Ok, so the old blog has been a bit neglected of late in favour of the quick fix that is our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/GR8ozroadtrip if you’re not already following us there). But we are now officially on the road. In all honesty, it was pretty stressful for a few weeks there trying to get everything organised to rent the house out before we left. I’d strongly recommend against trying to renovate a house at the same time as packing up to take off on a round Australia trip.
We somehow staved off a divorce, and got on the road on Monday 7 July, which was our son’s 9th birthday.
Our first official must stop was Mulgidie, just south of Monto in Queensland’s Central East, to visit our good mates the Low family. We first met the Low’s when we all lived in Hervey Bay a few years ago now. Work had taken us to Ipswich, and later them to Mulgildie, and we hadn’t seen each other for quite a few years so we were looking forward to a catch up.
Of course, we also had to pay up on a bet. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had a bet with Lowy on State of Origin games. Being proud New South Welshmen, the last 8 years has not been kind to us, and we’ve never watched a game with the Low’s and gone home happy. So Matt and Lowy have been betting a carton of beer a game for the last 5 or so years, which means we owed Lowy about a thousand cartons of Powers Gold.
He kindly said one would be fine. We were still tempted to spray paint them all blue before handing them over.
We stopped in at the Mulgidie Hotel Bottleshop to pick up Lowy’s bounty. (Free camping at the pub, by the way. Pay for showers. Great pub.) Matt asked at the counter if they sold Powers Gold. Angie behind the bar looked at him quizzically.
“Are you going to the Low’s?” she asked.
Yep, it’s that kind of town. And we really liked it. It was below zero both nights we were there but we rugged up well. There’s also a statue of a bunyip that I still don’t know the origin of, although we did trek down to the Bunyip Hole which was a pretty beautiful place.
And speaking of origin, we continued the streak of losing when watching with the Low’s. Lowy asked if we wanted to make a bet, but we’re not falling for that again.
Week 1 Recap
Monday: Gailes to Toogoolawah. Stayed at the Showgrounds. $16.50 a night, power and water available, free firewood. 95.2km
Tuesday: Toogoolawah to Mulgildie. Stayed at the Low’s but free camping at pub. 384.5km
Thursday: Mulgildie to Dululu. Free camp, no drinking water, power and showers for a fee. 179.1km
Friday: Dululu to Carmila Beach. Free camp, water available opposite the caravan park. Soft sand further down the track – don’t get bogged! 306.1km
Saturday: Carmila Beach to Funny Dunny Park. $5 per family per night for water (not drinking water) and maintenance. 362.9km.
Kilometres travelled: 1327.8 Camping fees cost: $26.50
Stuff we’ve scored: 5 Toohey’s Extra Drys, 1 pork belly, 1 jar melon and lemon jam – all delicious.