Having spent the previous weekend working overtime on a "Disaster Recovery" test,
we took our last opportunity to visit Queensland before having an extra mouth to
feed and an extra bum to clean. I took two days off work (Monday/Tuesday).
Two factors played part in where we went:
- We now need to put about 3000 km on the car a month to meet our leasing conditions.
- We have to visit central QLD (away from the coast) some time. It doesn't seem
right to say "we toured QLD" if we didn't leave the coast.
After Nadine found the website for Takaraka I was sold.
Carnarvon Gorge was our target.
Our Itinery went:
- Leave Saturday for Roma (6 hours), staying the night in the newest motel:
Bungil Creek Best Western.
The idea being that Nadine would get a relacing time in well airconditioned
rooms while Sterling had a nice swimming pool.
It was very eventful as soon after we turned up (expecting a hot weekend)
there were huge storms that kicked Sterling and I out of the pool and knocked
out all power in whole region. Tea ended up being McDonalds - who were the only
ones with a generator.
- Leave Roma on Sunday morning for Carnarvon Gorge (2 hours) to give us the afternoon
to explore what we could.
We ended up deciding it was too hot and hard on Nadine so spent the arvo playing
in the creek before more storms drove us back to the "Canvas Cabin".
- Early Monday morning Tim could do some walking (with Sterling if he was awake)
up the gorge. Then do something more family orientated. Then drive back to
the comfort of Roma again.
Sterling Slept in, so Tim got to walk up the first part of the Gorge (Moss Gorge).
It was great and Nadine/Sterling would have enjoyed it if they were capable of it.
The afternoon consisted of more swimming in another "rock pool". We thought we were at
the right place until a looked around the corner and found a "pool with a large
rock in it" - and a Goanna on the way.
Nadine and Sterling's hike for the day was a 1km trip to see some aboriginal art.
The drive back to Roma was eventful as we found ourselves pulled up on the side of the
highway during a hailstorm while it was 16 degrees outside. The hail was so bad
I could barely see passed the end of the bonnet. The rain was also so bad that I could not
pull over (or we would have gotten bogged) so we drove at about 10km an hour with hazard
lights on until there was a semi safe section.
- Drove home to Brisbane on Tuesday, stopping at a few playgrounds.
Here is a movie of Sterling and Tim on an exciting playground item:
Here is a movie of Sterling showing us his recently found talents for dancing
backed up by the
amazing unique vocal skills of Nadine: