Location: The Whitsundays, Australia
When we first found out that the AGM was to be in Townsville we had a fellow Ulyssian visiting us from Germany who was quite keen on attending the AGM. He was quite keen to do a trip out to The Whitsundays as part of the itinerary. Unfortunately Bob couldn't make it to Oz this year, but his plan to cruise the Whitsundays had always appealed to us. So early this morning we waited out the front of the caravan park at 7.10am to be picked up by our bus driver to take us to the Camira. The Camira is a large purple catamaran thats moored at the marina in Airlie Beach. At 8am we boarded Camira & were served coffee/tea & biscuits. Not long after we set sail for Daydream Island, & along the way we were briefed on our trip for the day. From Daydream Island we sailed out pass South Molle Island to Hook Island where we snorkelled on the reef. Once back on board we were served a most delicious morning tea including scones with jam & cream. From Hook Island we sailed around to Whitehaven Beach, the most pristine beach in the world where the sand is 98% plus silica. Sand from this beach was used to make the lens of the Hubble Telescope. The beach was a popular landing spot for helicopters bringing couples to the beach for a romantic lunch and maybe a proposal!!!!!! Once back on board Camira we were served a most delicious BBQ lunch washed down with beer, wine or softies. Sails were set again & we had some fun racing The Anaconda. We sailed past Hamilton Island where homes of the rich & famous were pointed out to us. We also witnessed a jet taking off from Hamilton Island airport which was quite spectacular. Afternoon tea was served & was just as scrumptious as morning tea & lunch. We cruised back into Airlie Beach on sunset, a breathe taking end to a glorious day. We were well & truly stuffed when we were returned to the caravan park. A great day was had by all. Thanks Bob for suggesting the Whitsundays!!!!!!!!
Location: Miriam Vale to Airlie Beach, Australia
After a great nights sleep we headed off early. First fuel stop & brekkie was at Rockhampton. Met up with a few other Ulyssians at the local Maccas before heading off on a very boring stretch up the Bruce Highway to Carmilla. Saw plenty of road kill & ofcourse the ever increasing amount of motorcycles heading to Townsville. After fuelling at Carmilla, we headed for Airlie Beach, our resting place for 2 nights. Located the Island Gateway Caravan Park very easily & were very impressed with our 2 bedroom cabin. We had dinner across the road at the Jubilee Tavern & were served the most humungus serves of roast pork we had ever seen. Landed up taking doggy bags back to the caravan park for next nights tea. After a big days ride we hit the sack pretty early as we were booked an a cruise the following day & were being picked up at 7.10am for an 8 o'clock departure.
Location: Brissie to Miriam Vale, Australia
Got away around 7am on a very cool crisp morning. Traffic on the motorway was good. First stop was the Ettamogah Pub on the Sunshine Coast. Had brekkie there & a few piccies. Continued on to Gympie where we fuelled up then went on to Childers where we met Pat & Hoppy for lunch. Caught up with all the Adelaide news then headed north for our resting place for the night, Miriam Vale. The Mirriam Vale Motel was clean, comfy, basic & reasonably priced ($60 double). Fuel was priced roughly at $1.65 most stops throughout the day. The RT's craved BP 98 & this sometimes was hard to fnd so had to settle for other unleaded premiums. We had dinner at the Miriam Vale Pub, great meal, reasonably priced & very friendly staff. Slept well with minimal road traffic noise.
Location: Cedar Vale, Australia
Only one more sleep and we will be on our way to Townsville. Our travelling companions are Mike & Cathy (our local friends) & Alison & Adrian who have rode all the way from Mt Gambier to join us. Weather is superb, though the mornings are a bit brisk. Heading from home to Miriam Vale tomorrow (south of Rocky). On Sunday we ride form Miriam Vale to Airlie Beach where we will spend a couple of days & cruise out to the Great Barrier Reef & walk on Whitehaven Beach. Tuesday we will join the pilgrimage to Townsville. Once there we will be camped at the showgrounds with thousands of other Ulyssians living up to our motto "Grow Old Disgracefully". We will be in Townsville till the following Monday. We are coming home inland through Clermont, Carnarvon Gorge & Roma. A trip of over 3000 kms. Hopefully we will be able to give you updates of our travels & post some pics. Feel free to leave messages. Can't wait to get "On the road again". Jane & Rudi