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Jul 11, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Day 27

Hi All, We left the coast behind bound for the Atherton Tablelands a very fertile area where most of the milk for far north Queensland is made at the local Dairy Farmers factory, the countryside was magnificently green following what we were told was good but not heavy rain. There are several small towns in the vicinity all can be covered in 2 days including Atherton, Lake Tinaroo, Yungaburra, Malanda and Millaa Millaa, all have a story to tell, are very picturesque and have lots of natural attractions. In Malanda we came across a country...

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Aug 29, 2014 - Croydon - last stopover before Karumba

Drove into Croydon early afternoon in time to have a drive around town and get to see the sights. The drive from Ravenshoe to Croydon was a challenge. Most of the road was single lane bitumen with gravel lanes either side. Stones were flying everywhere. We got a large chip in the windscreen on the stretch of road and numerous chips on the van. All part of driving the outback. The town water supply comes from Lake Belmore. Croydon is steeped in history as it was one of the early gold mining towns that sprung up and died just as quickly when...

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Aug 8, 2013 - On the Road to Karumba

5th - 8th August Travelling along the main route of the Savannah Way, we are seeing a diverse range of landscapes. From golden grasslands, Savannah woodlands, historic mining towns and train journeys. The road is sealed but very narrow in places. With oncoming traffic you are pulling over and travelling on loose dirt and rocks, allowing you to pass each other. When getting back onto the road you have to be careful that you don't lose control in the loose dirt. Have heard lots of horror stories of cars and caravans being written off. ...

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Jul 15, 2013 - South again

(Ben) Our one night in Karumba felt like longer and so we weren't too sad to be moving on again the next morning, back through Normanton on our way towards Mt Isa. We stopped at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse for fuel and ended up pulling up at another free rest area for the night - Terry Smith lookout. No idea who Terry is but his lookout is a nice place to spend the night. The kids had been keen for a fire for a while so we made one without much wood (there wasn't much around) and the resulting efforts at damper were pretty...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Aus - Day 63 - Inward on

Woke up nice and early this morning, bound and determined to get away from these grey skies. On our way through our 450km journey inland, we stopped by a few sights. First, we stopped in at Hasties swamp to enjoy the hundreds upon hundreds of birds that call this swamp home. We were the only ones there and it was extremely peaceful. So many different species! After, we had a look at a field filled with wind turbines. This was Australia's first turbine farm built back in 2000 and powers 3500 homes with it's 20 turbines. We spoke to a retired...

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Nov 1, 2010 - Croydon

Croydon – 11 October to 12 October (1 night) The 226km drive from Karumba to Croydon was ok to start with and steadily improved, with the stretch from Normanton to Croydon being on “full” tar and the landscape was a lot more interesting. Croydon is situated 1897km NW of Brisbane and has a population of about 300. Gold was discovered in 1885, which led to the development of a rich booming gold mining centre. For the next 40 years gold was the mainstay of the district and at its peak, Croydon was the fourth largest town in Queensland,...

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Living the Dream

Jul 16, 2010 - walkers creek to gilbert river

we left walkers creek and headed for normanton. we restocked with some meat, fresh bread. we found this butchery it was just like a bulk warehouse full of grocery all in huge sizes. silverside pack the smallest size was 20$ worth. the chicken breast came in 2kg frozen blocks. they had their own smoked goods as well. i really enjoyed just being in there. john had found the bakery. we had the best lamingtons i have ever had. the old fellow had baked them. john was in heaven. he loves his sweets. we continued on to croydon. it was a really...

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july trip 2010

Jul 14, 2009 - Croydon

CROYDON: 14th July. Goodbye to Normanton this morning as we headed to Karumba crossing the bridge over the Normanton River and travelling through many km of flood plains. This is the Gulf Savannah country and we were seeing a large number of cattle. There were a great number of water holes which could be seen from the road. In addition to the cattle finding water there, the water birds and especially the brolgas were in abundance. The brolgas were also seen grazing in the paddocks. It was only 70 km between Normanton and Karumba but as we...

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May 31, 2007 - Croydon to Undara Queensland 06 to 07 May 2007

Jeff I managed to get pictures of Sylvia using her washing machine, (well it's not mine, even if she wouldn't accept it as her birthday present), before we rushed off to be in time for the Croydon Town Tour. This constituted a talk in the office of our guide and tourist doyen for the area, a look around all of the memorabilia in the tourist office, and a guided tour of the three 'impressive' old buildings adjacent on the street to the tourist office. Our guide, Chris Weirman, was a Savannah Guides Site Interpreter, Local...

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Feb 14, 2007 - Still in the land of straight roads and termite mounds

Another early morning (6am departure!) and I took the opportunity to seranade my bus mates with my personal version of an aussie classic ( G'day G'day!) of course those of you thinking that its impossible for me to function this early will be greatly surprise as I am!! For some reason I handle mornings much better here and am actually very cheerful and hyper! I know its gotta be something in the water! We continued on into the biggest city in the world, Mt. Isa. This is the biggest city in terms of area since the suburbs stretch for a...

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