Nice warm night and no wind. 🙂 All the campers from yesterday have moved on and we have one new camper, so nice and quiet. Did a walk to the corner store, made yoghurt and Bliss balls so been busy.
Blue Fairy Wren. This family are taking the horses down to the beach for exercise so I tagged along and asked about photographing the kids, no problems. Note the man has his dog on a leash, I’m really hot on this subject. Well done. Camp spot.
Friday 10th June, Leaving Lawn Hill for Gregory River.
Got away at 9.30 am and had a good run through to Gregory River. So good to be back here, got our same site, shade all day, but plenty sun for solar. Had lunch once we were set up, dumped toilet and rubbish. Would love to sit here for a week. Well I’ve checked out our meals and we have just enough to stay another 3 nights, trying to run all the food out so I can stock up on fresh foods for the next leg of journey. Alice and Jack are heading off early in the morning. We will stay until Monday. A lot of vans tonight, a group traveling over to do the central of Australia, about 8 in the group. Mild, not to hot, beautiful.
Horses have the right of way up here as do all the animals.
Dusty roads, vans are still coming up this way.
Roaming animals, they must see so much traffic they are never in a hurry to get off the road.
Nice to see some water in some of the water holes still, they had rains out here a fortnight ago and were flooded.
Female Crimson Finch.
Brolgas, such big birds, they are awesome to see flying.
Wow, it was a very noisy night but tuff luck, its a free spot. Quiet cool, I was up early, and foggy. Made a cuppa and listened to the birds. Had a chat with some of the other campers, real nice people you meet on the road. Got packed up at hit the road at 9 am, fueled up across the road. We are heading for Rolleston. We had cattle on the road, black snake and road works. Very long day.
Tolderodden Regional Park, it did not say camping, but I feel you could if you needed to, toilets, shade and the Burnett River over the bank.
Other end of the Regional Park, This is just out of Eisvold. Burnett River, down from the Park. Burnett River Cattle droving.
Well it rained all night, woke to a cool morning then it started to warm up. We had breakfast and then did my Tai Chi and walk, the walk we timed it was just on 30 min brisk walk one way and climbing the hill is good, gets the heart rate up. Went and got some wood before everyone started arriving then in for a swim. The river has risen and the we hole I stand in is now up to the middle of my chest. So nice to be able to just plop into the water anytime, clothes and all. Still overcast and the odd drizzling, can hear thunder in the hills rumbling. Popped down to Kay’s and had a chat for awhile then came back for lunch. Got a fire going so I could heat my pie up in the camp oven. Had tea and Kay and mark came over we chattered around a fire. Lightning was all around us but no thunder now, drizzled most of the night but no wind so we were able to leave windows open. Warm night.
The horse was causing havoc in neighbours gazebo so we shooed it out, they love bread. Horses crossing at our waterhole, its pretty deep now.
Up at 5.30 am and it’s lovely and fresh. Having a peaceful cuppa looking at the river, listening to the birds, what more could I want, money cant buy this. Did my Tai Chi, had breakfast, read for awhile, then did our walk up the hill. Was hot. Came back and fell into the river, so nice. Zoe was helping the mob to set up camp further along, as we have had a lot of rain and be safer up where they are now going to be. Just had lunch and waiting for lunch to settle then in the river again. I have had 3 ducks already and only 1 pm. Clouds are forming so something is building somewhere for a storm. Well at about 3 pm we could here thunder over the hills behind, then at 4 pm few spits then it hit us, winds started and got real strong and swirling, very frightening, we were hanging onto everything, toilet blew over, branches falling over further up the river, lasted about 15 min. Then just normal rain, we could not even see the other side of the river. After securing everything Don went over and checked on the brothers and their gazebo was cactus so Don helped straighten it up. Their toilet had gone over as did the couple in the caravan. I have a lot of drying to do when the sun shines. Didn’t get tea finished until 7 pm. We are all safe so that’s all that matters. Good night sleep.
The rains and winds, the river has been rising.
Toilet shelter over.
Horses are happy in our swimming hole.
The rapids, the kids were having so much fun and the adults I might add. Cicada that had just metamorphosed.
The hill that we walk up every day and back to camp, 2 km return. the track in the paddock that we start our walk on, very green.
Owner trying to get the paddock finished to plant the Sorghum before the next rains.
Got away about 11.30 am. Good price for fuel, filled up everything, at $1.30 a litre and 4 cents discount a litre, was great.
Stopped at Logan river just before Beaudesert and had lunch.
Carried on down the Mt Lindsay highway, real lovely drive and over the ranges into Urbinville, and out to the Bruxner highway. Our turn off was not that far away and then we carried on down to the river where we are going to camp. Just had a wee bit of rain so have retreated into the camper, early to bed.
Woke to a lovely overcast morning, sitting by the river having morning cuppa, I’m in heaven.
We had a opossum visit last night. Horses, cows a big bull and calves, just lovely. Its 6.08 am.
Have had a busy and good day. Turned out fine. Looked further up the road at the other camp spots, all nice but where we are better for view of river and closer to swimming hole.
A couple dropped into look at the camping area and popped over for a chat. Good chatting with locals as you learn more.
Late this afternoon I could hear thunder in the distance, sure enough it slowly moved over us, few spits of rain and thats it. Cools the air, but the flies are bad.
Collected heaps of fire wood.
Got cleaned up and headed down into Murrurundi to the General store to buy some Gluten Free bread, but they don’t get any more in until Friday, so got bread for Don, I will get some in Quirindi on our way to Lake Yarrie tomorrow. Went to take photo’s and seeing how green it has got it’s so good. We were up taking photos of the trains down in the crown land at Murrundi and onto the private property. We have decided that with the weather so over cast and more rain coming we need power as the solar wont be getting any help, no sun. At Lake Yarrie we will get a powered site, rang the chap and all is organized, its only $20 a night. Lots to see and do in the area if the weather ease’s.
Rock formations, I have been taking photos from the other side of these rocks. Storm brewing. Farm land so nice and green, two weeks ago it was brown.
Another image of the rocks. This is going up to the rocks from the other side. It is steep, but doesn’t show it in a photo. Looking down from the top of the hill. Passenger train coming from North to the South. Farm Land. Coal train. Coal in wagons. Most of these trains have at least 99 wagons, I have been counting them. Horses roaming free. Lovely to see. Nice dark sky,
This little fella wouldn’t get off the road, after I got this photo, I got him by the tail at took him off the road, when I let him down he was gone so fast.