Day 21

Saturday 4th.
Off to Cloncurry,  stock up on food, fuel and anything else we might need for 9 days off the grid,  heading to Gregory river to camp. We stopped and had a break at Quamby rest area then stayed the night at Terry Smiths Lookout. Nice camp spot, plenty of room, toilets, dump point, just make sure the water is operating.
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Old remains at the Quamby rest area.

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Just north of Cloncurry, the Albert hotel, aka, The Quamby Pub was built as the customs house in the 1860’s The word Quamby is aboriginal meaning being “stop”, rest awhile. The timbers in the building are beautiful, shame its all falling down.

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Quamby Hotel,

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View from the camper trailer at Terry Smith’s Lookout.

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Day 17

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.

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Heading to Corella Dam, on the Mt Isa road.

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Rocky outcrop.

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The Town

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I have noticed that a lot of the out back towns have beautiful wide streets, plenty room for parking with a RV. The bakery makes lovely fresh cream buns with real cream and jam,

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Just a quick shot as we drove through town.

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I just loved the scenery, the changing colours of the hills. Still lovely and green from all the flooding and rain they have had out west, we are very lucky to see it this way.

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Another amazing hill.

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Arriving ar Corella Dam.

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Could not believe how many campers were here, but its a big area.

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Wow, look at this for a set up. Lovely people, I was chatting with the owners, they have been everywhere, so interesting chatting . Continue with safe travels.

 

 

Day 16

Monday 30th     Fullerton Rest Area.

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.

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Early morning at Winton at the Long Water Hole, packing up and heading for Cloncurry with a stop over night somewhere like Fullerton River Rest Area, but I saw no river. 🙂

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Some very long Road Trains, if they have only 3 dogs they didnt seem so big after seeing many with 4 dogs.

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The road goes on forever. Jump-ups in the distance.

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A jump up.

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A road train with 4 dogs.

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Jump-ups.

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Windmill not doing much good.

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Many of these rest area’s every where we have traveled, so good, with toilets and shade for eating.

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Very flat land and horizon, makes you feel quiet small, in the realm of things.

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Heading into Combo Water Hole, that’s Jack & Alice up ahead, its so dusty we’er stay well behind. Got the air-con on its very hot outside.

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Interesting.

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Map to show where we are and where we’ve come from today.

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Walking to the Combo Water Hole.

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These are the stone walkways that the Chinese built and there’s water! There are many of these we crossed.

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Interesting read.

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Under the shade of a Coolibah tree.

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More water. Its dirty looking but was still inviting, but to muddy to take a dip, dammmmm.

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Lots of interesting thing here to read.

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Heading out from the combo water hole, we have been so lucky to see so much greenery as it was very wet only two weeks prior to this trip.

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Lunch is coming up.

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Had a bit to eat, very interesting place. One can camp here if they want, there is a caravan park out back.

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Well this is a pub with lots of history.

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Walkabout Creek.

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If you saw the Movie you’ll recognize this.

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I’m very fascinated with Termite mounds. These are small ones.

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Milky way at our rest stop. Fullerton River Rest area.