We were hoping to spend a couple of days relaxing in Kununarra, so we headed up the road we had done three times already. When we got closer to Kununarra, we phoned up the caravan park, they were full. We called all the other ones, and also all full. We had to head home, so we decided to head out to Katherine and then to Mataranka. We re-supplied our ice cream stash, and bought a hot chicken from the Coles and filled up with fuel. With no room anywhere, we decided to head east and left Kununarra just as the sun was going down, and drove until around 9:00pm then pulled off the road into a small side track and went to bed.
We were going to take the Buchanan Highway on the way home, but the weather forecast was for rain, and we didn't feel like driving almost 600km on wet dirt roads, We decided to head for Mataranka, so we could spend a couple of days at Bitter Springs before the rain caught up with us.
The next day we headed up to Katherine, got all the supplies we needed, and then down to Mataranka where we stopped in at the Bitter Springs Campsite for a few days of relaxation. This time the campground was packed, and whilst we found a spot and it was nice to relax and just sit around. We spent a fair bit of time in the hot springs, and like the camp ground, it was quite busy, but late in the afternoon or early in the morning it was quiet.
We drove almost non stop for three days, heading towards Townsville and hopefully better weather.
After almost 30,00km without incident on some of the worst roads in Australia, we managed not only to get a chip on the windscreen, but also a cracked spotlight on a section of sealed road 100km west of Townsville. We decided to get the chip on the windscreen fixed, so called up a few windscreen places and early on Saturday morning, got the chip fixed. We then headed down the coast to Bowen for lunch - Super large Coffee and Milo thick shakes. The weather was still bad, light rain most of the way. We were going to stay at Bowen for the night, but no used spending $50 for a night when it is raining when we can stay in a Roadside stop for free.
We headed down the coast, and decided to spend a few days at Airlie Beach. We found a great place for the night at Hideaway Bay. There are some great beaches there, but unfortunately the weather was not that good. We got time for some photos between the patches of rain.
We found a great place to stay on Wikicamps, a couple who let people with self contained trucks stay in their property. It was great, and and most importantly, nice and quiet. We had spent the day in Airlie Beach, and a cruise ship was in town. There were so many people, it was a mad house. :). We looked at all the day cruises to Whitehaven Beach, but they were expensive and almost all booked out. No way we are going to pay lots of money to walk on a beach with a couple of hundred other people in the rain.
We decided just to explore around the area.
We had about an hour of sunshine
and then the clouds came back again.
The next day we headed down the coast to meet up with Steve and Crissy.
We spent two days on their boat, it was great. The weather improved, and finally we got some sunshine.
I took a video of the their boat for them, they are selling it.
We headed home, stopping of at John and Di again, repeating the outward leg of our trip again.
We now have about 32000km on our truck, and it is still going great. All the upgrades we made to our truck have made it the very comfortable to drive, best of all, we have enough power on the highway to keep up with the traffic, and even overtake the occasional truck or two.