Going Simpson

Finally… After all the rodeos, repairs and frightening by locals we’re going Simpson!
Just Janis and us. Show them your value girl! Pick a couple of dunes.

Fueled up, provided with food and water, motor tuned up,… We are ready!
Deflating our tyres till 20psi, locking hubs, putting in high 4WD…

Radio on : ‘Heading West on QAA Line – Here comes Janis, a red Toyota LandCruiser’

Dune 1… a couple of spectators on top.
Radiocontact : ‘is the way clear?’ – ‘All is clear, you can come up’

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RODEO RODEO !!!

vrijdag, 28 juni 2013 tot zondag, 30 juni 2013

Een nieuwe belevenis…rodeo in Bedourie!!!
200km heen en 200km terug…dat vonden we het wel waard voor een unieke belevenis. Trouwens, dat is naar Australische normen een gewone afstand voor een weekendje uit.
Officieel heet het evenement: Campdraft, rodeo & gymkhana.

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Remote Birdsville…

Finally, Birdsville…
The gateway to the Simpson Desert. But for us first a visit to the mechanic to order our brake parts. At the end of the week they’ll arrive, so we have two days of rest on the local campground.
We park us near the local billabong and enjoy the camp facilities. A hot shower, the camp kitchen and washing machines. A necessity after a couple of days ‘going bush’!

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The Rainforests in Darling Downs (Far South Queensland)

The far South of Queensland – around Dalby and Toowoomba – hide an inland beauty of small patches of rainforest. Part of these patches I intend to discover the next days.
When I leave Dalby, I head straight to a top park in the regio, the Bunya Mountains. This park lies in the Dividing Range some 1000m high. The road into the park is of a stunning beauty! A narrow winding road through lush green forests, some great valleys or green grasslands. Along the road signs warn for the steep climbs or descents – with some slopes up to 20% – but they are no match for Janis, after the dunes in the Simpson Desert…

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Outback Queensland

I decide to drive to Toowoomba, near the coast, along a couple of cities that lie inside Outback Queensland.
So next days are counting kilometers. The first leg goes from Birdsville over Betoota – a ghost town since 1997 when the only citizen died – and Windorah to Stonehenge. During this leg, the desert landscape changes in one with lots of trees and water. The kangaroos finally return, lots of cattle, some emoes, brolga’s and a snake under my wheels…
But best of all! Less flies with every mile crossed.

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Birdsville and the Simpson Desert

In the Outback counts the name Birdsville for two… It is a really must do, so the next part of my trip I intend to visit the entire part around the small city. The Simpson Desert at the east, named as one of the biggest 4WD experiences in the country, the lakes of Innamincka to the south and the Channel Country up in the north. A promising part…

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Over Brisbane and Gold Coast to the Blue Mountains

We leave Kin Kin and continue our trip to Noosa Head, a beach village with an entire surf climate along its pristine beaches. Along the road we pass a self car wash. After three months Janis can use a bath, but all the sea water we caught on Fraser makes a good cleaning necessary. We enjoy the high pressure cleaning and give her a huge shower. We finally know once again which colour our car initially had. But we visit Noosa for the small national park in the city, the spot is known to see some koala’s in the wild… And yes we’re once again lucky! At the start of the trip there rest one in a tree near the coffee shop, a cute grey bear on a tree branch.

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