|Bowen river on the way to|
We got away from lake Elphinstone fairly early, making our way to Collinsville.
The land seems to be even dryer around this area than ever, although there was a nice glimpse of blue water in the Bowen river as we drove over it.
Arrived in Collinsville mid morning after restocking the drinks department we found the free R.V. camp at the show grounds opposite the Miners Workers Club. A visit from the clubs vice president to inform us that the club offered free showers to campers, along with the knowledge that the club had a fine restaurant and nice cool beer, all at reasonable prices. How nice.
Early morning visitors today. first an old local gentleman by the name of Bill Aspinall, (celebrated his 91st birthday just before Xmas last year) who likes a good chat and offered some of his wood turned pieces for sale. I grabbed a stubby holder and hand casting fishing reel. Both beautiful articles of fine woodwork, as is the craftsman. (hope I'm as good as he is when I get to that age.)
|Fruit park at Collinsville|
(help yourself to fruit in season)
I got a lift with him to the display centre and walked back. This park I found on the way, offering me any fruit which might be there, to help myself. I couldn't find any though. A lovely day, the folk around here a exceptionally friendly and helpful. WE a few more visitors during the day, all offering friendly advice and/or welcome to their country town. Another great town in the west of Queensland and the outback.
|inside the "coalface experience"|
Acting like a tourist I visited "The Coalface Experience". An informative display at the miners club with video and photo's with full size mannequins portraying the life of the miner back when coal mining first started here and on to the present. This photo is of the banner they used to inform all about the union. A delightful way to spend an hour or two.
On to Home Hill to the turnoff to Groper Creek. We rested up for a while at the comfort stop in the middle of town, then made our way to the camp at Groper creek.
|Home Hill rail station|
Very tough for Yip! there are chickens running around free and both the pups would like to have a good old game of chassy, not to be though.
Generally a quiet evening.
Now to find our way to Ravenswood via the back road!
|Burdekin river bridge|
north of Home Hill toward to Ayr
Further along we passed a road sign reading "not suitable for trucks-buses-caravans or trailers", well, we had 2 of these! I looked at Jim! "yeah we'll be right" he said "built tough"
|Dry country-side on the back road|
Home Hill to Ravenswood
So off we went. passing some very dry scenery and once again none of the creeks had any water.
|You may snub your nose Jim! Yes it was a steep|
We reached a station called Hillsborough after finding the gravel road not too unpleasant at all.
The beginning of the steep climb (which the signs had been warning us about along the way) we came across this mammoth sign only 2 or 3 km before reaching Ravenswood, yeah!, it was very steep, sealed though and our rig handled it no problem. Wouldn't like to be under-powered at all if towing a trailer or van, probably wouldn't make it to the top.
|Entering Ravenswood via|
the back road from Ayr
We were in this area about a year ago when we spent some time at the Burdekin Falls Dam.
We plan to have a couple of nights here. The town was built during the gold mining era and there are ruins to seek out all over the town, will have a look while here this time.
|Burdekin river below the dam. very different|
to 12 months ago
Enjoyed the 160km drive out and back catching some new sights on the way back. An Emu in the middle of the road, I slowed, but the ute coming toward me did NOT, -result- a stone chip and crack in the Jimny windscreen, not dangerous, just annoying!
|Wedge Tailed Eagle |
road kill dinner at Ravenswood
Nearing Ravenswood again I spied 2 wedge tailed eagles feasting on a small wallaby road kill. One flew away as I approached but I managed to get this picture of the remaining one. Spectacular creatures!
|Old Arch bridge at Ravenswood|
The rest of the day passed uneventfully, I had a ball.
Tomorrow we head toward Charters Towers.