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March 2012 - Moranbah to Vic/Tas and back

We've been in Moranbah for 6 months now. Kids have done 2 terms of school and the original work contract finished on the 6th March.
Somewhere along the way someone asked if we wanted to stay, so in a lapse of concentration we agreed to stay until March 2013.

So the original plan to head back to Portland before heading North again and across the top, turned into a 4 week charge down south, sort our furniture, visit relllies and friends and be back in Moranbah for start of second term.

First night on the road in Emerald, been here before:
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The bath in the new caravan, kids still fit.
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The view most days. We averaged about 500km a day and decided this was about 2 hours too long in the car. There had been a lot of flooding around SE Queensland and Northern NSW. This is between St George and Narrabri:
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Lunch stop in Seymour. Southern NSW (riverina) and northern Vic (Shepparton to the Murray) was also flooded so we had to go through Wagga and Albury.
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Camped in Creswick just north of Ballarat. The weather turned windy and cold here and stayed pretty ordinary for the next 4 or 5 days.
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Portland foreshore, been here before!
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One of the main reasons for the trip was to go to Gallpens 40th. Havent got any respectable photos of this.
Anyway, took the opportunity to get my old bike out of the shearing shed and head away for an overnighter to Casterton:
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Got faster as the night went on:
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Back in Portland we got all our furniture picked up and sent to Moranbah.
Stayed with the Holts for a day or two. Jorja took some wild animals to show and tell at school:
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Bit of Street art:
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Portland foreshore again:
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Headed to Geelong via Macurther. Contemplated with Flynn:
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Had the royal tour of the Geelong yacht club with Able Seaman Jones:
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Left our caravan in Melbourne, then got on a big boat:
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Went for a tour through the countryside
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Walked into a waterfall with not much water, spectacular drop all the same.
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Kids had a half Birthday party for candle blowing practise:
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Went to one of the last family owned stations at Lapoinya (14 acres I think). Guided by the kids Great Grandfather.
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Beth had a bit of a prang on a flying fox. We thought she was just doing the usual carry on, but it still hurt the next morning so we had a trip to the hostpital. Broke a bone the forearm just above the wrist.
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Tipped more oil in the car.
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Headed back to the mainland on Easter Friday. Had the roughest trip I've ever had. Kids snored all night. Mum was a bit crook, I just rolled around and tried not to fall out of bed.

First night heading North was Lake Eppalock near Bendigo:
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Still a bit of water around Hay. We camped beside the river and nearly got bogged getting into the camp. Lucky it didn't rain. Would still be there:
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Smoko in Mount Hope, not lot there except the usual mining remnants.
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Kids domesticating in Cobar, been here before!
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View heading North between Cobar and Cunnamulla. Didn't change a lot. Green grass from the edge of the road to the horizon. The only dry part of the country was SW Victoria.
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Highest point in Cunnamulla, a sand dune behind the caravan park.
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Local resident of Cunamulla Caravan Park
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Last few hundred K was dirt from Tambo to Clermont. Foud out that the caravan isn't dust tight.
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Getting close to home. A Peak on the Peak Downs road between Clermont and Moranbah
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Arrived home to a house full of furniture and box's of rubbish we'd forgotten about
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Only took about 2 weeks to sort most of it out.

4 states in 4 weeks. Did about 2800km on the way south and 2200 going North. The wet bits meant the trip south was a lot further East than we intended. Just have to work for another 12 months to make up the annual leave.
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Posted by enookway 03:44

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