Leaving Prairie today we went to Pentland again to the van park to catch up with washing and household chores.
Next day to Charters Towers where we are meeting with a family member from Jerviose Station up around Greenvale area, 256km from the Towers, with the intention of spending some time on the station helping out where ever needed.
Leaving Pentland reasonably early about 30 minutes out we heard a loud bang, Yip nearly jumped over the table in fright along with myself and Dot. Upon inspection we found the rear tyre had lost the entire centre of the tread, still fully inflated though. Decided to continue very steady trying to make it all the way to Carters Towers. Not to be, 10 minutes up the road and the rest of tread came adrift, (much to our fright again).
So - after changing the wheel we made Charters Towers by late am, had the tyre replaced and settled into the roadhouse for the night.
Met with the Jervoise Station member and will stock up tomorrow and make our way to Greenvale first up.
Stocked up at last and away by 11am. Blue Waters Roadhouse made lunch for us, nothing here at all, just the roadhouse.
Arrived in Greenvale 3pm, pretty tired and looking forward to a rest, parked outside the Three Rivers Hotel.
|Sausage Tree in Greenvale|
|Me and the sausages on the|
sausage tree at Greenvale
We camped where we where for the night.
The gravel road to the cattle station left much to be desired (grader maybe good), nearly shook us to bits. Still, got there safely with a warm welcome and a cuppa. After setting up we had a look around and some discussion about what was required.
Decided that staying at Jerviose was not for us and left midday, making our way to firstly Mt Garnet for a small rest then on to Archer Creek for the night.
The weather is a bit unkind, mizzly misty rain, so have gone into Ravenshoe to the Tall Timbers Caravan park. Booked in for week at $100.00.
|Little Millstream falls with Yip|
|Little Millstream falls|
In the mean time taking photo's galore while visiting the Little millstream, one of the many waterfalls around the area.
|Millaa Millaa and country from the look-out|
|Kauri pine log at Millaa Millaa|
In a park in town is this huge Kauri log. It is estimated to be 870 years old. Apparently planted somewhere around 1137!!
It fell over in 2003, the root system no longer able to sustain the tree.
At that time it was 26 metres to the first branch. (What do you reckon? big eh!) The trunk of it was trucked to its present resting place in 2003 in 3 x 4 metre and 1 x 2 metre lengths making a total of 14 metres of log. 1 metre of the trunk is equal to 4 tonnes of timber.
|Millaa Millaa falls|
Drove to the Millaa Millaa falls while there but gave the others a miss as they are in National park and the dogs are not allowed to visit. These are great though, very picturesque.
|The Reluctant Cow|
a statue at Millaa Millaa
|Wind Farm at Ravenshoe|
There is a wild life hospital at Millstream we visited today called Eagle Nest owned by a chap named Harry. He has all kinds of animal but the most impressive for us is the 13 Dingo, along with 3 (that I saw) wedge tailed eagles.
|Alpine Dingo at Ravenshoe|
|Black+Tan dingo at Ravenshoe|
|Jim + 4 of the dingo at Ravenshoe|
|A Tawny Frogmouth Owl at|
This little owl was a among the many birds I saw.
Back at camp the day has been fantastic, clouded over in the late afternoon but no rain as yet.
The weather has turned misty and showery. Nothing for it but - to relax.
Stand by for the next episode when I blog again.