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For my birthday I had the beautiful view of Pioneer Valley to enjoy whilst having breakfast.  What made it even better was that a kookaburra came to join us.  Ruth treated me to some surprise balloons, a home-made badge and a lovely card.  The plan was to move off the camp site today so after breaky we got on with packing everything away and hit the road.  As I did the long drive up the road to Eungella, it was Ruth’s turn to drive down.  It was a stunning drive but not nearly as exciting in daylight.  On the way to the gorge we’d decided to check out, we stopped off at Finch Hatton village for Ruth to stock up on birthday supplies as we had not been near any shops.  I waited in the car.  Upon Ruth’s return I was given my first surprise: Mars Pods.  I don’t know if these are out in the UK but they are new in Oz and I’ve wanted to try them for ages.  They are a Mars chocoloate and caramel dollop with a Coco Pop like shell on one side and apparently, are quite moreish.

With fresh supplies on board (minus a few poods) we headed off to Finch Hatton Gorge for a nice walk.  The road was mostly sealed but the last two KMs were dirt track with a few creek crossings.  Dory doesn’t have a very high clearance off the ground which made both fun, but we got there slowly.  Upon arrival I was treated to some of my favourite Aussie crisps, Burger Rings, and Ruth prepared lunch whilst I was sent off to read the info board on the routes that we could take.  When I returned lunch was made and a balloon had magically appeared on my rucksack.

Just a few minutes into the walk we stopped to admire a large goanna.  It was at least a metre long and was quite enjoying warming up in the sunshine.  Just a little bit further we came across a family who had stopped to watch a snake slithering away.  We just about caught a glimpse before we lost him in the undergrowth.  Our walk took us through the rainforest to Araluen Cascades, a lovely swimming hole with a tiny waterfall.  I was disappointed that I hadn’t brought my boardies with me and so couldn’t go in until I dipped a foot in.  It was bloody freezing.  We sat down to enjoy the picturesque spot and I was treated to a lovely choc milkshake – a real travel treat!  Shortly after, a few people turned up and went in for a dip.  They didn’t stay in long.

Finch Hatton Gorge - Araluen Cascades

Finch Hatton Gorge - Araluen Cascades

A little bit further up the track we found a nice rocky part of the gorge.  As we still had to walk back and then drive onto Mackay we decided this nice spot would be ideal for our picnic after which we’d head back.  As it was my birthday, I was treated to a birthday… scone complete with candle!  Apparently there weren’t any cakes in the village shop and so she plumped for another of my favourites.  It was yum!  The walk back was slightly less eventful with no reptiles but was still lovely.  We then headed back over the dirt road and onto Mackay.

There isn’t much at Mackay but we needed a big enough town for my family to send some birthday post to and we didn’t think we’d quite make it up to Airlie Beach so Mackay it was.  We got into town, pitched our tent and went to pick up my post.  Unfortunately not all of it arrived but most had.  I wasn’t allowed to open it straight away though as my family had arranged with Ruth for us to do a video call for my birthday.  Ruth had a hard time finding an Internet cafe with web cams but did a stirling job and we were online just in time.  It was lovely to see my family (even though the girls were a bit bleary-eyed having got up early for the 9am call!) and open my cards from them.  Although we are having a great time out here, we do miss our families and we really enjoy the phone and video calls home.

Birthday Scone

Birthday Scone

After the call it was time to eat and my birthday was on a tuesday which meant CHEAP PIZZA NIGHT!  As we’d had an early start and an active day we decided to go use my birthday as an excuse to go to the cinema.  We went and got our tickets and then headed off to Eagle Boys for pizza where I was allowed to choose a premium pizza (that’s an extra $3!), how spoilt am I?  Once we’d stuffed our faces with all the pizza we could we went back to the cinema and arrived just in time to catch the film.  There wasn’t much on and so we saw Bruno, it was very odd but entertaining.  We were wiped when we came out of the cinema and so we drove back to the campsite.  Just before we got ready for bed Ruth’s gran kindly called to wish me a happy birthday, she then chatted to Ruth whilst I passed out in the tent.  And no, it wasn’t due to any rum!

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The Arrival of Noah

Noah Elliott Williams was born on the 29/07/09 at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth Devon. We received the news via SMS in a tent in the early hours of the morning whilst in Noosa. Everyone was healthy and over the moon. Noah is my second Nephew with his older brother being Owen who is now two.

We had received the news that my sister was pregnant whilst in Australia the first time and staying in Lennox head. A whole six months had passed and here he was. My mum sent me some pictures on facebook which we rushed to the library computers to get. He was beautiful as expected and I was very home sick but proud to be an Auntie again.

G'Day Noah

G'Day Noah

Well done to by big sister and welcome to little Noah. I am really looking forward to meeting him when we go home and on seeing lots of pictures over the next few months while we are away.Noah, Jen, Owen, Rob and all the family are very much in my thoughts.

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