Trip Start May 08, 2008
Trip End Jan 31, 2012

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Friday, June 27, 2008


An early start and drove to Brisbane Waters Caravan Park south of Brisbane. Drove across the Gateway Bridge and there is just so much road work going on - and this bridge is just so steep - you seem to be climbing forever to get to the top of it and it looks as though they are building another one right beside it to add further lanes - massive project!

The main reason for this stop was to go to Tamborine Mountain and to also take the van to an
A-Van dealer in a place called Logan Holme - 15 minutes away.

It was a very noisy park as we were right beside the expressway! First time we have heard traffic at night since we left home.

On Tuesday we had a lovely day in Tamborine Mountain. Walked along the Gallery Walk and found a great second-hand book shop. This is always a plus as we have been doing so much reading and it is great if we find a good one. Some of the parks also have a book swap system which is also helpful.

There are a lot of wineries in the Mountain so we had a delicious lunch at the Heritage Winery. It was a great choice - delicious food and wine, great views and fantastic service. It was a very olde worlde place with starched tablecloths, silverware and a roaring fire! Reminded us of the Hydro Majestic in Katoomba.

After lunch we had a beautiful walk into the rainforest to view Witches Falls but it was getting a little late to do too much more.

Wednesday we headed off to Logan Holme to the A-Van dealer (Cruiser Oz) as we had a couple of problems - a leaky window (but we did drive through absolutely torrential rain when this occurred), we thought the fridge wasn't working too well when we were driving and there was a creak in the floor. The guys there were absolutely fantastic and they thoroughly checked out everything for us. The window was resealed, they discovered that the wiring from the fridge to the car had been done incorrectly initially and spent a lot of time checking out the flooring. The also fitted an awning over the sink area.  The awning is designed by this company and exclusive to them. All up apart from the cost of fitting the awning - $40.00 and they spent about 2-3 hours with us. Fantastic service.

Back on the road and heading down to Yamba. We were only 10 minutes onto the M1 and the car suddenly died on us, including the power steering! Just as well Kevin was driving - he handled the situation so well. I, of course, just panicked!! We were in the middle lane of the freeway, cars and trucks whizzing past us and it was just frightening. He managed to get across 2 lanes and onto the verge of an offramp before we just stopped completely.

Call to NRMA/RACQ, a tow truck arrived within 15 minutes and then had to wait for a second one to arrive so he could park behind the van because we were in such a dangerous position.

A first for us - a ride in a tow truck - Commodore on the back and towing our little van!!!! We were just so lucky to have avoided an accident. We had blown a fuse but the repair shop would not let us take the car until they located the cause of the problem - maybe cruise control not working - maybe the van people messed up the wiring somehow - maybe, maybe, maybe - but after a couple of hours, a test run and still no solution found. They gave us some spare fuses, and all up the cost was only $77.00. once again excellent service to help us get back on our way with smiles and thanks all round. What a day!!

Decided it was too late to get to Yamba so we spotted the exit to Kingscliff (a place Geoff had told us was really beautiful) so we decided to pull in there for the night. Stayed at the Hacienda Holiday Park in Chinderah, between Kingscliff and Tweed Heads. It was the most beautiful place we had been in yet. A fantastic grassy site right on the Tweed River with a stunning view of Mt Warning. Watched the sun setting over the river as we had our wine and nibbles and there was a great fresh fish and chip shop right outside the gate of the park for an easy dinner. A delightful end to a very stressful and tiring day.

Met another lovely couple parked next door to us - they were from Tassie and had been away for 3 months up to Ayres Rock. We are mere novices with our travel and meandering around in comparison to others. I think we have to get a bit more serious about it and of course, we are already planning our next trip!

Yamba next stop we hope.
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