Free camp at Warra and Michell queensland

Free camp at Warra and Michell queensland

Free camp water and clean toilets


i travelled from Woodford west to a free camp that I found using wiki camps. It was a small area but very adequate and well kept by the community. When I pulled up I was waiting for the kettle to boil when a white feather fell from the sky and landed at my feet. I no longer felt alone.

I am going to look for somewhere I can stay for a few days as I have plenty of time before reaching Birdsville for the Big Red Bash

so I moved on on Tuesday and am currently camped at the weir in Michel there is water and clean toilets. It is a strange feeling although others are around you have a lot of time to relax and just be at one with the world.  I do not know where time goes   I must get my cameras out and take some pictures.

one thing I found out quickly is that data goes nowhere. Especially out here no free wifi so much has to be done in future at the Golden Arches. I think that country people have a very short end of the stick when compared to city folk. No wonder no one can afford a house in the capital cities. Everyone appears to be forced to go there. It is such a shame. It is really beautiful out here

tomorrow I have nothing planned my destination of Birdsville is a month away. However having nothing planned is what it’s about at the end of the day. I must charge up my batteries for the camera the stars and Milky Way are just magnificent

It has started

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i picked up the caravan on the 24th April and went to Coolum beach Caravan Park. I had one issue in that the tongue on the tow bar was 20mm short to accept the DO35 hitch without rubbing. So on the first day I had to take off to Caboolture to have a new tongue fitted.  All good now

I spent the first two weeks checking everything out. Although the handover was comprehensive my memory retention was not that long. I read the manuals over a few times. I found some minor issues that were fixed with a phone call to Zone RV.  I do not know where time went but it flew so fast. I do not know where I had time to do anything when I worked full time

Monday morning came and I hitched up for the first time. I had help from the others in the park. Towing for the first time I had my friend John riding shot gun. We travelled down the Bruce Hwy and west to Woodford Showgrounds.  I am trying to get all my paperwork sorted before heading west towards Birdsville

I have settled into the van discovered some gear that I need to get. Still sorting and removing stuff I do not need. I want to try and keep weight to a minimum

Once I have been in the van a month or two full time I will write a detailed review on the caravan page

Pickup

April 27th was the day I picked up my van. I have been at Coolum Beach Caravan Park for the last two weeks. I have tried everything that opens and closes switches on or off. I cannot fault the van whatsoever. The build quality is fantastic. There have been some minor things that have needed attention. They have been done by ZoneRv. Within a couple of hours of being mentioned to them.

i activated my gps tracker yesterday in preparation for the start of the journey on Monday.  I will be going to Woodford for a few days to get my belongings and then head out to Birdsville for The Big Red Bash. I will post the details on the big lap page once I start to move

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DSC_0744.JPG – Aus Nomad

I have now completed the additions to the caravan page.  They are a series of pdf files that should open in a new page. The last on the list allows you to do a walk around and through the van.  I need to work out how to make the icon bigger. It may be hard to see on a mobile phone.  This is as close to the final design I can get without paying my money and going through the final process.  I am happy with it so far and anything extra will be only minor changes.  I just think to myself in those quiet moments where on earth I will be this time next year.

Planning Continues

I spent a morning with Clay from Zone RV.  We systematically went over the plans and added some final upgrades.  I had be thinking of a Satellite dish for the internet but having looked at the plan prices all I can say is they are outrageous. I have gone with a signal booster for the 4g network.  the only downside is you have to use Telstra.  I went for two spare wheels so i can do a systematic rotation of all 6 wheels giving me better overall wear.  I decided on the colours of the interior.  Settled on the diesel heating and hot water.  When combined with the diesel cooktop I need to vent to prevent gas build up.  I increased the number of solar panel to 600 watts.  I believe this to be plenty to generate the power required for “off grid” work.  I will have a ladder at the back so I can access the back.

As much of my time will be taken up with photography and video I decided to go with an iMac which will be mountable on a bracket in the lounge near the fridge.  I have planned for extra 240 volt sockets for this and will put a shelf for hard drives etc below it.  This can all be safely stowed when travelling.

I am on track to becoming debt free prior to retirement.  I will have my tax done this next month and then have that discussion with my financial planner.  I know I am going to spend more than I would want to but after all it will be my home whether I am parked at my children homes or El Quester Station.

I will try and update the caravan page with details of the van its layout and equipment.