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Dear Diary,

These are the photos from various trips and holidays we took in the years 2002 - 2005. Scenery doesn't change much so you will find most of it is still relevant today. See The Trips & Photos page for the most recent photos or check out information and photos from our big Road Trip around Australia.

November 2005

We decided to take a bike ride on the north side of Brisbane. We parked at the southern end of the Old Hornibrook bridge and started our bike ride from there across to Redcliffe. The 3km long Houghton Highway road bridge connects the suburb of Sandgate with the Redcliffe Peninsula across Bramble Bay. Have a look at some of our Hornibrook to Redcliffe Bike Ride photos.

October 2005

Every year we try to spend some time camping on Fraser Island. We didn't do hardly any 4WDing this time but we saw plenty of whales and spent our time fishing, reading, canoeing and generally relaxing. Have a look at some of our Fraser Island 2005 photos.

September 2005

We had a week's holiday skiing at Perisher Blue which included Perisher, Blue Cow and Guthega in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales. We stopped over at Sydney on the way down and back. Have a look at some of our Snow Skiing photos.

August 2005

A weekend camping, canoeing and fishing at Lenthalls Dam in Queensland was followed by a visit to Teddington Weir near Maryborough. Have a look at some of our Lenthalls Dam photos.

July 2005

We did a few day trips around Brisbane in July - a couple of bike rides along the Brisbane River and through Boondall Wetlands and then we climbed Mt Coolum to witness the scuttling of the HMAS Brisbane. It will be a designated dive site once they are sure it is safely settled on the bottom. Have a look at some of our Brisbane Day Trip photos.

June 2005

We spent 4 days in the June Holidays down in the Clarence River Valley area of northern NSW. We camped at Bundjalung National Park first night then canoed and fished the Mann River before stopping off at Iluka Village on the way back. Have a look at some of our Clarence Valley photos.

May 2005

Labour Day long weekend in Queensland is not a long weekend in New South Wales so we took the opportunity for a trip to Sydney. We cruised the harbour, visited Doyles Restaurant and the Gap Bluff at Watsons
Bay, saw 'The Lion King', the Rocks, the Opera House and Sydney Olympic Park. Have a look at some of our Sydney photos.

April 2005

Easter is a good time to visit the South Burnett Region. We followed their Food and Winery Trail and also visited lakes, dams and waterfalls. We took the vans and camped by creeks where we could as we traversed the shires of Nanango, Kingaroy, Murgon, Wondai and surrounding areas - all within 2 hours drive from Brisbane. Have a look at some of our South Burnett photos.

We were impressed with Boondooma Dam on the Easter trip so decided to go there for the Anzac Day long weekend. Shirl & Noel brought their boat and Cathy & Terry their small tinnie. Cathy & Pete were a slow third with their canoe and electric motor! Have a look at some of our Boondooma photos.

March 2005

We headed off to Brunswick Heads for a fishing and canoeing weekend. We did this a couple of months ago and liked it so much we thought we would go again. This time we stayed at Massey Greene Caravan Park on a waterfront site. It was a great spot right on the river where you could leave your boat tied up in front of your site. Have a look at some of our Brunswick Heads photos.

February 2005

This month we took a day trip to Binna Burra in the Lamington National Park, Gold Coast Hinterland. We had a late lunch at the lodge restaurant after doing two of the bush walks. Have a look at some of our Binna Burra photos.

December 2004 - January 2005

This summer holiday we are having short stays at a few different places. First stop was Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast. We had a very relaxing time staying in Maureen & Kev's caravan while they were up in Brisbane for the week. Have a look at just a few of our Burleigh Beach Photos . We also had a week at Mon Repos Beach at Bundaberg over Xmas. This is one of the few beaches where the Loggerhead Turtles come each year to lay their eggs. Have a look at just a few of our Bundaberg Photos . Our third stop this summer holiday was Baffle Creek which is north of Bundaberg. It is known for its fishing, crabbing and camel rides. We swam at Rules Beach, went on a camel ride, took the boat up Baffle Creek to fish and crab, cooked on campfires and relaxed (when we could fit that in!). Have a look at just a few of our Baffle Creek Photos . We also spent 3 days at Brunswick Heads, canoeing, fishing, swimming at the beach and visiting the nearby NightCap National Park. Have a look at just a few of our Brunswick Heads Photos .

November 2004

Did you know you could 4WD along the beach at Bribie Island? We have lived in Brisbane for years but have never done that. We decided to have a look at the possibility of camping on the beach there as well. We stayed for the weekend in one of the caravan parks there while we checked it out. We will definitely be back again in the new year for a longer stay. Have a look at just a few of our Bribie Island Photos .

October 2004

Pretty quiet on the holiday front for Cath & Pete this month but Maureen & Kev had 6 weeks away heading across Queensland to Northern Territory then down to South Australia. They then cut across to Sydney before heading back home to Brisbane. Have a look at just a few of their photos on the Seniors & Retirees part of the website. It is split into 5 parts: Parts 1, 2 and 3 Web Photo Albums and now parts 4 and part 5 of the holiday's photos.

September 2004

We headed off to Fraser Island for our annual 4WD and camping trip with 3 families plus Maureen and Kev. We had wonderful weather with the wind only getting up on the last day. Most of the week was spent swimming, canoeing in the ocean and the creek, catching bait and then fishing, whale watching from the beach as well as from the speed boat, walking, reading and just plain relaxing. Of course there was a lot of eating and drinking with a bit of 4WDing on one day trip so we could see some of the more well known landmarks on the island - Lake McKenzie and Central Station. Have a look at just a few of our Fraser Island 2004 Photos .

August 2004

A weekend of wine tasting was inspired by our day at the' Ekka' - Brisbane's Exhibition or Show. A number of South East Queensland's wineries and cheese making factories had food and wine tasing exhibits which we visited. We visited 6 wineries at Kenilworth, Eumundi, Montville, Maleny and just off the highway west of Noosa. We also visited the cheese and yoghurt making factory at Kenilworth and found the BEST hamburgers in SouthEast Queensland at Conondale General Store. We stayed in the camper trailer (van) at Conondale State Forest (Charlie Moreland Campground). The upper Mary River area is a nice area to visit and close to Brisbane for a weekend away. For those who aren't into camping there are a lot of B&Bs and other great accomodation options. Have a look at just a few of our Kenilworth - Conondale Photos .

July 2004

We set off for Agnes Water & 1770 area, just north of Bundaberg. We decided to have a few days at Deepwater National Park, Wreck Rock Campground and then a few days at Eurimbula National Park, Bustard Beach Campground. We had heard the area was beautiful. We took the camper trailer, 4WD, fishing gear and canoe. The weather was wonderful and no sandflies. Have a look at just a few of our Wreck Rock Photos and have a look at just a few of our Bustard Beach Photos.

June 2004

Having the camper trailer wasn't much use without the 4WD to pull it. So this month we bought a Holden Rodeo, got a canopy fitted and roof racks to carry the canoe. [See the 4WD page for more details]. We tried it out the first weekend we had it with a trip to the Southport Broadwater Caravan Park, Gold Coast. Hardly 4WDing I know but at least we got to put it all together (canoe as well) and make sure we were happy with it all. This was the first time we had the annexe up in the van too. Have a look at just a few of our Southport Photos.

We also had a weekend staying with friends at Lake Weyba behind Noosa - in a house this time. We had some unfinished business with our canoes as the great overnight canoe trip was not quite finished last time. Did you know you can canoe from Lake Weyba to Hastings St, Noosa? Have a look at just a few of our Noosa Photos.

May 2004

We found the camper trailer we wanted in Bundaberg. It was only 11 months old, a Jayco Penguin 13 Outback. [More about it on the Camper Trailer page.] We picked it up and of course had to try it out immediately. We looked for a campground not far from Bundy that had 4WD access only so we could give it a good trial. It passed with flying colours! Now we just need our own 4WD to tow it. The camper trailer (we call it 'the van') will spend the next few weeks at least in our carport while we get serious about the car purchase. Have a look at just a few of our Burrum Photos.

A quick visit to Stradbroke Island for a 21st Birthday party gave us the chance to visit some of the beaches and do some of the walks. It is always a great place to visit. We saw plenty of fish, dolphins and turtles on the Gorge walk. Even though it is May the water was quite warm for a swim. A day trip is nice but once we get the 4WD we will bring the van back and stay here for a week. Have a look at just a few of our Stradbroke Photos.

April 2004

Getting the website onto the internet was one thing. Getting it indexed on the search engines so you can actually find it is quite another. I am working on that!

On the holiday side of things... We had a great week at Lake Monduran west of Bundaberg, Qld. It is the catchment for the Fred Haige dam. We did a lot of boating, fishing and canoeing interspersed with a trip to Cania Gorge and a few short bushwalks. Although the dam is stocked with Barramundi fingerlings each year, we only managed to catch a catfish! There are cabins overlooking the lake and a campground not far from the boat ramp. Have a look at just a few of our Monduran Photos.

March 2004

Canoeing is great fun but we thought we needed a more restful boating weekend. This time we hired a Houseboat that easily sleeps 6 and sleeps 9 at a pinch. We spent the weekend in Moreton Bay (Brisbane) visiting Stradbroke Island and Russell Island. A highly recommended holiday. Great fun. Have a look at just a few of our Houseboat Photos.

On a more serious note... The website is ready to be uploaded to the host server. Finally!! There are a lot of pages that still need to be refined but that will come over time. Now at least someone other than the immediate family can see what I have been up to!
The website name is www.aussieholiday.com.au

February 2004

Still on the canoe theme... we have survived a canoeing weekend up the Noosa River Everglades. We decided we had better try a canoe & camp weekend so we chose to go up the Noosa River to Harry's Hut and beyond with a camp ovenight on Lake Catharaba. We canoed 25km the first day and then 35km the second day which nearly killed us. Maybe it was a bit much for our first adventure! Apart from the sore muscles we really enjoyed it and are working out where we should try next. We now know we can fit all the camping gear we need for an overnight stay in our canoe. We also have an idea of how far we can comfortably travel in a day - 25 to 30km. I wasn't sure about the canoe idea at first but I actually enjoy it more than I thought I would. Have a look at just a few of our Lake Catharaba Photos.

January 2004

It may not be the most important purchase but our first purchase for the 2006 trip is a Canadian Canoe. Pete had been talking about buying a Canadian-style canoe ever since we went to Canada for 12 months in 1990. It never went any further than just talk for 13 years then out of the blue our friends Karen & Gary mentioned that they were looking at kayaks. They were suddenly inspired now that they lived a stones throw from the Brisbane River and we had been talking about taking canoes on our trip in 2006. They asked us if we wanted to go along to check out the specials at a store in the Valley. We went along for a look... You guessed it, we bought a canoe and then had to buy a roof rack for the Holden Astra to bring it home on. We will need to do a few short treks in it before we work up to a longer overnighter. The next few weekends we tried some of the local creeks, rivers and canoe trails. Have a look at just a few of our Canoe Photos.

Prior to 2004

We have had many holidays before 2004 BUT we didn't have a digital camera so we have no photos or stories to put on this website. Hopefully we will revisit all of our favourite holiday destinations at some stage in the future so they will eventually end up on the site. Some of the more recent holidays we borrowed a digital camera so here they are:

Brisbane to Cairns Road Trip - 2002

You can do this trip many times and see different parts of the coast each time. We concentrated on the Mackay, Ingham, Cairns, Port Douglas areas. It can be done in two weeks but as always the longer you have the more you see of the place. Have a look at just a few of the CairnsTrip Photos.

Whitsunday Islands Sailing Trip - 2003

Something we have been wanting to do for a long time is get together with a few other couples and do a sail-yourself holiday around the Whitsundays. You need no prior experience (although a couple of us had boat licences) to sail the catamaran. We had a great time and this is a holiday we will definitely do again. Have a look at just a few of the Whitsunday Photos.

Fraser Island Trip - 2003

We go to Fraser most years and camp on the 'calm' side of the island for a week. It is 4WD access only on Fraser and where we go there are no facilities. Other areas on the island have camp grounds with facilities and there are units and resort accomodation of varying types. Have a look at just a few of the Fraser Photos.

Tasmania Trip - 2002

It may be a relatively small island but there is a lot to see and do. A great holiday destination that really needs 3 weeks to do it justice. These photos are the only digital ones I had (pre-digital camera era for us) and are certainly not the best. One day I will get around to scanning in the best of the negatives I have. Better still, we plan a longer trip, with a digital camera in hand, in 2017. Have a look at just a few of the Tasmania Photos.

Trips from 2010 - 2014 (Australia, New Zealand, Vanuatu)

Scenery doesn't changed much so previous years' trips and holidays are still relevant. I have moved the photos from the trips 2010 - 2014 to another web page. This includes the New Zealand trip, Vanuatu trip, Roadtrip Brisbane to Melbourne and Sailing the Whitsundays (Queensland). Feel free to have a look at the 2010 - 2014 web albums.

 

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