Day 19

The storm did hit Coffs Harbour but thankfully there were not the hailstorms predicted. However it rained all night and we were unable to pack the tent properly as it was still wet by the time we set off in search of our final destination – Brisbane. We left bang on 9am along the busy Pacific Highway. Our first port of call was to be Ballina where the big prawn is. We stopped just off the highway and quite frankly the prawn looked as if it had been out in the sun too long. We moved on to Maclean for breakfast on the banks of the Clarence River and then we stopped in Byron Bay. We had planned to stay there for a night but it was such a busy place we were glad we had changed our minds. Byron was packed with holiday-makers and backpackers. The campsites wanted to charge extortionate prices too and I can imagine it would be a bit of a party town. The weather did not show Byron in its best light, although, there looked to be a few good waves. After our brief visit to party town it was off to Tweed Heads and Coolangatta. They are called the twin towns as they are split down the middle by the state border between NSW and Queensland. Tweed Heads is in NSW and Coolangatta is in Queensland. At one point both Joy and I had a foot in each state and there are the pictures next to the monument to prove it. Our clocks went back an hour as we headed north and from then on in it was back to reality on the driving stakes. Busy, busy, busy. Just as you would expect in a big city. But with Kate in great form we managed to get to our final destination and the kids – Chantelle and Chloe – were there to greet us as we pulled up to our new home. It was unbelievable to think we had just driven across Australia. It has taken just under three weeks but we finally did it. We have seen some fantastic sights on our journey. We have travelled more than 7000km and spent more than $1000 on petrol but it was worth every cent. It was fantastic too to see the family again and sleep in a bed. The tent has been a great home over the past 19 days. In fact, there was only one day we did not sleep under the stars and that was in Cocklebiddy. Our journey has been a long one but it is something we will remember for the rest of our lives. I hope this blog has portrayed a little of what it has been like and thanks to everyone who has taken the time to log on. We could not have done it without you. We would also like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year and hopefully that 2010 will be healthy and wealthy one for us all.

Joy and Phil at our final destination, Wynnum West Brisbane


3 Responses to “Day 19”

  1. clare jay Says:

    What a great read Phil & Joy! Glad to hear that you have made it safely to your destination. Hope you both have a great Christmas and all the best for 2010. We are currently thinking about a trip to the F1 GP in March.


  2. Bill James Says:

    Hi Both,

    Glad to see you made it safely, just caught up with your blog. Been away over Christmas and did not get on the PC much in the days before. A New Year, a new start and a new home. All the very best for 2010. Happy New Year to you all from us both.

  3. Evelyn Morris Says:

    Hi Joy & Phil,
    Just read your blog about your jorney to Brisbane, what an adventure and once we started to read it we couldn’t stop. who would have thought you would do something like that hope there are a lot
    more adventures for us to read in the future.We wish you both a very Happy New Year and all the best in your new home in Brisbane

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