The best news this week. We received a call from Customs and Quarantine at about 11am on Wednesday morning to say the motorhome was ready to be picked up from the wharf in Brisbane. We would have to say that since putting the motorhome on the boat in Auckland, the Australian Customs and Quarantine have been brilliant. We experienced no Customs or Quarantine issues at all. There was no recleaning required and even the feathered cloak got through.
Since getting the motorhome back to our temporary accommodation at Narangba, we have been packing in readiness for our journey north. Before leaving New Zealand we had to empty the motorhome of all food so it has meant a complete restock. We have only had one minor hiccup. We were hoping that our television satellite dish on the roof of the motorhome would be sufficient to receive satellite in Australia. Unfortunately it has proved not to be the case. In New Zealand we can get away with a 35cm dish where in Australia an 80 – 85cm dish is required for reception all around Australia. The new dish is in the jeep, the VAST decoder is fitted and a minor cabling job on the motorhome was completed this afternoon. Many thanks Jim of Brisbane Satellite for helping us with this.
Our last day of house minding is today, Saturday. We have been super fortunate in being able to stay at Wayne and Deb’s home while they are holidaying in the USA. Again many thanks guys – your generosity was really appreciated. We will miss your cats but look forward to catching up with you should you head north with your caravan on your return.
We start our trip north on Sunday by going as far as Maroochydore. We know its not far but we are meeting friends who hail from Orewa in Auckland and who are travelling the East Coast of Australia in their motorhome. As we have no fixed plan we are not quite sure how long we will stay. We also have other friends on the Sunshine Coast who we would like to catch up with.
We took a trip over to Bridie Island the other day. Bribie Island is a 31 kilometre long island and just 70km north of Brisbane. It is Queensland’s only offshore island linked by bridge and is separated from the mainland by Pumicestone Passage. The water around the island is home to more than 350 species of birdlife, dugongs, turtles and dolphins. The fishing is excellent and the good part is that housing can only be built on a small part of the island. The remainder is National Park. We visited the best place of course – some things don’t change!!
It’s worth a visit when you are next over this way.
Keep well everyone – ’til next time.