The day it rained kangaroo chunks

OK, so things were going really well, we’d had a great stay in Longreach and were making our way home, heading towards Charleville to stay for the night. Traffic wasn’t too bad, we were having fun and we were enjoying the last few days of our holiday …… and then it happened ….. that moment you never think will happen …… that moment when it rains kangaroo chunks all over the 4WD!¬†

Driving on outback roads, you see roadkill all the time, it’s nothing new and quite often skippy is laying dead in the middle of the road. Whilst not ideal, it’s a situation you can generally deal with and drive around him.

In all of our years of travel, this is the first time that plan hasn’t exactly worked! You see, this time Mr dead kangaroo was laying in the middle of the other side of the road. A case of very unfortunate timing meant that us and a road train ended up side by side and he had no choice but to drive over it.

Initially we thought he missed it, but we soon realised we were wrong when bits of kangaroo pieces and blood hit the windscreen ….. yes it started raining kangaroo chunks (with numerous blood splatters over the 4WD and camper trailer!) ūü§ģ Gotta love outback travel!

Anyway, enough of flying kangaroo chunks! …….. that wasn’t all that happened that day!

We called into a little town call Tambo, the oldest town in the Central West region of QLD …. first stop was The Royal Carrangarra Hotel, which happens to be the oldest licensed site in Central Western Outback Queensland.

Tambo is a small country town with only a few hundred people, but it’s a nice little town with many historical buildings and great picnic areas along the Barcoo.

I’m guessing most people wouldn’t have even heard of Tambo, but this is the location of the first ever Qantas plane crash. Whilst Qantas has never had a fatal jet airliner accident, they did suffer several losses in their early days.

On 24 March 1927 the DH9C G-AUED was on a regular route between Charleville to Cloncurry and while attempting to land on the clay-pan that serves as Tambo’s airstrip, it was seen to suddenly dive into the ground. All on board died in the crash.

A monument just out of town marks the site of the crash.

We arrived in Charleville and headed just out of town to a free camp we heard of called, ‚ÄėRock Pool‚Äô. There were quite a few other vans and trailers there but there was plenty of room for us to all be spread out. We found a little spot down the back and set up, lit the fire, cracked a beer and relaxed for the night.

The night sky out this way is absolutely incredible, it’s like the stars are surrounding you and falling down on you, like you could just reach up and grab them. It’s an amazing sight and something everyone has to experience.

Finished the night with waffle cones filled with gooey chocolatey marshmallowy goodness cooked over the campfire ….. mmmmmm yum!

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Our Cub Campers Video

Earlier this year we briefly mentioned in our Year in Review blog that we had been approached by Cub Campers to be interviewed for their ‘Cub Stories’.

Late in 2017 we were approached by Cub Campers to see if we would like to feature in one of their ‘Cub Stories’, after they had seen our adventures on Instagram.¬† We¬†love our Cub Brumby and the freedom it’s brought to us so we were more than happy to tell everyone all about it!

On Australia Day 2018 we headed away for a long weekend camping trip with some friends and it was here that we met up with Fiona from Cub Campers to film our story.

People who follow us on Social Media would have already seen the video, but we’ve had a few other people ask about it, so here it is!

The above video is from the Cub Campers YouTube channel and remains the property of Cub Campers.

The day we filmed was incredibly hot, we had our friends heckling from the sidelines and we had two whingeing dogs to deal with (thanks to Emma for babysitting them while we were interviewed!), but it was a lot of fun and it was great to meet Fiona and learn a little more about the Cub Campers business.

www.cubcampers.com.au

 

It’s finally here!

It’s finally arrived, our new camper trailer is here!¬† We had been talking for years about buying one ‘one day’!¬† We had looked at many at various 4WD shows and probably researched every single brand during that time.¬† Earlier this year we finally we decided to take the leap and buy one and we both agreed to go for a Cub Camper.

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Picking up from Cub Campers, North Rocks

There were quite a few camper trailers we liked the look of, but we always came back to the Cub.¬†¬†There are plenty on the market that¬†are a lot cheaper than ours in price (and certainly a lot more expensive aswell),¬†a lot¬†of the others have more ‘things’ like hot water, showers etc,¬†¬†but we didn’t need all of that.¬† We’ve spent years camping in a tent, so we didn’t need all the little luxuries.
IMG_3884We liked the Cub Campers because they are Australian Made, using Australian products, including 100% Aussie Bluescope steel and Aussie made canvas.¬† These things are built to last and handle our outback environment and that’s what we need. We liked the fact that they are made using Australian made products that we know can handle our weather and environmental conditions.

So, a few months back we took a trip to their factory in North Rocks and had a serious chat with them and decided to go ahead, we left our deposit and they started to build our little camper!¬† We got a ‘Brumby’ because it is a full off road version and it’s quite small and light in weight.

After a few months wait for it to be built, we finally have our little camper home with us and are enjoying packing it and making it our own, as well as practicing our setup and pack up, ready for our holiday!  Below are a few pics of the camper, inside and out.

So far, we are happy with our camper and can’t wait to go on our trip to WA together!¬† Stay tuned for our adventures ……..

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Even the dogs wanted to help play with the camper!