Finally, on the 24th of June our trip began. Day 1 was a big drive and we drove in rain the entire time. We stopped at a free camp site at Marlborough, just north of Rockhampton. We arrived at approx 6pm and set up in the rain. (not fun!).
Thankfully it was an overnight stop so the set up was basic and quick, with the kids having noodles for dinner. We were joined through the night be two other vans and even though there was a lot of trucks passing during the night, we slept soundly.
Day 2 we continued the trip north, stopping off at the big mango at Bowen and driving through to Ayr to meet up with mum and dad. (just a reminder for our overseas relatives that I will refer to Sylvia Marietta and Craig as mum and dad throughout this blog). It was great to see them and begin our travels together. We stayed at another free camp spot at Home Hill.
Day 3 We headed in the direction of Cobbold Gorge. We stopped off just outside Charters Towers for lunch and the kids had a play on some of the old mining
The Big Mango at Bowen
The kids were very excited when the big mango came into sight!
equipment. From here we went out to Einsliegh and Copperfield Gorge. We pulled in and had a walk down into the gorge. It was really really beautiful. There was an old pub nearby and we went in for a look. The publican was saying that he bought the pub 14 years ago. It was closed down when he bought it and reopened it. The kids enjoyed an ice cream on the verandah and we kept heading towards Cobbold Gorge. After a lot of driving, on the afternoon of day 3 we arrived at Cobbold Gorge. The plan was to stay three nights here. We are really glad we did. It is a beautiful spot with some of the best camping amenities I've seen. This stop off gave us a chance to do some washing, have a shower and enjoy a break from driving.
The kids headed straight for the swimming pool and the kayaks. We booked in for the Cobbold Gorge tour and enjoyed a cool drink to finish the day.
The next day, we took a drive out to the quartz blow. This rocky outcrop provides 360 degree views of the surrounding cattle property and the boys
Lunch near Charters Towers
The kids had fun playing on the old mining equipment.
especially enjoyed climbing to the top. The large quartz rock has been exposed after thousands of years of erosion. It was quite a strange sight to see as it just didn't fit in with the surrounding environment!
The tour was awesome and the gorge was absolutely beautiful! The kids were excited to see their very first freshwater crocodiles and turtles and heaps of fish in the water. (there were soo many small fish I reckon even Gav could have caught one!). The boats we were in had an electric motor. This was great because it meant that we moved down the gorge slowly and silently and this really made it even more beautiful.
From here we are heading to the Undara Lava Tubes. Will keep you posted!
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