We're on the road again!
Trip Start Sep 02, 2007
35Trip End Sep 01, 2008
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Our first stop was to Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands. We'd been dreaming about going there since Sonia gave us a calendar with some incredible pictures of the islands and beaches when she stayed with us in England 3 years ago
Back in our van we carried on South hitting lots of other beaches including Mission beach, Agnes Water & town of 1770 (strange name but it really does exist!) and Noosa. Whilst we were in Tropical Far North Queensland the road was surrounded by palm trees, banana plantations and sugar cane and generally a lot of very luscious green countryside. The beaches were incredible and we stopped regularly to lie in the sun and have a swim (being very careful to stay between the flags, never did stop thinking about those sharks).
Have I mentioned how awesome the van was? We loved it, especially being able to watch our collection of DVD's from Thailand and cooking cheap pasta meals on the stove
We made a brief stop at Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. It was a gorgeous sunny day so we made our way to the riverfront and sat at a cafe to watch the world go by. We'd left Tropical Far North Queensland behind a while ago but the scenery was still stunning - the coastline was everything we'd hoped for. That is all but the Gold Coast (Queensland) which is a shockingly large area of high rise development towards the bottom of the Queensland coast.
Our last complete days stop on the way back to Sydney was Byron Bay. It's a popular place for Aussies to holiday and we really enjoyed it. The town was big enough to enjoy walking around and the beach was really great. Whilst here we decided we'd enjoyed the campervan experience so much that we booked another campervan from Sydney to Adelaide
We had an unexpected overnight stay in central Sydney as we had planned to arrive back late afternoon, pick up the other van and head straight out but the other rental company mucked up the booking. Anyway, we hit the road the next day to Adelaide in another relocation van that was smaller than before but did the job. We had five days to get there which was no problem.
The weirdest things on the journey were the road side adverts. It seems they can get away with a lot when they advertise things here. One advert for VB beer stated "Bloody great beer mate!" and another advert, intended to stop speeding, is best seen so have a look at the photo we've put on.
At the border from Victoria to South Australia we had a lime and garlic confiscated from us by a very serious border control man. He said to us at the border " G'day folks, got any fruit or veg in the van?" I replied, part jokingly " We've got half a lime and a few garlic cloves in the cupboard" he said in a slow, drawn out way " Yeah, gonna have to take those from you mate" They are very serious about fresh produce moving from one state to another here because of the importance of farming and the problem of diseases and pests spreading.
Along the way we saw many 'giant' roadside objects including in no particular order of greatness; an avocado, an orange, a Merino sheep, a pineapple, a prawn, a banana, and a crab. Made the outback a more interesting drive.