Continuing west we pass through Richmond, famous for marine dinosaur fossils and a small man made lake where we had morning coffee. Then on to Julia Creek for an overnight free camp by the side of the creek.
Cotinuing west, another overnighter at the beautiful Corella Dam, just past Cloncurry. A very windy night but peaceful in its own way. The next morning we head to Mount Isa for a big shop before we hit the real outback. Only one slight problem, the shops all close on a Sunday in Mount Isa !! So we make do with a loaf and some milk from the servo and continue on to Camooweal for another free camp on the billabong just outside town. On the way, we see the definition of ‘idiotic’ – 2 people riding bicycles along the road at least 250 Kms from the nearest town.
We leave Groper Creek add begin the journey west to West Australia. The distance from Groper Creek to Broome in WA is 3,791 Kms so it will take a while. We have to start our journey with a detour to Townsville for some finance stuff but then we head west with an overnighter at the Campaspe River, which should really be renamed Campaspe Beach !
Next stop is Hughenden which we have visited before but this time we take a side trip to the Porcupine Gorge National Park. In this park, towering sandstone cliffs and lush vine-forest fringing Porcupine Creek provide a striking contrast with surrounding flat plains. Porcupine Gorge is an impressive canyon that has been carved into the landscape by the eroding action of Porcupine Creek, revealing strata of sedimentary rocks spanning hundreds of millions of years. In the wider section of the gorge the creek has also created the Pyramid, an isolated monolith of multicoloured sandstone rising from the floor of the gorge, shaped as its name suggests.
Our month at Groper Creek has come to an end. Thanks again to great bloke Norm who let me have his tinnie for the month and he didn’t know me from Adam. And he says it will be there next year if I want it. We finish off with a State Of Origin campfire.