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.

 

 

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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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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 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.