Brisbane, QLD

Saturday, June 19, 2010


As some of you know we are on a mystery tour with Birthday Bear. Ann organised the tour and won't tell us where we are going until each morning. This morning was very exciting because she told us that we are going to Carnarvon Gorge, which is a place that has been on my bucket list for some time. We were all excited. It had been raining gently throughout the night and as we set off the rain clouds and rain were surrounding us. 
When we stopped for morning tea, Ann received a call from the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Resort telling us that the road into the gorge had been closed due to the rain (it is a dirt road) and we wouldn't be able to go there today. Naturally we were all disappointed and now it was a mystery to all of us where we could stay for the night. We had been booked into the Carnarvon Wilderness Resort for three nights.
When we stopped for petrol, we saw how some of the other vehicles had faired going over dirt roads in the rain. We were convinced that we had to find somewhere else to stay.
We kept driving towards Carnarvon Gorge and stopped for lunch and dug out the laptop to google the area for accommodation and found that there was very little available. Our only choice was to drive 170k north to Emerald or 140k south to Injune. So we opted for Injune.
So we drove and drove through beautiful countryside and passed the Carnarvon Gorge National Park, wistfully wishing we could be going there.
Sadly we drove on and on.
We found a typical one horse country town Motel and settled in. We scrounged around our luggage and found some left overs for an afternoon tea on the "balcony"? Birthday Bear was glad to be released from the luggage compartment.

...and she got stuck into the biscuits. She didn't seem to care that we never got to the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Resort.
Tomorrow we have to ring the Resort to see if the road is open so that we can continue the planned itinerary or are we going to be plunged into more mystery?


  1. Having been there myself a few years back, I do hope you all get to Carnarvon Gorge. It's a beautiful area of Qld.

  2. Thankfully today's disappointment would have been softened by the company of good friends.
    Fingers crossed for better weather and the 'go ahead' for the planned trip to Carnarvon Gorge Diane.

  3. I love the way you all made the best of the situation, down to the tea and biscuits on the hotel "balcony" I do hope you get to the Gorge - I'd love to see it. Safe travels to you-all.

  4. Carnarvon is on my I want to see list too ... I do hope you manage to take us there.

  5. Well I just love this "mystery". I wish someone would plan one for me. I am adventurous and would love a little mystery. Love the birthday bear concept as well. Happy trails.

  6. So sorry about your disapointment! I have found that life is sometimes not about the destination, but the journey. I have had the most fun on unexpected detours going to places I hadn't wanted to. And just sometimes, I've found that God can lead me through a detour to get to people that I'm supposed to cross paths with. I think Birthday Bear is so unruffled because he already knows all this!

  7. Magnificent scenery and I loved the one of you all, and of course Birthday Bear drinking tea and tucking into biscuits. Sorry about your disappointment but there's another hill to look over tomorrow and I can't wait to see it. Happy traveling!

  8. Oh My Goodness, Sorry you didn't make it to the Carnarvon Gorge Wilderness Resort ---at least that first night... Hope you made it the next couple of nights though.....

    Glad you found a place to stay that night... Was there a restaurant nearby where you could have dinner????

    Can't wait to read tomorrow's post...

  9. I do hope you get to go tomorrow!! The countryside looked lovely! And if not, I bet you will come up with another plan! :-) Thanks for taking us along on the adventure!

  10. Hi Diane! Hope you manage to go through...

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  11. Of course I have to laugh about your adventure, yes this rain !
    Today there is the reconstitution of the Waterloo battle and it's raining ! The town is full of tourists, journalists from all over the world and the poor soldiers are running around in their historical costumes and get wet.
    This year they have done an enormous show ! the other years it was more a family feast.
    I am curious where you will land next !

  12. Happy holiday on your mystery tour. I hope that you will be able to visit Carnarvon gorge as you are so much looking forward to it. The country site looks beautiful, love the lake and the hungry Loris.

  13. ooo an adventure to be sure. looks like gorgeous scenery. enjoy

  14. Diane,
    WOW, what an adventure, so exciting. I like Birthday Bear - she's sweet... I like most bears :).

  15. Ah, my favorite sort of trip! Go where the wind blows you and have adventures! Have FUN!

  16. Geese, Birthday Bear. What an adventure you had. Looks pretty, tho. I am so glad you are still pretty in pink and that you did not get your beautiful outfit all dirty in the rain and mud.

    See you tomorrow!

  17. Too bad the rain curtailed your trip to the Gorge, maybe later. My favorite kind of trip is the unplanned, the adventures are almost always exciting. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  18. Hi Mum & Dad,
    Hope you're still having fun. Did you make it to Canarvan Gorge after all??

  19. This is getting exciting! Glad you can make the best of whatever comes. Bear looks happy with the biscuits.

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  21. I am Disappointing not getting to the do hope you make it as would like to go myself and would love to see your and bear's preview...