Day 19

Thursday 2nd June

Went into Mt Isa and spent the day pretty much there. The part we went to get cap for the toilet funnel but it hadn’t arrived yet, it had gone to Winton. We did get a cap for the pole pipe, so that was good, got gas and other wee nick nacks. Went to the lookout,  amazing view, the town is built right beside the mine, its copper they mine. Traveling through was so beautiful,  the countryside changes and the colours are incredible. All the rock seems to be a shale of some sorts.  Got back here and had afternoon tea with J&A. Weather is fine, meant to be cool and windy tomorrow. Darwin and Uluru has had heavy rains. The scenery around this area is amazing,  hilly, red rocks and short trees. Early tea. Met a couple and the lady is getting into photography so gave her some tips. Bed early,  already it’s 9 pm.

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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.

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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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.