I got back to Australia in time for Easter, which coincided with a massive bout of rain, right on the tail end of the wet season. Seasonal creeks run, waterfalls flow and rivers overflow.
Mum and her friend Linda arrived soon after and I got to be a tourist in Kununurra for a few days, as well as heading out to our station, Kachana, for a few days. After spending a couple of weeks with Mum and Dad, I set off across the north of Australia to visit my sister in Townsville.
Spending a couple of days hanging out with my little sister and her two housemates was fun – if a little tiring keeping up with teenagers!
I guess they were happy I visited, as I brought along the alcohol left over from Lil Sis’s 18th (about 10 bottles worth of everything from Jagermeister to Midori). Should last a bunch of uni students about a week…
On the way down to Gympie I stayed a night in Gladstone, an eerie mining town which looks like it’s on fire at night. After arriving much later than I thought due to extensive road rebuilding projects along the route (you may remember Queensland has had one or two floods recently), I couldn’t get into the property, because the gate key I had wouldn’t fit! Not to worry, I walked in, made sure the fridge was running, and went down to Gympie to get some supplies.
Everything’s great now, except I still need to drive into town to get internet reception! I’m even starting up a little garden. Should be great fun!