Awoke to another crisp, foggy morning.
We all have our individual morning departure routines down pat now. An interior clean up and final walk around Ripley to make sure everything is turned off and stowed away (some time back we saw a motorhome driving out of a park with its power cord still trailing behind it— we don’t want to be them).
We rolled into the tiny town of Goomeri (pop 664) just in time for morning tea.
Turns out we were just a little early for the annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival which occurs on the last Sunday in May each year. One of the locals told us that this festival attracts huge numbers of people, and that the local showground had bookings for hundreds of caravans and camper vans.
We finally swung Ripley around and headed east towards the coast. Almost immediately the terrain and the environment began to change. It became noticeably more humid and the flora crowded in to the roadside green and well watered compared to the parched brown farmlands further south.
Tonight we will rest at the Cooroy No Worries RV park (GPS: -26.441239 152.919041). The park has a few well maintained large grassy sites (both powered and unpowered) as well as a large flat gravel area that can accomodate multiple rigs.
There is a large communal lounge/dinning room, toilets and showers.
Cost is $30 powered and $20 unpowered site.
After settling in and having a quick nap in the afternoon sun, the three of us went for a sort walk up the hill to catch a spectacular sunset.
Tomorrow we head down to Noosa, and into the thick of the tourist gulf-stream migrations. We are expecting our spacious, quiet and free campsites to be a thing of the past.
We are so glad that we decided to take the inland route to travel up north, and have very much enjoyed exploring some of the smaller towns. Many of these places are really struggling right now.
But despite this, we found towns that are really trying hard to offer up some rewarding experiences for travellers who are prepared to take the time to go explore them.