Cairns and back travel blog

Road Trains

Flat country

Free camping

Locals wander through the free camp at Winton

Why we free camp

Fairburn dam

Coffee stop

Palmer River beside another free camp

Bird feeding at Cania Gorge

Kookaburra on van arm

Guess who and why

Cania Gorge

Caravan Park at the Gorge

Happy hour by the fire

Hi All,

Wow, what we have seen over the last week has been amazing. We have seen so much wildlife from emus, brolgas, camels, bustard birds, kookaburras, hawks, crows, apostle birds and just so many dead kangaroos alongside the road it’s frightening. Both Trevor and Barry had serious stone chips on their windscreens but a $20 ”fix it kit” from the caravan show has fixed both to the point of not really knowing where they were. We have seen trucks pulling up to 4 trailers (Road Trains), great country towns and fantastic views. We have been to the School of Distance Education where kids on far flung stations receive their schooling by computer from a central school by satellite transmissions.

In Winton, Barry and Lois went to the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the only museum dedicated to a song in the world. We had previously seen it so did not go again. We did a free camp at Winton on a very rough sandy site but still fun especially when the cattle wander through. Then off to Longreach where Barry and Lois went to both the Qantas display and the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, which again we had already seen them so we enjoyed a bit of slow down.

Moving on we had about 830Kms. to travel so stopped at Emerald for a night then on to a free camp near Moura on the Palmer River. Following that a short run to Biloela to top up the shopping, fuel and other essentials before we headed for National Park at Cania Gorge which is one of our favorite parks in Queensland where we are now. Cania Gorge is a national park in a gorge that has a dam at its head, The park we stay in is really beautiful park out in the bush with lotsa wildlife like kangaroos, lorikeets, king parrots, kookaburras, bettongs (small rat/kangaroo type animals) and bird life aplenty. It’s one of our favourite parks in this land.

From here back to reality on Tuesday when we arrive home.........

So for now that’s all folks for this trip, Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.


Anne and Marco

Mum and Dad

AA and UM

GM and GD


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