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So I’m doing the “Big Lap” of Australia – following the longest highway in the world, over 14,000kms, which pretty much hugs the coast (although due to timing, and seasons, I’m actually doing a big ‘figure of 8’ lol).

Here’s where I was and what I did – which is mainly for my daughters and friends to see !

2022

May 2022

  • Monday 23rd May – Friday 3rd June: Manly Hotel and Wynnum, Queensland. Basically opening a bank account, getting a mobile phone setup, buying a motorhome, buying household stuff, etc.

June 2022

  • Friday 3rd June – Tuesday 7th June: Brisbane Holiday Village, Eight Mile Plains, QLD … first time living in a motorhome !
  • Wednesday 8th June: Laidley, free camping.
  • Thursday 9th June-10th: Toowoomba (second largest inland city in Australia after Canberra) most cities are by the coast of course.
  • Back to Brisbane – round the airport area (for some small vehicle repairs).
  • 10th-14th June – Staying at the BIG4 Sandstone Point holiday park at Bribie Island – amazing camp for families / kids – I soooo want to bring my daughters here for a holiday!
  • 14th June – free camping, Beerwah Forest Reserve (a couple of kms inland from Caloundra). Surrounded by hippies, new age travellers, drop-outs, and their friends. I got high just by leaving the windows open.
  • 15th-16th Rainforest Holiday Village, Woombye (Sunshine Coast). A bit run down, but surprising cool collection of parrots.
  • 20th June: Tin Can Bay – feeding dolphins by hand … how could I resist ?! This is a young dolphin called Luna 🙂
  • 21st-22nd June: Cane Holiday Park, Bunderberg – where the sugar and rum comes from 🙂
  • 27th-28th June: Rockhampton Riverside Tourist Park Rockhampton Botanic Gardens (wiped out for couple of days with heavy head cold) and Rockhampton Zoo (in the pouring rain) which is FREE! Unbelievable. Amazing 🙂

July 2022

  • Saturday 2nd July: Yaamba Rest Area
  • Sunday 3rd July: Ilbilbie Caltex – trucks, trains and noise all night.
  • Monday 4th-Wednesday 6th July: The Park Mackay.
  • Thursday 7th July: The Leap Hotel.
  • Friday 8th July-Saturday 9th July: The Park Mackay. Work and washing stop. Who could drive past a sign for “Platypus Beach” ? Not me for sure.
  • Sunday 10th July: Eungella National ParkBroken River. Great place to watch a few Platypus. I honestly spent hours and hours watching them. So amazing seeing them like this in the wild rather than in a zoo.
  • Monday 11th July: Gargett Rodeo Grounds.
  • Tuesday 12th July: Finch Hatton Gorge (stayed the night at The Leap again).
  • Wed 13th-Saturday 16th July: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park, Cape Hillsborough National Park. Couldn’t resist spending a crazy amount of time with Kangeroos and Wallabies on the beach (up at 5.30am to have breakfast with them!), and hanging around the campground sunning themselves.
  • Sunday 17th July: Bloomsbury BP truck stop.
  • Monday 18th July: Proserpine – a wonderful name (one of my favourite paintings Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti), but they call it ProVegas … nothing could be further from the truth! If you have lost your grandparents you will likely find them wandering around this town 😉
  • Tuesday 18th-Friday 22nd July: Bowen.
  • Saturday 23rd July: Freedom camping in Giru.
  • Sunday 24th-30th July: Tasman Holiday Parks, Rowes Bay, Townsville. Some great art along the beach here.

August 2022

  • Monday 1st August: Magnetic Island. Wow. Maggie Island to the locals. Highlight for me was undoubtably the Rock Wallabies. First place I’ve been and thought “I could live here.” Stayed Townsville BP overnight.
  • Tuesday 2nd August: Rollingstone rest area.
  • Wednesday 3rd August: Tyto Wetlands.
  • Paronella Park. A fascinating and beautiful place – sooooo highly recommended.
  • 12th-14th August: Free camping in various locations, including Etty Bay on the Cassorwary Coast … with Cassowaries everywhere.
  • 15th-20th August: Cairns Holiday Park.
  • 21st-28th August: Atherton. I happened to be there for a memorial and dedication of the end of WWII in the Pacific.
  • 25th August: Tolga Bat Hospital. Totally amazing day. Bat-tastic ! I’m half considering volunteering for the baby bat season … 200-500 babies to bottle feed for four months !
  • 1st September: Free camping at Broken Creek.
  • 2nd-7th September: Tamarind Gardens Tourist Park in Almaden and Chilligoe Caves.
  • 8th-12th August: Atherton. Couple of days work, and wiped out with a cold.
  • 13th-14th September: Greenpatch Campgrounds, Gordonvale. Great free campsite with toilets and showers – thanks Cairns council!
  • 15th-19th September: Tasman Holiday Parks – Cairns Cool Waters.