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Week 5

Hughenden to Boulia

sunny 29 °C

Day 29 - Tuesday July 10
We camped overnight in Hughendens free camp at the showground and for the second night in a row it was cold.
We all got into our vehicle and drove north to Porcupine Gorge (73km). On the way we called into Eaglehawk Gorge Lookout.65c77960-8403-11e8-a6a4-0590bc12eeb8.JPG7af672a0-8403-11e8-a6a4-0590bc12eeb8.JPGd699ba00-8402-11e8-a6a4-0590bc12eeb8.JPG
Next stop was at Bottletree Ridge Lookout. A bit of a climb on the black Basalt rock.
Onwards to Porcupine Gorge Lookout. This was the best scene so far this morning.
We drove some more kms to Pyramid Gorge Lookout. There is a rock formation quite like a pyramid down in the gorge.
Back into town for a rather late lunch then a qiuick trip around town to take a photo of the 35 ft windmill at the western end of the main street.

Day 30 - Wednesday July 11
We departed Hughenden just after 8 am and drove west to Richmond. A dinosaur skeleton (Kronosaurus Queensladicus) was found near here in 1926. It was estimated to be 112 million years old abd was collected in 1931and taken to the USA. It took 25 years to assemble the bones and is now on display at Harvard University.
There have since been found other Dinosaur skeletons in the area.
We drove on tp Julia Creek intending to stay for 4 nights here in the free camp by the creek however, Hiroe is running out of one of her medications and we have to move on to a bigger town to arrange supply. We have rung ahead to a pharmacy there.
This free campsite right at the edge of town is quite good.

Day 31 - Thursday July 12
Took a photo of Georges caravan across the creek which was very still and good reflections this morning.
It was good to just sit around, look at the water and watch all of the birds until morning tea. After that we went for a drive into Julia Creek to have a look around. This is a very small village however we noticed a sculpture of a light horseman outside the local RSL.
We did a quick walk up and down the main street then some shopping in the supermarket before returning to the vans for lunch.
A very lazy afternoon sitting in the sun then a lovely "Happy Hour" before dinner.

Day 32 - Friday July 13
We left camp at Julia Creek rather late this morning (10.00am) as Hiroes medication wouldn't be ready at Cloncurry till after lunch (137 kms away) The medication has to come up from Townsville - about 774 kms east.
we did some clothes washing inmachines at the rear of a service station, had lunch and refuelled then drove another 63 kms west to the bankc=s on Corella Dam at Clem Walton Park. It is about 2 kms off the highway so nice and quiet. There are over 200 recreational vehicles in here tonight and the place is still not filled. It is a lovely camp.
Lake Corella was created in 1959 by the construction of the Clem Walton Dam to provide town water for Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine. When full it has a surface area of 320 hectares and holds 15,300 ML of water at an average depth of 4.8 metres, however a hole in the dam wall prevents this reservoir ever being full

Day 33 - Saturday July 14
We drove into the large town of Mt Isa - A lead zinc mining tone. Visited a supermarket to stock up for the week or so we will be in Boulia and heaven knows what will be available there - it's quite small.
We then headed for Dajara some 150 kms south. It is a single lane road which required vehicles wanting to pass to slow down and pull over onto the gravel.
We came across a tree decorated with old bicycles so took a photo. What they are doing out here in the middle of no-where is anyones guess.
We finally arrived at Dajara and set up in the towns free campground then did a short walk around town. Most interesting building is a small museum'
In the afternoon a flock of galahs flew over and landed in a nearby tree.

Dajarra is a town in the far north-west of Outback Queensland, Australia, near the border with the Northern Territory. It is about 150 kilometres (93 mi) south of Mount Isa on the Diamantina Developmental Road. In the 2011 census there were 429 people living in Dajarra.

Dajarra once had importance as a railhead for the cattle industry, the railway giving connection to the ports and markets of the east coast of Australia. Dajarra Post Office opened on 7 November 1919 (a receiving office had been open from 1917) But the advent of the multi-trailer road trains has made this part of a bygone era.

The older people of the area who remember Dajarra's heyday say that the area trucked more cattle than Texas in the United States of America. Cattle drovers on horseback would bring cattle from as far away as Western Australia to put them on the train at Dajarra.

More recently, some opportunities for local employment have come with the development of the nearby Phosphate Hill phosphate mine and fertilizer production plant. The mining company has assisted the community in developing a better water supply for the town.

The town has a rich Aboriginal heritage and is home to Aboriginal tribes from around the Diamantina River, the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Northern Territory. An Aboriginal language is taught at the school, along with how to make boomerangs, what wood to use and what timber is best for didgeridoos. They know where to find bush foods and the 'bush lollies' on the gidyea trees after rain, and other traditional foods.
I took a photo of Hiroe waiting on the platform for the next train. I think she will have a long wait somehow.

Day 34 - Sunday July 15
We departed Dajerra just on 8.30 and followed the single lane road to Boulia (148km).
The traffic this morning travelling the opposite direction meant that we had to slow down and pull off the road to let passing traffic go by and it took quite a while to reach Boulia.
When we arrived in Boulia it was to find the main street CROWDED with caravans and motorhomes - hundreds of them and still bumper to bumper coming in from the opposite direction. They had all been to the Big Bash out at Birdsville. (9000 tickets sold for the activities there last Friday and Saturday. We joined the que of about 4 blocks to get fuel and it took over an hour before our turn arrived.
After refuelling and topping up the water tanks we drove about 3 km out of town to the Racetrack where we will stay for the next 7 nights for the annual camel races and entertainment.

Day 35 - Monday July 16
We went into Boulia (4 km away) and looked at the local gift shop, supermarket, Information centre, and George posted off some cards to his daughters and girlfriends.
We emptied our emergency water containers into the caravan tanks and refilled them in town
Took a photo of George and Hiroe at the RED STUMP and another of Hiroe practicing fo this weeks camel races.
Well, that's about it for week 5 of our travels. Be back again with week 6 next Monday
Love to All,
Bob, Hiroe and George

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