Headings West Mackay to Richmond
15.07.2017 30 °C
Hello Friendly Followers,
Here I am sitting in Lucy with the air conditioner on COLD. It's so hot during the day, reaches 30+ but half that or below at night. We left Mackay and the coast last Sunday, good to get out of town and back on the road. Decided to keep driving and we almost reached Charters Towers, well we would have if there was a powered site but when I phoned the 3 parks to book all were full. We could stay in the showground but we had noticed free camps along the road so we pulled into one called Macrossan Park about 25klms East of Charters Towers along side the train bridge over the river. Plenty of space so we set up Lucy. The original rail bridge was build when gold was discovered in the area and you can see the workmanship that went into building the stone pillars with a slate finishing touch on the edge. The newer bridge is just concrete. Lovely peaceful spot and with the full moon coming up it was a spectacular sight.
You are never alone out here. I think that if all the Van's travelling in Australia at any one time would fill a city the size of Sydney. There are thousand of us! Some travel up from Victoria for the winter with their Foxtel and Dog. One couple sold everything and plan to travel till they die. It's very mixed and interesting. One thing is though most follow some footy team. And don't start me on the State of Origin. The Queenslanders are far more passionate that NSW are. You usually get a finger wave from every other van on the road as you pass them, but when we see a 5th Wheeler, we both wave madly.
Stayed in Charters Towers for 3 nights, it was a lovely old gold mining town. We visited the Battery where rocks were crushed for gold and the town had several museums and things to see, or not to as we discovered on the Ghost tour we did. Dan got his metal detector out to see if he could find his fortune. The machine beeped, he got excited but only to find a piece of tin in the dirt.
Hughenden and Richmond where our next stops, Dinosaur Country and we weren't disappointed. At Hughenden we went to check into a camp site to be surprised by Lucy big brother 'Tonto' camped there too. We got the spot beside them and met 'Tonto's owners Chris and Tony from Hawks Nest. Lovely Couple who we spent 2 happy hours with. Chris called Dan a 'Show Off' as they had a Ford Ranger too (they call their car Lone Ranger)
as Dan had a very interested Tony checking all Dan's 'Extras' on Pepe. They are all now Face Book Friends. Tonto was the model before Lucy and we compared what was different and I think Lucy has some better designs than Tonto.
Porcupine Gorge is 62Klms north of Hughenden, if anyone is ever coming this way, it worth the drive. 1.2klm walk down to the bottom and 22klm (well it felt like it,) coming back up. Gave my new knee a work out, wanted to see if it was worth the money! Fabulous rock formations. They say its the Australian 'Grand Canyon'. Fish in the water and very refreshing sitting with out feet in it before did the climb back to the top.
Then on to Richmond where we are now. Visited a Fossil site 12 klms out of time where fish bones and shells are found. Dan chatted to a far more experienced man who pointed out fish bones and scales and a rock with a white sort of worm inside it. We took them back to the visitors centre where a professional saw them and told us one was a bone, the other a fish scale, size of a razor blade and as sharp and the rock with the worm inside was fish shit!!! No Bull!! It was a moon rock which is what Dan was looking for as the usually had something inside them but he didn't want to believe that they said it was. Anyway, he wants to keep it.
We were planning to be in Mt Isa tomorrow but can't get a power site till Wednesday so we'll get a free camp at Julia Creek and then we've booked at Cloncurry. I've learnt not to believe the pictures you see in the brochures nor what they say in the books. Some of the comments people leave in the 'Reviews' aren't true either but what I know is if you want to stay somewhere book ahead. We have done that for the Horizontal Falls in Derby from the 4th September and booked Broome for 5 nights from the 7th September so we can see the Stairway to the moon and the Pearl Festival.
What is so amazing about this country of ours is how different it is, what hidden treasures there are to find. You can never be bored. Enjoying writing this and if you want to send a comment please do. Would love to see who is reading this and how you are. We only get to see it, it doesn't do a Face Book were everyone sees what you post.
We are both happy and healthy hope you are too but do miss our friends and family but with model technology we are never far away. Take care all, until next time .....
H(appy) & D(ays)