2014 in retrospect

Kayaking in The Murray RiverHello everybody and Happy New Year!!

This is the beginning of my Blogging career so I will start by going back for a recap of 2014.

Last year saw us finishing our visit to South Australia and heading north to Darwin and then onto Queensland.

We had almost 10 months during 2013/2014 touring SA and in that time visited Adelaide, The Fleurieu Peninsula, Yorke Peninsular, Eyre Peninsular, and parts of The Riverland. Despite all of that we will need to go back and continue our exploration, revisit some areas, and find more great places to stay and explore.

I think that one of the standout smart things we did in SA was to purchase a 12 month parks pass that included camping. This simple purchase opened up plenty of opportunities to us to stay, camp, and explore some very unique and beautiful parts of SA.

We drove to Darwin hoping to arrive when it was a bit cooler. Unfortunately the heat was hanging on and it was quite a while before the typical Top End dry season kicked in. We stayed at Humpty Doo with Annie’s sister Karen and husband Pete. Having our own special site complete with concrete slab with awning on a 5 acre block is great.

We did the usual things in Darwin like the great markets, fishing for Barra, and mud crabbing. We were lucky to have 3 of our grandchildren come and visit from Qld while we were there. Having the 3 kids pushed us into doing things that we probably would not normally do. The water gardens at Leanyer were a big hit with the kids and I highly recommend them to anybody visiting the top end. The water gardens are free and well run by the YMCA. http://www.enjoy-darwin.com/swimming-pool.html

We also visited The Wave Pool, The Fannie Bay Gaol, The Museum at Bullocky Point and The Air Museum with the kids. Info on all of these places can be found at the above link.

At the beginning of July we left Darwin to make way to Qld to visit with our son and his family at Airlie Beach and then onto Pomona to our daughter and her family.

We left Darwin with Annie’s sister Lindy as a passenger, and Pete and Karen as travel companions. Pete and Karen were in their modified Landcruiser with slide on camper.

The trip to Airlie Beach only took about 3 weeks which is a bit quick for us, but Lindy still works so unlike us does not have the luxury to travel at the same pace that we do. We travelled through Borroloola along The Carpentaria Highway and then onto The Barkley Highway via The Tablelands Highway. If we ever go back to The Territory again, I would like to revisit that area.

After getting to Mt Isa we went onto a cattle property near Tambo where we caught up with a niece and her then future husband, where Annie took final instructions on her roll regarding preparations for their upcoming wedding. We said goodbye to Pete and Karen, and then it was onto Airlie Beach where Lindy left us, and we stayed for an extended visit with our son Matthew and his beautiful family.

As always it was fantastic catching up with 2 more of our grand-kids, visiting with Annie’s brother and his family, and catching up with friends. As usual the fishing was great and I managed to score a nice fishing trip out to The Reef with Matt and our son in law Chris on Matt’s nice big boat. The fishing was great, but the company was better. We had a ball.

After a couple of months in Airlie Beach we headed south to Pomona where we stayed with our daughter Tennille and her family. This is where the 3 kids came from who visited us in Darwin.

While we were in Pomona we got a lot more work done on our mobile penthouse. One of the things that bothers me about our Winnebago is the mass. When it was built we were given a Net Carrying Capacity of 962kg which isn’t a lot. I can pack more into my ute that I can carry in a 7500Kg truck. So we removed cupboards that are usually empty and made a few other changes. Annie finished pulling out the carpet and vinyl floor coverings and painted the wooden floor so that it looks like large stone tiles. Now it’s easier to keep clean and lighter.

Just before Christmas we decided it was time to hit the road again and left Pomona for Woodenbong in NSW. And that my friends will have to wait for the next post.

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3 Comments on “2014 in retrospect

  1. Always love hearing of your adventures, maybe some more pics! Best wishes for 2015, love to all Lyn and Milo xo

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  2. Hi folks. I just read my emails for the first time in 2 weeks. Love the blog effort. Looking forward to more editions and more photos. I’m sure the kids would love to see a few more shots with the Grannette and Pocky in them too.
    Love Matt

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  3. Love the Blog! I’m with Matty more of your beautiful photos please. Can’t wait to read the next installment. Love you xxx

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