Travels with the Winnie: Day 47

Avon Downs Rest Area to Mt Isa 5th July, 2017


arrival in Queenland
Welcome to Queensland

The landscape in the photo continued until after the first town where we filled up with fuel, dumped and filled up with water (at the same place, but separate taps), with the plan of staying at a rest area out of town. Then we were in bushland, with lots of creeks, some even had a little water.

There was more and more build up of clouds. The forecast for Mt Isa said there might be rain and a possible thunderstorm. We arrrived at the rest area and had a cup of tea. It was a pleasant spot, but over 30 degrees and very, very humid. We decided to take a chance on getting a powered caravan site in Mt Isa.

As we got closer to Mt Isa the landscape changed from being mostly flat, as it has been since we left Tennant Creek, to being quite hilly. We weren’t tired of the previous landscape, but it adds interest as we travel that things are always changing.

Well, at the first place we tried there were no vacancies, but the woman said the Tourist Information Centre had phoned to say they were opening up a park for overflow. We went to where she said it was happening, but there was pretty clearly nothing happening there. Stephen rang a different caravan park, and they told us it was at a different park, owned by the Irish Club. It wasn’t there, but when we rang the Irish Club, they told us we could stay overnight.

The Irish Club is nearby, so we have come over to have a meal and spend some time in air conditioning. The food is a bit of a comedown after the Barkly, but at least we are not cooking in the van in this heat.

We heard a huge rumbling that shook the building, we were alarmed, but no one else was. I suggested that it might be blasting at the mine.

There is a notice in the loo about living safely with lead. It’s a big problem for this town, and I would not like to bring up children here. I had some local fish, thinking that one dose of lead shouldn’t cause me problems.

Tomorrow is also forecast to be hot a humid, with the weather changing on Friday. We will have to consider whether we choose to stay here for sightseeing or move on in the hope of finding cooler weather.

Travels with the Winnie: Day 46

Barkly Homestead to Avon Downs Rest Area July 4th, 2017

We spent the day travelling through a different landscape, basically flat with spinifex. Still, we always find it interesting. We were sad to leave the comforts behind.

It was quite a warm day, but we were not really prepared for how humid and warm the evening would be. At the Barkly Homestead it was cool in the evenings. So, we sat outside until it was dark, then had our meal. For the first time we had to put aside our warm quilt and sleep with just a sheet over us. We had all four roof hatches open, and all five windows. There were lots of other travellers in various types of vans around us, and a police station across the road, so we felt quite safe.

The police station was established about 100 years ago because of cattle rustling in the area. We met the policeman as he and his wife came over to invite the travellers to buy stuff for fundraising for the local cricket team.

The Winnie at Avon Downs Rest Area.jpg
The Winnie at Avon Downs Rest Area

It was lovely in the morning. It was cool, still humid, but comfortable.