Had a good night sleep, it was quiet chilly after the storm. Did a walk around the wetlands, just beautiful, these wetlands have been here 100 years that they know of and Jo, the owner is keeping it all in natural state, even the artisan pool and waters are not tampered with, only tested. The sites are huge and they have washing machine bowls or 1/3 of a 44 gallon drum for fire pits, keeps it all fire safe.
Kite teasing me. Camp Kitchen, has everything you need. Roo while walking around the wetlands. Large sites for all, these are placed around the perimater of the wetlands. overflow of the bore, artisan waters, these run into the wetlands and into the pool. The pool, so nice. Ablution block, really beautiful and old fashioned and clean. Shower and toilets.
Windy as hell again, rained a wee bit during the night but fine to pack up, heading off towards Charlieville, may stop at Lloyd Weir, they have artisan hot pools. Well we ended up at a place called Lara Wetlands, what a magic spot, with artisan hot pools as well, Yeah, I get to soak.:) We booked in for 2 nights at this stage. Big storm went thru and then we sat in the pools watching the lightning on the horizon, lovely way to end the day. Met the owner this afternoon to get some money and introduce herself, lovely person. Here’s a few photo’s from today from our camp site, cool backyard for next 3 days.
Dunny out in the bush camp, I have grunged it up a bit for fun. The poor old D5, has been sitting awhile but they do use it on the farm for the roads. Kite about to land in its nest, from our camp site. Looking across the wetlands from our camp site. Lara wetlands. The morning before heading off, sparrow loves porridge, soaking to wash. Sparrow leaving the nest. Barcaldine, morning before heading off.
Windy as hell today so cant cook a breakfast, trying out the new Gluten Free weetbix, and they tasted real good. Getting sorted, packing up and heading off to Barcaldine, stayed at a van park, another hot day 43 deg. We had a job to be done on the camper so needed to be in a town. Here’s a few photo’s of the day. Visited some people out on a farm, here are their Drake and ducklings. Not a lot of photos today.
Dad looking after the bubs. Olive-backed Oriole’s nest, she was guarding this nest fiercely. Olive-backed Oriole I think. The road heading to Aramac, country side very flat, Edge of town at Aramac. Camels being farmed.
Just as hot today so did a wee drive around, went and saw Dons sister who lives here and we had tea over there place. I just love the signs that I have seen on our travels. The country people are so nice all have the time to chat.
Some of the signs, note the great deal at van park and its amenities are great. Flash church. Self explanatory. Table and seats in the middle of the road. Famous White Bull.
So nice just sitting listening to nothing having breakfast. The fire truck camp in and I went and spoke with the chap, he comes and fills the water tank up, cleans out the ablution block. Real nice person. We headed off to Aramac, popped into Pentland, checked it out and headed off down the Aramac/Torrens road, very wide, red road, temperature was 40 degrees. Had a good run and not many vehicles on this road, I just love the way the landscapes change. Had morning tea under a trees, boy it was hot. I did some driving today, did 180 km into Aramac, good practice in case I need to. Here’s a few photo’s to tell the story.
Red dirt roads. Was quiet soft in places. Campasepe River bed. Train bridge in foreground. Flat country side along the way. So many extremes. Back on the dirt. Begining of the Torrens/Aramac road from Pentland. Our destination second from bottom. Pentland Hotel, could tell a story or two. Camp site at Campasepe, they had not long done a burn off. Lovely chap from Pentland doing his rounds and jobs. At Aramac it was the evening of the moon eclisps, this is my effort.
Monday was sorting, packing and stocking up for heading west.
Tuesday we headed off at 10.30 am and going to the Campasepe River camping spot. Before we headed off the tree loppers arrived and I got some shots of them doing there work. Had a good run thru, camp site is nice and roomy, shade and nice toilets etc, no showers. River was dry and they had not long done a burn off.
Star trails. Campasepe River. Tree Loppers at work at the relations place. Toilet block, rubbish bins, parking and camping. Campasepe River. Apostile birds at Charters Towers Dump point area, so hot this day. Columbia mine shaft entry. Charters Towers. Loved this, on the way today. Macrossan River and rail bridge, big camping area here. Macrossan camping. This is not far out of Charters Towers.
Went for a drive up to Paluma, called in at Little Crystal Creek Falls, great water holes and water falls. Then onto Birthday Creek Falls, then went to Paluma Dam Camping area. Spent time here and on way home called into Big Crystal Creek Falls. This is a nice area to camp if one didn’t want to go up the range. Called into Balgal Beach, wow I really loved this beach area and the camping looked good. Trees, toilets, estuary and surf.
Ocean at Balgal Beach, Rollingstone. Estuary at Balgal Beach and camping area. Big Crystal Creek Camping. Paluma Dam and camping. Walk down to Birthday creek falls. Little Crystal Creek Falls. The Arch at Little Crystal creek falls. Picnic tables along the river bed. Little Crystal creek falls. Big boulders along the river from the Little Crystal Creek Falls. The Arch is huge, the person gives it perspective.
Lots of visiting, and catching up with how my granddaughter is doing in Canberra hospital, also clean up the campertrailer. Then on the Saturday we went to Townsville to Kissing Point to see the Army Museum but it was closed, so we off out to Ross River Dam. Was a bit disappointing as one cant really just drive to the water, picnic area is at the bottom of the Dam wall, We went and found a way to climb up and take a look as to if there was any water or what, hey big surprise, was really nice, what a waste that people cant go and enjoy this. Here are a few panorama images as its so huge it was the best way to shoot them.
This was a wetlands on the way. Top of the levy banks to the Ross River Dam as is the other two.
After getting a few things done around the camper we headed off to Cape Bowling Green, packed lunch as we know it will be an all day tiki-tour. There is camping at the National park but is pretty ordinary and heaps of midges. Went into Cungulla, what a lovely place, sat by the estuary, a lady was throwing out a round net, was dam good at it as well. Heaps of Brahminy kites and ospreys soaring, lovely to watch. Camels with dwarf cows and bulls, the cows were jet black and I didn’t get a good photo. A Storm Bird or Pheasant Coucal. Rocks everywhere here just like at Magnetic Island. Bush after the fire, looks so nice and green new growth. Part of the salt pans as we enter the road to Cape Bowling Green Camel Brahminy Kite Lady throwing out her net. This is at Cungulla. Salt Pans,