Friday, June 26, 2009

Day 16-17 Yeppoon – 24-25 June 2009

3433kms, 22-28 degrees C

According to Australian Mythology (well in the Strong family at least) Yeppoon is close to yer-fork and yer-knife. We didn’t see too many forks, knives or “poons” but we there were plenty of “Grey Nomads” or Silver Gypsies are they are now known. We are joining an army of retirees who follow the sun around Australia – the estimated number is 40,000. Some retire, sell up their house, buy a caravan or Winabego then off they go. John, from Colac in Victoria, arrived at our campsite with his caravan in early May and will stay until September. Some brought pets with them. Many had set up pot plant gardens in front of the van.

We got chatting to another old boy on the beach – he bought his absolute waterfront house for $17k in 1973. He recently turned down an offer of $1.2m. That works out to be 12.55% for each of his 36 years. Not bad.

Not content with the Fraser Island experience, Stuart persuaded Nicky to go off down some 4WD tracks in Byfield National Park. Awesome.

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