Roma, Carnarvon Gorge, Mitchell, Morven, Blackall
May 27, 2012
Roma to Lonesome national Park
Left Roma after Hotcakes at Maca's and headed for Injune, good information centre and a lovely little park where we had lunch. Then we continued on to Lonesome National Park, found a great camping spot with a fireplace and table and even some wood. We were the only people there so Lorraine thought she would have a shower with the outside shower, but just as she was about to strip off, two more vehicles arrived so I wasn't able to get the photo's for Utube.
23rd - 24th
Next morning we set off for Carnarvon Gorge, only about 100 Km. The last 24 Km of road is un maid and in very bad condition with 3 creek crossing. We went to the Ranger Station to check out the walks and then we walked the Nature Trail, had to cross the river twice on stepping stones, I thought the hand that Lori was holding on to would take a week to recover.
After the walk we drove back 4 Km to Takaraka Bush resort where we were booked in for 3 nights and set up camp. Guess what? It started to rain and it rained for the next day and night (60mm), so we decided to leave a day early even though we had paid for three nights because we thought we could be stuck here for some time.
The drive out was a nightmare, Jazzabout was sliding all over the road which had turned in to mud and the creek crossings had a substantial amount of water rushing through them. We crossed the first two OK, but the third one was really flowing hard so I went through very slowly in 1st gear and was almost over, when the water came over the bullbar and into the air intake and stopped the engine dead with our rear wheels still in the water. I had to disconnect the air cleaner so the air could get straight in to the turbo and after about ½ Hr, I was able to start the engine albeit with clouds of steam coming from the exhaust for a while, so we were able to continue on to Mitchell,
but I think the people who stayed, would be there for a week.
A very good free camp that we have stopped in before, but they must have had the same rain because there were many Caravans and Motorhomes bogged in the grassy area's. We stayed on the asphalt and were OK.
On the toilet block was a notice about the Maranoa Music festival the next day featuring school bands and string ensembles, so we had lunch in the park and listened to the music before we went on to Morven for the night.
This is one of our favorite free camps with power and hot showers provided for a donation. So it is very popular and we got the last power point. Parked next to a lovely man (Ron) from Albury, travelling in a motorhome alone as his wife of 58 years had died 6 months ago. He had some great stories to tell from the many years they had spent travelling all over Australia.
27th - 29th Blackall
Free camped at Blackhall with about 30 motorhomes and caravans by the river right beside the town, very sociable happy hour with many stories told. On the second night we stayed in the caravan park because they had a country music singer (Just Helen) for entertainment and a camp oven dinner and damper with Golden Sirup for sweets, one of the few meals we have had out and it was delicious. Today we will go to some of the local tourist attractions and then spend the night back at the free camp.