With the increasing chance of a Covid lockdown or increased restrictions in Queensland, we head today to do some 4×4 driving. Our mates Richo and Rachael will lead the way and us novices will follow along.
We are heading close to the park where we seen the Fig Trees but this time we turn and take the road towards the Booloumba Falls.
The road starts off pretty straight forward although part single track then it changes to dirt then on to some rough stones. Then we come to an open gate with a sign which states “4×4 only ahead” and in front is a river crossing that Richo reckons is not too deep and if we are happy to have a go, follow them in.
Although this is what we bought this car for we are still a little nervous as we drive in. This is the point when we will miss the ARB snorkel that we have been waiting to fit even before the trip had begun. As we watch Richo (with snorkel fitted) continue on we follow on and with the car plunging deeper in to the water we are relieved as it crosses complete with bow wave then climbs up and on to the opposite side without any drama. The road then becomes more dirt, stones and some big holes to navigate. We are glad to be doing a tag along with our mates as we might have hit some holes and dips a bit too fast. Then before we know it we have another water crossing but as we are now experts we cross without hesitation and are having a great time laughing as we go.
After quite some time we arrive at the car park that has a few other 4×4 cars parked and begin the 1.5km walk to the falls. This is a bit up and down but has a massive drop on it’s left hand side. We arrive and had envisaged the falls to be higher, they are however spectacular and on a hot day would be a dream to swim in. We spend a bit of time taking photos and videos then climbing around the massive rocks surrounding the water. Its then a repeat all the way back to the main road including the two river crossings and reverse holes and dips.
After returning to camp we all decided that tonight there will be no fire. Instead we can all enjoy an early night.
To watch the video of the river crossing go to our Facebook Group – Link Below
It turns out that we made the correct decision to make a dash over the border in to Queensland. Only hours later the QLD government decided that due to a rise in COVID cases in NSW a pass would be needed and a 14 day quarantine would be mandatory.
Our road mates “the O’Neills on the bus go round and round” had made the same dash as ourselves and were also happy to be in QLD. Later we get together and Kaz has cooked a chilli con carne which we all get in to and Richo as usual has a great fire on the go. We were also joined by another couple who were from South Australia and they were also travelling in a bus. They are spending a week visiting all the Gold Coast theme parks with their three kids.
Next day and we rise a little later than usual and take a walk in to the Main Street of the town. We have never heard of this place but it seems a lot of folks do as the coffee shops are very busy and there are the usual weekend toys out including some fancy cars and motorbikes in addition to some motor homes and caravans. The sun is shining and everyone is enjoying the relaxed vibe.
We then take a drive to Broadbeach to grab an ocean fix. This place is really nice with a fantastic beach and boardwalk. It also provides a great view of surfers paradise and the Gold Coast massive skyscrapers including Q1 which we have stayed at a few years ago. Max also enjoys a splash in the ocean before we get in the shade for some lunch then heading back to Canungra.
Later on we treat ourselves and order a wood fired pizza and then head over to the O’Neills bus and watch a fantastic game of AFL footy on the big telly with Geelong winning the match with the last kick of the game against the Bulldogs.
Saturday we are up to take a drive up to the world heritage listed Lamington National Park. It’s a steep and torturous 36K drive up the green mountains with hairpin bends, one way sections, blind crests and passing places. Thankfully Kaz is driving as she is not the best passenger even on normal roads. I get the best of the views as Kaz is unable to take her eyes off the road for a second. At the very top we reach the O’Reillys rainforest resort which is a bit chaotic with very little opportunities to park and of course being a National park we are not allowed to do much as we have Max in tow. There are a great number of walking tracks in to bush ranging from 1.8 to 21.4K all of different levels and terrain. We decide to make our way back down to the village as we can’t do anything and we won’t leave Max in the car. The return trip is just as hairy and again Kaz handles it without issue.
Tonight we have another treat as we head down to the Canungra hotel for food and drinks with our bus mates. Strangely we are in the same part of the lounge where a wedding is taking place. I look across the room as the bride in full wedding dress is walking through. I smile my congratulations to which she walks over to our table and asks how our evening is going. We again congratulate her and she chats a bit more before walking off!! Not sure if she thought we were part of the wedding party but it sure was strange. Having had a good night we walk back up the hill in pitch darkness and use our phone torches to navigate.
Sunday we headed to the town of Nerang for supplies including dog food then returned to again have a walk through Canungra where we swap our gas bottle (first time on the trip) and also grab some fire wood to use on our newly purchased fire pit. Tomorrow we will leave to head further north so we have a quiet night having packed up our kit again.
Having spent some time at Glenugie it was time to move on. This place has been a really great stop and we will definitely return here.
Today we head to Tullera which is a bit north of Lismore in NSW. It’s around a two and a half hour drive but we decide to stop in the small town of Yamba.
This place is really nice, clean and not too busy. We had a walk around the centre which had the usual mix of shops you regularly see in a costal town. We went in to the caravan park to ask the cost of a night here would be and laughed as the girl at the desk said $75.00 a night. We left pronto laughing as we went.
Back on the road we soon arrive at the farm in Tullera just north of Lismore that we would be spending one night at for a bargain $20.00 a night with power and water included. We quickly got the power on, connected all our devices to charge then connected the water, got heaps of washings done in our machine in the van then filled both our water tanks with 60 litre tanks. It was then hot showers in the van and five o’clock cocktail time whilst taking in the stunning views.
Later on when I took Max for his last splash and dash pee, I noticed over the hill on the other side that a huge lightning storm was happening. Then about three am we were woken up by the same storm above us and the rain then came hammering down but thankfully for a pretty short time. The following morning arrived with the usual sunshine you get after a storm.
Another day another drive. With a new COVID outbreak starting in NSW we reckon it’s best for us that we get to and through the border in to Queensland before the outbreak grows and Queensland close the border or make anyone crossing from NSW have to quarantine for 14 days. So with that in mind we get on to WikiCamps and find a great campsite inland of the Gold Coast in the town of Canungra. This place is spotless, huge, roomy with great views and is only 600 metres from the town. We book in for 2 nights the a short time later added another 2.