Mt Surprise Reunion travel blog


Friday 10 June

Our last day in Normanton and decided to have some "down" time. We all move on tomorrow, Marcel and Trudi heading back to Caloundra via Cloncurry and Winton. They will only have two or three nights on the road. With no van to tow, they are happy to drive for longer periods.

The rest of us will move to a free camp at Cumberland Mine Historic Site which is about 20 kms west of Georgetown. We have been told it is a good place for an overnight stop.

Today has been quite pleasant as far as heat goes, and also quite windy at times. Pleased we visited Karumba yesterday. The wind would have spoilt the beach there today.

We met at 10 am for morning tea at our vans, and enjoyed pikelets, jam and cream. We then played a round of Five Crowns, before adjourning for lunch.

We then "moved" on to icecreams at 1.30pm. Such a hectic pace! Another round of Five Crowns followed, and then of course, it was afternoon tea time!

Eventually we decided we had all better start preparations ready for leaving tomorrow, and then met again at 5pm for drinks and nibbles.

Enjoyed an hour together chatting before saying our farewells to Marcel & Trudi. If we are up early enough in the morning, we can give them a wave.

We started the day off with one of those "Houston, we have a problem!" The toilet flush decided to pack it in during the night. Don tried the main fuse then did some internet searching and phone calls to two caravan repair places in Cairns. The first one is booked out for six weeks, so couldn't help us. They sent details for another one, who told Don that our pump was the problem, and they had a new one which we could pick up on Monday when we arrive in Cairns. Some more internet searching, and Don decided it was worth a try to check a different fuse. Bingo, that was our problem. Luckily for us, Ian had the right size fuse, and now we are all happy campers again!

Will be replenishing fuse supplies again tomorrow. These outback towns all carry a good supply of "fix it" things.

It has been sad to see the number of beer cartons being carried through the park behind our vans, quite often by very young people. There must be some public housing nearby, and there is quite a well worn track to the Purple Pub.

Today was a public holiday here, which may have accounted for the number of children in the town.

We have, nevertheless, enjoyed our time in The Gulf.



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