02.08.2009 - 09.08.2009
G'day Friends and relations.
Today finds us in Emerald, Central Queensland. From here you can literally travel a full day in any direction and still be in Queensland.
We departed Dirranbandi on Monday and after a short drive, checked into the Kamarooka Tourist Park in St George. Packed in very tight but very conveniently located within walking distance of the supermarket and the RSL Club. The RSL re-opened that day after a closure of over three years. Had a quick drink and tossed some coins into the pokies.
On Tuesday, Wayne and Lorraine arrived from Moree and we decided to test the meals at the RSL. A better than average bistro and very busy on its second night of the re-opening. Wednesday checked out the shops again in case there was something we didn't see the first time around.
Thursday we're off to Injune with a short stop in Surat and its Cobb & Co Museum. Then on through Roma - stopped for fuel and lunch. Checked into the caravan park in Injune, just $12 per night for power and water. Brand new ablutions block and a very quiet location.
Friday off to Carnarvon Gorge where we booked into the Takarakka Bush Resort. Bit of a difference in site fees - $38 per night but what a location !!! The last 10-12 Km is solid but quite rough gravel road and the van is totally covered in red dust. It really looks like it has been out there.
Saturday we walked the Gorge. Difficult to describe, lush tropical palms and ferns, high limestone cliffs, carved cathedrals with aboriginal art works. Jenny went with Wayne and Lorraine and visited the Moss Gardens at the 2.8 Km mark. I decided to test my legs and did the 9.6 Km Big Bend walk, then turned for home and took in the Cathedral Cave, Ward's Canyon, the Art Gallery and the Amphitheatre. Having started at 0715Hrs I appreciated being back at the van at about 1545Hrs. I recorded over 180 photos but even ten times that number couldn't do justice.
We checked out at about 0815 and arrived here in Emerald at about 1230 with short stops at Rolleston and Springsure along the way. The Emerald Cabin and Caravan Park is only about 1 Km from the centre of the city. Temperatures are rising and as I write this it has reached 27 degrees.
We hope this finds you as it leaves us, in good health and remember, if the thought of reading this boring stuff for the next three months isn't to your taste, just let me know and I'll drop you from "the list".