We decided to go kayaking today while its not to bad weather, bit of a breeze and we wanted to get photo’s of the crocodiles, they are fresh water so not to dangerous in a kayak.Rowed over to the island and some lovely wee bays. Didn’t see any fresh water crocodiles.
Thursday 2nd June
Went into Mt Isa and spent the day pretty much there. The part we went to get cap for the toilet funnel but it hadn’t arrived yet, it had gone to Winton. We did get a cap for the pole pipe, so that was good, got gas and other wee nick nacks. Went to the lookout, amazing view, the town is built right beside the mine, its copper they mine. Traveling through was so beautiful, the countryside changes and the colours are incredible. All the rock seems to be a shale of some sorts. Got back here and had afternoon tea with J&A. Weather is fine, meant to be cool and windy tomorrow. Darwin and Uluru has had heavy rains. The scenery around this area is amazing, hilly, red rocks and short trees. Early tea. Met a couple and the lady is getting into photography so gave her some tips. Bed early, already it’s 9 pm.
Not many images today, this is a White Plumed Honey eater, its trying to shelter from a shower of rain.
Wednesday 1st June Day 18
Well it is raining, started quiet early after we went to sleep last night. Has rained fairly constant. The land needs this, as campers it’s fine overnight but nice to fine up now, well not a lot to do in the rain. Soaking the clothes to hang out when fine. Had a early tea, cleaned up and retired to the camper.
Tuesday 31st Traveling to Corolla Dam.
Set the alarm for 6 am, got up and had breakfast, got all ready to close the camper and I was on the phone when I saw a big bird in the tree, it was a Kite, not a wedge tail like I first thought. On the road by 8.20 am, what a beautiful drive, the country side changed many times, from really green to red, flat to really hilly out crops with a lot of rock, then as we got closer to Cloncurry the hills were amazing. Had morning tea at the Info center after we did the shopping at Woolworths. Nice town, not a lot of shops though. While we were at the info center a lady came up and asked if I was camping back at the rest area, I said yes, she said, you have lost 4 poles along the road back there. Went back to the camper and told Don and yes the cap for the tent poles vibrated loose off the pole carrier and we have lost 7 poles . Tried at Cloncurry to get some more, no luck, so will try at Mt Isa when we go to get the toilet cap. Saw a Wedge-tailed eagle today fly off a dead carcass on side of road. We arrived here at Corella Dam at 12.15 pm, quiet a few people here and the water levels are up as we can’t camp on the peninsula where J&A usually camp, so did a bit of a drive around, finally found a top spot, got all set up with only minimal things out as if it rains we have to move fast due to bad soil. No photos tonight as it’s very overcast and windy. Sat around a wee fire until 7 pm, we’re all pretty tired so have retired to our vans. Here are some photo’s of the days travel. A lot of these I take while Don drives.
Early start this morning. J&A went on in to Winton to do a few things and we met up with them when we did the toilet dump and fueled up. Heading to Cloncurry, stopping for morning tea at a wonderful spot where there were some jump ups. Then carried onto the Blue Heeler Pub, had a bit to eat, lots of history in the place. On the road after lunch we saw Crocodile Dundee Pub, not the same looking as the movie. Fueled up as it was cheap. 1.15 liter. Lovely country side, flat as, dry as, so sad. We checked out the Combo waterhole, gee it was hot walking to the water hole, but interesting story as to the Chinese building the stone pathway. Saw lots of gibber stone. The road goes on forever. We are camped at Fullerton River rest area. Really nice stop over and stayed one night only. Did some milky way shooting.
Friday 27th Long Waterhole Winton.
Got breakfast over with and cleaned up, packed up and we hit the road at 9.30 am. Only spent the one night as there is so much to see and do in Longreach that we will come back and do it another time on our own. Had a great run through, very sad to see how the land is dry, no stock, no grass or water. But when we got to The Long Water Hole at Winton there is water. Good bird life. Flies bad, sun is hot. We had very bad winds last night and just got set up for start trails and one almighty gust of wind comes and lifts the annex, off comes the zip, annex falls, J & A came over to give a hand to hold it together while Don re zipped the annex back to get it off. Was cooler tonight sleeping, lovely.
Away about 9 am from Lara, no hurry today. Stayed at Lillie’s Lagoon, very nice place. Only a stop over as there is so much to see in Longreach.
Lovely big wind mill at Longreach Qantas.
These bras are in Longreach on a house fence. Took a shot as we drove pass.
Just outside of Longreach there are two camping areas, we chose to use Lillie’s Lagoon.
They have had a lot of rain two weeks prior and now look at all the salt like flowering plants, very pretty colours.
Lots of areas to camp, we got close to the lagoon without fear of bogging, its all black soil.
Milky way to end it all.
Here are some photo’s on our last day at Lara. There wasn’t as many birds around at this time of the year, where as in September last year there were 26 different varieties that we photographed.
Think these are Mallee Parrots.
Can you see the stick animals?
Toilet and shower house, there is another block of toilets and showers down further around the lake.
Canoes to use by campers free.
Early morning sun on trees over by the pool.
Big areas to camp, really lovely and heaps of trees.