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.

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 62

Sunday 12th

Had a good night sleep, it was quiet chilly after the storm. Did a walk around the wetlands, just beautiful, these wetlands have been here 100 years that they know of and Jo, the owner is keeping it all in natural state, even the artisan pool and waters are not tampered with, only tested. The sites are huge and they have washing machine bowls or 1/3 of a 44 gallon drum for fire pits, keeps it all fire safe.

IMG_6396  Kite teasing me.IMG_6375  Camp Kitchen, has everything you need.IMG_6344  Roo while walking around the wetlands.IMG_6337  Large sites for all, these are placed around the perimater of the wetlands.IMG_6362  overflow of the bore, artisan waters, these run into the wetlands and into the pool.IMG_6361  The pool, so nice.IMG_6360 Ablution block, really beautiful and old fashioned and clean. Shower and toilets.

Day 49

Monday 29th

Happy birthday to my eldest son, big 50. 🙂

After getting a few things done around the camper we headed off to Cape Bowling Green, packed lunch as we know it will be an all day tiki-tour. There is camping at the National park but is pretty ordinary and heaps of midges. Went into Cungulla, what a lovely place, sat by the estuary, a lady was throwing out a round net, was dam good at it as well. Heaps of Brahminy kites and ospreys soaring, lovely to watch. Camels with dwarf cows and bulls, the cows were jet black and I didn’t get a good photo.IMG_5463  A Storm Bird or Pheasant Coucal.IMG_5474  Rocks everywhere here just like at Magnetic Island.IMG_5459  Bush after the fire, looks so nice and green new growth.IMG_5457  Part of the salt pans as we enter the road to Cape Bowling GreenIMG_5440  CamelIMG_5415  Brahminy KiteIMG_5393 Lady throwing out her net. This is at Cungulla. Salt Pans,

Day 23

Wednesday 3rd

Very cold breeze this morning, up and ready to go 8.37 am. We are heading to Blue Water camp spot, its a 48 hour camping.. Fascinating trip, Ant mounds, red, black and sandy coloured ones. Saw our 1st Wedge tailed eagle on this trip and it was on a road kill with heaps of Kites. Stopped at the Harvey Range Memorial and read all about building the road, very interesting, tried to capture the info but only so much will fit on the camera screen. Got set up at Blue Water and got the generator going, caught up with a few phone calls and emails. Very cold.

StarStaX_DPP_374-DPP_398_gap_filling  Star trails again. Blue Water Camping.IMG_3396  Had morning tea here, very nice spot. Some photos to follow soon.IMG_3338Burdikin River  Burdikin River. Its a very long river, keep crossing it in all places.IMG_3332 IMG_3334  Little bit of the info on the building of this road.IMG_3330 IMG_3321

Cattle truck passing Jack and coming toward us, he had 4 trailers.