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Carpentaria

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  • Day14

    Normaton

    September 21, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 30 °C

    Mount Isa
    Normanton
    500 km

    Nice windy bush roads just after Mt Isa. Bourke and Willis Roadhouse at lunch time.
    Later we passed along 150 km of termite hills on both sides of the road. That must have been millions.
    End of the tour in 35 degress. We went straight into the pool 🐳

  • Day14

    Albion Hotel

    September 21, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 29 °C

    Normanton, up and down the main road.
    Albion Hotel for drinks and dinner.
    4WD cars like horses in front of the pub.
    A statue and Info about Kyrs the largest recorded saltwater crocodile. 8.63m long with a weight of 2 tones.
    The purple pub looks like a brothel in the night 😲

  • Day59

    Leichhardt Lagoon! Just south of Karumba

    July 11, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This is the most beautiful place. There are exquisite purple water lilies on the lagoon and numerous birds. Saris Crane we’ve never seen before. They don’t come close enough to photograph, lapwings, whistling Kite, egrets etc. A camp bbq last night which was great fun. We are spending a week here!

  • Day60

    Wild life at Leichhdart Lagoon

    July 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    There are an amazing number of birds here! A Pretty Face Wallaby visited yesterday.
    Magpie Geese, lapwing, the purple pub Normanton! We have seen Sarus Cranes but they are too far away to photograph! There’s also a beautiful Forest Kingfisher too quick to photograph!

  • Day64

    Giro the goose!

    July 16, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Giro the goose took up residency yesterday in our camp!
    He waddled in. He looked around ! He found a good spot to have a midday nap!
    He terrorises the dogs. He tries to get into buckets! He snoozes where he pleases!!

  • Day4

    Croydon to Karumba

    June 18 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    An easy drive today with a stop in Normanton for fuel and banking. Lots of roos out grazing on the sides of the road and cattle crossing. Good to see a couple of solar farms being developed in the area. Food is very expensive - dry goods such as rice and flour are kept refrigerated. Visited the Barramundi Information Centre and the port where David used to do the veterinary inspections for live cattle exports. Of course we ran into someone David knew from Bundaberg. All the caravan parks seem to have a free book exchange or donation to the Royal Flying Doctor Service :) Apparently it is much quieter than usual at this time of year. It got to 28 today but a nice breeze. Watched the sun set over the water - the war memorial is a slouch hat.Read more

  • May30

    Leichhardt Lagoon

    May 30 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 23 °C

    Great low cost camp on private property just East of Normanton. $8 per person per night, flushing toilets and a great hot shower. On Saturday we went to the "homestead" for the Camp Shindig $6.50 each for a 3 course meal, Pea and Ham soup/Damper, Roast Beef and Veg/Gravy, Sponge with Raspberry Sauce and Custard. Bring your own everything like plates, cutlery, table etc.
    There where a lot of people at this camp that have been staying here for the last 20 years and they stay for the 5 months over the dry season.
    Seen our first Salties, netted a Cherabin and used it to try for Barra (Water too cold apparently).
    Dead cow in tree shows the height of the flood waters.
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  • Day40

    Our Hottest Day Yet!

    September 28, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    This morning we packed up and went to see the new Barramundi Centre here in Karumba. The town is building a new breeding facility, which will open next season but they are opening it up this weekend only for people to have a look. And we were the first people to walk through the door!

    We learnt a lot about barramundi - did you know they start off male and become female as they become sexually mature? The only thing missing from our visit were the fish themselves. The new breeding ponds aren’t ready for th barramundi yet. And we learnt more about Karumba through well done videos highlighting personal stories of some long time residents.

    After our barra tour we headed away from the gulf, back to Normanton where we spent a bit of time in town checking out some of the old buildings, the old bridge, the huge 6 metre crocodile called Kris and we stopped for lunch in the bakery.

    Then it was time to begin our journey on the Savannah Way heading to Croydon for tonight. Also, the thinking is given today was 37 degrees, it made sense to do some sightseeing while it was still cool and then spend as much time in the car driving as possible.

    We arrived in Croydon mid afternoon, passing the ‘oldest store in Australia’ established in 1894 and filled with old bric a brac and spent some time in the visitor Centre - with air con - (they let Cadbury in as long as one of us held him all the time) where we watched a video about the history of gold mining in this town and then read the displays and inspected the gold samples on display. We also wandered around the back where they have carefully preserved some old miners cottages, as well as some steam engines and machinery from the early 1900s.

    Next we headed off to Lake Belmore where Gadi and Cadbury followed the lead of some kids splashing away in the refreshing water. There were signs warning of crocodiles but, as Gadi said, if there any freshies there they would go for the kids before him!

    Cadbury enjoyed fetching sticks and retrieving stones from the water and frolicking like a puppy. He’s probably over the heat as much as we are!

    After a short break at the lake we made our way to the low cost/donation camp at the local rodeo ground. This weekend, which is a long weekend in Queensland (Queen’s birthday) the town is putting on a horse and motor bike event. Tonight they are showing a kids movie (The Emoji Movie) on a big outdoor screen. We parked the car and caravan a little way away from the event and cooked a simple dinner of fresh pan fried barramundi and a salad before heading over with chairs to watch the movie.

    It was nice to sit outside with a cooling, gentle breeze, although I felt I couldn’t stay awake for much longer, so I headed back to the caravan to chill out for the evening - and try to sleep even though inside the caravan it was still hot.

    Night night from the Savannah Way in far North Queensland xx
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