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  • Day28

    Driving Mt Isa

    September 7, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    We were up at 6am, put the girls in the car in their PJ's and headed towards Mt Isa. We stopped at the Barkly Roadhouse for some pricey fuel and some breakfast in the van. We also spotted an Aviary with a couple of Red Tailed Black Cockatoos which the girls got a kick out of.

    We continued on. A lot of long straight roads with some changes in the landscape but not changing as quickly as other part of the trip. One thing we did notice was that we were on a slow but steady assent from the Lake Eyre Basin. We crossed the Queensland boarder around 1pm then made a quick stop in Camooweal for lunch. The girls caught up on some homework and reading and begrudgingly took a break from their much loved DVD players.

    Between the slow climb and strong head winds we discovered the car was going through fuel much faster and we just made it to Mt Isa as the fuel light came on!

    We filled up and went to the Big 4 (after google maps sent us to the wrong caravan park). We arrived about 4.30 and had enough daylight left to get some washing done before dinner.

    Early to bed, ready for another big driving day tomorrow.
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  • Day649

    Day 14 - Leaving Mount Isa

    June 9, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    DE: Vorräte aufgefüllt. Steinschlag in der Windschutzscheibe von gestern Abend reparieren lassen. 50 Liter Trinkwasser im Auto, 1x20 Liter Ersatzkanister Benzin auf dem Dach, 2x20 Liter Ersatzkanister Benzin im Kofferraum, vollgetankt (70 Liter)... Ich glaube wir sind gut ausgerüstet :) Alice Springs wir kommen, via Plenty Highway!

    EN: Stocked up supplies. Got stone chip in windscreen from yesterday evening repaired. 50 litres of drinking water in the car, 1x20 litres petrol jerry can on the roof, 2x20 litres petrol jerry can in the trunk, filled up the tank (70 litres)... I reckon we're well prepared :) Alice Springs we're coming, via Plenty Highway!
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  • Apr17

    Sunset im Outback

    April 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 27 °C

    Der einzige Vorteil am langen Bus fahren ist, dass man die Landschaft beobachten kann. Man sieht wie sich alles langsam verändert. Außerdem konnte ich schön den Sonnenuntergang sehen 😊

  • Jun28

    Mount Isa ... the ISA ....

    June 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Had a bit of an issue finding the centre of town but made it to the Coffee Club anyway. Fields of termite mounds on the way here, not large but lots of smaller ones less than a metre. Many areas like that on the ride into town. A couple of smoke stacks were evident but large mounds for tailings to the west of the town were all we could see of the processing.Read more

  • Day37

    On to Cloncurry and The Isa

    September 25, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We drove the one and a half hours to Cloncurry where Gadi had a look around the Mary Kathleen museum at the Visitor Centre. Cadbury and I chilled out in the shade where water sprinklers helped keep us cool. Then we had a rest inside the caravan - windows opened up wide to catch even the slightest breeze.

    Next I visited the John Flynn - Royal Flying Doctor Museum where I learnt about how the RFDS began in outback Queensland and how dedicated John Flynn was to his vision of an air service that could traverse the outback, thereby reducing the vast tyranny of distance.

    After my museum visit it was time to stop at Woollies to do a shop before heading on out of town to Corella Dam, situated on a private station, where you can camp for free. Half way between Cloncurry and Mount Isa this looked like a good place to stay for a couple of nights to explore the area. We drove around the dam and found there were many people camping and it wasn’t easy for us to maneuver the car and caravan into a spot with any view of the lake. Gadi didn’t really want to stay and given it was only 4pm we had enough time to drive to the large mining town of Mount Isa where we decided to stay behind a hostel that we had heard from fellow travellers let’s you park your caravan out the back and you can use the facilities for a small fee. We unhitched and made it in time to drive up to the town lookout in time for sunset. We saw the incredible sight of at least 20 kytes (hawks) swooping and flying low over our heads. They seemed to be enjoying their air acrobatics. As the sun sank lower, it highlighted the darkening hills surrounding the town and the smoke coming from the mine smelters. This was immediately followed by an extraordinary huge, full moon rising up yellow and orange from the opposite darkening range. As the lights of town twinkled before us you could see how big the mines were, totally surrounding and overwhelming the town.

    Time to grab some takeaway for dinner and open up all the windows of our little home on wheels to cool it down now the heat of the sun was gone.

    Another day well spent on our journey. Tomorrow we will continue north to Gulf country - Normanton and Karumba.

    Night night from ‘The Isa’ as it is commonly known!
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  • Day106

    Mt Isa

    June 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Arrived in Mt Isa for 2 days to stock up. Found out shops and supermarkets not open Sunday, so did a mad dash shopping and got my massage for my sore shoulder. Sunday went to Bunnings. Very small. Mt Isa has a population of around 22,000 people so we are surprised there's not much here. Went up lookout also. A few Jurgens caravans have arrived and are staying at another caravan park. The Coates came over for a visit for dinner. We had a lovely night. The caravan parks are very busy. Vans are crammed in at these parks. No choice. No Free camping anywhere near here.Read more

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