Never ceases to amaze me how small this world is ......Rolled into Dunedoo today and thought we'd stay at the van park we all stayed at on the first V V east coast tour, prior to Coledale,4 years ago ......Just for old times sake ;D ;D ;D Park has changed little except for a brand spank'in new camp kitchen We'd no sooner set up and a ute pulled up with none other than ANOTHER of Mez's 1st cousins ...from Cowra, who just happened to recognise our setup from the highway as they passed......Blew Mez away ....They have always been close
1/2 hour later, Mez says there's a bloke check'in you out and he's climbing the fence and heading our way .......'' I know that van'' he say's , i turn around and think ......never seen him before in me life ...intro's himself as Dave, ''Olfarts'' and again we're amazed where these people are coming from ;D We had a brief yap and off they went, heading to Newcastle via. Reddo's This has happened more than once since we've been away and it just goes to show .......You can RUN, but ya can't HIDE ;D ;D ;D
Hi All, Moved on to Peak Hill yesterday.......slowly making our way to Mildura ;D ;D ;D. and while there come across a stash of old cars that Daggsey bought to our attention two years ago.........page 3 ''Madonna's travels''. I was informed by the van park owner that the owner of these cars,and his son are ''different'' as far as to say ''they would prefer to crush the cars rather than sell them ....I'll say no more on that matter . The thing that surprised me the most is the cars in the old dealership buiding have been there since the EARLY SEVENTIES .......according to my source. Apparantly for some reason they shut up shop, and it's been that way since, there is still old stock laying about everywhere throughout the two buildings Here's some refresher photo's
This EH still looks new under all the dust
Three in a row
Two gems........An early 60's Chev, and a windowless EJ/EH van
G'day Gang, Well we've moved on once again, leaving Cowra after a short stay with another of Mez's cousins ......i think i've met em' all now ;D. Had an overnight stay at Greenethorpe - staying behind the pub, and what a night we had.......can't beat old country pubs for a good laugh and great hospitality.
Some of you may remember this van that Daggsey showed us around two years ago when they passed through here
Well this is his latest project
Goes good too
Gas hot water system, wood fire, generator, etc.etc. - little work needed to finish project. Not everyone's cuppa, but different none the less Among his other interests.........he has a gallery.... is painting and sculpture of which he has throughout the gallery The caravan seen in photo is awaiting the go ahead for a fit-out from it's Tasmanian owner. One of his future plans .........an old mack pulling a trailer - set up as a fully operational BAR ;D ;D ;D...........I like the Guy ;D Cheers Kingy
Hi Kingy. Lot of great pieces of vin tin out there. Good ol` Shamrock Inn. Stayed there a few times when i was having a double garage done on my block end of Fitzroy St. Used to let neighbour run some sheep on it to keep it tidy. Pretty small bar area back then with that big log fire going.Probably hasn`t changed although they were doing up the dining area. Enjoy your travels as always. cheers gordon
Queenstown Tasmania. 1948/52 Mercury Teardrop. 1959 Phase III Vanguard Vignale.
We're staying in Queanbeyan Jennison till tomorrow, thought it was a good time to catch up with the grandkids over Easter, with everyone being home. There's been a slight change in our plans as to which way we're heading.....The plan (i hate plans ) now is to head south via Cooma, Cann River and along the Princess Hwy towards Melb.....stay for a week or so, then head north and join up with the gang on the meander along the mighty murray ;D ;D As for the pathfinder, yeah it's a shame the timing's all wrong for us, it's a unique van - would look magic with a full polish of entire van .......There has been some interest, so good chance it'll find a new home. Cheers Kingy
Hi Guy's, been a while since i've up dated, so here we go After leaving Greenethorpe we've stayed at Queanbeyan, Cooma, Nimmitabel, Cann River, newmerella, Bruthen, Rosedale, Pt. Albert, Inverloch and at present we're staying at Phillip Island and all's been good ;D The next week see's us in Melbourne, then it's off to Mildura for the nationals ;D ;D......Looking forward to it Here's a peek
These shots were taken at Nimmitabel NSW where it is around 1000 mts above sea level......... and bloody cold
This great old pub closed it's doors the week before we arrived...........A sign of the times
HHHmm, BloodyGPS's, note where the car is on screen
A good night was had at this rest area at Rosedale.....thanks to our fire ;D ;D
A Bondy ;D
A wind farm at Toora.... those things are HUGE
Port Albert, a great spot.........and being able to camp right on the water was a real bonus
Gotta love a wooden boat.........for sale too
Then it was onto Phillip Island This is the connecting bridge
The trip continues...........Coober Pedy was the next destination, and what an unbelievable place it is............an absolute must to see, was told that 70% of is inhabitants live underground Could go on for ages, but won't........so here
Some underground shots........the first shot is a tunnel leading to a bar
Some of the many diggings
The border line
Tea in the territory
HHmmm....... straight ahead or turn left We'll let ya know Kingy
Hi Don Ricardo, the blue and white van was a home made jobby so i'm told. There was whole group of guys from a car club around Adelaide that made the trip for a get together.........did'nt really get much info. on the van. BUT a couple watch this site, one even thought i was Daggsey ;D
Hi Kingys , sorry to hijack your thread, but I have a funny story about Terowrie.
The father of one of son's friends had aquired a residence in Terowrie when the owners had not paid the Council Rates, and for quite a few years Dale listened to all their stories of what a great time they had there when they used it a couple of times a year as a getaway. Time marched on, and on one of our trips we were going to be passing Terowrie and had been given permission by the son to use the place (actually an old Church )for the night. Armed with a map and a photo, we arrived in town and started to look for the old church, and as we were aware that no one had visited for a while we were expecting to find an abandoned, overgrown mess. Not so, the Chuch was immaculate, freshly painted door, all the grass was mowed, perhaps this is not the right one ? Dale got on the phone to his mate,no, we were at the right place, hold on, he will ask his Dad if he knew what was going on.
UMMMM, It is not ours anymore coz Dad didn't pay the rates ;D ;D ;D
Warmers right Cobber........32 deg. in the van at present ;D, and loving it Unfortunatley we missed out on going to the rock, for a number of reasons, and yes having a dog with us was one. As some of you would know it's a 500 Klm return trip back onto the Stuart Hwy. and thats not counting if you go to Kings Canyon and the Olgas which are all extra Klms. If you have any problems out there, it'll cost ya heaps........just to the turn off to the rock on the Stuart Hwy. is hundreds of $$ for a call out fee i'm told
We rolled into the Alice around lunchtime today, will try and get some pics up tonight Kingy
HI YA KINGY PEOPLE , GREAT PHOTIES , THAT SECOND SHOT AT TEROWIE OF THE OLD WRECKS ALL LINED UP IS A CLASSIC .
IT WAS USED ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO FOR A PRINT THAT WAS FOR SALE AT MARKETS ETC...... TAKEN FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE AND SHOWED ALL THE FX/FJ LINED UP AND HAD THE CAPTION UNDERNEATH .........................................."THE SECRET HOLDEN GRAVEYARD" TAKEN BY PHOTOGRAPHER PHIL GREY 1997 . IT WAS DONE IN A "BUG-EYE " LENSE STYLE . A BIG SELLER OVER THE YEARS , I GOT ONE ON MY LOUNGE ROOM WALL . I WAS LOOKING AT IT ONE DAY AND COULDN'T BELIEVE MY EYES WHEN I SAW A REALLY RARE HARD TO GET CHROME FENDER DART OR EYE LASH ON ONE OF THE OLD HUMPY'S FRONT GUARD. IT WAS SO SMALL ON THE CAR IN THE BACK GROUND THAT I PREVIOUSLY MISSED IT . I TRIED CHASING UP ON IT AND RANG THE PHOTOGRAPHER STUDIOS AN ALL THAT THEY WOULD TELL ME WAS IT WAS IN S.A SOMEWHERE AND THE OWNER DIDN'T WANT IT MADE PUBLIC , SO THE LEAD WENT COLD . SO THANKS KINGY FOR PUTTING ME OUT OF MY MISERY A BIT PISSED-OFF AS I WAS IN WAKERIE IN 2004 ON HOLIDAYS AND DIDNT REALISE HOW CLOSE I WAS .
....well willya look at that!....his CAPS LOCK does work! ;D ;D ;D ;D
.......and no,I didn't.....but I left a pair on the Effjay when I launched it ,new owner took them off when he painted it, you've reminded me I should chase him up and see if I can get 'em back...... ;D
Hi All, arrived in the Alice today and have booked into a van park for a couple of days, have'nt had much of a look around as yet, but we'll fix that, as of tomorrow. Places like Coober Pedy and the Alice certainly attract a lot of caravaners ..........Never seen so many vans coming and going, it's a continual stream day in day out, would hate to think how much $ $ it brings into these towns Heres a few from the last 24 hrs.
As if ;D
Hope to get to the transport museum tomorrow, plus a few other attractions............We'll keep ya posted
Hi gang, well a big day was had today, getting to both the transport hall of fame & the old Ghan rail museum........if i had've taken my reading glasses reckon we'd have been there for around 4-5 hours, not being able to read all the small print cut our visit to around 3 hrs ......loved every minute of it Not being railway buffs we still found it very imformative of the way it was, a trip on the Ghan would have been a trip to remember
That hand basin would look the goods in our van ;D
Next was the transport hall of fame, of which some people have spent nearly all day taking it all in........bet they took their glasses ;D
The kenworth room......of which 4 are new
This truck has a remarkable history.....and too long to share here
HHmm an EH getting a lift
This one got me dribbling ;D
There was a lot more........but
Here's a few shots of Alice from above, not sure we could live here, it like Coober Pedy are great to visit ....................
Could be a while before we get on again, as we leave tomorrow and will have no service.........So till next time Cheers from the Kings