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TerraEstrial - Georgetown Visitor Centre

Cumberland Chimney

The dam at the chimney

Jabiru at the billabong near the dam

Snake neck cormorant

Sunset at the dam

Croydon - oldest general store still operating in Australia

Leichhardt Lagoon residents

Sunset at the lagoon

The day finally cools

5th - 8th August

Travelling along the main route of the Savannah Way, we are seeing a diverse range of landscapes. From golden grasslands, Savannah woodlands, historic mining towns and train journeys.

The road is sealed but very narrow in places. With oncoming traffic you are pulling over and travelling on loose dirt and rocks, allowing you to pass each other. When getting back onto the road you have to be careful that you don't lose control in the loose dirt. Have heard lots of horror stories of cars and caravans being written off.

Morning tea break at Georgetown. Georgetown is situated west of the Newcastle Range and is the centre of the Etheridge Goldfields. While here we visited the Ted Elliot Mineral Collection in the information centre. An incredible array of minerals, gemstones and fossils is on display. A must see if driving through this region.

Our stop for the night is the Cumberland Chimney 20 kilometres out of Georgetown. The chimney is all that remains of the gold crushing plant built by Cornish Masons. Gold production reached its peak just before it was sold in 1886. A school was opened in 1891 & continued until 1915, when a drought of pupils caused it't closure.. We enjoyed watching the birdlife flocking to the dam. A great stop over.

This morning we will be having a break at Croydon before travelling to Leichhardt Lagoon.We will be stopping here 2 nights. Calling in to the True Blue visitor information centre, we were very impressed with displays of Croydons history through photographic displays, heritage items, theatrette and genealogies. After a coffee break we walked the town heritage walk. We enjoyed the restored historical buildings with displays. Another worthwhile stop if you are in this area. Here we found the oldest general store in Australia, set out like yesteryear.

Arriving at Leichhardt Lagoon. A camping area about 800 metres off the highway. $7 per person a night, hot showers and flushing toilets. Shame about the lagoon, signs near the water. No fishing, swimming or paddling allowed poisonous snakes, salt & fresh water crocodiles inhabit the water surrounding the camping ground. Even had to sign a form stating they were not liable for any injury or death occurring during your stay. Love being out of the towns at night the stars are amazing with no lights of the cities.

We survived the 2 nights and now are settled into Karumba.

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