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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 16th 2015

We left Mt Isa and headed towards Cloncurry, from where we would turn off the main road and head north up the Normanton Developmental Road (a highway but with only one sealed lane due to the low traffic numbers). We wouldn't get to Normanton in one day and so we decided to stay at the half way point, a roadhouse called Burke and Wills. The roadhouse is so named because this is close to where the explorers made a final attempt to get to the sea. Unfortunately for them, they picked an area that was full of mangroves, mud and crocs. The closest they made it to the sea (the Gulf of Carpentaria) was approximately five kilometres away, an agonisingly small distance given that they had originally left from Melbourne to traverse the continent. Of course, ... read more
Apostle birds return

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 3rd 2015

Hi travel followers. Another two weeks have past and a lot has happened. From Cairns we headed back to Innisfail and up the range and inland to Ravenshoe, Innot Hot Springs and then Undara to spend a few days touring out and walking the Lava Tubes and the Kalkani crater etc. Just an excellent spot to spend a few days. From there it was on to Georgetown and Forsythe for a day, then Croydon for another day to explore the town and then Normanton for a couple of days. All three towns are fairly small, but each have individual histories to explore. From Normanton it was on to Karumba for a few days and to just chill out and enjoy the "fresh" Barramundi and chips while watching the sun set over the Gulf of Carpentaria etc. ... read more
Undara Lava tube
The road to Normanton
Karumba sunset

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 12th 2014

Today we left Winton and said “Goodbye” to Nancy. She seemed reluctant to see us go but before we departed, she gave us a wonderful gift to thank us for including her in our travels recently – the painting she had shown me last night, with a retouched sky, now blue as it had been, and with a small addition in one corner – a little black dinosaur like “Banjo”. She’d called the painting “Dinosaur Country” and signed and dated it for us. It was done in acrylic paints, which she assured me would be dry, although she’d only finished the changes this morning. I put it back into a bag and laid it on the bed under a light cover to keep it place no matter how rough the roads would be on the trip. ... read more
A Jump-up (mesa) Near Kyuna
Crocodile Dundee's Walkabout Hotel
Inside Crocodile Dundee's Walkabout Hotel

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry May 18th 2013

Hello there! Yes I am still alive! It has been a long time since my last post, so I'll try to catch up. Last time I was in Tamworth enjoying some really good country music. After the festival, I headed to the Central Coast to do some house-sitting. I was lucky enough to live in a beautiful house, in the middle of a forest with 5 horses and a lovely dog to look after. This wonderful place belongs to Cheryl and Don, an American couple, but very much Aussie! They welcomed me very warmly and I love every minutes I spent in their company. As my job over there wasn't very demanding, it gave me time to visit the area, practice my guitar and relax. As I wasn't far from Newcastle, I went to visit my ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry July 3rd 2012

Queensland was graced with our presence just after mid-morning as we crossed the border and made it into sleepy Camooweal.We grabbed a shower at the local caravan park and there was a cafe at the general store that served up some tasty treats. Next stop was Mount Isa which was, as expected, a big place but not exactly a destination you would spend your holidays in. After picking up supplies we headed to a free camp that was exactly halfway between Mt Isa and Cloncurry. It was a picturesque spot set among very green bushland and rolling hills and in fact the entire drive to this point was quite unexpected; I envisaged flat and dry plains but on the contrary it was quite the opposite and a lovely stretch of country.... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry September 20th 2011

12th to the 13th September, spent the last 2 days cleaning & washing, today we went to see the Mary Kathleen Museum & lookout. There was a lot of restored tractors & machinery. Margy cooked a baked dinner for tea, yummy. 14-9-11 we headed off to Winton & went about 90 klm’s & struck a couple that had lost a wheel off their van, all 6 studs had broken. Dennis & Warwick helped get the tyre back on by taking 3 studs off the other wheel & putting them on the broken one. They did a little damage to the van, but not too bad considering. They put the van on a RACQ tow truck back to Cloncurry to get it fixed. 3 hours later we headed off to Winton & got there late. We booked ... read more
4   13-9-11   Cloncurry from the Mary Kathleen Lookout
6   13-9-11   Cloncurry from the Mary Kathleen Lookout
9   13-9-11    Mary Kathleen Museum

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry September 20th 2011

We are finally heading west, and things are getting quite remote, and dry, and hot, and dusty…..and fantastic! This is the start of the real Aussie Outback - a great way to end the trip. Right now we have stopped for the night in a small town called Cloncurry, where we can finally connect to electricity after five nights without, and the air con went on straight away. We have just discovered that Cloncurry’s claim to fame is that it is the hottest town in Australia, having recorded the country’s highest temperature - 53.1 degrees! Fortunately, today has not been that hot. We have just spent three heavenly days in a very remote area called Lawn Hill (so remote and out of the way in fact, that at one stage we had considered not going!) After ... read more
2. Lawn Hill - an oasis in the middle of nowhere!
2. Lawn Hill - just so beautiful, and so remote
3. Mucking about in 20,000-year-old artesian water

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry August 5th 2010

DARWIN TO CLONCURRY Thurs 29th July, We left Darwin around 10-00am and headed for Katherine. We did some grocery shopping and checked into the Shady lane Caravan park. Very nice, lots of shade and a nice pool which we spent a couple of hours in. Still plenty of jet fighters around, this time from Tindal Air Force Base. Frid 30th July, Headed off to Mataranka for a couple of days for some more R & R. The Homestead Caravan Park was nearly full. Old, but nice, and a bit dusty. The thermal pool was great, we spent a couple of hours there, chatting with people. Sat 31st July, We had a swim in the morning then went for a drive up to Bitter Springs to check it out. The thermal pool is not as people friendly ... read more
MATARANKA THERMAL POOL
JOEY AT MATARANKA
BITTER SPRINGS THERMAL POOL

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry April 23rd 2010

Tuesday 20th April Before saying goodbye to Charters Towers called into the info centre and chatted to Steve Caught, a friend of Lyle’s from Kuranda. There were a couple of activities on in or near the town. One was viewing distance education in action the other was just out of town looking through one of the old gold mining operations. We decided not to go and headed west. At Homestead there was no diesel so continued west. Tried to find the entrance to White Mountain National Park, went a few km too far so stopped and asked at the Torrens Creek Post Office. The lady in the tiny Post Office gave us directions so we headed back only to find that no unauthorized vehicles were allowed to enter. We had asked about it earlier but no-one ... read more
Pyramid Cliff
Porcupine Gorge formations
Porcupine Gorge hole

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cloncurry February 13th 2010

A new chapter is about to begin... We have landed two jobs. The first one is near Darwin. More specifically, a town called Batchelor, which is the gateway to Litchfield National Park. It is working at a resort and butterfly farm. We will be doing reception, reservations, kitchen and bar work. All food and accommodations is provided. And best of all, it counts as regional work towards my second year visa! :) Here are some links to check out the resort and the park: http://www.butterflyfarm.net/ http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/parks/find/litchfield.html The second job, is working at a secluded resort on a small island in Malaysia. Yes, for real. Mainly doing barwork. Again, food and accommodations is included, but the pay is very minimal. It appears to be a great and unique experience, but the downside is that it would use ... read more




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