We wanted to say a Big Thank You to Wendy, Brian and Mark for organising the Spring Tour, we have never really visited country towns, through our journeys and you have openned our eyes to what our big state has to offer. We are looking forward to our next caravanning trip already.
Thanks everyone who joined us and made it an Awesome Spring Tour, we all had a Wonderful time. Thank you all for making us feel so welcome. Lucy enjoyed making new friends with you all. We hope you have many more laughs as you continue on without us.
We miss you all already and hopefully meet again soon. Lots of Love Gabriel, Carey and Little Lucy x x x
We are sorry you had to leave the tour a couple of days early, you certainly brightened each day while you were with us ..... and thank you for doing the photo shoot with the old swamp van It was nice to meet little daughter Lucy and husband Carey....I can see another 50s girl in the making there.
For those of you who don't know Gabriel she is a 50s girl from the tip of her toes to the top of her head
Sorry I haven't had a chance to post until now, but I wanted to say a big thank you to all that arranged the spring tour, also a thank you to Mark, Wendy and Brian ( Noblesgarage ) for the BBQ saturday night at the Beverly shed. Unfortunately both Robyn and myself had to leave Monday to return to work, as we would have liked to spend more time enjoying the sights and company of our fellow VV enthusiasts. It was great meeting up again with those from over east who we met last year Ralph and Di, and also being able to put a face to the name of others who made the trip over. We really enjoyed all your company and hope to make a trip over east at sometime to catch up and say hello and meet other VVers. Enjoy the rest of your time over here and travel safely.
Mate.........I always admired the travel logs Dagsey & Kingy put up for us, and now I admire them even more.....it's plurry hard to do, especially when you're on the move and then.......,when you're having a good time when you're not moving ..... and then when all you've got is a plural iPad and posting photos is a challenge (is for me anyway )
Had a great time crossing the Nullarbor with Ian & Robyn and finding as many "free camp sites" as we could.....looking forward to doing it again but sadly on our pat malone this time. The seven day tour around the lush WA countryside....that was not the usual tourist route.... With a great friendly bunch of vintage caravanners was all we could have hoped for. Full credit to all those you have mentioned above Mark, there were almost too many good times to be able to mention them all.
The memento you presented to all the East Coasters was something special, and I will try to post photos of it when I succeed in letting this iPad know who's boss
Don't anybody miss the point.... This tour was celebrating the tenth anniversary of the web site that led to the vintage caravan movement as we know it today .....I'm looking forward to celebrating the tenth anniversary of the forum in two years time.
OK....finally showed it.
This medallion, is not made of chocolate.......but was especially minted by the Perth mint and presented to us during the last days of the tour by Mark.......how good is that ;D
Thanks Mark, I'll show it off at every opportunity, it was a great surprise and much appreciated
Post by sportsman 1 on Oct 31, 2012 7:33:56 GMT 10
I think we qualify for at least one side of that medallion. We crossed the Nullabor in 2012 in a vintage caravan (and Vauxhall)
Shall we expect a medallion by express post shortly
Well done on a terrific event I am sure. Just could not justify coming over there twice in a year, especially having also fitted in Tanunda, Cowra and Tathra this year and an equally busy outlook for next year. (come on retirement.)
A few photos.... We left home on the 10th October so I won't bore you with all the memories we have of the trip but here are a few.
This photo was taken at our first free camp beside the river at Jugiong...just after I discovered I'd lost a hubcap of the van
From there we took a run up to Harden and were talking to a couple of old locals...I told 'em about my lost hubcap.....they said "why don't you go and see Wally the Wombat hub cap man" .....so we did. Wally had three of the exact same only better, Wally's got lots of hub caps
Third night away from home and our second free camp, entrance to it right beside the first rest stop out of Wagga Wagga, highly recommend .
On to Good old Mildura where we met up with our travelling companions for the rest of the trip....lot's of good memories for us as we traveled across the Nullabor and beyond.
This looks like another free camp site for me on the return journey
When we got to Kalgoorlie
We were pleasantly surprised to find they have a free camp site right on the edge of the town
Lots of good memories for us as we travelled across the Nullarbor and beyond but we better get on with the 10th Anniversary tour aye? With a bit of luck somebody else has some photos 'cause like I said...this is plurry slow work on an iPad
What a great adventure , crossing the country with your lovely vintage vans (regardless as to what's towing them ), the photos look great, so thankyou for posting them. Particularly liked Wallys hub cap collection, the tree climbing and the free camp sites, gotta love those!
Your tour medallion is absolutely beautiful, what a lovely thing to be presented with, and a treasure to be enjoyed for years to come.
We hope that you all had a hastle free trip both there and back and enjoyed every minute of your adventure and each others company.
Wow, the coin is beautiful, I'm sure all you Eastern staters will treasure it
Cobber, I'm impressed you climbed the Glouster tree, nice effort. If I was still there I would have joined you. I love climbing the tree, but I would have had to bring more appropriate footwear but the dress would still been the same, I would just have to wear some fun undergarments to keep it interesting
The photos look great, Im so jealous we couldnt finish with you. Looks like you all had a awesome time.
I wish you had of been there...as it was only two of us made the climb ..Ron ( Shiloh ) and myself. With you leading the way maybe a few other blokes would have had a go.....good advice when starting the climb is.......don't look down, look up
Anyway........ When we got to the top I took a photo of the vintage caravans.com flag that was 61 metres below
The flag featured in a couple of other places too.... Just to show we were there.
I like to get a photo of the swamp van in front of the most impressive building in a country town, often the pub. Not many towns have more than one really impressive pub but Wagin is the exception
Wagin would also have one of the most interesting "Historic Village" complexes I have seen.... I'll post photos of it later unless somebody beats me to it ( I hope). But here's a sample...
Post by firefighter on Nov 10, 2012 15:46:53 GMT 10
Back home after attending the vintage caravans web site's 10th annivsary tour starting from the caravan musuem at Beverely in the wheat belt area of W A with the tour finishing at Maraget River on the monday morning with a breakfast at a cafe in the main street
What a beautiful part of Australia for the tour to be in ......we had not been to WA before and were rapt in the scenery
We really enjoyed the company of our new forum friends ...it was good to meet them in the flesh rather than just see their names on the forum .....especially Gabriel that dressed in her 50s gear all day every day.........and drove her yellow holden with the van on every day
We caught up with fellow Victorians Ralf and Di at Coolgardie (Near Kalgoorile) .....(they just about run us over) we were walking across the road from the bakery and had to wait while this vehicle passed by
We spent the next 3 weeks of our 5 weeks away touring with Ralf and Di............ thanks for the company......... also great being with Cobber and Marjie 2 .......the short time we were with them about 12 days Thanks to Brian (noblesgarage) that orgainised the tour.....but could only attend the first couple days of the tour and then the last few days ( Brians boss would not let him have any more time off work) BIG thanks to Wendy that stepped in and became the tour director .......every morning at about 9.00 am all entrants receive a text reminding us the leaving time
We must have visted at least 5 farms while on tour looking at huge collections of vehicles
A big thank you to Mark Taylor the owner of the web site and the forum .......for coming up with the idea of a web site tour and the bbq our first night on tour at the Beverley Museum.....onya Mark & Wendy
Thanks to Snail & Mrs Snail for the bbq at their place and the tour of snails sheds and the pizza night at Brad & Gemma's place yep they still have the sunliner
Coming home we stopped one night at Frazer Range sheep station on the Nullarbor they have a caravan park there
Gay had her first drive with a vintage caravan on ......for about 80kms on the Nullarbor (Eyre Highway) .......Coming home across the Nullabor we received a stone chip in the front window of the van ( not when Gay was driving) 9700 kms in 5 weeks
1470 members on the forum .......disappointing to have only 4 members attend form the Eastern States Cobber Firefighter Marjie 2 RalfnDi
Welcome to the forum Wendy....it' a busy little place
We all have lots of photos I think woowoo but (being old and slow) I'm still on the road trying to find my way home ...and this iPad thing ( you did notice my iPad didn't you ? ) has lots of photos on it but (being old and slow, and not real smart) I'm finding it a bit slow getting lots of photos and text all in the right order from the iPad to photobucket to the forum and edit the mistakes and all that so.........I'll wait until I get home