1st November: FINGAL HEAD —–> TEWANTIN
We wandered away from our fabulous beachfront site at Fingal Head and took the shortcut (that doesn’t go over a mountain range) to Esk in the Central Highlands of Queensland which only took 2 hours and cost $2.74 in tolls!! It’s cool and showery, not the sort of weather we have experienced chasing storms in Queensland in November before!! Even the locals are telling us it’s cold!!!
We paused for morning tea at a spot on the way with an unpronounceable name and another stop in Kilcoy for Clyve to buy a barometer…. from, would you believe….. a stormchaser!!! Clyve gave him one of our “Chasing the Weather USA 2016” DVD’s which made his day and he generously took another $20 off the already reasonable price. We packed the box securely in the motorhome’s bathroom (and spent the next few weeks manoeuvering our way around it every time we wanted to use the toilet…lol)
We chased a couple of storms in the hilly areas SW of Noosa on our way which were moving too fast to get much more than a couple of photos. Got a vapour vortex that reched the ground briefly on the way up the highway towards the caravan park in Tewantin. There had been a hail storm through Noosa during the afternoon with 4cm stones. We got lightning during the evening and a brief shower overnight. The motorhome’s windout awning dried out after the shower washed the salt off it from Fingal Head. The caravan park at Tewantin was really good. Beautiful palm trees and very neat setup but can a bit tight if it’s full.
2nd November: TEWANTIN ——–> KINKA BEACH
Great sleep last night…..everything is now dry once again as the humidity has dropped. We headed off in the general direction of ‘north’ towards an area where more storms were likely for the end of the week…..stopped for morning tea up past Childers, and continued on through Rockhampton and the roadworks down near Gympie prior to that.
Did some shopping at Emu Park on the way in and discovered that you have to have any order for antihistamine medication recorded on the Medicare database by the chemist if you buy it anywhere outside your home state!!!!
We arrived at the caravan park after closing, and true to their word the owners had left an envelope with all the details in it taped to the door of the office …we found our site …as well as a couple of miniature ponies on lead who I bolted off to have a chat with. We went for a walk on the beach before tea…it’s an odd beach covered in shells and grey sand, nothing near as nice as the beaches further south….but an interesting spot all the same.
We had whiting and rice for dinner and afterwards I had the best ever shower in any caravan park!!! Loitering under a luxurious waterfall….fortunately I had clothes to wash so I had an excuse to stay under there longer (and they didn’t have any water restrictions in force!) Wonderful!!! I would rate this park a 4.5 out of 5 just for the showers if you are up this way!!! Very quiet here except for the peacocks!!
(to be continued)