The Never Ending Roads....
Trip Start Jan 08, 2011
261Trip End Dec 20, 2011
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Day 9 Australia road trip
Kilometres travelled ; 438
One thousand frogs splatted-tick
One million moths splatted-tick
Woke up at six this morning and after a few coffees and a few emails as we were finally able to make contact we thought we better do something, Claire had her second shower in twelve hours, I went off and had my third - this free camping sure makes you appreciate hot running water!! When I came back, there was a new bag of food on the floor in our van - an older couple had stopped by and given us six eggs, two bags of pasta, one bag of rice, cooking oil and two avocado's, they'd said they were leaving and thought we could use it, but what I really think is - they saw [or smelt] our van, and they saw [definitely smelt] the state of our clothes and took pity on us!! At last we're giving off the right impression!! Something to be said for wearing the clothes with holes in I think!! Charity case stamped all over us, in our hippie van with purple flowers on - thought that in fact the hippie van with flowers on might encourage people to throw eggs at us rather than give them to us...... but, so far, so good....!!!
Filled up all the waters, keep the stocks up!! Got our very last pennies worth of electric but had to leave,
First destination of the day - noosa heads, hadn't wanted to fill up this morning as it was all a bit pricey but didn't think about where we might get some from??? Well, we found out, how far to push the fuel today anyway!! Best to know the limits I say, we got 42km of - I hope we can get some fuel soon, I hope we can get some fuel soon...I really hope we see a petrol station in a minute!!!!
Well noosa heads was a wee bit confusing, [beautiful roads into it, loving it!] noosa heads, noosaville, some other noosa, but we took a turn for some beach or other , found it, stopped, took a few pics, took a walk down to it and off we went
Back to join the highway, poodled along towards gympie - yes,gympie, that is a name of a place....
On the outskirts of town took, a right onto route 44, then joined, route 43 the tourist drive to Tin Can bay - yes, the town is called tin can bay! Beautiful roads today, loving it.
Got to tin can bay, pulled up by the water and the park, did some exercise, had some food, took a few photos and onwards and upwards we went.....
Again one way, in and one way out, so back towards the highway, but took a right onto route 40, connecting Maryborough, north, to the route 44/43 tin can bay and rainbow beach and wow!!
We have yet another top gear nomination, in fact, honestly there's probably a hundred roads here in Australia that could get nominated for top gear but this, for whatever reason, today, felt the best road we've driven so far, not massively different to anything we've seen whilst driving but it was still perfect, overall a 60km ish' ride between where route 40 joins 44 and Maryborough itself, but the first 45km were the best ; 45km,25minutes,30 cars, 2 huge great logging artic's, 1 campervan.
through forest, bush, countryside, whatever you want to call it. Open spaces and it was beautiful, for the first five minutes, we didn't pass one car, then what we did pass came one car at a time until the end where the numbers started to rack up - but on our side of the road - nothing, no car in front, no car behind, it felt like the road was ours, and what we would have given to have had a fast car at that point!!
The roads, were endless, kilometre after kilometre of flat straight tarmac, then up and down hills, or a sweeping bend where you would reach the top, or round the bend and another stretch of tarmac would unfold into your view reaching as far as the horizon, through these beautiful trees, with some rock music cranked up on the radio....???? Love it, love it, love it....!!!
We wound up in Maryborough - all we can say it was a strange place - felt like one of those out of the way Aussie towns straight out of a film - not in a weird way, it just looked and felt, very Australian. A nice place, lots of history, early Australian history and also the birthplace of the author of Mary Poppins!! Which we only found out through chatting with the lady working the tourist information centre, glad we stopped by really, went and got our photo of the Mary Poppins statue - had too!! And got a few pictures of some old buildings and.....onwards we went.....
Next stop, Hervey Bay, didn't stay long, parked up and sat on the beach, mucking around, hoping we might catch a glimpse of whales in the distance, but no chance really without taking the boat trip or a pair of binoculars..
Left there, not too many spots for parking up, secluded, or not that we could be bothered to look for, so on the advice of the tourist information lady, drove to Toogoom, that was a bit further than we thought, or it felt it anyway, could of stopped there but again, nowhere to really hide so drove up to Burrum heads - again Nowhere to hide, and signs plastered everywhere for no camping, and, ooops, can't get from here to woodgate, the national park, there's a big river in the way..... So a long ass haul, back out to the highway, god knows how money km until we reached Bruce Highway - from there it was 30km to Childers, through Howard, then from Childers we guesstimated another 60 km - which actually turned out to be 37km, just from where we left the main road when woodgate was signposted so it was probably more......and breathe. sun was setting, so half five maybe, and though we were a little tired of driving, couldn't complain too much - of all this driving done today, I'd say ninety percent of it has been on these awesome roads, just road, road, and road, and countryside, connecting these places. Great to see, and great to drive...
So its dusk when we see the turn off for woodgate - 37km...what???? Anyway, we're driving, driving,driving. Oop, and some more driving, its now dark, there's only us on this road and all you can see in the distance of the full beams is road, and road markers, we began to think that this was actually and truly - a never ending road. So we're driving and driving and driving. Oh....and driving, then we come to the agreement, that no, in fact, this road leads all the way back to England, and we must nearly be home.
.....some more driving......
Now we come up with the only possible explanation left, the record is stuck, or the video is stuck and the needle, or tape, is skipping - we're stuck, and we're skipping and we're seeing the same bit of road over and over and over....
All the while, it literally sounds like its raining quite hard, but its not, its the moths and bugs, we're hitting, every few metres your eye is caught by a frog that's leaping two foot in the air, bouncing across the road, followed by every so often a loud metallic 'ting' as one jumps at the wrong time and hits the front or the underside of the van. Nuts...
You understand, not that we're proud of killing all these little things, but there was nothing we could of done about it, you can't understand just how many there were - infested is probably a good word. It seems the moths were drawn to our lights, the frogs were there for the moths and the bird we nearly ran over was there for the frogs! You couldn't see or concentrate on anything but moths, and frogs, there were so many. So unless we pulled over and waited for the morning or went at five miles an hour and tried to dodge them all [ so we'd still be on that road somewhere in the morning ] we didn't really have a lot of options. Twas funny though, in a grim way.
Well. We reached woodgate, passed it, along with kangaroos in the plenty, by the roadside and one chewing up someone's lawn, who looked a bit suspect as our lights came along - stood up looking at us as if to say, what? I'm not doing anything? Wasn't me.......whistling, twiddling his thumbs and looking shifty and it all gets a bit boring from there, another looooooong drive as we went looking for the national park campground, 4x4access only, sand tracks. Great. Back we went, drove into the village [back past mister shifty] found the sea, or what looked and sounded like the sea in the dark and had a bit of a result after all that - some parking and a fully equipped toilet block, toilets, shower cubicles, everything. At last. Just hope we don't get moved on.
Had some good laughs today, good day,Heated up some soup, Claire sparked out, followed by me.
Oh Yeh, randoms from the day ;
Australians don't seem to like wearing shoes, or anything on their feet really. We see loads just walking around barefoot everywhere.....?????