Our last overnight free camp before we hit the Northern Territory is at the Drover’s Camp just outside Camooweal. There is plenty of water in the billabong and the bird life is amazing.
2,200 Kms under the belt – only 13,000 more to go !!
Our last major stopping place in Queensland before we hit the Northern Territory border at Camooweal is Mount Isa or, as the locals refer to it, ‘The Isa’.
The city came into existence because of the vast mineral deposits found in the area. Mount Isa Mines is one of the most productive single mines in world history, based on combined production of lead, silver, copper and zinc.
One of the attractions for Bob is the Irish Club in town which has a more than acceptable pint of Guinness.
Julia Creek is a very small town (population 511) on the main highway between Townsville and Mount Isa which has a free camp set up next to the creek in the town’s name. Great overnight stop.
The next town along between Julia Creek and Mount Isa is Cloncurry where we found another top spot for a coffee stop – the town’s water source dam.
Hughenden is a dinosaur town, boasting a replica of the Muttaburrasaurus, whose bones were discovered in 1963 and some teeth and other bones were also discovered around Hughenden. One reason for fossils being discovered must be the dry climate, which means the rocks are usually bare of vegetation. The town is home to the Hughenden Dinosaur Festival, which attracts tourists and includes entertainment and other events.
On the road from Hughenden to Julia Creek we stop in Richmond. On the outskirts of the town we find Lake Fred Tritton which is a great place for a cup of coffee and a scone. The lake has a unique attraction – a golf hole in the middle of the lake where you can try for a hole in one (probably need an old ball though).
A quick whizz by the Big Mango at Bowen and we arrive at Groper Creek.
So … why are we so excited about being back at Groper Creek ? Well … there is always friendships to re-ignite – thanks Kevin for letting me borrow your cast net as I did not bring my own because they are illegal in most other states. Lots of prawns about for bait (see below). And not having a boat is no real hindrance as the jetty is a great place to catch fish (9 good whiting in one day !).
Not to mention a cold glass of Ricard sitting on the banks of Groper Creek watching the romantic sunset. Oh … and the little green visitor.
So prawns for lunch and whiting for tea … how good can life get ?
Now … about the cast net thing. Way back in 2010 a certain individual – Steve Redman of Pelican Waters – introduced us to the wonders of Groper Creek. Not only that, he spent many long hours tutoring Mr Bob Davies in the finer arts of throwing a cast net. Well, Steve, the fruits of your labours are upon us … The following sequence is about to be published in the ‘Art Of Throwing A Cast Net By Steve Redman’.