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Jul 19, 2017 - Charters Towers - Home of the Texas Longhorn

The road from Clermont to Charters Towers was good, bad and ugly (we nearly went air born are few times but once again survived. As there is only one place to stop we decided to stop halfway for lunch. Only problem with this idea was that we forgot that Telstra wasn't working to say where and when. Anyway after a few mixed signals we finally ended up @ Blackwood National Park which is just a fenced in area on the side of the road. Arrived in Charters Towers around 2.30pm and were book in and set up by 3.30pm. The days are getter warmer and...

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Oct 21, 2016 - Capella to Charters Towers

Headed off towards the Towers. Stopped at Clermont for some morning tea and then hit the road for the Towers. The road outside of Clermont was rough (black soil country) as we headed to Belyando Crossing for lunch. Hot day today as we then drove on to the Towers to spend some time with Grandma and Grandad. Country is certainly dry and still in drought. Not like down in SA and NSW.

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Sep 9, 2016 - Ravenswood

I decided I’ve been absolutely too lazy this week, just enjoying the beautiful weather so today I went on an excursion to Ravenswood, another old gold-mining town about 80 km from Charters Towers. Gold was discovered in Ravenswood in 1868, 3 years before the discovery in Charters Towers & apparently, during the 1870s, Ravenswood was the first major inland town in North Queensland. However, the gold at Ravenswood was harder to extract from the surrounding ore & the town declined until 1900 when a new method using a weak solution of cyanide...

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Sep 8, 2016 - Charters Towers

I'm still here. I had to stay a few extra days because I had my mail sent to the Charters Towers Post Office & although I had it sent express mail it still took 6 days. It arrived today but I've decided to stay until Monday because there's rain forecast further south & the weather here is perfect & looks like it will stay that way. I haven't been doing anything interesting or exciting, just enjoying the weather, doing lots of reading & catching up on projects that have been deferred for too long.

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Sep 2, 2016 - Mount Surprise to Charters Towers

There's nothing for 400 km between Mount Surprise & Charters Towers - not a single town, just a roadhouse at The Lynd Junction & even that's a few kms off the road so I didn't stop. However, Charters Towers is a beautiful place. Most gold-rush towns had so much money & they spent it on magnificent public buildings. Charters Towers had one of the longest gold-rushes in history - it went for 40 years so the buildings here are better than most.

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May 29, 2016 - Charters Towers

Sunday 29 May Our last day in Charters Towers and decided on a quiet day. Time to sort out a couple of cupboards and reorganise the fridge. After morning tea, we ventured to the swimming pool. Thought it would be a bit cool, but we were not prepared for just how cold it was. Took a little while, but we all made it in, and enjoyed ourselves. Felt so refreshed afterwards, we wondered why we didn't just take the plunge quickly! Back to the vans for lunch and a rest, such a hard, exhausting life! Did a bit of craft, and after an earlier...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

May 29, 2016 - Charters Towers

29/5/2016 Sunday Not a lot to report today. Just before lunch we ventured into the pool - slowly! The water was cold, but we forced ourselves. The only problem then was we needed our friend Hazel to lead us in water aerobics without noodles, but we managed some star jumps and running on the spot. The water really was so cold that when we got out and had cold outdoor showers, that water felt quite warm. So many laughs! Nap time for some after lunch. Formula 1 is on late tonight, and Ian borrowed a cable from Don and has set our tv up...

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May 28, 2016 - Charters Towers

Saturday 28 May A quiet day in Charters Towers. No need to be up early and rushing off! Caught up on the washing, and then went to check out the town shops. The boys managed to visit hardware shops while the girls checked out clothes and "cheap" shops. Managed to put a little money into the local economy, and found the locals very friendly and helpful. Enjoyed a coffee downtown, and also stocked up on groceries ready for the next phase of our journey. Planned to have a swim, which never eventuated, so will see if we can "fit" that in...

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May 28, 2016 - Charters Towers

28/5/2016 Saturday It was a rather warm night, but we both managed to sleep well. A lazy start to the morning, not having to move on. Pam did her washing and we puddled around doing crosswords and reading. Time to go into town and have a look around, make a few purchases and have coffee. First stop was a Camping Store where Ian was able to buy a gas selector tap, as ours was leaking and right under my side of the bed, and I didn't want to wake up dead in the morning! Coffee was next on the list, so chose a little shop in the main street,...

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May 27, 2016 - Clermont to Charters Towers

27/5/16 Friday Up early and I saw the sun rise. We were both packed and ready to leave this lovely tranquil spot by 8.30am and headed into Clermont for fuel before our long stretch today of 400+km. We stopped for morning tea at a roadside stop at 10am, our earliest morning tea so far. Continued on past Belyando Crossing where we'd been warned that the fuel was very expensive, and stopped for lunch at Cape River, a popular spot with about 6-7 other vans there. We'd driven on some very rough road, and found our teapot which was perfect for...

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May 27, 2016 - Clermont to Charters Towers

Friday 27 May Another warm night on our journey. A longer day on the road today, so decided to leave our overnight spot at 8.30am. Stopped in Clermont to fuel up, and headed north. Had a break about 10am for a quick coffee in a truck rest area. Belyando Crossing is the only civilised stopping point between Clermont and Charters Towers. No need to make a stop there, only heard that it is an expensive place, so we kept going on our way. Continued on to a free camp at Cape River for lunch. It was HOT. A beautiful day for travelling, hardly a...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Oct 19, 2014 - Charters Towers

Checked into a caravan park in Charters Towers. I was looking for an RV campground shown in the Camps 6 book but couldn't find it. I put the coordinates into the GPS thingy and it told me to turn right off the highway onto a narrow unsealed road. Hmmm, not sure about that and didn't want to get into a situation where I couldn't turn around. I should have looked at it on Google Earth because for the first time in two days I actually had a phone/internet signal but forgot about that, so I came out and pulled into the first caravan park I saw....

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