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Charters Towers

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  • Day97

    Adventure down the Gregory Highway

    June 19, 2017 in Australia

    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.

    Update
    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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  • Day63

    GEORGETOWN TO CHARTERS TOWERS 5/7 to 11/7/18
    We arrived in Georgetown mid afternoon and after setting up camp, we walked through the town which, like many outback towns, has some restored historic buildings, well-kept gardens and wide main streets. The wide Etheridge River flows through Georgetown, but only in the wet season. It was a completely dry wide bed of river sand as we walked across it. The information centre also has an extensive gemstone and mineral display of more than 4.500 specimens and we enjoyed having a look through it. After spending a few hours the next day in town we headed off for the short drive to Forsayth on partly sealed and partly gravel road. We passed through forested and hilly countryside with some rocky outcrops in places. After checking onto the van park we set off to investigate the small but friendly town which has a combined pub/general store/post office/coffee shop, a police station which is manned by one officer, a railway station for the Savannahlander train and a hospital which is run by one nurse who is on duty from 9 am to 4.30 pm, five days a week. If you get sick out of those hours, you have to drive to Georgetown for medical help! Oh, and there is an air-strip and the flying doctor comes in once a fortnight. We really take for granted our facilities in the cities!! All the towns in this part of the world were established in the gold rush era of the late 1800s and usually have relics of gold mining equipment on display. Leaving the van, the following day we drove on mostly rough dirt road to Cobbold Gorge where we were booked on a gorge cruise. Arriving late morning, we had time for a walk beside the dry bed of the Robertson River. The day was very warm so we enjoyed lunch on the covered deck of the café which overlooks an infinity pool and dam which are for the use of the campers who stay there. We then boarded the bus with other passengers and a couple of guides for the short drive out to the gorge, driving across the dry sandy bed of the Robertson River on the way. This river only flows in the wet season, however water continues to flow underground and is pumped up from a bore in the river bed to supply water for the resort and camping ground. On arriving at the gorge, we were broken into two groups with one group going on a hike to the escarpment to overlook the gorge while our group had first turn to go on the flat-bottomed boat which quietly motors up the gorge. We spotted a fresh-water crocodile on the sandy bank at the start then entered the spectacular and narrow gorge. The rich brown and orange coloured sandstone cliffs towered above us and in places were no more than two metres wide. The water is fed by an underground spring and is about 9 metres deep and the surface of the sandstone has been worn smooth over thousands of years by the power of the water which becomes a raging torrent in the wet season and can then only be viewed from the air. After motoring back down the gorge we swapped with the other group and it was our turn to walk up to the escarpment with our guide giving lots of information about the vegetation and geology until we were able to look down into the deep gorge from above. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and returned to Forsayth where we treated ourselves to dinner in the pub. We were the only customers as everyone else from town had driven to Georgetown for the evening to watch the rodeo.
    We headed off from Forsayth towards Einasleigh along more gravel road which was freshly graded in places but still had sections of corrugation. We pulled up across from the pub which is one of the few buildings in the very small town and headed off for the short stroll to see yet another gorge. This one called Copperfield Gorge is strikingly different but equally beautiful. The gorge takes its name from the Copperfield River which flows through it and is formed from dark grey basalt which has been worn smooth by the water and the rock has strange circular shapes eroded into the surface. The river was barely flowing but is obviously a torrent in the wet season. We returned to the pub where we found the owners preparing a barbeque for lunch and even had a singer for entertainment so naturally we decided to stay for lunch. We then continued along more rough and corrugated dirt road to the remote Lind Junction where we camped for the night at the Oasis Road House which is the only building there.
    The next day we continued our journey south on the Kennedy Development Road which was partly sealed. The countryside was flat and mostly eucalypt forested with herds of pale grey Brahman (or cross breed) cattle congregated around dams or waterholes. Often they wander across the road in unfenced areas. As we journeyed further the landscape became more hilly and densely forested. We turned off towards Porcupine Gorge lookout which is about 3 Km off the road, parked and walked a short distance to the lookout. From our vantage point we overlooked the deep gorge with its layers of basalt and richly coloured sandstone which is known as Australia’s little grand canyon. There were intermittent waterholes and some vegetation lining the base. From there we continued to Hughenden where we set up at the caravan park.
    Hughenden is situated in Queensland’s dinosaur country and we visited the information centre and museum which has lots of information about the dinosaur fossils which have been discovered in the area and a huge life-sized replica of a dinosaur skeleton which was found near Hughenden. There are also other dinosaur sculptures in the streets of the town. All the main streets of outback towns are really wide – usually with parking down the centre of the road as well as on either side. Frank enquired at one point why this was the case and was told that they were made wide enough for bullock teams and wagons to be turned around in years gone by. Another thing we’ve noticed is that many towns have sculpture parks and/or murals painted on the side of buildings or even public toilet blocks. Art is big in the outback. We looked around Hughenden and crossed the bridge over the dry bed of the Flinders River and walked along the river bank through well-kept parkland with metal sculptures. Frank had been craving some Chinese food and we found a restaurant where we enjoyed a surprisingly good Chinese meal that evening. The next day we headed east along the sealed Flinders Highway and stopped for lunch in the small town of Pentland. We then continued to Charters Towers. At one point we were forced to pull off the road and stop to let an enormous load of equipment on the back of a semi pass in the opposite direction. We suspect it was to be installed at a new solar and wind farm being built near Hughenden. We checked in to the Dalrymple Caravan park in Charters Towers where we had stayed three years ago. What a great park – home-made slice for everyone on arrival and a spit roast was organized on the first night of our stay which of course we enjoyed. We met lots of Victorians there (I wonder what they would all be doing up this way???) Parked opposite us was a couple who came from Bendigo but after talking to them we found that the chap named Ray Wilson used to live a couple of hundred yards up the road on the corner of Munro Ave/Dent St when Frank was a teenager. Small world!
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  • Day90

    ON QUITTE DOUCEMENT LA COTE

    February 3, 2016 in Australia

    Allez, quand faut y aller, faut y aller!! On quitte doucement la côte et on commence notre périple vers le centre de l ' Australie. Direction Alice Springs , the center of the center du pays....mais avant cela on a une sacrée route à faite à travers le désert Australien. On est accueilli par une tempête qui s'annonce monumentale, des nuages noirs et des trombes d'eau. Sympa l'accueil! Direction Charter Tower, 1ere petite étape de notre inside trip.Read more

  • Day18

    Charters Towers

    June 7, 2015 in Australia

    Carnarvon Gorge to Charters Towers

    HW. On the road again, heading for Emerald through scrubby countryside. Our drive out of Carnarvon along the dirt road was a lot less eventful with little dust inside the van and no disasters in the fridge! We stopped the night in a van park in Emerald and headed off again next morning – our mission being to get to the Cape within our time frame. More exploring of inland Queensland will have to wait for another trip. On the Friday night we free-camped beside the road along with at least a dozen other vans at a truck roadside stop with toilets. Met more nice people. Luckily there weren’t too many B-triples carrying cattle passing by in the night. (They sure are noisy and very smelly!)

    We arrived in Charters Towers late morning on Saturday 6th and the centre of town was bustling with people and traffic. After setting up at a van park just out of town we drove back to the centre mid afternoon and because it’s a country town, almost everything closes after midday on a Saturday and you could have fired a gun down the main street and not hit a thing. There are some lovely old buildings in the town which is famous for its gold mining and for having the first stock exchange in Australia. We drove up to Towers Hill nearby which overlooks the town and the surrounding countryside which is flat as far as the eye can see. As luck would have it there was a motor show and swap meet at the local showgrounds over the weekend so guess where we spent a couple of hours on Sunday?? We looked around some of the old beautifully restored cars and Frank had a fossick through the tools (both old and new) and got a couple of bits he needed. We had a nice relaxing stay here.

    FW. Including a few photos from Towers Hill (approx 300m high) where the view to the Nth, Sth, E, W is similar, flat right to the horizon. A lot of the buildings in the town have been restored and look fabulous, including the Police Station, a Mural depicting the town’s history and the Stock Exchange building which was supposed to be the first in Australia and the largest in the world in its time.
    As Heather mentioned she took me to the local swap meet and I am including a photo of some Fergi’s and other farm machinery for your interest Max.
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  • Day642

    Camp 7 - Charters Towers (+182=968km)

    June 2, 2016 in Australia

    Puma Roadhouse

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    DE: Charters Towers hat sich zu Zeiten des Goldrauschs als "Die Welt" bezeichnet, da es in dem Ort alles gab was man brauchte. Sogar der Goldpreis für den Weltmarkt wurde hier einmal festgelegt.

    Danach zum ersten Mal ins Drive In Cinema gefahren - Zwei (topaktuelle) Filme für $8! In einem normalen Kino kostet ein (!) Film in Australien um die $18...

    Tolles Kino und Ambiente unter den Sternen. Jetzt schlafe ich nicht nur noch im Auto, sondern fahre gleich noch damit ins Kino... :)

    Die Nacht auf einem Rasthof mit Road Trains und Zirkusleuten zu verbringen, war auch eher ungewöhnlich :)

    EN: The people of Charters Towers called their town „The World“ during the gold rush because you could get everything you needed there. Even the world market price for gold was set in this town once.

    After this we went to the drive in cinema for the first time – two brand new movies for $8! In an ordinary cinema in an Australian city you would pay around $18 for one (!) movie…
    Very nice cinema and atmosphere. Now I don’t only just sleep in the car, but also drive with it into a cinema… :)

    We spent the night at a road house with lots of road trains and show people camping in the yard. Quite unordinary :)
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  • Day7

    Travel to Charters Towers

    August 7 in Australia

    Today we travelled to Charters Towers. Was a pretty short trip. The change of scenery from the coast to the outback had commenced. We stopped at the Burdekin River at the Macrossan Bridge marker. Here is a pole that shows all the flood levels as early as 1870, with the highest recorded water level being 21.79 metres in 1946. We parked the Winnebago (which is 3.5 metres) beside the pole and it reached the equivalent height of the 1997 flood which was 18.01 metres. It is daunting to think of how much higher the water has risen!Read more

  • Day8

    Charters Towers City, Australia

    August 8 in Australia

    Today we took the kids to miners cottage to teach them how to pan for gold. We had a walk around town and headed to the next park. There are so many beautiful old buildings. Interesting to know that this town was the one that set the gold prices for the world in its prime!

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