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"NO MORTGAGE . NO MOWING" - The Grey Nomad Journey of Keith and Frances Thompson


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Shakedown Trip

Starting from Laidley Caravan Park, North via Toogoolawah and Linville to Blackbutt.

Return to Olivia’s via Woodford and Pine Rivers Showground at Lawnton.

Subsequently to Ipswich Showground prior to next trip.


April 20, 2014

Shakedown 2014

  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 374.53 km
  • Time 6 h 2 min
  • Speed 67.6 km/h
  • Min altitude 3 m
  • Peak 543 m
  • Climb 3026 m
  • Descent 3048 m

Queensland Loop:

North via Kenilworth to Inskip Point, back inland via Glastonbury to Biggenden then via Wongi State Forest to Hervey Bay.

South via Kilkivan, Kingaroy and the Bunya Mtns and Goombungee to Ipswich

104 DAYS – 3123Km TOTAL – 1434Km TOWING

September 29, 2014

QLD Loop 2014

  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 1,116.25 km
  • Time 17 h 11 min
  • Speed 75.3 km/h
  • Min altitude 3 m
  • Peak 1067 m
  • Climb 4727 m
  • Descent 4727 m

Brisbane to Alice Springs

Following the Coast to Townsville then via Hughenden, Richmond, Julia Creek, Cloncurry, Mount Isa and Camooweal into the NT.

From Three Ways via The Pebbles and Tennant Creek to Alice.

159 DAYS – 5405Km TOTAL – 3916Km TOWING

December 2, 2014

2014 - Brisbane to the NT

  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 3,424.37 km
  • Time 43 h 4 min
  • Speed 86.9 km/h
  • Min altitude 2 m
  • Peak 729 m
  • Climb 4492 m
  • Descent 3945 m

Alice Springs to Brisbane

A quicker return via Camooweal, Winton, Longreach and Roma.

Turning North at Dalby to Deception Bay via Yarraman and Woodford.

In Alice: 197 DAYS – 1918Km TOTAL      Return Trip: 13DAYS – 3461Km – 3442Km TOWING

July 9, 2015

2015 - Alice Springs to Brisbane

  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 2,922.07 km
  • Time 34 h 6 min
  • Speed 89.2 km/h
  • Min altitude 9 m
  • Peak 730 m
  • Climb 3266 m
  • Descent 3813 m

Queensland and New South Wales Loop

An anticlockwise loop going North as far as Kalpowar Forest and Monto. Crossing into NSW at Goondiwindi and then South to Gunning returning via Glen Davis, Gunnedah and North from Uralla to the Southern Darling Downs.

133 DAYS – 5326Km TOTAL – 3602Km TOWING

Darling River

Starting at Ipswich to Kalbar and back for Condamine Gorge; then along the Condamine via Warwick,Chinchilla to the Balonne through St George and South to Bourke, Louth, Tilpa and Wilcannia.

Finally to Menindee but halted here by rain.

72 DAYS – 3731Km TOTAL – 2419Km TOWING

2016 The Rest?

First – Menindee to Gunning for 2 weeks house sitting,

Second – Gunning to Firefly f0r 4 months Farm sitting.

Third – Firefly to Brisbane for the end of the year and Christmas

210 DAYS – 8065Km TOTAL – 3047Km TOWING

December 10, 2016

2016 - The Rest

  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 1,389.51 km
  • Time 17 h 12 min
  • Speed 88.4 km/h
  • Min altitude 0 m
  • Peak 668 m
  • Climb 5066 m
  • Descent 5597 m

2017-1 Western NSW

First a small trip to Lake Leslie at Warwick and back to Brisbane then off to Western NSW via Murwillumbah, Tenterfield, Inverell, Narrabri, Wilcannia, Broken Hill and to Tibooburra then return via White Cliffs, Cobar, Brewarinna and Walgett and back to Brisbane crossing the border at Texas.

140DAYS – 6866Km TOTAL – 4350Km TOWING

May 10, 2017

2017 - 1 - Western NSW

  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 3,526.36 km
  • Time 46 h 51 min
  • Speed 83.8 km/h
  • Min altitude 2 m
  • Peak 1092 m
  • Climb 5690 m
  • Descent 5690 m

2017-2 Cairns and Return

Cairns and Kuranda via inland to Charters Towers, then via Townsville and the Coast; return via the Coast to Brisbane

126 DAYS – 6644Km TOTAL – 5163Km TOWING

2018-1 NSW and Brisbane – Murray River

First – A few days at Lake Clarendon and then a loop to Uralla and back.  Then a few days at Canungra returning to Lowood.

Second – Lowood to the River Murray inland of the Great Dividing Range

91 DAYS – 4245Km TOTAL – 2969Km TOWING

2018-2 Victoria and NSW

From Wodonga, after our Landcruiser being ready from it’s engine rebuild we travelled around North East Victoria and headed for friends at Elmore plus a quick visit to Bendigo.

Then back to Brisbane via inland NSW taking in some new territory along the way.



Brisbane to Melbourne and Tasmania

After taking delivery of our new Sunland Blue Heeler, and completing a 1000km shakedown, we set off for Melbourne and the Spirit of Tasmania.

We travelled via Tamworth, the Warrumbungles, Gilgandra, Condobolin, Griffith and Tocumwal to friends Ann and Mike at Elmore before reaching Melbourne and the Crystal Brook Caravan Park at Warrandyte.


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