Travels with the Winnie: Day 49

Cloncurry to Fullarton River North Rest Area

The weather this morning was still very humid. It made us feel very lethargic. We used our air conditioner after we arrived at the caravan park yesterday, and also used it on fan only when we went to bed, but it didn’t help much.

We had some tasks this morning. First of all, we had our empty gas tank filled at the caravan park. We have two small tanks, they last quite well, and having two means that when one is empty we have a little time to fill it. Then we went to the visitor centre and museum.

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Cloncurry Unearthed – Stephen saw Burke’s purported water bottle. This is in dispute and there is another one somewhere else, the ‘true’ water bottle.

After an hour or so, we went to a truck tyre place, where they checked the tyres. They were down slightly, but considering that we last checked them when leaving Adelaide, it was good. We filled up with fuel, then went to the local bakery for lunch. Afterwards we felt ready for a rest and went back to the visitor centre where there is a large carpark and the ground is level.

We then drove about 60 kms, taking the right fork on the highway towards Longreach, to this fee camp site. It is just about perfect. The sealed section is for trucks, but there is plenty of space for the rest of us here. It has been raining further south, and we have had a couple of fairly light showers since we arrived. It is MUCH cooler and we are very happy, especially as we have a phone signal with fairly slow internet access.

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Our site. Apparently we have to be careful not to camp on black earth/clay when it is raining because it turns to sticky mud and people get bogged, but this area should be fine.

 

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