• Day97

    Adventure down the Gregory Highway

    June 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    I've been pondering how I want to head south. Last night I still had 1400 km (870 miles) to Brisbane taking the most direct route down the Bruce Highway which follows the coast. It's the most popular tourist route. But my heart yearns for the outback, for kangaroos and emus (though I did see my first live kanga yesterday near Mission Beach - hoorah!)

    So I have decided to take the more inland route, and have just arrived in Charters Towers, 204 km from my site last night, where I pick up the Gregory Highway. It's a well-used road, so I'm not doing anything risky, but it's about 470 km (292 miles) to Emerald which is the next town. There are basic pull-offs to stay overnight, so it feels more adventurous 😎

    Once I get to Emerald I'll decide whether to head more directly towards the coast or, if this is as much fun as I hope, carry on on the inland route. I think most of the traffic will be heading north as Aussies head away from the winter cold.

    The drive down the Gregory Developmental Road was all I hoped - beautiful bush all the way, hardly any traffic and most of it heading N against me. Joyous 😎
    I found my overnight spot - a pull-in off the road called The Old Dump, so I wasn't expecting anything glamorous, but I got everything I'd hoped for - space, feeling connected with the red dust, then a lovely dark night sky and the Milky Way.
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    Spring Wanderer

    Charters Towers - an early gold rush town. Gold is still mined

    Sarah Berthelemy

    Ooh, it's got a real Canadian/American feel to it. Not what I was expecting...

    Rachel Keetley

    Just spent my lunch break catching up on all your travels and amazing photos... wow!! Missing you, but been ever so joyful to see your smiling face in some of your photos. Beautiful to see you so full of life. Biggest squeeze of a hug EVER! x

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