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    • Day 209

      T2 - Outback

      May 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C


      ▪️Am vorherigen Abend haben wir uns noch mit dem Farmer um 12 Uhr auf seiner Range verabredet
      ▪️Eine halbe Stunde vorher kam eine Absage, dass der Job nicht mehr verfügbar sei - wieder einmal umsonst gewartet😅
      ▪️ Weiter ging's zum nächsten 4h entfernten Free Camp über den bekannten Savannah Way
      ▪️Beim "Mensch ärgere dich nicht" hat mich ein 1000-Füßler in die Kniekehle gebissen - einfach so 😲
      ▪️Ist aber nichts zu sehen, war nur ein riesen Schreck

      💡Im Outback sollte man immer mindestens einen kleinen vollen Benzinkanister dabei haben, da die Tankstellen, sowie die Dörfer manchmal bis zu 600km voneinander entfernt sind.
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    • Day 15

      Croydon pit stop

      September 22, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

      Photo order
      1. Stefan fills bike with Diesel
      2. Stefan pumps Diesel out of bike
      3. Stefan fills bike with Petrol

      We also met very friendly Aussies which gave us a nice letter for our travel memories 😲Read more

    • Day 310

      Croydon rodeo grounds

      July 22, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

      Short trip into croydon for a nights stop!
      Checked out the heritage lights in town on night , visited Lake belmore in the morning nalley decided too run away and roll in dead fish! Absolute demon! ! Crocs should have taken him!
      Visited all the old heritage buildings, checked out the Chinese temple only a pile of old stones left!
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    • Day 3

      Greenvale to Croydon

      June 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

      A bit of corrugated dirt road today on the alternate Savannah Way. We stopped at Copperfield Gorge for a walk, Forsayth for a wee break (green frogs in the loo) Georgetown for lunch and camped at Croydon. Totally new places for me but David did lots of work around here when we lived in AthertonRead more

    • Croydon

      July 8, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      First impressions of Croyden one sees the interesting welcome sign. The funny looking lizard is supposed to be a Gilberts Dragon. He waves happily as you drive into town. It is an interesting and quite neat sign.

      Next stop is the True Blue info centre. Here there is quite a lot of history to take in. Things to do, places to go. Lots of ideas. There is some old mining machinery on display that tips you off to why Croyden was settled. Gold fever of course. I don't think the miners got rich, but the big companies certainly did. Hotels ans adult entertainment would have been certain winners. It was a seriously hard life.

      From the info centre sign.
      The Croydon goldfield produced at least 23,675 kilos (761,167 fine ounces) of gold and 25,008 kilos (804,023 fine ounces) of silver between 1886 and 1935. Most of this was recovered between 1886 and 1906, and from an area of about 645 square kilometres.

      There were at least 110 mines on the Croydon goldfield, though the main ones were Golden Gate (the biggest), Tabletop, Golden Valley, Mountain Maid, Goldstone ("the 12 Mile"), Homeward Bound, and in Croydon itself Iguana Hill, Lady Mary, The Queen and Highland Mary.

      Croydon gold lay in reefs - it was not found on the surface, so miners had to go underground for it. But it was generally not very deep - the deepest mine on the Croydon field went down 1367 feet (417 metres) at Golden Gate.

      The Croydon field began to run down by 1909 and when the miners left for World War 1 many of the mines filled with water and never reopened.

      In admiration for his feats during the siege of Mafeking the Croydon miners presented General Baden Powell with a 1 lb gold ingot encased in a pom pom shell inscribed, "to General Baden Powell from his admirers on the Croydon gold field, North Qld. This 1lb of Croydon gold is 24 carat and so are you."

      Croydon has a golden past

      It was the last of Queensland's gold towns, in its day the fourth largest town in the state. For 40 years from 1886 until the mining warden's office left Croydon in 1926 thousands came in search of wealth. They built these streets, and in the face of drought, flood and economic depression made their lives here. A few got rich, many did not. Many died, from disease, in the mines or from the climate.

      Croydon had grown from nothing in 1885 to about 7000 people by 1887. The town boasted wide streets and many fine buildings.
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    • Day 29

      Driving to Croydon

      September 8, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      We left Mt Isa a little late at 7.40 and headed out of town through rocky hills and winding road. Once we turned North we were faced with more headwinds and a very long straight road. The landscape became much more grassy and didn't change as often as it seemed earlier in the trip.

      We stopped at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse for fuel and a stretch. The girls had spent the last hour and a half doing homework so they got a treat and a new DVD for the next stint.

      The road went from good to only one lane of sealed road in long sections. There isn't much traffic up here and we only needed to move off to let people past twice. The landscape was mostly grassy grazing land for the braman cattle. We also saw fields of termite mounds, and I mean by the hundreds. It's really something to see.

      We took a small detour to Normington around 1.30 to check out the Purple Pub Jon had told us about. The plan was to stop for lunch but the kitchen had closed early so it was back in the car and drove down the road to stop and have a bite in the van. Normington is a quiet little town. So very isolated. If you ever wanted to disappear for a while, that's the place to go!

      As we continued on you could see the areas that would be most affected by the wet season. We've crossed countless large, deep river beds completely dry. But with the flood area signs everywhere I can only imagine what this area is like during the wet season.

      We reached Croydon and enjoyed our site by the pool while the girls swam. We've made a few changes to our final weeks, fitting in a caravan park / water park on our way past the Whitsundays!

      Looking forward to a nice quiet evening and a much shorter trip in the car tomorrow.
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    • Day 15

      Day 15

      June 11, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

      Start of another week and it is time to move again, had a great time in Cobbald Gorge, back onto the dirt for a while to Forsayth township for a quick look and then north back up to Georgetown. Heading west today for Croydon along the way we stopped at the Cumberland chimney which has a good free camp on the lagoon with lots of birds and the odd feral pig, a bit further along and you get to the Gilbert River which is a huge river with some water but mostly a dry sandy river bed with lots of free camping along it. Staying at the council park in Croydon which has improved a lot since here 3 years ago and the town has got a fully stocked small supermarket, down to the pub for a drink late avo and corn beef dinner out of the shuttlechef thermos cooker 👍 the weather is warming up 32 here today.Read more

    • Day 16

      Day 16

      June 12, 2018 in Australia

      Another fantastic day in the savannah country 20 degrees overnight had the aircon in the van most of the night, took a walk around the town perimeter this morning Croydon was a big place in its gold mining era more than 6000 people here now there is only 130 people living in Croydon, stopped in at the railway station which is now a steel building which replaced the old timber station due to a white ant infestation. Jumped in the car and went out to lake Belmore which is the towns water supply, reasonably full and a great place to have a picnic lunch but no camping is allowed here, on the way back we stopped at the Chinese temple ruins and the lookout over the town. 32 degrees here today so we jumped in the pool late avo for a dip and a chat with some fellow travellers, happy hour back at the van watching the sunset, doesn’t get much better than this 👍👍Read more

    • Croydon

      June 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Breakfast. Long stretches of straight road to here was a little unexpected. Small roo’s, cattle and a slow walking lizard make up the alive wildlife along the way. Nice old style street lamps around the town.Read more

    • Day 81

      Cumberland Dam and Croydon

      September 8, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Headed to spend Overnight at Cumberland Dam, a gorgeous spot filled with an array of bird and animal life. On the way we stopped in for a quick splash at Innot Hot Springs where some sections of the creek were seriously 🔥! Not comfortable at all, although we managed to find a stretch that was just right for Jasper and ourselves to have. Bit of a 🦶 and 🐾 soak!
      At Cumberland we explored the dam of course, the setting sun giving us some lovely colours. We even got up super early to try for some morning light as well. The chimney is a remnant of the areas gold mining past, the Cumberland Mine being the most successful and largest mine in the area.
      The next day we headed on to Georgetown - an amazing locality again built on the gold mines. Here they have an awesome visitor centre and have restored a row of buildings as a monument to the towns past. They include the Policeman’s cottage, Police station complete with cells out the back, the Courthouse any the picture theatre that is still in use today. They have even preserved the old China Town area just outside of the town, where Chinese miners turned their hand to market gardening when the racist mining laws prevented them from working in the mines. We spent a fascinating hour or two here but could easily have stayed much longer. Thanks Georgetown!
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