Leaving Lawn Hill NP behind our journey today would take us to "The Nobbies" - a cattle property just north of Cloncurry. The owner, Peter, had invited us to visit if we were ever in the region, after the OWO had assisted him at Nairana the previous year. It was a wonderful opportunity to meet with Peter and his wife and to spend a little time on a cattle property. The property is about 42,000 acres in size and they have some wonderful Drought-Master cattle.
The road into their property was all dirt and about 35kms from the main bitumen road. It was in reasonably good condition despite recent rain and took around 35 minutes to get from their property entrance gate to their homestead!
We enjoyed a very pleasant evening with them and the OWO had the opportunity of going out with Peter to see some of the property first hand.
|Road to The Nobbies|
|Property entrance - 35kms to Homestead|
|Sunset over The Nobbies|
|Sunset at the dam|
|Something special to see|
Leaving "The Nobbies" around 9am we stopped in Cloncurry for a short coffee break before continuing east along the Flinders Highway. There is some fascinating history in Cloncurry and I would have liked more time to explore. This is where John Flynn started the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) - his image is on our 20 dollar note - and this is also the home of the Mary Kathleen uranium mine. This was an open cut mine operating from 1954 to 1982. The town was built for the mining of uranium oxide and there is a wonderful museum at the Info Centre about the mine and the development of the town.
Although we had planned to travel as far as Prairie, east of Hughenden, we had lingered a little longer in Cloncurry than expected and after five hours on the road we found a great "free" camp beside a billabong away from the main road. About 50 kms west of Richmond it provided a very peaceful place to rest our weary bodies -- not to mention the beautiful sunset provided free of charge! This is "Dinosaur" Country and the surrounding countryside eventually changed from flat open plains to mountain range as we passed through Richmond, Hughenden, Charters Towers and on to Townsville.
|John Flynn - our $20 note adventurer|
|Cloncurry - the "Uranium" Mining town|
|Cloncurry history museum park|
|Taking flight at night|
|Dusk at the Billabong|
|More superb sunsets in CQ|
|Paluma Range into Townsville|
|Richmond Info Centre|
|Billabong "free camp"|
Pera Court Hilton
From the billabong to the "Hilton"!!!! What a delight to be visiting Miss Carmel and "Paddington Bear" once again. Three days of "girlie" delights for me and "man-time" for the OWO. Craft classes, retail therapy, fabric shopping and stitching - wonderful company and delicious meals and good wine - what more could weary travellers ask for! So love my annual visit with my Stitching Sister.
There was a bonus for me with this little visit though. On the last morning of our visit Miss Carmel and I spent time at Lincraft and at the behest of the OWO we bought me a light weight sewing machine for travelling. Woohoo!! The OWO is the best and I am now the happy owner of a Toyota Quilter 99 that can travel with us.
As always our time at the Pera Court Hilton was perfect and we hope we can continue our annual visit (and maybe fit in a few others) for many more years to come. But for now it was time to move on again to Nairana NP for our annual volunteer caretaking duties - only this time there was a promise that Miss Carmel and "Paddington Bear" would join us for a few days in two weeks time.