Touring QLD, after the Gathering

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Mrs Bush and I intend to spend a month, at least, in QLD after the Gathering at St George. We have never been further north than the Sunshine Coast and we intend to do as many of the "touristy" things as possible.

The rough plan is to head north up the coast as far as Cairns and then come south via the inland routes to eventually end up in the New England distrct of NSW before heading home to WA.

Places I've put on the list so far are:

St George
Fraser Island
Bundaberg
1770

Big blank areas I'm hoping to get advice on

Cairns
Atherton
Lake Tinnaroo

More blank areas

Longreach
Winton

More blank areas

I'm gathering a lot of info from the net and picking up on some recommended camping areas like Nindigully and Surat and good caravan parks but we really want to be tourists and see as much as we can, moreso than isolating ourselves in bush camps to enjoy the peace and quiet, which is what we usually do.

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Reply By: Member - Footloose - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 11:30

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 11:30
Where to start ? It's a bit like trying to see WA in the 1 trip :))
Things I wouldn't miss.

The Cape
Birdsville and the Pub , Big Red etc.
Longreach Hall of Fame, Qantas museum
Boulia and the Min Min Centre
Fraser
Cooktown and the can't miss museum there, the cemetary (so much history)

Just my 5c worth, obviouisly not an exhaustive list by any means.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 11:51

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 11:51
Yes, it's a bit like the question about the length of a piece of string. Sorry about that.

I will be doing do a lot more research.

I'm mainly after things that people would consider "must do's", or "must see's".

Thanks Footy.

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Reply By: Member - Kevin R (QLD) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:28

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:28
Mate, i'll throw a few in as a Cairns resident.

- Agree with Cooktown. Make sure you drive up the coast road or for a bit more adventure try the CREB track
- Reef and rainforest obviously - Try the Frankland islands trip
- Chilligoe Caves (2.5 hrs west of Cairns)
- Skyrail
- Scuba diving with Calypso in port Douglas
- You can do several day trips around the tablelands from Cairns or base yourself on the tablelands at Atherton,Tinaroo or Yungaburra.
- Lakefield NP north of Cairns
- Mission Beach south of Cairns. Beautiful spot. They film Sea Patrol there. You can even jump out of perfectly good aeroplanes and land on the beach if you are silly enough.
- Port Douglas
- Mossman Gorge
- Cape Tribulation area. (On the coast rd to Cooktown)

Plenty more

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Follow Up By: Rockape - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:51

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:51
If you go to Chilligoe then you have to go to Mt Mulligan where 76 men in 1921 lost there lives in a mine explosion.
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Reply By: Member. Rob M (QLD) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:23

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:23
If you get a chance have a look at the Undarra ( spelling? ) lava tubes, they are very interesting.

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Reply By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:27

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:27
Steve,

Nindigully is only 46km from St George, which you could visit during the gathering along with the Aboriginal rock wells near Weengallon.

Which way are you intending on travelling to St George?? as I may be able to recommend a few spots to stop and look at as POI's.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:28

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:28
Nindigully still has some of the props from the movie Paperback Hero there as well.

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:19

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:19
Thanks Kev,

we will come straight out from Maroochydore to St George. I'll certainly be interested in those POIs. I'll get them at St George or you can send them by MM if you wish.

A friend sent me a photo of them camped up at Nindigully where they had a meal and a few coldies at the pub.

Just sounded perfect to me.

We'll go there either straight after St George or on the way south into NSW a month or so later.

I'm looking forward to the whole tropical north QLD thing. We just don't have mountains and beaches with palm trees in WA.

Still not looking forward to twisty steep roads tho....

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:00

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:00
Steve,

If towing the new van I would go via Warwick as the range is not as severe as the Toowoomba range. From there you could head west via Texas through to Goondiwindi.
From there either continue west to Nindigully checking out the smaller communities and surrounds including the rock wells near Weengallon.
Or head north to Moonie then west to Westmar through to St George.
About 40 km out of St George on the Moonie highway is another set of Aboriginal rock wells on the northern side of the road.

The camping location for the gathering is available from Saturday morning if you wish to arrive early.
The camping at Nindigully was my fall back spot to hold the gathering so the facilities there are pretty good. The feed at the pub is great also.

I'll dig up some other POI's on the Eastern side of St George for you to check out. I am not sure if you will have time to do them all though LOL

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Reply By: Russ n Sue - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:32

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:32
1770 is worth a look but back in January the caravan park was VERY ordinary. If you're going to the New England area, take the trouble to visit the Stones at Glen Innes. Armadale and Tamworth are worth a look too.

Many nice places in the Great Dividing Range between all three of the above towns and the coast at Grafton/Byron Bay.

On the Queensland side, the area around Stanthorpe is nice, but very cold during winter. If you're into fishing there are dozens of stocked Impoundment Dams in Queensland and Northern NSW. (Don't forget to buy a license.)

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:20

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:20
I've looked at the 1770 Camping Grounds on Google Earth, incl Streetview. Nice spot although I imagine it could get really crowded.

It's on my list.

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Reply By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:52

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:52
Have a look on this website:

Mustdos

Queensland celebrates its 150th birthday this year and there are many special events around the State as well.

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Follow Up By: Saharaman (aka Geepeem) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:03

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:03
Te link does not seem to work so copy and paste it:

www.150mustdos.com.au





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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:18

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:18
Thanks for that Saharaman. It will receive a great deal of attention.

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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:06

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:06
goodday steve
we are going back to lightning ridge after st george to lorne station for a few cdays as they have music festival on for 3days then wse also will be meandering around the north
we are currently i cunnamurra and will be travelling to yowah and quilpy but due to rain we may have to come back after st george

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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:22

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:22
I've been watching your travels.

Is that beard going to be auctioned again?

I'll bring my straight razor.


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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:27

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:27
That's sounds like a good plan Gone Bush.

Is Denny up for it again Steve LOL


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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:33

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:33
It's confession time. Believe it or not, at 58, I've been growing a MULLET !!!

I might have to donate it to the cause.

Mrs Bush will be very pleased.

Let's hope this Post gets moderated as being OFF TOPIC.

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Follow Up By: Sir Kev & Darkie - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:49

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:49
If that is the case I hope it doesn't LOL

I might add it to the Gathering notes for all to see if it does hahahahaha
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Reply By: Member - Jeff O (VIC) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:38

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 19:38
Steve
Di and I stayed on a House Boat at lake Tinarro about 8 years back.
Put in the opera house nets overnight and caught plenty of Red Claw .They were delicious.
I arranged for a local charter operator to pick me up from the house boat and take me out to catch some Barra.got a couple. Fantastic ,don't miss it .
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Reply By: Brian B (Brisbane) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:20

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:20
Hi Mate,

Here's some to think about mainly all close to the coastal part of your trip.

Just north of the Sunshine Coast and before Fraser try around Double Island Point and the general area. When you get near Bundaberg try a tour of the Isis Mill as they should be crushing shortly. Just outside of Bundaberg visit Mon Repos turtle rookery although this has to be timed but it is very good.

If you go North of Bundy the area around Baffle Creek is pretty good for a visit and since you have 1770 on your list you should enjoy that although it can be busy at peak holiday times.

Gladstone area and Boyne Island and Tannum Saands are also worth a visit.

Near Rockhamptom check out the Koorana croc farm and do a day trip to Great Keppell Island leaving from Rosslyn Bay. Also venture through Yeppoon and head slightly North to Byfield National Park as this is very nice country.

Heading futher north just ouside of Rocky you will find the caves and they are worth a look.

From here until you hit sugar country around Sarina there isn't a real lot to see but the Mackay area is very nice. North of Mackay is Proserpine and you are now close to Airlie Beach and Shute Harbour. Take a day cruise to the Whitsunday islands but the best spot I think is Whitehaven beach where the sand is just the whitest I have ever seen. Most day tours stop here.

Many great spots between here and Townsville but when in Townsville see the Barrier Reef Wonderland, The Strand, The Casino and Castle Hill and go for a day trip to Magnetic Island.

Continue further North to Cairns where there are just a huge amount of things to do.

This is just a sample of things to see and do and some of them are a bit touristy and will cost a few bucks but they are still great fun and very enjoyable.

Hope the trip goes well for you.
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Follow Up By: Gone Bush (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:43

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 20:43
Thanks for that Brian,

I'll go through everything you've mentioned and do a whole lot of research before we go.

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Reply By: The Geriatric Gypsies - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 09:50

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 09:50
sorry guys at this time i am a cleanskin
now have a slight change of plans we look like having a couple of grandkids with us so we will leave the van at lightning ridge do a quickie return trip to melb to drop them off and then continue travelling

steve
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Reply By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 15:48

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 15:48
Not sure whether you are interested in visiting National Parks but the following two we enjoyed very much a few years ago.

Eungella - west of Mackay about 70 kms - is beautiful if you want to walk through rainforest and also see platypus frolicking in the river. You can stay at Finch Hatton if you are towing a van (not sure what rig you have) and dont want to pull it up the steep hill. Alternatively camp in the National Park I think, or stay in the township Of Eungella at the caravan park

Also Cape Hillsborough N Pk just to the north and east of Mackay on the coast. There's a caravan park there too - or was when we visited. Not sure whether you can camp there

In Townsville visit the Reef aquarium - amazing and huge display of marine reef plants and fish - much more impressive than the cruises I reckon.

Lovely part of Oz - hope you have a great trip.
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Follow Up By: Member - Heather G (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 15:57

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 15:57
Forgot....
Not sure whether you will be too close to it but Lawn Hill Gorge (Boodjamulla N Pk) in west Qld, nth of Mt isa is also well worth a visit. Beautiful place but a long way to drive to.
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Reply By: Member - Jo Q (NSW) - Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 16:20

Tuesday, Jun 02, 2009 at 16:20
Very interested in all comments posted. I am also planning a month long trip along a similar route in September - keep the suggestions coming! :)
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