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.