21/4/14 – We reluctantly left Lake Murphy but it was time to move on and our friends wanted to stop back in at Judds Lagoon for a few nights.
First stop was Taroom, were we filled up water and fuel tanks and had morning tea by the river. It’s a lovely busy little town, RV friendly so dump point and plenty of taps in the local park to fill up with water.
Next we stopped for lunch at a park in Wandoan. Again plenty of taps to fill up with water and a dump point, a nice country town. At the park there was a statue of a Mick the cattle dog. In 1901 an injured stockman scratched a message for help on his tin matchbox, threaded it to his belt and attached it to Mick’s neck and sent him home for help, saving the stockman’s life.
The old Wandoan railway station is also set up in the park as well as the Wandoan Windmill which is purely decorative but a mill of this size can pump between 22,700 to 31,800 litres per day. The mill was originally erected at Bungaban station to pump water from a bore.
Across from the park is a huge painted mural on one of the water storage tanks, amazing piece of work.
From there we took the road to Jackson along the Warrego Hwy to Yuleba then onto Judds Lagoon 3km SE of Yuleba. It’s a largish area next to the lagoon, lot of trees and shade. Area close to the lagoon is on rather a slope. We had trouble finding a spot that didn’t have remnants of a fire with ash. Even though it is 2km from the hwy we were surprised there was still some hwy noise at night. It’s a fairly popular spot. 4 weeks ago the lagoon had very little water in it. Recent rains have mostly filled in the lagoon much to the delight of the local kids. There is a rope swing they come down and use when it’s hot. The water does have a stagnant smell to it, not enough water yet to flush it through. This camping area would very different if there was no water in the lagoon.
22/4/14 – The place cleared out this morning and so far it’s not as full as it was last night.
We had a paddle up the creek/lagoon/billabong, it’s always so relaxing and peaceful paddling up a stream.
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Lake Murphy Conservation Park – T, OR, $, W. 39 km NW of Taroom. Turn onto Fitzroy Developmental Road 18 km N of Taroom. Large grassy sites, fire pits at every site. Long drop loo’s in day area. Could only send text on mobile that was plugged into the aerial. Large day area, with tables and large undercover area. Rating – 4
18/04/14 – It is so lovely and peaceful here, we have decided to chill out and relax here for a few days. The apostle birds are our constant companions. There is not a cloud in the sky. It always amazes me how blue the sky is in the bush away from the pollution of the city, so amazing seeing the thousands of stars that grace the night sky.
It’s not a bad place to see out Easter away from the maddening crowds. There are 6 large sites fenced on three sides by short timber fences. Most of the sites will fit several campers or tents one in particular is quite large. Each site has a fire place, tables and green grass. The camping area is surrounded by gum trees, palms and other trees. Not a bad place to relax at all, tranquil, peaceful, serene.
There is a large day use area with a large undercover area with table and chairs and toilets.
It is a short walk to the usually dry Lake Murphy which only has water in it when the nearby Robinson Creek, which runs parallel to the road floods.
There is a 4km circuit which starts and ends in the camp ground which is more of a nature trail which follows the creek for some parts, crosses the road and winds amongst the gums and the Dawson Palms, a very pretty walk.
31st March – We woke to an overcast morning with everyone bar 2 groups packing up. We thought they must have known something we didn’t. We had already decided to move on, despite what everyone else was doing.
We went out an alternate route which would bring us back onto the Leichhardt Hwy 18 km’s north of Taroom. This route passes Lake Murphy Conservation Reserve where we have stopped for a night. Currently some light rain, well heavy rain now. 2 other campers turned up in the rain for the night. As it turned out we had quite a bit of rain.
This is a beaut camp area. Green grass recently mowed. 6 camping areas divided by log fences sites vary in size. Each site has a table, one has a fire pit, there is also a general fire area. Some long drop loos and a day area with a reasonable size undercover area with 4 more tables. Lots of Apostle Birds, Babblers and other birds.
It is only a 300m walk to the lake from our site, which does not always have water in it. The path down to the lake is like it is moss covered a pretty walk. We got to what we assumed was the edge of the lake that was overgrown with vegetation and muddy path, we could go no further so didn’t see any water.
We had large moths trying to get into the camper and little frogs, we had 3 get into the camper must have been lots outside in the drizzle.