Another one of those lazy days where we just absorbed all around us. The sunshine, trees, birds, an emu and Shetland ponies and miniature horses in a fenced enclosure behind our vans, nature at work! This is a small horse stud, and the stallion was busy! We could hear the 'guard geese' honking, and watch the emu strut up and down along the fence-line.
After a late rising, it seemed no time at all before it was morning tea time, followed by a walk around Mt Surprise. That didn't take long - it's a very small town, but boasts 3 caravan parks, a small school, police station, Health Centre, an Old Post Office and Telegraph Station, one of the oldest buildings in the gulf (1872), which was moved piece by piece from Junction Creek (1913/14) to its present site. It was a major telegraph link between Brisbane and the Kakoda Track in WW11 along with other important uses. A beautifully kept railway station where the Gulflander passes and possibly stops on its journey between Cairns and Nomanton, a pub (for sale), a gem shop (for sale), 2 service stations and shop plus a few houses just about completed the town. A small town, but everyone we met and spoke to were very friendly. We had ice-creams as we walked back to our home on wheels, and then it was time for lunch. We chatted with a man from S.Aust. who had arrived earlier this morning, and had just come from Cobbald Gorge, where we're heading to tomorrow. He said it's absolutely beautiful, which is what we expect, and the road in is ok with only one section of road a little corrugated.
We'll be at Cobbald Gorge for 4 nights, and during that time there will be no mobile reception. We're just hoping that our TV's will work so that we can see the big game! Go Queensland!! We will meet our Swiss friends Trudi and Marcel there.
There are a lot of vans coming in here this afternoon, and the park is nearly full. This park, which is behind the service station, is $18pn, the one next door $20pn and Bedrock Village over the road, very flash and our reason for being here in the first place, as it's where we met Trudi and Marcel 8 years ago, is $28pn. We'll be coming back here in just over a week, and that's where we'll stay, as our Reunion visit. Although the cheapest, we could recommend this park.
We played cards this afternoon sitting outside under the trees in the dappled sunshine, broke off for drinks and nibbles then dinner, and continued with cards when we had our houses in order. It's a good life, and we appreciate the lovely weather we've been experiencing, especially when we hear how cold it is down south, especially Melbourne.