Mount Isa to Winton
26 Jul 2012
|Before leaving Mt Isa we drove around hunting for a little fan heater as the last few nights have been way to chilly! Unfortunately we had no luck - the locals said it was the wrong time of the year for heaters - even though its been the coldest winter in years.....
We stopped by Woolies to top up on grocerys and then supercheap for some oil and off on the road again.
The drive was really nice and went quickly. We called through Cloncurry - a nice country town and home to the RFDS and also Australias hottest temperature on record.
Our first stop was McKinlay - home of Crocodile Dundees Walk About Creek Hotel - really impressed how its been kept,the memorabilia was interesting, the publican was quiet but nice and we enjoyed a drink on the front verandah.
We also drove through a small town called Kynuna which is home to the Blue Heeler.
Along the drive we got another rock in the windscreen - we now have 5 chips - hopefully will last until we get home. Driving into Winton has a really nice feel about it, the caravan park is simple and clean and we hope tonight is warmer.
Mt Isa to Winton - 495km
We decided to stay two nights in Winton, and appreciated the slightly warmer night, but we were awoken to our neighbours in the early hours to a slight flood. A hose had come off a caravan down the park and was slowly flooding all our sites - us being the only ones in a tent had the most to be worried about. Luckily our tent remained dry but we were surrounded in muddy sludge and water. We decided there wasnt too much we could do so Ben dug a trench to help the water run off and to keep our tent dry.
After breakfast we made our way into the local tourist information centre to find out about what dinosaur things to see and other interesting sites......the cost to visit the dinosaur place in town was too expensive for us this time and to visit the site of the stampede we needed to drive another 110kms one way into a national park - and yep no dogs allowed. So unfortunately no dinosaur stuff on this trip - another time.....so instead we walked the township, read up all the history of the town including Banjo Pattersons Waltzing Matilda history. He wrote the song in the Winton Shire and it was performed in Winton for the first time......Winton also is opal mining territory....we bought a stone with some opal in it to add to the collection of rocks/stones Bridget and Ben have been collecting.
We got back to the campsite at lunch and decided to move the tent to a grass and dry site - we chilled and cleaned up some the muddy mess whilst Bridget had a nap and then headed down to the musical fence.........
The musical fence has been erected near the first Qantas landing strip - its a collection of old tin, metal objects etc which have been made into musical instrucments. They have also wired a fence so that it too can be played. I think Ben had more fun than Bridget!
Whilst in Winton we travelled all of 9km