• Points of Interest

    What’s Left of the Abandoned Ferny Grove-Dayboro Rail Line, Qld

    The Ferny Grove to Dayboro Branch Rail Line holds a fascinating place in Queensland’s rail history. The remnants of this historic rail line on Brisbane’s north-western outskirts evokes nostalgia of an era when steam trains chugged through scenic landscapes, leaving an indelible mark on Queensland’s history. In the early 1900s this area at the eastern base of the D’Aguilar Range was prospering as farming and timber logging country, but roads were very rudimentary, which made…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    7 Super Simple Hacks For Your Jayco Camper + Bonus Tips

    Keen for some super simple hacks and tips for your Jayco Camper Trailer? In this video, Joe shares some incredibly simple and cheap hacks and tips that he loves and has used often. You could do these hacks on your own camper quickly, and with not a lot of expense: Make a simple clothes line; Check the level of gas in your bottles – Joe will show you two simple methods; Quickly check the level of…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    The Speedy Stitcher – DIY Canvas & Vinyl Repairs

    The Speedy Stitcher is one of Joe’s favourite camper tools.  He has had the Speedy Stitcher for a number of years and has undertaken many a canvas repair to our Jayco Hawk Outback camper.  He has also managed to do running repairs on camp chairs, which is fabulous when you are in the outback and there are no camping or repair stores nearby. The Speedy Stitcher AWL is not expensive, but is a valuable tool…

  • Points of Interest

    Mt Glorious Subtropical Rainforest Walk, Qld

    Mt Glorious is located just to the north-west of Brisbane in the D’Aguilar Range National Park.  We took a walk to Greenes Falls and saw huge strangler figs, twisted roots, interesting fungi and a ‘land mullet’ – a large skink (lizard).  The walk to the Falls was mostly downhill which was great until we realised it would be an uphill walk back to Maiala Day Use Area.  We enjoyed our walk so much that we…

  • Camping Tips, Repairs and Reviews

    Our Honest Jayco Hawk Outback Camper Review

    We purchased ‘Hazel Hawk’ early in 2016 when she was already about eight years old.  The camper was in very good condition at the time, and after another eight years in our care she is still in good condition even though she has seen lots of dust, red dirt and wet weather.  We’ve taken this camper to some amazing outback and remote locations in Queensland including Cape York Peninsula, Mount Isa and Gregory River, Kooroorinya…

  • Points of Interest

    Muntapa Rail Tunnel, Qld

    The Muntapa Rail Tunnel opened in 1913 and still is Queensland’s longest straight railway tunnel at a length of 287 metres. It is the only tunnel in Queensland, Australia that crosses between the inland and coastal sides of the Great Dividing Range. The tunnel is now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register and is important in demonstrating an aspect of Queensland’s history. Muntapa Rail Tunnel is located about 15 km south of the little town…

  • Points of Interest

    Bell Biblical Garden & Catholic Church, Qld

    We loved our visit to Bell Biblical Garden and Our Lady Help of Christians Catholic Church in the little town of Bell, Queensland. Both the Garden and the Church are popular tourist attractions. The bright yellow Catholic Church features a stunning and colourful original series of paintings that were completed for the 95th anniversary of the church. They portray the history of salvation as told in both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.…

  • On the Road

    We Lost the World’s Longest Fence

    The Dingo Fence, or Wild Dog Barrier Fence as it is correctly called, starts in the north-east of Australia, between Jandowae and Jimbour in the Western Downs region of Queensland. It then makes it way through Queensland, western New South Wales and into South Australia, ending to the west of Eyre Peninsula. The fence was constructed to help prevent livestock loss from these predators. We really enjoyed driving approximately half of the 110km Dingo Fence…

  • On the Road

    Ambling Around Jandowae, Qld

    Jandowae, Queensland – so much to do and see in around this beautiful little town. Jandowae has a population of around 740 and is located in the Western Downs Region, Queensland, Australia. The town of Jandowae is situated on the traditional lands of the Barunggam People. We really enjoyed our few nights at the Jandowae Showground, which we found was a good base for exploring the local area. The railway came to Jandowae in 1914…

  • On the Road

    Boondooma Homestead & Heritage Complex, Qld

    This heritage listed homestead is one of the few remaining examples of an elegant wooden home built in the 1850s. Some of the original structures that were built onsite, and used by the early settlers, have been preserved for visitors to wander through and enjoy. There is an onsite museum, with much of the collection having come from within the boundaries of the original Boondooma Station. This property was first settled in 1846, with the…

  • Cookin' Up a Storm

    How to Clean a Camp Oven…the Easy Way!

    How do you clean a cast iron camp oven with minimal fuss? Does the thought of cleaning last night’s fat and grime based roast dinner camp oven terrify you? Does the sight of a dried meat and slime encrusted scouring pad give you shivers? Do you worry that you’ll use 75% of your water supply to get that mongrel camp oven clean? Then this video could be your answer! No detergents or harsh abrasives required.…

  • Cookin' Up a Storm

    Tasty Camp Roast in the Coleman Camp Oven

    How do we do it? We cook a roast chicken dinner on the road. We don’t have an oven in our camper, don’t have a closed BBQ like a Weber or Ziggy, and this time we don’t even have a campfire! But we do own a Coleman Camp Oven which comes with us on every trip. It is the perfect solution for us in the event of windy weather, or if there are campfire bans…

  • Points of Interest

    The Stonehouse Moore, Qld

    The Stonehouse is a group of three related stone structures that were built from 1874 – 1888. The complex consists of a storehouse, kitchen and a hotel or inn. Restoration work at the site is ongoing. In the 1870s a coach and mail service commenced between Esk and Nanango in South East Queensland and the former homestead and wayside inn complex, situated on the D’Aguilar Highway, was one of the stops along what was formerly…

  • Points of Interest

    Burke’s Gravesite & Waterhole, Sth Aust

    Robert O’Hara Burke’s original gravesite is near the town of Innaminka in North East South Australia. Such a sad site, but the country along Burke’s Waterhole and Cooper Creek was amazing. The area abounds with flora and fauna – beautiful old red river gums (kings of the creek), coolabah trees, and loads of birds, including pelicans and blue herons. A good overview of the ill fated Burke and Wills expedition can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burke_and_Wills_expedition…

  • On the Road

    The Dig Tree Reserve, Qld

    The 14 kilometres from the turn off on the Adventure Way were tough going, but once we arrived at the iconic Dig Tree site we agreed it was well worth it.  We spent two nights camped right beside Cooper Creek and it was stunning!  The Dig Tree Reserve site is located in remote south-western Queensland in the heart of Channel Country.  There was lots of water and plenty of birdlife making the most of this…