Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Macrossan Park sunset

Trip along the Burdekin

The Old and the New

Camp Macrossan

Reid River - a quiet spot

View from Reid River Rest area

8th June

Leaving Charters Towers today but no hurry as our first stop is not far away. Spending three days at Macrossan Park. A free camp a whole 22kms from Charters Towers. Noticed a funny sign on a boat parked in a paddock. "Lake wanted boat grumpy" Macrossan is a very large camping area with toilets and cold showers. Think I will be showering in the van.

Macrossan is situated along the Burdekin River. This area was explored in 1845 by Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt - a naturalist and widely considered great explorer who led one one of the longest and most valuable journeys ever undertaken in Australia. In the course of this trip he traced out the course of much of the Burdekin river.

9th June

A bit of toilet humour today. I am minding my own business in the absolution block this morning. When this voice sings out "Do you close the seat before you flush? I have had cancer" I thought to myself is she talking to me, better answer. I replied yes I do she came back with, your mother brought you up well. Then proceeded to tell me her life story. Always seem to get caught up with these people.

10th June

Busy place with people going and coming. Enjoyed watching the trains and walks. Unfortunately has been windy and cloudy here but have been lucky enough to get one sunset while here.

11th & 12th June

Another big drive today will be spending 2 nights at Reid River rest area. We are travelling slowly because we have the van booked in at Townsville on Friday. This rest area is a lot smaller but clean and tidy. First afternoon here the guy up the road sings out there is a snake heading your way. Lucky I was in the van and that is where I stayed. Apparently it was small brown about 6-8 inches long and a magpie swooped down and got him.

Yesterdays rain has left us and the weather today is a warm sunny day. Townsville tomorrow.

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