Blogs from Mount Isa, Queensland, Australia, Oceania

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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa September 23rd 2018

Happy First day of Spring....or for those reading this in the NH Happy first day of Fall. The sun is over the equator and is heading toward the Tropic of Capricorn so both those in the Northern Hemisphere (NH) and Southern Hemisphere are getting the same amount of daylight (depending on their distance from the equator). Headed out around 7:30 - I wanted to find someplace to have a regular breakfast. I had filled up with gas when I first hit Hughenden so I was good until I found a breakfast stop. I hit Richmond around 9:00 and found a little gas station that also made breakfast- just what I was looking for and was able to top off with gas to boot. The terrain started out with wide open cattle grazing land - in fact, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa July 26th 2017

Well, our last blog called it the “long way” to Longreach, but boy, how were we to know just how long inching to Isa would take…. more about that later! At the end of our last blog we mentioned going on a paddle-wheeler dinner cruise. We were a bit worried when we got collected at the caravan park in a HUGE coach that we had made a HUGE mistake, especially when the driver mentioned we were waiting for another 2 coaches! Here we were thinking tiny boat, crowded with a hundred or more people (Tony Abbott’s worst nightmare realised), a scramble for the last scraps of tucker (at least we had some youth on our side here) and overflowing porta-loo. How wrong we were….yes we were at least 30 years younger than the youngest patron there, ... read more
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Middle of nowhere
Black Headed Python

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa June 20th 2017

We are finally off on our 10 week adventure!! Leaving Bundaberg and heading for Perth via the top end. I wasn't going to bother doing a blog this trip but I have had quite a few people ask about it that I've decided to do one again. If you are interested in hearing about what we are doing then feel free to subscribe and you will receive an email each time I post a new post. We will be heading to remote parts of Australia so these posts may be very irregular. We started on Sunday morning and were planning to leave early and head out to Flemings place and leave all together. Except our lights on the caravan didn't work! Poor Nathan spent a bit of time trying to work it out, it seemed we ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa March 7th 2016

On the Road Again. Monday 7th March 2016 Two and a half years in the planning and just as long working and saving money, the BBA V3 is ‘On the Road Again’, well not quite, more like up in the sky as the first leg of our adventure gets underway. It had been a very busy weekend after we left Tauranga on Saturday what with our eldest grandson’s 5th birthday on Sunday and then his first day at school on Monday. All great fun and a very memorable time. We do hope he finds enough time to eat all his lunch that his parents have so diligently prepared. On picking him up from school on Monday afternoon a couple of hours before we needed to be at the airport he informed everyone that he had been ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa August 14th 2015

Between Barkly Homestead (a large roadhouse in the middle of nowhere) and Mount Isa is Camooweal. The big thing about Camooweal is that it has the Georgina River (sometimes) flowing by. Rumour has it that (many years ago) two young women were camped in the dry bed of the Georgina River (under the bridge) when a busload of tourists stopped to check out the river. I think the girls had clothes on.... Mostly, things have changed now. Georgina mostly camps inside the bus in a caravan park. There is a big new bridge spanning the Georgina River. But the river was still dry! There wasn't much happening at Camooweal so we pushed on to Mount Isa. We checked in to a local caravan park and walked across the road to the motel for dinner. This was ... read more
Uncluttered country
Crossing the border from NT to Queensland

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa April 26th 2015

We had a lazy start to the day before walking into the town. It wasn't too bad as it was a much cooler day today. Still a warm day, just not a brain boiler! First stop was the undergound hospital. Apparently it was built in about 1942 because of the threat of Japanese invasion, especially post the bombing in Darwin. It was never actually used during the war and had a chequered history for many years post way ( vandals etc). A decision was made to restore it and many volunteers and the mine, helped out. It was interesting especially seeing much of the old hospital equipment! Pretty primitive! After this we went to the Outback at Isa centre. Its an information centre that has museums and a recreated mine attached. We had a good look ... read more
Riversleigh fossil
Underground Hospital
Underground hospital

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa April 25th 2015

Well hope it was a good Anzac day for all. We had rushed to Mt Isa yesterday to be sure we had somewhere to go to a dawn service. Little did we know how good it was going to be though!. The park managers had offered to take us to the dawn service and picked us up at 5.30am. Rod and daughter Emma. It was a mild morning, very different to Inverloch dawn service temperatures we are used to! It was an amazingly beautiful service. Many many people, and the service was very emotional, tears fell readily (well for me anyway...) Scottish pipers, last posts, the Fureys singing 'No Mans Land', beautiful stories, 'Abide with me' and words of peace and unity read. Very glad we came to Mt Isa to spend this special day. And ... read more
The house on the hill
Argyllia Caravan park
Miners commemorative statue

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa August 19th 2014

We were up at 7am to make sure we could pack up and get down to the Information Centre for our tour of the Hard Times Mine at 8.45am. While we waited to start the tour I had a good look at the lovely murals in the foyer, painted by Rowena Paine Murphy. I especially liked the one of the Devil’s Marbles. We were met by our guide, an Aboriginal miner named Joe, who took us through part of the Museum to see the perspex model of the underground mine tunnels and shafts, and some huge samples of ore bearing rock. Next we went to the locker room to get kitted up in orange disposable overalls, steel-capped rubber boots and a hard hat, with an LED helmet light. We left our clothes and bags in locked ... read more
Some Old Mine Machinery
Outback Marbles
Camooweal Free Camp

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa August 22nd 2013

Heaps of highlights in the last week. Lawn Hill NP out woop woop way west . Travelled still on the Savannah way towards Burketown. Tiny little comunity, not even a Pub that says it all and joined their community festival which was an insight to how things are done out here. A dirt road corrugated dusty speckled with roadtrains and then there we were. magnificant Lawn Hill Gorge opens up with tourquise blue green water just waiting to be dived into. So dive we did and paddle we did under the nearly full moon. The freshwater crocs where looking on and seemed at peace with us, the fish where zig zagging around us. In the heat of the day the water was the best place to be. The hikes early in the morning and late afternoon ... read more
Waking up at the Isa with the full moon setting
Did I mention the Normanton train ride we did? Well we did it
Guess thats what one gets up to out west

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Mount Isa June 18th 2013

Hi All We are currently at Lawn Hill National Park approximately 400km north west of Mt Isa. We have been on the road now for close to 3 weeks and are having a ball. We left Melbourne on a cold and wet morning with the hope of finding some good weather as we ventured further north. We travelled through outback SA along the Oodnadatta Track staying at Coward Springs for a thermal spa and The Painted Desert for an awesome sunset. The highlight of the trip so far has been the crossing of the Simpson Desert. It is an amazing place. Unfortunately one of the couples on the trip Greg and Cath Beers developed engine problems with their car 30 km's into the crossing and as a result had to be towed out to Alice Springs ... read more
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