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Etheridge

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  • Day66

    Flat Creek Station!

    July 18 in Australia

    We visited Flat Creek but we were disappointed! It was very hot and dusty with little shade! The only Gouldian Finches we saw were in a cage at the homestead! They breed them which is a very good thing since their numbers have dwindled. We did a bit of fossicking but did not strike gold!!
    It used to be a large gold mining town.

  • Day41

    Horse event before Moving On

    September 29 in Australia

    After a stifling night we woke early to the sounds of the horses warming up close to our van. Unfortunately, as we watched one of the horses started bucking and the young girl riding fell off.

    Not a good start to the morning, but the program of the day began soon after. We watched the little kids go through their paces, some sitting astride really tall horses and others on little ponies, all being led by their mums around several poles where they had to pick up a stick and deposit in a bucket at the other end. It was very cute to watch!

    We stayed awhile and then packed up and headed back into Croydon where we had a look at some of the old buildings before heading out of town towards Georgetown, where we stopped for lunch and to have a look around town. They have a peace monument in town hand carved from local stone by a resident, honoring seven world peace leaders including Nelson Mandela, Dr Martin Luther King, Mahatma Ghandi as well as Australia’s Eddie Mabo and Julian Burnside.

    We continued driving east to Mount Surprise where we booked into a caravan park as Gadi is going to do a tour of the Undara Lava Tubes tomorrow. We set up and Gadi got the satellite dish set up in time to watch the last 15 minutes of the AFL Grand Final!

    How lovely to set up in a park with shady trees, flowers and power (for the aircon!). Bonus is the bird aviary with lots of pairs of rainbow lorikeets, finches, love birds and others. There are ponies out the back and a rescued emu out the back.

    We enjoyed the rest of the afternoon and eventually cooked dinner on the Weber before chilling out for the evening.

    Very pleased to have aircon this evening...even if we will turn it off soon and open up the windows to catch the breeze.

    Night night xx
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  • Day42

    Undara Lava Tubes and Time to Chill

    September 30 in Australia

    So today Gadi got up early and went on a guided tour of the Undara Lava Tubes situated about a 45 minute drive away. The caves are on private property snd the only way to see them is by guided tour.

    The lava tubes are the remains of the world’s longest flow of lava originating from a single flow of lava. In the surrounding area there are 164 volcanoes, vents and cones. It is estimated that over 23 billion cubic meters of lava was released across the Atherton Tablelands approximately 189.000 years ago.

    Gadi said, while the tour wasn’t amazing, he still enjoyed walking through the rock formations and the surrounding tracks he did on his own around the attached resort/caravan park.

    Meanwhile, Cadbury and I stayed in our little oasis caravan park in Mount Surprise and got some washing done and sat outside chatting with our neighbours for a couple of hours. I also made a loaf of sourdough rye bread as we have run out of bread and the last couple of small towns have had none, probably due to school holidays and it being a long weekend.

    Late afternoon, after the heat of the day had dissapated, we sat outside with a glass of wine and I rolled out some dough and made pizzas, which we cooked in the Weber.

    Night fell quickly, settling in like a cosy blanket, as we sat eating outside, with lovely tropical foliage as our garden and a clear, twinkly sky above.

    Time to head indoors as I’ve just started getting bitten by midges. Until now we’ve had no issues with either mosquitoes or midges, but I think this run of good luck may be over!

    Night night xx
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  • Day5

    Day 5

    June 1 in Australia

    Another early start on the road at 6:30 this morning, still on good Roads as we head into Charters Towers for fuel and breakfast, about 2 hours up the road we got to Greenvale as we headed out of town the road was closed due to a road train back trailer breaking in half carrying a load of rock, held us up for about 30 minutes, chatted to some other caravaners while we waited. Some small sections of one lane bitumen but overall pretty good to the oasis roadhouse, pulled up for lunch on the side of the road and then after a little run north we turned on to the Savannah way and arrived at the bedrock village caravan park in Mount Surprise and we sure did surprise the Newton's as we pulled in next door to there site 😊 Just having a cuppa and catching up on everything, happy hour shortly 👍
    Had a great night around the fire listening to the bush poet, very funny well worth it.
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  • Day6

    Day 6

    June 2 in Australia

    Had a sleep in this morning, caught up on the washing, coffee at the van park cafe with the Newton's and then we walked in to town and by chance the Saturday market was on, Maz and Teresa picked up some home made preserves. Lots of people wandering around from buses and caravaners, not much has changed since we were here last, pub is still no good shuts at 5pm, a couple of cafe/fuel stops, 3 caravan parks in town but Joe and Jo's Bedrock Village that we are at is still the best. Drinks and dinner at the van tonight, very relaxing about 25 degrees at late afternoon 😎Read more

  • Day7

    Day 7

    June 3 in Australia

    Started the day off to a bacon and egg breakfast and then we all wandered down via a rocky track to Elizabeth Creek for a look, a very sandy creek with a good flow of water and some rocky rapid sections, another great day in the Savannah gulf country. Everyone was keen for a round of mini golf which is free at the van park, we played 9 holes and did not keep track of the score but Dennis took the win with the only hole in one. Spent the avo just chillin out catching up on the blog and doing the maintenance checks on the car and van before we head off tomorrow. Booked in for wood fired pizza for tea tonight, should be good with a few quite drinks👍Read more

  • Day36

    There's a skippy in the kitchen

    June 2, 2017 in Australia

    On Friday we went to Undara National Park. At Undara in the afternoon we went on a walk. Then in the evening we went to a quiz night.
    The next day in the morning we went on a walk around the Kalkani (pronounced cow-car-nee) Crater which was interesting then we went to the lava tubes. First we went on a walk then Wes (our guide)said that we were in the first lava tube except there was no walls or a ceiling and then he said that its a collapsed lava tube.
    Wes told us about a pink rock called granite which is pushed to the surface by very strong forces and he also told us about a volcanic rock called basalt which has a lot of holes in it. Granite won't let any water through it where as basalt is a really good natural filter and when it wears down it is this really rich soil. Then in the 1st lava tube he showed us some bones and said does anyone know what these bones are from and one little boy said a t-Rex they were actually from a pig who we thought had come down to eat a dead kangaroo (there was kangaroo bones as well) that probably died when it came down into the tube. Then in the next tube he showed us a micro bat which is about the size of an average persons hand then he showed us a granny cloak moth when they here the beat of a bat's wings they vibrate their wings really fast so the eco location doesn't hit them it hits the vibration that they sent out. On the way out of the tube there was a Tarantula on the wall except Wes said that's not a Tarantula that's the shell of Tarantula.
    The Eastern Horseshoe and Common Bent Wing bats live in the cave also the granny cloak moth and Tarantula and an Eastern
    Boobook Owl was in the cave waiting for a bat to come along for its lunch, plus there was cockroaches.
    Wes was telling us how one day N.A.S.A. came and he thought why would N.A.S.A. have anything to do with lava tubes except it turns out there was some tubes on the moon that look similar to these lava tubes and N.A.S.A. wondered if they were made the same way.

    After we had finished in the lava tubes we drove to Routh Creek and stayed the night there.
    The next day we drove to Cobbold Gorge and we stayed 1 night there.
    On Sunday we went on a tour of the gorge. First we went on a walk then we came to some boats and we got in them and went in the boats up a valley that leads to the gorge. The valley wasn't very wide so the boats had to have 2 motors at either end because they couldn't turn around.
    On Monday we drove to Walkers Creek for one night . We met someone who had caught some really big yabbies and he gave us some claws. We decided to put the opera net in for the night. When we got up the next day we found that there was no yabbies in it so we decided to put it in until we left. When we pulled it up there was two yabbies in the pot. Then we drove 30 km down the road to Karumba we stayed 2 nights there on the first day we went out in the
    boat. We caught 2 Bream and 1 Grunter Bream we also saw some dolphins.
    Then on Wednesday we went went fishing again except this time we had no luck at all. That night we had crab, fish and chips for tea while watching the sunset on the beach. The next day we went back to Walkers Creek for a night.
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