Friday, 21 May 2010


After we left Pete and Dawn at Forster we motored on along the coast to Coffs Harbour where we called in at the Caravan Service Centre and arranged for our gas to be checked out as we had been suffering with poor gas pressure since leaving home. You could give the kettle 20 minutes to boil and be very grateful for the effort it took. We had to stay over as they were unable to look at it until the Wednesday morning.
However it was well worth the effort as we had to replace the regulator and one of the ‘pig tails’ which transfers the gas from the bottles into the van. Hooray now I can cook and make coffee again!
After leaving Coffs we again took to the highway travelling as far as a roadside stop which we happened upon by accident at Yelgun which was great and settled in for the night with many other travellers and trucks.
Thursday morning we travelled inland as the highway was not particularly interesting and ended up going through Gympie, Goomeri where the pumpkin festival takes place next weekend and also a lovely patchwork shop, and on to Murgon. We finished the day in Kingaroy (Jo and Flo country) and camped at Soren Hansen Bridge for the night.
Friday we left the campsite and drove back into Kingaroy to explore the peanuts and were able to see some being harvested at the Visitor Information Centre and hear about the process. Even picked up a peanut plant for Jess and Tom if we can get it home in one piece. There is also a great Museum there which we enjoyed. We were recommended to visit the Peanut Van just on the edge of town and sampled some delicious varieties including Chilli and Lime and cinnamon. Ian had to have some of the cinnamon chocolate ones. Back to Soren Hansen Bridge for the night again and then Saturday we are travelling back a bit to Murgon for the Hospital fete and market before journeying on towards Hervey Bay.
Just to make you all feel better in cold Victoria – its not warm here either, jeans and for me a long sleeved top, however its not so cold at night so that’s good.


Goornong CFA said...

I'm bloody jealous. Sounds like fun. How close are you to the bridge I thought it may be a bit noisy. I don't know whether I told you but I have joined the ranks of the nearly unemployed. DPI has made me and the boss "surplus to needs" so we are on redeployment. Di has been baby sitting Ruby yesterday and visiting today. (melbourne suddenly is very attractive) but she ia a great little thing and Tracey is a great mum. Anayway happy trails and stay safe. The Pattos

Goornong CFA said...

G'day Sue and Ian. It was great to hear your voice. Here is the link to our blog. I have put up a couple of photos of Ruby. We think she is fantastic but we are biased of course.
The Pattos