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Jul 13, 2013 - On to Leichardt Lagoon

From Sal - I think we set our record for late pack-up today...11am. We still reached our campsite goal of Leichardt Lagoon near Normanton ($16 for the night if you're wondering). We fluked the campfire and live music night, hooray! And there was free soup for dinner - double hooray! Beautiful meandering lagoon with lots of birds, especially hawks. We thought we might be able to fish here, but theres crocs in them there waters... Tried to spy some but (fortunately?) they were keeping low. A delicious sunset over the lagoon and bushland...

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Jun 4, 2013 - Day 1

Day 1 – Sunday 2nd June Finally….no more sleeps! Up with the 4.45am alarm buzzer, time to get dressed, do some last minute things and into the car. With the car and camper already fully packed and hitched up, nothing more to do than throw the pillows in the car, get in and hit the bitumen to make our 6.00 rendezvous with the Birchs and Lords at the Rupertswood Service Station. Heading down Bowen Road, the CD player on, Chrissy Amphlett was touching herself and suddenly everything was right with the world. We were on our way. We tried the...

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Jul 16, 2010 - karumba to walkers creek

we are back online. we have not had access to the net for the last few days. we have done so much it will take a couple of days to catch up. we didn't get another night at karumba. it was real shame. i really wanted to stay. we spoke to some people at the park and they all recommed walkers creek. john and i decided that was the go. tried to get the card reader on the laptop to work,so i could get some photos on the site. it didn't work. will get some advise on it. that was the 12th of july. we end up staying two nights at walkers creek. we...

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Jun 22, 2010 - Normanton

Normanton known as the Jewel of the Outback…. I have a sneaking suspicion that the locals actually like the isolation that this town exudes, though the fuel here is cheaper than the Burke & Wills Roadhouse where we noted BYO Picnics were not welcome, mind you the odour permeating the place was not conducive to purchase their food anyway…. We had our BYO Luncheon at a place about another 60km up the road…. It was a long drive to Normanton from Mt Isa, Australia is a big country with lots to see it’s just that the interstices between the good...

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Jun 21, 2010 - Normanton, the "real" Town Like Alice

Normanton, Jewel of the Outback…. I have a sneaking suspicion that the locals actually like the isolation that this town exudes, though the fuel here is cheaper than the Burke & Wills Roadhouse where we noted BYO Picnics were not welcome, mind you the odour permeating the place was not conducive to purchase their food anyway…. We had our BYO Luncheon at a place about another 60km up the road…. It was a long drive to Normanton from Mt Isa, Australia is a big country with lots to see it’s just that the interstices between the good bits can...

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Watsons on the road

Aug 22, 2009 - Day 32 – Undara to Normanton – Australia’s adventure highway

Today we spent the majority of the day on the Savannah way which is marketed as Australia’s adventure highway. Yesterday we had a preview but today we truly found out why. We covered well over 300kms between Undara and (ultimately) Normanton. The adventure lies in avoiding: - Cows regularly wandering onto the road from unfenced grazing - Kangaroos deciding to ‘hop’ over at will - The road that goes back to single lane 50% of the time while - Road trains that barrel down at you from the opposite direction. The biggest hazard for mine was the...

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Jul 14, 2009 - Cooktown to Normanton

Monday 6th July Gary: The drive to Cooktown yesterday was a lovely trip up through the World Heritage listed Daintree NP, the rough ‘Bloomfield track’ wound its way through the (apart from the road) pristine rainforest to the rustic Lion’s Den Hotel (tin shed built in the 1880’s) where we enjoyed a leisurely beer before continuing into Cooktown. Once all the campsite tasks were done and we were settled in, I grabbed my fishing gear and headed off to the jetty while Lorraine uploaded the travel blog….. before, I had a chance to write this...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Normanton via Burketown

NORMANTON: 10th July. We left Adel’s Grove early this morning again travelling on the Alternative Savannah Way, driving east toward Gregory Downs. While we were still driving on dirt roads, after passing the entrance road to the Zinifex Century Mine (an open cut mine extracting zinc and lead) the road from there was remarkably better but extremely dusty when passing another vehicle especially the large trucks going to the mine. There was a posted sign warning drivers of the extreme hazard and the instruction to stop and let the dust settle...

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Jun 10, 2009 - Savannah Highway

We woke early packed up and gave the kids pancakes to have for breakfast which they had to eat in the car. We were ready to leave but stopped to say farewell to John and Lyn(couple from Airlie Beach) we then headed to Mossman for the turn off to the Atherton Tablelands. We ate and ate whilst I drove along the Savannah Highway, a red dusty single lane road with many roadtrains roaring past us stirring up enough red dust that we had to almost come to a halt at times. We passed the coffee factory ,Mareeba and onto the Crystal Cavein Atherton,...

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May 9, 2008 - 10th May, Normanton

Interesting caravan park at Georgetown, probably about 14 or 16 vans and only one toilet. Bit difficult trying to have a leisurely morning constitutional with 2 or 3 blokes banging on the door and hanging around outside. Maybe we should have camped in the bush. On the road early, next town down the track is Croydon, still cattle on the roadside and still the skinny gutted bitumen. But....about 10kms out of town the cattle disappeared, the road became w-i-d-e and s-m-o-o-t-h, the birds started singing and the sky got bluer. And I'm starting...

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May 31, 2007 - Karumba to Croydon Queensland 5 May 2007.

Sylvia's Comments. Before we left the campsite I decided to put some washing into my machine then it would be ready to hang out when we reached the next campsite. Our journey from Karumba took as back to Normanton on the same road we had travelled up on. We were now travelling in the Queensland's historic Gulf Country in Carpentaria Shire, Outback by the Sea. We were surprised to learn that this shire is so big it would fit the whole of the State of Tasmania in it, yet it only has two towns, Karumba and Normanton with a combined population...

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Oct 7, 2004 - Normanton & Kurumba

Undara to Normanton 457km Normanton to Karumba 72km (6,082km total driven so far) 08.10.04: Well, not alot in Normanton but did the car tour first thing that morning. Took us to Aboriginal burriel sites we weren't allowed to enter, a boat ramp, a general store and then something rather more interesting...the local railway station. Very quaint and the 2 carriage train does a return trip to Croydon...every Wednesday morning! The whole town is full of a plague of huge locusts, rife throughout the region. They are harmless but have a habit of...

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