Its been a while so its time for a trip report. Sorry that I have been slack. This year we decided to travel South to Nelson Bay, just north of Newcastle, and then back past our home to a place called Coolum which is in the vicinity of Noosa in Queensland. The trip was nearly cancelled on a number of occasions due to the bushfires that have been ravaging the Australian continent. I must say in my nearly 50 years on this planet I have never seen so much devastation where trees are stripped of the bark and 10 foot road signs are simply melted. We established 2 criteria before deciding to go; 1. We wouldn't be putting ourselves or the kids in danger 2. We wouldn't be placing ourselves in a situation becoming a burden on the emergency services. Once we were sure this criteria was met we headed off.