Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Getting started

We have always loved the outdoors - camping with 2 children in some great spots less than 6 hrs from home.
Buying an offroad caravan was the next step for traveling with a few more comforts & be able to stop where we wanted without the reliance of having to use van parks.
Our dream was realized when we finally had in our possession a Kedron ATV caravan in July 2010.
Our 1st 'shake down' trip was to a van park in Tewantin to learn about our new  'home away from home' in Oct 2010. The experience taught us many things including how not to cook a roast in the oven - too much mess unless we use an oven bag! hahaha.
Tewantin is close to the Cooloola National Park (Great Sandy Nat Pk). Getting into parts of the park required us to engage the 'pootrol' into 4WD. We had fun driving in the slush.


Harry's Hut,  in the Southern area of Cooloola was built by timber getter Harry in the early 20th Century.

Neurum Creek Bush Retreat near Woodford, taught us how to live without 240v power in Nov 2010. We have 3 solar panels & 3 deep cell batteries that should provide us with enough 12v power for the fridge, lights, TV etc, providing we have sunshine on some days. An inverter is used to power up electronics like laptop, phones & cameras
Views fro Mt Neurum walking track  
Neurum Creek has many swimming holes & a viewing platypus pool.

Rainbow Beach camp ground at Carlo Pt was our last 'shake down' trip. Rainbow Beach is situated near Gympie & is set on the edge rainbow coloured sand cliffs, overlooking the pretty Rainbow Beach down below.
The coloured sands in the distance, with exposed rocks on the beach from cyclonic type weather.

                   Massive sand slip forming a deep gash, from all the rain past months

Camp ground boat launch near our camp spot

Carlo Sand Blow is a natural occuring sand inlet blown in from the ocean for up to 200 mtrs from the cliffs over the water edge

 Natural lake with brackish water from the Melaleuca trees. Apparently you can swim in the lake, but the colour of the water turned us off. Most of the area surrounding Rainbow Beach belongs to the The Great Sandy Nat Park - Cooloola section

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