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Jun 17, 2016 - Day 59

Day 59 Into Normanton and onto Karumba, while driving up the speedo on the old girl came up 333333kms. We started at 320096kms. Saw plenty of Brolga’s on the way up to the Gulf, and the Hawks were like crows feeding on the road kill. The Gulf has 1caravan park in town and 3 at Karumba Point and they were all chokers, the Point would be the better place to be. On the way back we stopped at a bridge and walked the old bridge that had water flowing over it. . Back into Normanton to fuel up and the lady came out to put the fuel in as the bowser...

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RUSSANDY 2016

Jun 17, 2016 - DAY 58

Day 58 Into Georgetown and saw a road train of hay. Crossed the Gilbert Rive and into Croydon checked out the info center camped at Black Bull Siding . Had happy hour drinks with a W.A couple from Vic Park and he knows Trish and May. Roddy and Sue Anderson they worked at the ATO.

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RUSSANDY 2016

Jun 10, 2016 - Normanton

10/6/2016 Friday Our last day in Normanton, and it's a much needed 'rest day' - there's not a lot to do after riding the Gulflander to Croydon and fishing at Karumba, and this is very welcome. I went for a walk and took a photo of the 'famous' Purple Hotel opposite the caravan park. There are 3 hotels in town, and this seems to be the one frequented by the aboriginal population. It's sad to see and hear the young ones leaving anytime after lunch and into the night, often carrying a carton of beer. When I got back just before 9am, Ian was...

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Jun 10, 2016 - Normanton

Friday 10 June Our last day in Normanton and decided to have some "down" time. We all move on tomorrow, Marcel and Trudi heading back to Caloundra via Cloncurry and Winton. They will only have two or three nights on the road. With no van to tow, they are happy to drive for longer periods. The rest of us will move to a free camp at Cumberland Mine Historic Site which is about 20 kms west of Georgetown. We have been told it is a good place for an overnight stop. Today has been quite pleasant as far as heat goes, and also quite windy at times....

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 9, 2016 - Normanton/Karumba/Normanton

Thursday 9 June A slower start today after a warmer night, and awoke to some fog which cleared quickly. There was a bit of noise around again during the night, and some of us slept through it better than others! Music seemed to be going 90% of the night, and we are wondering if it was the juke box at The Purple Pub which is not far from us. Seeing as the rodeo is here this weekend, guess we can expect some extra activity. It was quite possible a very big fifth wheeler that pulled in near the entrance to the park yesterday also had their...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 9, 2016 - Normanton-Karumba-Normanton

9/6/2016 Thursday Another noisy night in Normanton! Today we drove to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. I thought I saw a crocodile on the bank of one of the creeks we crossed, and Trudi, following in their car, said she also saw it. Our first stop was the bakery. Oh, to get some nice, fresh, bakery bread! But first - coffee with cream bun for Ian and apple turnover for me! Yum - the best and most decadent sweet I've had since we left home. But - I must remember that we're in the Outback!!! Fishing now! Our reason for being here! We...

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Jun 8, 2016 - Normanton/Croydon

Wednesday 8 June Today's the day we were all looking forward to - The Gulflander Experience! Up early to be at the Normanton Railway Station by 8.00am to sort out tickets and prepare for an 8.30am departure. We opted for the last carriage and although we had the sun on our side all the way we had plenty of room. Although part of the Queensland Rail, the Normanton to Croydon railway has always been fully isolated from the rest of the state network. Affectionately said to go from "nowhere to nowhere" the railway is now heritage listed and the...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 8, 2016 - Normanton-Croydon-Normanton

8/6/2016 Wednesday Although Normanton is a small town, this is the noisiest caravan park yet. We're parked next to the road, and with people having a chat as they walked past, trucks and general road noise, I didn't have the best sleep. But then, I knew we had to leave here by 7.45am, and I usually spend half the night worrying that I won't wake up, so a combination of things. Anyhow, we were up and ready to go to the station to check in at 8am for the trip to Croydon on the Gulflander. We joined the queue. The Gulflander - commonly called...

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Jun 7, 2016 - Mt Surprise to Normanton

Tuesday 7 June We all co-ordinated well and were ready to leave Mt Surprise by 8.30am. Marcel and Trudi led the way. With no van to tow, they were a bit quicker. We all met up in Georgetown, did our refuelling and picked up a few supplies. We then enjoyed morning tea in the park across the road. A well maintained park with green grass and lots of trees and shrubs. Also a nicely done Anzac memorial. Set off again for Croydon where we planned to meet for lunch. Not too far along the way (on a single lane bitumen), we heard the noise one never...

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Mt Surprise Reunion

Jun 7, 2016 - Mt Surprise to Normanton

7/6/2016 Tuesday We had an early start today, departing Bedrock Village Caravan Park, Mt. Surprise, at 8.30am. Marcel and Trudie went ahead - they travelled faster as no van behind their car. We fuelled up at Georgetown again - there was quite a line of cars and caravans waiting to get to the bowsers - shows that cheap petrol draws the customers. We had morning tea in a lovely little park there. For the second time, our cutlery drawer has jumped the catch and was hanging out when we stopped. First time I thought that maybe I hadn't locked...

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Jul 15, 2015 - Day 18 - 22 / Normanton

It was a long day's drive to Normanton, about 360kms and we didn't get away until 10:00. We stopped for lunch at Burke and Wills Roadhouse which is the only sign of habitation along that stretch of the Matilda Way (or Burke Developmental Road). There is a free camp here by the Norman River but not many people seem to be using it and as we wanted to stay a few days we went into town. We are getting a pensioner discount at the Normanton Tourist Park and although we are pretty squashed in on strange slabs which must once have been intended...

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Jul 13, 2013 - On to Leichardt Lagoon

From Sal - I think we set our record for late pack-up today...11am. We still reached our campsite goal of Leichardt Lagoon near Normanton ($16 for the night if you're wondering). We fluked the campfire and live music night, hooray! And there was free soup for dinner - double hooray! Beautiful meandering lagoon with lots of birds, especially hawks. We thought we might be able to fish here, but theres crocs in them there waters... Tried to spy some but (fortunately?) they were keeping low. A delicious sunset over the lagoon and bushland...

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