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Day 31. July 27
We departed Bundaberg just on 9.00 and drove to Childers. After parking in the caravan parking area very close to the town centre. After morning tea we walked up and down the main street and had a look at the memorial to the 15 young folk who died in the fire in the Palace Hotel backpackers in 2000.
We continued on to Biggenden for lunch and we noticed that the Englishman had driven quite close to a power pole again - he did this 3 years ago when we were with him and tore the awning off his van.
On then to Ban Ban Springs for the night. Not much here, just a toilet block and a service station. We have stayed here a few times before.
The sunset tonight was quite pretty.

Day 32. July 28
After a noisy night last night we left Ban Ban Springs a bit earlier than usual and drove to Goomeri where we had morning tea and a walk around this small village. We noticed a rather neat looking caravan in the street.
On then to Yarraman where we had lunch and again a walk around the town. The pies here were rather delicious.
After lunch we continued on through Crows Nest to Hampton where Pommy Bob unhitched his van and he and Bob drove out to Crows Nest National Park to have a look at the falls there. Hiroe stayed behind to keep an eye on the vans. It was a lovely walk but the falls left a lot to be desired - not very much water.
We will camp here in Hampton for the night.

Day 33. July 29
After a nice quiet sleep in the rest area at Hampton we drove into Toowoomba where we refuelled before continuing on to Millmerran then on to Inglewood for lunch and a walk around the town. Not very much here but took a photo of Hiroe and Pommy Bob in the main street.
Onwards to Texas which is on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. Had to stop at the towns entry to take some photos.
Pommy Bob couldn't find his passport to enter NSW so we had to make up a temporary one (haha).
We did the mandatory walk around town the carried on to the small town of Yetman and booked in to the very quiet clean caravan park at only $10..00 a night with power, water and free washing machine in the amenities block.
No TV here so will have to just talk to one another which shouldn't be a problem with the English gent.

Day 34. July 30
We had a very cold night last night and it was only 1.5 deg in the van this morning. We were glad to get underway and have the heater on in the car. Would you believe it, after all the trouble Pommy Bob had with his car last year it started to play up again and we had to travel 60 km to Warialda at about 30 - 50km per hour and even slower up hills. It was a worry. When we arrived in Warialda eventually, Bob rang the NRMA and when the serviceman arrived he drained the fuel filter system and re-programmed the computer in his car so luckily this time it may have only been water in the fuel causing the trouble.
We drove on to Bingara where we had lunch and a good look around this small village then continued on to Barraba for the night. We have a small outdoor toilet (ensuite) next to our van.

Day 35. July 31
We departed Barraba early this morning as we had quite a distance to go (340km). We stopped at Tamworth to have a look at the Big Golden Guitar and to have morning tea.
On then to Musswelbrook where we thought we might have lunch. There was nowhere to park so we had to keep going to almost at Singleton where there was a lovely big Rest Area then on the Cessnock for the night in the towns Showground.
Hopefully the temperature won't get as low tonight as it was for the last 2 nights (down to 1 or below).
We should get home sometime tomorrow with any luck.

Day 36. Aug 1
After another quiet night, Pommy Bob has decided to go to Newcastle today then to Lane Cove to meet up with his son tomorrow so we will travel home by ourselves today.
We had a good run home and arrived there just on 1.00 pm. Washed the right hand side and rear of the caravan (it's too difficult when the van is parked near the hedge) and unpacked everything.
We had a very short holiday this year, not what we had planned but you can't do much about the weather. Better luck hext year.
We have heard that many thousands of vans have been travelling south to escape the water and mud in Queensland.

Posted by Bobnhiroe 22:34 Archived in Australia

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Hope you're a bit warmer now you're home. We were thinking about you on our way home from Glasgow as there were a lot of vans going in both directions. Love G&J

by GJD

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