs Lin to meet him. Well Mrs Lin won't get on the back of my bike and My mate told her why he will never get on a bike ridden by me. Apparently despite memory loss from a bleed to the brain he still recalls clinging on for dear life as I wheel stood first second and third. Then he tells Mrs Lin I rarely had both wheels in contact with the ground at the same time. Either back wheel off or front off! Great what happens on the ride etc. We meet again for lunch tomorrow at the Glass a House Mountain. It is so good to catch up after around thirty yeas apart.

    Right, well today we did the tourist drive in the Hinterland and the roads were something else. When the sign sais 12degree climb and no caravan or trucks it is called a clue as to what lies ahead. Would be great to ride here.

    Glass House Mountains, tomorrow's destination.


    Rain forest walk




    It is now nine weeks since we left Perth and I am continually in awe of what this country has to offer. One minute you think it is like Scotland, then English country roads, New Zealand farming country back roads. I love this place!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graelin View Post
    A visit to Tamworth Powerhouse Motor Cycle Museum. This is a private collection and the standard of the bikes is amazing. There are about fifty bikes displayed and another 100 waiting for extensions to be made to the museum. If anyone goes through Tamworth this is a must see.



















    Great pictures graelin I lived thirty miles from tamworth in 1972 a place called manilla its a pretty famous town tamworth.
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    Update time.

    We have just passed twelve weeks on the road. So much to see and do and we could spend longer if we had more time. We have stayed at Seventeen Seventy after a free camp near Bundaberg Woolam Reserve which was lovely. Then free camped five days Duaringa heading out to the Gem Fields.

    A lovely little town where we had the Patrol serviced as ten thousand KM completed. Emerald was next and how good is it to camp with a real Aussie Ringer singing at the campfire happy hour. A bit of soldering needed on a connection for the solar panel. We then headed to Rubyvale where we had a go at fossicking coming away with some Sapphires. Moving on today and three hundred km later we are free camping at Balcaldine.

    Fairbairn Dam


    Interesting house Rubyvale. The last remaining miners common in QLD where cattle and horses graze on verges.



    "On Any Thursday" Sapphire and seen later at Rubyvale Pub.





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    Three nights at Lara Wet Lands a Station where a Lady had a vision to provide a camping area where you can have a fire and take your dogs with you. A tragic storey of how she has overcome adversity and government to make this work.





    Then on to Tambo to visit where Mrs Lin worked on a Station before we met. Good to see some of her past.
    The Little Caravan on the Prairie.



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    Tambo! Linda has her Tambo Teddy. During the wool crash of early nineties this town decided to make Teddy Bears from Sheep Skins. They have become famous and still made by hand as we watch. Each Teddy is named after a Station in Tambo and of course Linda's is named after the Station she was a Nanny on in 1983. Just after we bought this we were in a shop and mentioned to the lady there Linda's connection. Would you believe the other lady in the shop with a little girl is the wife of the then six year old boy she looked after! We were soon introduced and invited to their own cattle station. We had a lovely time there exploring the Station and then a lovely meal and invited to connect up the van for the night. Such a lovely family and we were given farm eggs and home baked melting moments as we left this morning. Such a great experience!

    A trip around the cattle station



    On the station


    We are now beyond the Black Stump
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    Camped at the Tomson River Apex Park Longreach. Shared with off road motorcycles that are permitted as they were here first.



    Then off to QANTAS Founders Museaum for a tour of their Jumbo Jet and Boeing 707. A fantastic experience and so much history preserved.



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    After Longreach we headed to Winton where we stayed behind the Winton Hotel. Five Dollars each per person and all money raised is donated. Jo the manager a bike rider is donating $500 from this to Black Dog Ride. The Dinousor Experience was extremely interesting. Then on the Hughenden where it was mighty cold at night, now thinking why did I only bring the top half of my thermals. Weight saving can be taken too far lol.

    Swimming in Porcupine Gorge and Westward to Charters Towers. Two days here as I have to repair an Anderson Plug. Then a short trip to Fletchers Creek. This is a real find. Free camping beside a flowing creek and can here stay four weeks. We manage five nights before we must move on. Some four wheel driving to find the Burdekin River.

    Townsville to catch up with my mate that I rode around Australia with four years ago. Just out of hospital one day and sadly his motorcycle days are now over. Maybe a Can Am?

    Heading North we find a campsite by the Hull River and $18 per night goes to volunteer sea rescue. We have a three meter Saltie living out the back who won't cooperate with traps and he comes up to tip out Rubbish Bins so using caravan loo at night.

    Heading next to Atherton Table Lands.

    Outside our caravan Fletchers Creek.


    Heading to Big Bend


    We find Big Bend on the Burdekin River

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    Update, it is now over twenty weeks since we departed and it has been great.

    Heading to Cairns and then a steep twisty climb to the Athrton Table Lands stopping at Mareeba. The museum at the Info centre was brilliant and a day trip to Kurunda and four wheel drive tracks to waterfalls and walking tracks to see Aboriginal Rock Art. Heading Northwards we drove to Cooktown staying at a lovely farm stay property on a river. Checking on local crocodiles the warnings are to be taken seriously one person was taken four years ago. I only spotted one small one but there is a 3.6 resident around the place. Cooktown was a good place to base ourselves and a day trip on a four wheel drive only road taken through to Old Laura a historic homestead and to Laura.

    Heading to Old Laura Cape York Peninsula



    River crossing



    Our camp site north of Cooktown


    We have had two days in the Daintree, Cape Tribulation. A walk through the rain forests today and then to Port Douglas.

    Now heading homewards.
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