Daily journal extract --Saturday, 9th April - Monday, 11th April
Saturday - an interesting day --After leaving our free camp spot early we decided to take the advice of local roadworker, Greg, and chose the route towards Mt Garnet rather than the rougher route to Mt Surprise. A very good decision as this road had been recently graded after wet season wash aways and was very good travelling. It brought us out about 12 kms from Mt Garnet on the Savannah Way.
|Creek crossings a-plenty in this region|
|Mrs OWO fishing!|
We found a wonderful overnight free camp spot right on the river where we saw our first freshwater crocodile, and Mrs OWO caught her first eating-size fish.
|Freshwater croc sighting|
|Yep - finally caught a decent size fish in the river!|
Sunday -- Copperfield Gorge, Einasleigh
|"Savannahlander" rail bridge at Einasleigh|
|The sign says it all!|
|A "lonely" Ada at Einasleigh|
|Sunday afternoon in a country town|
|One of the beautiful miniatures in the Pub|
|The "Pub" seen from the Gorge|
|Police station and stocks!|
We spent the afternoon exploring the Gorge. Such beautiful colours in this natural phenomenon which is like an oasis in a dry and dusty land, and a delight for this amateur photographer.
|Looking through the Gorge|
|Exploring the Gorge|
|Calm waters in the Gorge|
|Railway and "highway" side by side|
Moving on from one Gorge to the next our first stop was Forsayth. The route along the way followed alongside the railway line and changed between dirt and bitumen as we traversed the Newcastle Range.
|Willy's Touring Car info|
Our final destination today would be Cobbold Gorge so after a little more exploration around Caschafor Park, and a coffee break at the Goldfields pub (which has been beautifully restored by the new owners and is also the local post office and local grocery store), we continued on our way along another 49kms of dirt road. The road was pretty corrugated in some sections but again our Ada was no problem to tow.
This is rather interesting country covered in sandstone rocks and huge termite mounds and looked very dry after the Savannah grasslands. However, when we arrived at the Gorge campground around 1.30pm, we were immediately impressed with what we found.