Saturday 13 November 2010: Darlington Park

Another day in paradise.  We went for a drive into a friend’s property called Batinga, which is in the valley below O’Reilly’s Resort in the Lamington National Park.  A bit of four wheel driving in the new cruiser, which included 10 creek crossings.  We continued up into the hills which looked like something out of a story book, with huge green valleys and jagged cliffs.  We eventually found Burgess Park on the Christmas Creek road.  This is a small camp ground that would be great for about 10 to 15 vans and one we will revisit.  Well it’s back to camp for happy hour, a huge dinner and off to bed for our last night of the trip.

Wednesday10 November 2010: Goolgowi to Bingara NSW

Another long day on the road, with plenty of road works to slow us down due to the recent rains.  We arrived at Bingara in the dark, which made finding a level spot on the banks of the Gwydir River quite a challenge.  The bugs were out in force and were swarming around our lights, but we still managed to sit outside away from the van a little to enjoy a couple of drinks and a meal before bed.

Thursday 11 November 2010: Bingara to Darlington Park QLD

Only about 450 klms today and it started to rain as Ian and Rhonda arrived in their new van.  We are about 25 klms south of Beaudesert in a beautiful campground on the banks of a running stream.  It’s only $12 a night here and camp fires are allowed.  It’s also great to be wearing shorts again as it’s been a long winter and the weather down south was colder than usual for this time of year.

Tuesday 9 November 2010: Springton to Goolgowi NSW

We left Springton and went via Sedan as recommended by Val.  This was a very scenic drive and avoided the traffic of the major roads.  We crossed the Murray on a free ferry at Swan Reach and travelled via Loxton and Mildura.  It’s great to see the Murray flowing so well again and the farm lands looking so green.  We spent the night at a rest area just before Goolgowi which we had to ourselves.

Monday 8 November 2010: Adelaide to Springton

Unfortunately we had to start our journey towards home and saying goodbye was very sad for all of us.  Oliver was growing and changing daily and it was a joy to see this happen and to be able to share these moments with his very proud parents.  But we will now revert to Olivers’ electronic grandparents seen via Skype until next time.
We drove up through the Adelaide Hills into the Barossa Valley to visit Chris and Val (Kedron friends) for the night.  Springton is a beautiful little town, which has been their home for only the last two years, but one they hope to remain in from now on.

Saturday 6 November Adelaide

This evening was a party at a hotel to celebrate Kirsty’s 40 th birthday.  We volunteered to baby sit Oliver while Jason and Maddie had a night out.  Oliver is a breeze to baby sit as he slept right through until about 5am in the morning.  This turned out to be a one off for several weeks, it must be the grandparents touch.