Day One: Sydney to Brisbane to Awesome Campers to Girraween National Park
3 hours, 246 km
Hacky sack count: 3 in the dark (Day one, perhaps a little rusty).
Overall Grade: A-
Inspirational reading on the plane in the form of Bill Bryson’s In a Sunburned Country. It paints a promising portrait of a startlingly picturesque journey ahead of us, replete with some of Australia’s most magnificent landscapes and its extraordinary wilderness, noting that we have;
“more things that will kill you than anywhere else... where even the fluffiest of caterpillars can lay you out with a toxic nip, where seashells will not just sting you but actually sometimes go for you... If you are not stung or pronged to death in some unexpected manner, you may be fatally chomped by sharks or crocodiles, or carried helplessly out to sea by irresistible currents, or left to stagger to an unhappy death in the baking outback.”
…Truly heartening stuff.
Upon arrival we cabbed it out to Awesome Campers to pick up the van. The Go-Pro got a work out and I showcased my considerable acting talents by featuring on-camera in faux-conversation whilst presenting the camper. Hit the road as far as the closest Supermarket and stocked the van up with food and a much needed air mattress. Then took an improvised (and round-about) way out of town, before finally hitting upon the highway and heading west over the Great Dividing Range.
We then roll down into Giraween National Park. It has two camping areas - Bald Rock Creek and Castle Rock – with hot showers, flushing toilets, picnic table and fireplaces (BYO firewood). Sites are unpowered and generators are not permitted - you'll scare the birds and the twitchers away. Having lost a bet, setting up the tents became Jenny’s responsibility and boy was that a site to watch; however my empathy prevailed and I pitched in. The showers were 4 minute max and the water temperature was unstable. This is probably what the plumbers in the ladies were fixing, but not before startling Jenny and making her think she’d wandered into the gents.
Finished off the day with an appropriate and undeniably Australian meal of Kangaroo sausages.
A fabulous end to a long day and a thumbs-up to the Trip so far!
Mitch & Jenny