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Gregory River- Gregory Downs to Adels Grove -about 90 ks of which about 45ks was back on some pretty corrugated bone shaking road. However, the end result has once again been very definitely worth it (though the van and car are definitely going to need a wash in the near future!) The camp ground is spread out over a very large area with most campsites separated from the next with trees and weeds which give each site some privacy as well as appearance of being in a bush camp. It’s all a bit higgledy, piggledy, but after being told we could pretty well pick which site we wanted in the designated dog area, we found a really nice spot which we have had all to ourselves today. The girl at reception thought she recognized me and after a while we realised we knew each other from the Mater- it’s a very small world!

After setting up camp, Ian and I went for a walk to explore the area. Adels Grove is a privately owned piece of land and was bought by a fellow named Albert De Lestang, a French botanist who grew tropical trees and fruits on the site. It was apparently pretty impressive in its day, but most of it was burnt out in the 1950’s. The name Adels come from his initials. Lawn Creek runs through the park and has an area of thick woodland running beside the creek which include melelaucas, ghost gums pandanas and cabbage tree palms. The creek is just beautiful- crystal clear and green in colour. It is perfectly safe to swim in the water and the campgrounds provide tyre tubes for you to have a float in the river. We had to give that a go of course! Just wonderful and relaxing. After a shower we went up to the outdoor deck/dining area and had a couple of drinks with Peter and Jenny to thank them for their help the night before in finding Chilli!

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