The Wandering Tops

The Wandering Tops

06 August, 2015

Back in Oz - heading north



It was nice to be back and really enjoyed some of the Aussie treats, like hamburgers with beetroot and pineapple! It was a little too cold for us on the Gold Coast so decided that we need to head north and find some warmer weather.  From Tallebudgera we travelled to Maryborough and stayed for a week before it was time to continue further north.

No stress grazing back in Oz
We moved away from the coast and travelled out through Ban Ban Springs onto the Burnett Hwy - our first overnight stop was Ceratodus free camp on the Burnett Hwy.  We had stayed here on previous occasions and is a good overnight stop.

Only 30 km to the north is Wuruma Dam, we had heard this was also a good camp spot so thought we would check it out.  Yes, would have been a good spot but very busy and with the number of caravans already camping was difficult to find a flat spot to camp, so we had a coffee and continued on our way, noting that it would be good to stay once the 'busy' season has eased.

Our next overnight stop was Dululu free camp, again an OK overnight stop - you could pay $5 and have the use of the showers or free if you are self sufficient.

After crossing the Capricorn Hwy we turned off at Dingo and headed towards Middlemount to look for our next camp at Bundoora Dam.  Bundoora Dam was bulit on German Creek for mining purposes and is located 28 km south west of Middlemount.  This is a popular camping and recreational spot which is used by locals for water sports as well as the grey nomads.  We stayed for 4 days and enjoyed watching the wildlife and just taking in the outback serenity.


Sunset at Bundoora Dam


Kangaroos came down to graze in the late afternoon on the banks of the dam.


Every day we watched the Pied Stilt hunting for a meal



Happy hour is always standard after 5, but what a great back drop

Our spot on the banks of the dam
After leaving Bundoora Dam we traveled north west along the Dysart Middlemount Rd to Moranbah for shopping and lunch.  We continued east along the Peake Downs Hwy to Nebo. We decided to stay at the Nebo Show grounds, we used the facilities along with another 4 to 5 caravaners giving us time to wash and even visit the local pub. After 3 nights we moved closer to the coast staying at Kinchant Dam for a night.  We thought this would be an opportunity to top up with water before going to Smalleys Beach where we needed to be self sufficient.  The park is a bit dated but has a bar and restaurant which we attended for dinner.  The social club runs a raffle and after eating chicken schnitzels we won the chicken meat tray, Hels was delighted ....... I'm still undecided if that was a win but has saved on 4 meals.


White Peacock at Kinchant Dam



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