Drug Buses Beaches Wallaby Creek and Travel Plans









Aah, Wallaby Creek. Good music,good food, good people, good times. Oh, and the associated Police drug testing. As you know, on Friday we took some people down to Home Rule, the home of Wallaby Creek Festival, and I  got drug and alcohol tested outside the Lion’s Den Hotel.
Well, on Saturday we drove down again to drop some money off for a friend. We didn’t see the drug bus on the way in, but on the way out, it had set up at the park in Rossville where the village markets are held. So, I got tested again!
As I said to the same cop on Friday morning, “It’s Wallaby Creek. We knew you would be in town. It would be plain silly to over indulge this weekend.”
I wonder how the visitors/tourists fared.
Sunday arrived and we started slow. At about 11 we headed for the beach. I had a couple of Coopers Sparkling Ales between walks on the beach with my baby. The tide was way out, exposing reef and sand bars, and defining the channel into the Annan River. We watched a yacht sailing North on the horizon and then I dozed off. I woke about two hours later. Tina had stayed awake, enjoying the beauty of the beach and ocean.
A bit later, we headed back towards town. There is a hill just off the track that we’d planned on checking out for ages, so we decided to do just that. The track that runs up the hill is steep. It also starts of as sand, with a deep washout. After four goes, we got up the jump-up and wound our way up as far as we could drive. The track became impassable about 30 metres from the summit, so we parked up and I climbed the last section to take some pics. Tina stayed at the car because it was pretty steep and slippery.
After a half hour we headed for Cooktown. By now it was after 4pm and I had a feeling that The drug bus might be around. If they were to be anywhere, I reckoned they’d be at the tourist information sign as you come into town. I was wrong. But one of the new local cops was there, doing alcohol tests. We exchanged pleasantries. No, we’re not back from Wallaby, we went to the beach. Yes, I had two stubbies. Finished the last one at 1:30pm.
I passed of course.
We popped into the IGA on Helen St and grabbed some stuff for dinner.
Anyway, if we get the last bits of Tinas ID requirements sorted for Centrelink this week, we’ll be able to bus and train to Rockhampton in two weeks time.  Tinas eldest is sending her Birth certificate up,so we should be sorted.
We’ll have to leave Jack and Floyd here for two weeks though, unless we can get them on the bus and train.
No promises though.
Anyway, here are your pics. The view from the beach and the hill and some pics of the pups. The pic with the circular vignette was taken through a small pair of binoculars.



  1. bob said,

    September 26, 2011 at 9:32 am

    Hi guys…..man..I can’t believe they just have tests like that..

    I know in US you’re tested for dope before working….

    and nothing here in canada…
    hell we have a hero pilot that landed a fuel starved airbus and it was found that he was convicted as drug smuggler…
    lol..and he still flies with same airline today..

    I don’t know of one person in my life EVER tested….
    guess I should consider us lucky..

    good to hear you’re getting tinas papers and stuff done….

    how are you sweety..
    hope you’re feeling well…

    lol..you have IGA there…. hee too… I thought that was canuck store…

    well…thanks for update…and I’ll put up at site and say hi from all…

    have a great day you two…talk soon…
    love bob..

    • Brad said,

      September 26, 2011 at 9:57 am

      Hehe. I beat you to it Twisty! IGA. If I recall correctly,it stands for Independent Grocers (something). Roadside drug and alcohol testing is becoming pretty standard here. They like to pick on festivals and the like though. They assume everyone is going to be drunk or drug f$%led. Tina gives you hugs.

  2. bob said,

    September 26, 2011 at 10:19 am

    shit they’d have to bring transport trucks as paddy wagons here outside any sport/music…get together..

    i didn’t know aussieland was so tough….

    • Brad said,

      September 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

      We deal with it. Will talk more on the board.

  3. bob said,

    September 26, 2011 at 10:20 am

    hugs back for tina….

    and you ya weed…

  4. bob said,

    September 27, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    thought you’d get a grin out of this…


    • Brad said,

      September 27, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      That’s funny. I think our Floyd is a bit too big for a bun now 🙂 Funny sausage dog.

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