July #travel #stories Winner: A Weekend on the River

And it’s the last month for Fred’s Blog 2018 #travel Stories Competition, congratulations to everyone whos got around to submitting an entry this year:

2018 Travel Stories — July Entries

2018 Travel Stories Competition


The 2018 Travel Stories Competition has now closed. We had an amazing 106 entries, more than in any previous year. Thank you to all the authors and writers who contributed. All the stories will be read by our panel of independent judges during August and the Top 3 will be announced early in September. Prizes are: 1st – $300, 2nd – $200 and 3rd – $100. 

Oh, and I almost forgot. The July winner was …….Robyn Boswell and her story A Weekend on the River 

MANY CONGRATULATIONS Robyn – your $50 prize is on its way 

Now this is a particularly interesting one — we’re off to Australia in a bit, but the thought of driving around in a houseboat hadn’t crossed our mind so far:

… The aptly named ‘Gypsy’ was like a caravan on a barge. After months of camping; hot and cold running water, a kitchen, shower, TV and radio (that didn’t work) and real, albeit very hard beds were five-star luxury to us. It was powered by a 25hp Suzuki outboard, a little less powerful than our boat at home, but very familiar .

We motored a little way off-shore and moored amongst a bevy of other boats for the night. Noel had fun zipping up and down the river in the large plastic dinghy that came with Gypsy. We enjoyed dinner out on deck and played a noisy game for once without having to worry about the sound annoying our neighbours.
The river had the sheen of polished glass in the clear morning light. We ate our breakfast on the aft deck, watching the antics of the local pelicans as they performed their morning ablutions, feeling like we were living a millionaire lifestyle. After breakfast we set off up Noosa River, puttering peacefully along through mangroves and bush.

Civilisation disappeared rapidly behind us as we were enveloped in the sounds and smells of the cool rainforest. We soon reached Lake Cooroibah, a large lake that averaged only 30cm deep, so keeping to the dredged channel was imperative. Motoring further on up the river, past a few houses and a cable ferry, we reached Lake Coothanabra and anchored off Boreen Point…

Well, that sounds like something different to try, doesn’t it?

And if you’d like to read more of these stories, now is a good time to stock up:

Grab your Summer Bargain Reads

To celebrate the success of this year’s competition, the following four Kindle books are available for only 99c/99p each from today until Tuesday, August 7th. Follow the links and grab your copies while this offer lasts:


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