Our Queensland caravan road trip overview

Travelling around Queensland

Queensland round up

A relatively short roundup of all the places we visited on our trip around Queensland. Yet it is still a long post, so go grab a cuppa, come back quick and revisit some of these places with me. I have included lots of links to the various posts  (done in blue) if you want a more in depth read, just click on it. Each link will open up on a new tab, you wont lose you spot on this page. Also the map of Queensland tracing our route, can be enlarged just by clicking on it.

Our road trip begins

We left Wollongong back in April 2012 just after Easter. We went north and west via the Warrumbungle National Park and Burren Junction and came into Queensland basically at Goondawindi. We spent a few nights each at Ninigully Qld's oldest pub, St George, Surat and Neil Turner Weir.

Heading to the great Outback

Outback cattle mustering
We then spent a week near Augathella, at Bogarella, a 60,000 acre cattle station where we did some volunteer work. After this we needed some time out at Blackall, Lloyd Jones Weir and Barcaldine before heading into Longreach. We stopped at a few places before we arrived in Mt Isa. After this we went north to Gregory Downs and then into Boodjamulla National Park also known as Lawn Hill where we had some fantastic times. Gregory Downs would have to be my favourite free camping spot, though there are others that have better facilities, there was something special about camping down on the waters.

Gulf Country and Cape York

4WD trek up to Cape York
From here we kept on going north to the Gulf country covering Normantown and Karamba. From here we started east across the Savannah Way then south, ending up at Ravenshoe and Millstream Falls. We ended up spending a fair bit of time on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, some 6 weeks or more all up. We were waiting to meet up with the Black Diamond 4WD club from Wollongong to join their safari up to the very tip of Australia. Starting with Daintree and Cape Tribulation and Cooktown before the real 4WD experience started. We went up the Old Telegraph Line where we did some hairy river crossings. We eventually reached the Jardine River ferry crossing before arriving in Bamaga, Punsand Bay and the very tip of Australia.

The wondrous Atherton Tablelands

After our epic 4WD trip (well epic to us anyway) we were back at Ravenshoe, visiting some beautiful places such as Malanda Falls, Yungaburra and Mareeba.

We were awaiting to spend some sunshine days in Cairns with our gorgeous grand daughters along with their parents of course.

We took a short flight home with our son and his family to spend a few days with our youngest celebrating his 21st birthday.

The coast between Cairns and Townsville 

We stopped a quite a few free campgrounds including Babinda and Rollingstone before our car troubles led to an enforce stop at Townsville. The historic gold mining town of Charters Towers was well worth a visit. Then we headed back to the coast to Bowen, the start of the great Whitsundays where I enjoyed a time of snorkeling.

I loved Ball Bay where I got to hand feed wild whistling ducks as well as the walks along the beach. Once again we did quite a bit of free camping including Dululu, Wuruma Dam and Claude Wharton Weir.

The free camp at St Lawrence was where we saw our first Team Penning. 

Beautiful Bundaberg


Family time was spent with my sister and her family in the lovely city of Bundaberg including a visit to the Bundaberg Botanical Gardens and Bargara Beach.

Another family happening necessitated a flight back home. When we arrived back we spent a few more days with my sister and her family before hitting the road. We were about to start visiting a lot of friends rather than just travelling and sight seeing when we hit the road again.

Gin Gin to Toowoomba 

First off was a short drive to Gin Gin, staying with friends we met at Weruma Dam culminating in a visit to the historical museum there.
We then went onto visit other friends at Bli Bli which included a quick drive around the touristy town of Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.

From here we went west to the interesting Glasshouse Mountains before stopping at Cruice Park and Hampton on the way to visit friends in Toowoomba.

Boonah, south to the border 

Rob standing outside the Jacaranda Trees in Boonah
After Toowoomba we took some time out using Boonah as a pivoting place from which we could unhitch the caravan and search out buses for sale in the area from Rosevale in the west to Logan in the south Brisbane are down to Coomera just touching the north of the Gold Coast then back west through Beaudesert. Other than looking out the window as we went from place to place, we weren’t here to sight see and so we really can’t comment on these areas.

Leaving Boonah we took the leisurely and very winding road south past Rathdowney down over the NSW border. Our trip around Qld took us over 6 ½ months or to be precise, 28 weeks. We were not interested in going to cities or taking rides and attractions, we just want to relax in the warmer weather of Queensland and experience the atmosphere and the fellowship of like minded travellers.

More sightseeing to do

There is still so much we haven't see and so I guess we will just have to come back another winter and warm our tootsies once again.

What is your favourite part of Queensland?

Is there some place we have not visited that you know we will love?

8 comments:

  1. Wow! That is an epic road trip. I have spent a bit of time in and around Toowoomba and had the chance to explore on horseback, which was amazing. This post inspires me to get back to Oz.
    Thanks for linking up,
    Juanita
    Http://beyondislandhopping.blogspot.co.nz

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    1. Thank you Juanita. I enjoyed reading your blog too! It must have been amzing exploring on horseback...

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  2. Thanks for sharing information on this blog, i have visited your blog great post....!!!!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this information.No doubt Gold coast is the thrilling place.

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    1. Yes it is a great place to go. We are considering going back there again for our extended family bi annual holiday with the grand kids and all.

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