beatit to Croydon day 68

Friday, Oct 12, 2012 at 21:59

Member - Beatit (QLD)


It was freezing up here and there was a fair wind chill factor as well, it was hard to comprehend the temperature change we had just experienced. We were leaving Karumba this morning and had set our sights on Croydon as a realistic goal for a modest day travel. The road east was bitumen and we were motoring along into a strong head wind and our less than impressive fuel consumption would no doubt take a further beating from this additional resistance. I was feeling happy though that we were a little heavy all around as the wind was a shocker and we were still being buffeted well past Normanton.

The large flocks of Brolgas were still present along the road between Normanton and Karumba; frankly I have never seen so many Brolgas so we stop for some photos. Arriving in Normanton we stopped for morning tea at the Information centre which is in the old Burns Philip building now there is an old name in Australian business! Lis wanted to check out the gluten and lactose free products in the only super market she hadn’t been in. The range was pretty good and she could buy both there.
We arrive at Croydon about lunch time and decided to stay the night. The van park was our destination and we got ourselves settled in before we decided to walk the town. This little town has a lot of character they have preserved a lot of its past in a dedicated street and some scattered buildings. It was easy to engross ourselves in these exhibits as they were very interesting. We drove to the Chinese exhibit which was in need of a little more work but interesting never the less.Croydon clearly had a very strong Chinese connection in its pioneering days. We also checked out Belmont Lake which is 4K out of town this is a pretty lake and has great facilities for a day on or near the water. An evening watching the stars as there were far less biting insects here it was lovely with barely any wind and just a hint of cool air – perfect!
A new way of life is emerging.
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