Day 25

Wednesday 8th June 

Had a great day. Had a good breakfast and then headed off on a hike to Indarri Falls, 3 hours round trip up over the plateau and down the cliff face,  dam steep. The colours out here are just so vivid. The falls are beautiful. The terrain is very undulating,  rocky and colourful. Alice and Jack went up to the falls in their kayak, went to the second level, we saw them at the falls. Got back at 12.30 pm.  Had to cool down, then went for a cold shower. Had lunch and just sat around for awhile,  it was 35 deg today again. Flies are bad. Wearing the fly net most days. Don and Jack went walking up over the Constance Range,  Don said it’s beautiful but extremely tough. I’m not doing it.  Couldn’t get on the boat trip today but have booked for tomorrow 10 am. Looking forward to that. Not cold at nights. Lovely and fresh.

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Beautiful cliffs where we’re camping. These colours are as they are.

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Path on our 3 hour walk to Indarri falls, then to the lookout and back down to camp.

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This is the Lawn creek, magic colours. There are fresh water crocodiles but we didn’t see one.

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The Indarri Falls, so lovely.

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Love these reflections.

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Indarri falls,

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Going up the escarpment, reds and green, we are so lucky this national park was closed to flooding two weeks prior to us coming.

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View from climbing up higher, the falls being just to the left of the middle of photo.

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On our way up to the lookout, this a great view but facing the sun.

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The workers and rangers accommodation.

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Bigger view of the whole camping.

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Sun going down and I’m down by the jetty.

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Another angle. magic reflections.

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Heading back to camp, got a sun burst through the trees.

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Young crimson finch.

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Very bright but still beautiful.

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White winged triller.

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White winged triller.

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Yellow tinted honey eater.

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Liked these, don’t know there name, reminded me of the Lupines in NZ up Mt Cook.

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Lizard sunning.

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Indarra falls.

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Indarra falls.

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Close up of the falls.

Day 24

Tuesday 7th    Traveling to Lawn Hill

We got away from Gregory river by 9 am, sad to be leaving but will be calling back on our way south. Wonderful drive to Adels Grove where we had morning tea. Then another 10 km to Lawn Hill NP. The scenery is so beautiful and changes so often I have taken shots along the way from the vehicle as we are driving. Very hot, 35 deg. Lots of birds. I’m going on the boat cruise as there is no way I can row 6 km. I will then walk to the falls in the afternoon. Had a cold shower to cool off then got tea. We are here for 2 full days then leave Friday 10th. We have full telstra coverage 4G with blue tick.

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The road to Lawn Hill, some of the tar sealed roads were worse than gravel roads.

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This is the road to Adels Grove. It is a Caravan Park. Been very wet here two weeks ago so we have timed it nicely, lovely and green really.

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Still not much water for the animals, but better than none.

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We are here, yahoo, only 4 km now to the camping area.

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Beautiful red soil and rocks. Very crumbly looking. The skies are so blue.

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Good amount of foliage.

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Well, this is the colour of the Lawn creek/river.

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Another wider view.

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Termite mounds, I have seen them reds, browns, creams, I’ve been told that what ever the colour of the soil then that’s the colour of the mounds. Makes sense.

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This is the Female of the Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

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These are Crimson Finches, on the tree in our camp spot. How lucky. The red one is the male, other two females.

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Dragonfly on the path where I was walking.

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This is the Male Purple-crowned Fairy-wren.

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Red winged parrot.

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Grey-crowned Babbler.

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White-browed Robin.

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Went for a bit of a walk and just love the colours in the rock face, but trees are growing out of cracks, make them hardy up here to survive.

Day 23

Monday 6th. June

Well woke to a lovely morning,  heaps of people moving out and one new one came In and its only 9.02 am.  We have the Northern kookaburra,  they are so funny the sounds they make.  We walked up into the town which is 1 pub, 1 shop general Store but only necessary groceries really and petrol, all very exe. The bird life here is magic,  so many different types. Not cold tonight.  I got the washing dry,  had showers. Off to Lawn Hill tomorrow.  Met some lovely travelers.

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Lovely reflections on the Gregory River where we are camped.

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Large area’s for camping, Gregory River.

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This camping area is on the other side under the bridge.

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Gregory River down stream.

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Under the bridge.

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Kites, we have a nest above our camp spot. 🙂

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Jack and Alice whom we are traveling with having breakfast in the sun by the rive, doesn’t get much better than this.

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Kite taking off from drinking.

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The cub set up for two nights only this stop. We keep it simple for a couple of nights.

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Getting the shower bottles ready to heat up for the shower. Plenty room over this side of the bridge for camping.

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Wee frog while I was crossing the rocks,

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Kite preening.

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I think this is a young Great bower bird.

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White Gaped Honey Eater.

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Peaceful Dove, they are so small compared to the other Doves.

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A better shot of the Young Great Bower bird.

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White gaped Honey eater.

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Water trucks come in all day, they are doing the road works and its at least one hour away from here, so a long haul.

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Yellow Tinted honey eater bathing.

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Here is a better view of the Yellow tinted honey eater.

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Black chinned honey eaters.

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White browed robin.

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Masked Finch I think.

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Not sure the name of this bird.

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Rufus Whistler.

Day 22

Sunday 5th June

Got away from Terry Smiths Lookout by 8.25 am. Great spot to stay, nice and quiet as well.  Had a good drive through to Burke and Wills roadhouse. Had morning tea,  fueled up all set for Lawn Hill. A wedgie was across the road but to far. On our next leg we encountered so many things, Bustards,  Emu’s,  Brolgas,  Sea Eagle,  and a Wedge tail Eagle landed on a carcass in front of us and we all but hit it,  I didn’t even get a shot away as I was so flabbergasted thinking we were going to hit it. There were all sorts of birds at the rest stop as well. We arrived at Gregory River just after lunch,  once all set up had a bite to eat down the river, just a beautiful spot, with amazing bird life.  Jack and Alice are on the lower side down by the river, we chose to stay up the top in shade.  Here for two nights,  will be staying here again on our return from Lawn Hill.

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Had Lunch here. lovely spot, the people are new owners and they are so helpful, very friendly.

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BBQ area down the end at the Burke & Wills.

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As we drive off there’s cattle on the road, they have the right of way. We are following that sign.

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Speaks for its self.

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The Termite mounds are getting bigger around this area.

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Road narrows. Glad it hasn’t rained for awhile, very muggy side of the roads when its been wet.

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Off the tar seal for now.

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Leichhardt River, so nice to see water in some of the creeks and rivers.

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Interesting watching how the foliage changes from time to time.

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Dry river bed.

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The cattle never even moved, they are use to the traffic.

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Good sign.

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Nearly there.

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Savannah way next time.

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We are staying at the National Park.

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This is our morning tea spot. Gregory River. Clean and fast flowing.

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View towards the bridge, we come over this then turn down to here. Lots of room.

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View from our kitchen. In the shade all day, weather was very hot.

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Afternoon tea spot, lots of Kites and other little birds.

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Brolga’s on side of road.

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Kite at the river.

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They have a nest in the large tree just above us.

Day 18

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.

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Just down the bank from our camp site, looking south. very overcast.

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Looking up the opposite way. This dam is a lot higher than it has been, last year people were camping where the water is.

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Our camp site.

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Very dark skies tonight.

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Beautiful Kite.

Day 15

 

Sunday 29th 
Got up for sunrise but was a bit of a sizzler. Made a cuppa and waited for the sun to appear. Got breakfast before the flies come. Still very windy and in the shade quiet cool. Sun is hot but having the wind helps . Caught up with Robert T,  met him at Lara,  now at Long Water Hole Winton. Had a good chat with him.  We all did star trails, milky way.  Photographed birds, cows and packed up what we could.
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Sun setting over the Long Water Hole

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Animals drinking just behind our camp site.

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Who’s going to move for who.

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Nice sitting in the cool of the afternoon at our camp spot. Long Water Hole.

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White Plumed Honey eater

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Crested Pigeon

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Pelicans landing

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Apostles, ones teaching the other one something.

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Red tailed Black Cockatoo’s, a Kite hovering above.

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Whistling Kite

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Sand Goanna

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Sand Goanna

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Whistling Kite.

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Got his lunch.

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Red tailed Black Cockatoo.

 

Day 13

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.

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Kites were everywhere so we had heaps of practice taking photo’s.

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Very appropriate.

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The landscape changes every few hundred kilometers.

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Its black soil out here and all the fences are so crocked due to the rains they had, power poles were on a lean as well.

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Rail inspection vehicle.

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Road train passing. Very long some of them. We let them go.

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Heading to Winton.

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Homestead on a station. Jump ups in background.

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Nice sign

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Saw many of these.

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This was exciting for me, been wanting to come here for some time.

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Long Water Hole, Winton.

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Sunset at Long Water Hole where we are camping , This is my view.

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Campsite.

Day 12

Thursday 26th 

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.

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Think these are Mallee Parrots.

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Spoonbill

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Can you see the stick animals?

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Toilet and shower house, there is another block of toilets and showers down further around the lake.

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Canoes to use by campers free.

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Early morning sun on trees over by the pool.

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Big areas to camp, really lovely and heaps of trees.

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Coal train while were traveling.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 8

Monday 28th September

We headed off to Lara Wetlands and Dons sister and her friend followed us to spend the day with us.After setting up the Cub we all had lunch and a cuppa. Our visitors headed off and we settled into watching what bird life was around this trip, met our neighbours, lovely couple. Had a hot soak in the pools after tea, boy it was so nice. The owner of the property Jo had done heaps of improvements with her helpers, great job. Had a fire that evening.

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