Expedition National Park – Lonesome Section – $, OR.There are no facilities, smallish camp area at the base of some cliffs in a bush setting. There is Telstra Next G when plugged into an aerial. Rating – 3
6th April – After packing up we ducked back up to the lookout and picnic area. Great views back over the valley.
Wow Nuga Nuga Lake is huge. It is the largest natural water body within the central Qld sandstone belt. And birds wow, heaps of them. Dead trees in the lake with lots of purple water lilies at the bases. Drats we didn’t bring the kayak this trip. The birds are little far out onto the water for my lens and rather skittish. So far we have seen black swans, ducks, darters, cormorants, terns, white faced herons, great egrets, kites, pelicans, great crested grebes, spoonbill, geese, kookaburras, plus a few others we can’t identify. The terns are swooping down getting fish. The sky is dark and gloomy with the threat of rain. Heaps of kangaroos.
There are no facilities at the lake, camping is bush camping wherever you can find a spot it seems. Sites are rocky, and uneven, lots of trees, lots of flies, lots of bugs. We are camped out on an island overlooking the lake. Ok as long as we don’t get heavy rain. There are lots of dead trees on the ground, we assume it’s from trees that have washed up from the lake in times of flood. It seems we are in the prime spot though as any newcomers head here first. There are tracks leading around the lake and one assumes campsites too. It seems to be a popular spot.
We met some boys who had been having a mud fight. They were covered in mud front and back, they were heading into the water to wash off, good luck.
We finished the day off eating tea around the fire and even though it was overcast we did get a bit of a sunset over the lake. The light rain ended our night early.
7th April – It drizzled light rain all night. We woke to overcast skies. We were ready to get up early with the birds as it were but it was raining and the birds didn’t get up that early. It wasn’t until 10.30am before the Lillie’s started to open.
We spent the day walking around our little island, watching the birds, making scones, muffins and then pizza for lunch and general relaxing.
We did see some blue sky but it soon came over grey and the clouds were too thick for a sunset.
We finished the night with another campfire.
8th April – We woke to blue skies, be about right the day we are leaving. We did get woken up during the night by lots of birds noises and a kookaburra laughing in a tree above us in the early wee hours.
We ended up doing a tyre, long story but its cactus. The road from Nuga Nuga to the main HWY is a bit rough in places.
We stopped 7 km’s east of Moura at a rest area by the Dawson River, also a camping area. Great day area, camping is a large grassy area that was already filling up by 1.30pm. They do ask for a donation for the upkeep of the place. There are toilets, that are old and showers were operated by $1 coin. There is a fishing comp this weekend; it looked like some of the campers were a part of that.
We did a few essentials at Moura before heading out of town and stopping at the Moura mine viewing platform with a view over the open cut mine. Not a lot to see apart from a big hole in the ground. We could see some of the big trucks in the distance and a dragline.
We have come across lots of road works today. We headed south to Isla Gorge National Park. There was a fire west of the road in some bush that was not close to the road but was spreading thick smoke around the area. So there is lots of smoke outside, the canvas is doing a good job of stopping it from getting inside. Strong smell of smoke outside.
The camp area is fairly small, fit about 5/6 vans, campers. There is a day area and lookout over the gorge right next to the small camping area.
We retreated into the camper pretty early as the smoke was getting thicker.
Isla Gorge National Park – Isla Gorge Campground – T, $. 38 km S of Theodore. 1 Km of dirt road. The camp area is fairly small, fit about 5/6 vans, campers. There is a day area and lookout over the gorge right next to the small camping area. Non drinking water out of a very slow tap. Rating – 2.5
9th April – We had a bit of a rough night. Chris was up checking the smoke or should I say checking he couldn’t see evidence the fire had jumped the road. It looked like the fire was a distance away but it can be deceiving.
The smoke has mostly cleared when we got up before the sun this morning. Still a bit of a haze and the sun stayed hidden behind clouds or smoke haze.
We cut across to Cracow via Isla Delusion road, was actually a very pretty short cut. Creek crossings with palms would have been a great area to pull off the road for the night.
The main St of Cracow is like a ghost town. Very old buildings, broken front buildings, falling verandas not much left of what wold have been a quaint little town. The only life seems to be the mining in the area.
From Cracow to Eidsvold to Mt Perry to “The Bat Cave”, Boolboonda Tunnel. It had a lot of water on the ground so we drove through. Just as well as there were heaps more bats than last time, hundreds of the tiny things, makes the skin crawl.
Then it was to Gin Gin for the night, we got in unusually early for us and had our pick of spots.
10th April – It was soooooo noisy last night. Truck and traffic noise all night. There wasn’t many in here last night, maybe they consider this has become too noisy. I think some of the issue is the road work with traffics coming in big lumps not just one here and there.
We enjoyed our stay at Bargara so much last time we have decided to call in for a few nights to finish this trip off. Depending on what the weather does, it’s cool and overcast at the moment.
12th April – The weather wasn’t that good at Bargara, cold winds and rain, but it’s still a nice place. Alas the time has come to an end so it’s homeward bound until next time, which will be Cape York in July 🙂