Tuesday, 6 October 2009
This weekend saw us set out on our first Aussie Outback adventure. A camping trip up to Rainbow Beach. The journey should take around 2 to 3 hours of pleasant driving and is just a case driving North up the Sunshine Coast. That is of course unless you listen to your Tom Tom, in which case around 5 hours seems to be the average time.
For some bizarre reason the Tom Tom seems to think that its a much better idea to take the Cooloola Way, a track that is only passable by a team of Sherpa's, a heard of donkeys, or a crack squadron of highly trained S.A.S. officers.
Its all very pleasant and I suppose a little exciting to do a little off roading but this was very extreme and quite scary. We didn't know it when we turned into Cooloola Way that it was not only bearly passable, but also 50 Klm's long!
We were almost half way though the road with no where to turn back when we had a blow out. Being English we had not thought about the chance of a puncture or the the spare tyre may not be blown up or that we may not even have a jack or a spanner to change the wheel. Fortunately at least we had a signal on our mobile phone to call the R.A.C.Q. Errrm. actually we didn't have that either!!!
After clearing all the back of the car out to get to the spare wheel we lifted the carpet that covered the spare and................ oh no!! It wasn't there. After a couple of seconds of panic I realised it was bolted on the rear door. Fortunately we managed to change the wheel and get on with our journey to Rainbow Beach.
Before heading to camp we stopped to get the tyre repaired, by the time we got to camp we only had about an hour of day light to get a tent we had never even got out of the box up. Fortunately for us we managed to do it in time and saved us having to sleep under the stars.
Saturday was good though with a trip to Tin Can Bay after a camp breakfast for Lauren, William and Adrienne to feed the Dolphins. They loved it with Lauren ticking off one of her life long ambitions. We spent the afternoon chillaxing on the beautiful Rainbow Beach. We really are so lucky.
The kids had dinner on the strip while me and Adrienne had dinner in the surf club. If the meal had been as good as the view it would have been acceptable in London's very own Ivy. Unfortunately it would not have been acceptable served in a transport cafe. With my favourite French onion soup coming straight out of a packet. Never mind, the day and the view from our table was to die for. Oh its an hard life you know
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