Mt Moffatt – Injune – Lonesome

5th April – Slept well last night it was also a bit warmer. While we waiting for the canvas to dry from the dew we chatted a bit more to one of our neighbours before packing up and then having morning tea.

Chimneys The-Chimneys

On the way out we stopped at the Chimneys Circuit. A 5.8 km walk leading to the Looking Glass, Cathedral Rock, The Chimneys and The Tombs. We had done this area before so we just did the short walk to The Chimneys.

We had lunch at Injune, filled up the water at the info centre and got some info. The Injune council is building a new caravan park just coming into Injune on the Roma side. In the mean time they are letting people camp at Possum Creek (I think, Possum something) has showers, toilets and power for $12 a night.

Next stop was fuel. We were told by someone that the fuel depot was cheaper than the BP fuel in the main St and it was, $1.53, several cents cheaper.

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We headed out towards Expedition National Park, Lonesome Section. Someone had said to us it was lonesome at Lonesome, fine by us. 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. Some great scenic views and all to ourselves. We did have light rain late yesterday and early evening but it was fine but overcast when we got up.

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Q – Expedition National Park

Expedition National Park, Robinson Gorge Section, Starvale Camping area – T, OR, W, $. Follow directions from off the National parks website, takes about 2hrs to travel 89 kms. Last 16km’s 4WD only. Sites in mowed sections, one large area near creek. Long drop loo’s. Non-drinking water tap. Watch out for the sandflies, lots of walks and a creek. Rating – 3.5

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Expedition National Park

This trip we are taking a few weeks over Easter and heading west stopping in at a few national parks. We spent the first night at Swinging Bridge Rest Area, a good distance from home for the first night. We arrived a little after 8pm; the place was fuller than we had seen it before with a few looking like they were set up for the Easter break.

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29th & 30th March – There was a very heavy dew which meant the canvas was wet in the morning. It was still wet when we packed up so we put a small tarp on the bed to keep it dry just in case.

We are taking a bit more leisurely pace this trip. We stopped at Dalby for morning tea and sat and enjoyed our cuppa with another couple, each talking about our travels, also owners of an Aussie Swag.

At Miles we had lunch near the river just outside of town under the gums watching the geese and Corella’s, just enjoying the scenery.

Geese Park

The directions into Expedition National Park, Robinson Gorge Section, Starvale Camping area can be found on their web site and are pretty straight forward to follow. Takes about 2 hrs. to travel the 89 km’s. The first 34 Km’s are bitumen then its dirt road. The road is mostly pretty good, only the last 16 km’s is 4wd only.  There are lots of cattle that can wander onto the road so watch out for them.

Camping-at-Expedition Creek

There were 7 other lots of campers with one large group at the camping area. Sites can be found in mowed sections of varying sizes. There are long drop loos and non-drinking tap water. There is also a creek with a swimming hole that we were told was a little cool. There are also several walks from 1.2kms to 6kms return, grade 4. Since I was recovering from a bad head cold and sinus infection we just relaxed, caught up on some reading and generally chilled out for a few days. Was way too hot to go for a steep walk anyway, lots of ants and sand flies here.

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