I am going to kick start the journey with a photo from Day 1 - Right from the start.... Hmmm... Our only plan consisted of heading in the general direction of Alice Springs.
We left Ipswich around 12pm after finishing packing and headed out West on the Warrego Highway, a snap decision after hitting some slow moving traffic lead us onto the Brisbane Valley Highway. Having not been around Fernvale since the floods of January we were amazed at all the damage from the river at Twin Bridges and surrounds. It has to be seen to be believed. It was at Fernvale we also saw our first Camel of the trip :)
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We drove onto Esk and Toogoolawah through known territory so really had no reason to stop as we wanted to get a fair distance in the half a day we had. A left turn on the D'Aguilar Hwy saw us head through some roadworks on the Range, we had a 15 minute wait here before we hit the very pretty towns of Blackbutt, Yarraman and Nanango. It was here we spent a while looking through the Lions Park (very light cold misty rain) at the old wagons, hut and well. We also visited the "Peanut Van" and got some supplies for the journey ahead.
From Nanango we headed to Kingaroy, where we also stopped at the Lions Park and the "Peanut Van"... No more peanuts but a photo op with our faces on peanuts :) Here we decided on our place of rest for the night, Boondooma Dam. We hit the Bunya Hwy through Wooroolin, Tingoora and Wondai, where we took the turnoff to Boondooma. Finally through Hivesville and Proston where it was only 20km to our destination. We found a nice spot overlooking the dam and started to set up camp.
The weather was quite cold and threatening all day with the odd light shower here and there but finally started to clear just on dark. It was here I made use of my Bear Grylles ability and started my first fire with a flint. After a quick play on the local playground I cooked the first meal of our married life, Campbells chunky soup with warm bread :P As day 1 was mostly a driving day for us, I picked one of my favourite shots, Christine and I enjoying the warmth of the campfire and sharing a laugh. Here we devise our plan for day 2.