Still Smiling!

Well the moon is still smiling down on us, and I got a photo this time!

Moon smiling at us

We must be starting to relax – slept in late and didn’t even make Rocky! But that is fine – we are in no rush. The boys were wanting to go snorkelling on the reef TODAY, but we didn’t make it, lol. After looking at the map they now have a better understanding of the distances and timeframes involved!
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Packed! The house that is…..

Phew, its been a busy few weeks – packing! The house, not the motorhome though… The plan was always to move out of our place and put everything into storage. That is now completed – the house is empty and cleaned as of today. 🙂

We’ve done quite a few moves, and it seems every time our pile of ‘stuff’ has somehow grown…. A lot of our stuff went into the shed at Maleny, with the more sensitive items (clothes, books, electronics etc) going to a room at Mum and Dads house. I didn’t want to do multiple trips to Maleny, so hired a large 9T truck. This thing was big, but we filled it! Oh, and full width tilt-up tailgate lifts are awesome!

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12V Fridge Wiring

You’d think motorhome manufacturers would finish off an otherwise well built product with well designed and good quality electrical wiring. But alas, even with a brand new battery installed, the 110L Waeco 12V fridge would still cut-out and quit after just a nights work! Most rental customers just go and stay in caravan parks (plugged into 240V) I’m told, which must be true otherwise they’d all be complaining about the fridge not working! Continue reading

Minimalist Camping on Straddie

Two long weekends in a row – a 4 day Easter weekend followed by a 3 day Anzac weekend! What to do…? Nicole was lining up another weekend away in the motorhome, but after the Easter Weekend Camp I was hesitant and felt like doing something different. Don’t want to get sick of the thing before we even begin our Around Australia trip in it!!!

Then my mate George texted me on Wed a whole heap of images of their family holiday on Stradbroke Island. Here are just a couple….


I resisted the urge to hand in my resignation and go live there on the beach (like some do!), but started thinking about a lightweight minimalist trip in just the Forester (sans camper trailer) for the coming long weekend. Campsites were busy, but still possible to get in if we wanted to. Vehicle ferries OK on the way over, but fully booked to get back on Sunday……

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First Trip – at the Bunya Mountains

We arrived at Dandabah campground, of Bunya Mountains National Park, late Sat morning, having braved dirt roads and steep mountainsides in our new (second hand) motorhome. If you haven’t yet, you may want to read about our journey here.

It was a picturesque drive up the mountain and then the short trip down the valley to the campground, only to then be greeted by a wall of campers! Yep, that almost football field sized camping area was pretty full! Everyone was in a ring around the outside, so we squeezed our motorhome into one corner, leaving the centre area still free for the boys to kick a soccer ball around in (till yet more campers arrived…).

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First Trip – Getting to the Bunya Mountains

Well, we are back safe and sound from our first trip in the motorhome! It was a good trip and we had a great time, but unfortunately I can’t say everything went perfectly. Yep, we had some drama! Don’t worry, we made it home by 5:30pm Sun! Btw, this post was getting too long, so you’ll have to read two of them to get the full story….  🙂

I wanted the give the motorhome a good run to check everything was going/working OK, which meant going far enough to get several hours driving time under the belt. We’ve never been to the Bunya Mountains, an estimated 3 hours from home, so decided to have a look.

So at around 6pm Fri 14/3, we departed home to an unknown destination for the night. That’s right, unknown destination! We didn’t plan on driving all the way to the Bunya Mountains in the dark, but intended on getting out of the city and into the country, stop for the night, and then resume the drive when we could actually see the scenery! Continue reading

From Here to There

So we’ve decided to do it, and know when, but HOW are we going to get the 4 of us comfortably around this vast home land called Australia?

Since 2001 our trusty Subaru Forester had been reliably getting us to all sorts of holiday locations. It’s done all we’ve asked of it, including going places most people wouldn’t dream of taking such a vehicle! It’s not a real 4wd we hear them whine. Where do you think you’re going in THAT, asked the Bribie Is. ranger pulling us over before the beach cutting last September…

We love our off-roading and camping holidays, having visited many parts the Victorian highlands, as well as many locations in SE QLD. Continue reading