WELCOME to SURF to SAPPHIRES

G’Day and Welcome to Surf to Sapphires

Meet the team Nev, Vonnie and Becky the kelpie
Meet the team
Nev, Vonnie and Becky the kelpie

Surf to Sapphires, what does it mean?

Surf represents Bundaberg , our home town on the coast in the Wide Bay region of Queensland, Sapphires represents the Central Queensland Gemfields where our Sapphire mining claims are.

The pages of Surf to Sapphires tells of some of our lifestyle which revolves around our hobbies and include, travelling, camping and fishing, finding and cutting gemstones. The map below shows the tracks we have travelled around this great country in search of adventure.

Revised travel map 2015

 

We started our adventure in 2001 in our trusty old 1990 model Toyota troop carrier racking up over 450,000 kilometers. We started off fruit picking for a living as we travelled around towing a Golf campervan then changed to a Coachman caravan but soon found we needed some air conditioning while parked up grape picking in Robinvale in VIC and cherry picking at Young NSW, so in 2004 we got ourselves a brand new Jayco 17 foot van fitted with air con, that was great but then in 2008 we retired from grape picking and with  spending a lot more time at our Sapphire claims downsized to a camper trailer. then in 2014 we decided it was time to give the Troopie a rest and bought our first ever new car, a 200 Series GXL Landcruiser, “wouldn’t have anything else other then a Landcruiser” . And yes it was time for a another change on the tow ball so we got ourselves a 14 foot  Gold Stream Crown campervan with all the comfort of a caravan and easy to tow.

Here are the rigs we have travelled around in since 2001.

Golf Camper
Golf Camper at Porters Retreat NSW
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The Jayco on the Nullarbor plains
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Camper Trailer on a overnight stop
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Our New 200 Series Landcruiser and Goldstream on the Thomson River near longreach
Big Red
Outback near Birdsville

 

 

 

We do still go to Young to pick cherries at Virginia Orchard every November and treat it  as a bit of a holiday by camping and fishing and visiting old friends along the way.

Cherries on the tree
Cherries on the tree
Well earned Smoko break
Well earned Smoko break
Vonnie posing with our paddock boss "Steve"
Vonnie posing with our paddock boss “Big Steve”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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