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.
Away about 9 am from Lara, no hurry today. Stayed at Lillie’s Lagoon, very nice place. Only a stop over as there is so much to see in Longreach.
Lovely big wind mill at Longreach Qantas.
These bras are in Longreach on a house fence. Took a shot as we drove pass.
Just outside of Longreach there are two camping areas, we chose to use Lillie’s Lagoon.
They have had a lot of rain two weeks prior and now look at all the salt like flowering plants, very pretty colours.
Lots of areas to camp, we got close to the lagoon without fear of bogging, its all black soil.
Milky way to end it all.
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.
Think these are Mallee Parrots.
Can you see the stick animals?
Toilet and shower house, there is another block of toilets and showers down further around the lake.
Canoes to use by campers free.
Early morning sun on trees over by the pool.
Big areas to camp, really lovely and heaps of trees.
You can see the line in this image, it was a shooting star.
Graham, the owner of the Bush Camp at Charlieville does bus trips around the town and shows where the floods came to, what they are doing about it, all the points of interest in Charlieville and much more, so yes we did the trip. Very interesting indeed. Got back to our camp 2 1/2 hours later and had lunch, then went up to the Cosmos Center. Spent hours in there, so much to see. Booked into the Observatory for tomorrow night. Had tea out at the RSL with some friends of mine, very flash place. Came back and did star trails.
This is where we stayed, they have a caravan park up the other end of the farm, we wanted the paddock. At the caravan park Graham has mattress that go on the star beds, great for star gazing. They use this in the camp kitchen up at the van park. Entrance into airport and Observatory, Cosmos Center and information Center all in one. Cosmos Center Star trails from the paddock where we are staying.
Well got a good nights sleep and today is a quiet day, sat around chatting with J & A. Have a few things I need to sort out with my internet. Did take some star trails. Busy place, people coming and going. Good to see the ranger checking here as it is a 48 hour free camping. Lovely toilets, lots a shade trees, near the road, but the trees buff the noise. Beautiful drinking water and a dump point. Good blue one. 🙂
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.
Star trails again. Blue Water Camping. Had morning tea here, very nice spot. Some photos to follow soon. Burdikin River. Its a very long river, keep crossing it in all places. Little bit of the info on the building of this road.
Cattle truck passing Jack and coming toward us, he had 4 trailers.