Met up with Jack – Alice

 

Sunday 15th May

Left home on Sunday 15th May and stayed 1st night at Blackbutt. Stayed just over the bridge, west from town, free camping at the Squash courts at the top of the hill. free use of the toilets. Met up with friends of Dons whom we are doing the trip with J & A.

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Cold night and long shadows, Blackbutt. Qld.

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Woke to a lovely day and the start of the holiday. Image below shows the area for camping, really is good.

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Day 1

Monday 16th. 

Up early and cleaned up, was very cold during the night.  Had morning tea at Goomeri and headed for Mingo crossing, very nice van park, tidy, green and good facilities. we stayed two  nights here, was a long day, arrived at 3 pm for afternoon tea. I will post some images later.

IMG_4798  WrenIMG_4846  Paradise Dam caravan park, it is a beautiful place.Paradise Stars

Startrails at the Dam.

Tuesday 17th.

Slept well, cold, sunny, have the morning sun in camper kitchen. Lots of birds.

IMG_5017 IMG_5067  These birds a Kite and Tern were fighting over a fish the Kite had caught.IMG_5130 IMG_5145

Wednesday 18th

Heading off to Wuruma Dam today. I took a few photos of Paradise Dam before heading off. We have been told its pretty full, but were going to check it out anyway. We traveled via Ceratadace. Well we got a tops spot for both vehicles, very happy. Had lunch and settled in. Lots of water in the Dam, I will post images later.

IMG_5149  Fog on the dam.IMG_5150 IMG_5151  SunriseIMG_5157

Lots of space for camping.

IMG_5295  At Wurumu Dam, there is always something happening, birds everywhere. White faced Heron.IMG_5306  Apostle bird, these birds are so funny to watch.IMG_5320  Don and Jack out having a kayak.IMG_5323 IMG_5358  Turtles, there were heaps, little ones as well as big ones.IMG_5394 IMG_5491

Sunset at Wurumu Dam.

Thursday 19th

Very mild last night slept with all windows open. Had a very relaxing day, chattered with some people, took photos men went kayaking again. Lots of water birds. Ran the gene and charged all the batteries etc..

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View from our site,

Friday 20th.

Got away by 9 am and heading to Monto, we dumped and filled up here and had morning tea, from here we went to Biloela and did some shopping. Filled up gas bottles here. Shouted ourselves lunch out. We are all set for 3  nights off the grid. Got to Lake Victoria 3 pm, set up and had a cuppa. Beautiful spot. Black soil so will be watching for rain. We have a full moon so no night shooting stars tonight.

IMG_5537  Lovely spot so were very pleased. Lake Victoria.IMG_5543  This camping is on private property so please be mindful of the owners animals and leave things as you see them, It was lovely to see that all other campers had taken all there rubbish away with them, good one you.IMG_5548  At least these lucky cows have plenty of water.IMG_5579

Just a night shot from the camp site.

Saturday 21st.

Woke to a beautiful day not a cloud to be seen. We read, chattered, and took photo’s, lots of birds. Did some night shooting and star trails until some clouds came across.

IMG_5630  Spoonbills flying offIMG_5632  We could here a cat meow, but couldn’t work it out as to where the sound was coming from, then we saw it, a black cat after a dead fish on the bank across from us.IMG_5636  IbisIMG_5669  I went for a walk and saw these big cobwebs, there were heaps of them, I don’t like spiders, so I always see cobwebs.IMG_5773  Pelicans taking off from the lake.IMG_5796

Real golden sunset tonight.

Sunday 22nd.

Cloudy, windy and not a lot of sunlight for solar panels so will run the gene later. Another lovely day, caught up on a few bits and packed what we can as tomorrow is a early start for Sapphire, hope we get a site. Took these shots just before leaving.

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Pelican landing, they are such a big bird.

Monday 23rd. 

Up at 6 am, lovely morning, been pretty mild as well at nights. Got breakfast done and cleaned up, left the gate by 8.40 am Had a good run thru to Dululu and dumped and filled up the water containers. I had a shower here its free so that was awesome, thanks Dululu. We had morning tea here. Headed for Comet and had lunch nice we spot. Carried onto Emerald. Grabbed a few bits and pieces, rang some family and friends while we had good coverage. Spent a bit of time here but still arrived in Sapphire by 4.30 pm and got a site, as its for only one night you make do. Been a long day, its very hot, 32 deg. Crashed into bed early.

IMG_5972  Early morning shot of the moon still in the sky going down as the sun was coming up behind me.IMG_5983  Sunrise colours, Lake Victoria.IMG_6001  Dululu, thanks to the wee town for the facilities of hot free showers and a dump point. Support these towns, got to be grateful.IMG_6013

Coal train while were traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 3

Wednesday 23rd September. Happy Birthday Nancy

Hi I’m back, been out of action a week so now to catch up. Last night was a pretty noisy one as we camped at a intersection where trucks pull in and check their loads, but hey its a break. Chattered with a truckie, nice block, learn lots about the area chatting. I was up early this morning, sent my daughter in law a mental happy birthday, we have no coverage. We are going to Barcaldine today, that’s the plan. Here’s a few photos from along the way.Roads from Rolleston to Springsure are pretty rough at present. Got to Barcaldine 4.15 pm so was a long hot day. But fun.

_MG_6836Springsure Infrared  Did a Infrared shot here where we had a quick stop and put fuel from jerry can into Pathy.IMG_6514Entrance to Springsure  Entrance signs into Springsure, quiet a few of the towns have these sort of sculptures, really nice.IMG_6519MT Zamia_Virgin Rock  View of the hills.Mt Zamia & Virgin Rock, Springsure. Qld Then we discovered the hills have a story, They are Mt Zamia on left and Virgin Rock on right.

Day 61

Saturday 11th

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.

IMG_6169  Dunny out in the bush camp, I have grunged it up a bit for fun.IMG_6270  The poor old D5, has been sitting awhile but they do use it on the farm for the roads.IMG_6183  Kite about to land in its nest, from our camp site.IMG_6120  Looking across the wetlands from our camp site. Lara wetlands.IMG_6083  The morning before heading off, sparrow loves porridge, soaking to wash.IMG_6077 Sparrow leaving the nest. Barcaldine, morning before heading off.

Day 60

Friday 10th

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.

IMG_6061  Dad looking after the bubs. IMG_6045 IMG_6031  Olive-backed Oriole’s nest, she was guarding this nest fiercely.IMG_6019  Olive-backed Oriole I think.DSCF3557  The road heading to Aramac, country side very flat, DSCF3549  Edge of town at Aramac.DSCF3554  Camels being farmed.DSCF3558