Beatit on the road - Day 7

Monday, Aug 13, 2012 at 20:14

Member - Beatit (QLD)

It was another glorious sunny morning as we drove towards Charters Towers we only managed to get away by 9-15 so it was not certain where we would end up today. The country side became a lot less populated and there large expanses of open and wooded lands only broken by some tiny towns trying to make a living in what can only be described as the middle of nowhere. As we approached Charters Towers we had to choose to either drive into town or follow the diversion road and as we wanted the make Hughenden we gave the city a miss till next time.

Shortly after passing Charters Towers we pulled up at a lovely rest stop for lunch. There were already others there so I decided to have a chat (you know me hahaha) I ended up speaking to a guy who had just come from Darwin so I got the low down. He said that a good free camp was just over the bridge at Camooweal where there is a large lagoon (1 Kilometre long he said) and there will be 50 other vans but there is a heap of room and brolgas, swans and other birds. He also said the best place to stay at Darwin was out of Darwin Coorborree park which is 70k out (probably too far for us). What was also interesting is that this was his 2nd night there and he said this free park was completely full the previous night and that we will find this right along our route. He suggested that we may not find anything at all in Mt Isa.
After lunch we moved on and there were some long straight stretches, we were playing games as to how long these were and some were 8 k, we saw some emus as we approached Hughenden.

After fuelling up we paid a visit to the information centre where we were informed that the free camp was only available if fully self-contained, so with no grey water tank there was no way we could stay. There was some good information though and we did a bit of fossil fossicking and watched the sun go down at Mt Walker all very nice. Whilst out fossicking we saw some camels and budgies but not well enough to photograph unfortunately. We realised that going further west means that the sun sets later (6-10 at Mt Walker) so it will rise later as well AND it will be colder!
A new way of life is emerging.
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