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May 17, 2016 - Adels Grove to WW2 memorial site-50 k from Mt Isa

We have been very adventurous today deciding to take the shortest route back to Mt Isa even though it is probably not the best road. We have travelled about 150k on the dirt and gravel and driven through a few water covered causeways, the most fast flowing being the Gregory River. The road wasn't too bad in places, but quite corrugated and rough in others. The dips and floodways are usually the most tricky. The van has survived pretty well, the only casualty that I have found so far is a bottle of tomato sauce that has shaken out of its...

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May 16, 2016 - Adels grove

A very quiet relaxing day today. After a bit of a sleep in and a late breakfast, I did some washing as well as catch up on my journal. After lunch we had a very enjoyable float in the tyre tubes on the river again, then after a shower and drink on the deck at the reception section of the park, we took Chilli and Ruby for another walk up Lookout Hill. We saw about 3 wild pigs on our walk- luckily they ran away from us- Chilli and Ruby didn’t know what to think!

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May 15, 2016 - Adels Grove

6.30 alarm this morning-what a shock to the system and it was still dark!! We are definitely getting further west. We had booked ourselves onto a half day tour to Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park and had to be ready to be picked up at 7.20am. The park very kindly allows you to leave your dogs at your campsite (as long as they are quiet), or offers a doggie day care! We left Ruby and Chilli in their crates and Amber on her bed in the shade. The entry to the National Park is 10k from Adels Grove, so were there about 8am. We were firstly...

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May 14, 2016 - Gregory river to Adels Grove

Gregory River- Gregory Downs to Adels Grove -about 90 ks of which about 45ks was back on some pretty corrugated bone shaking road. However, the end result has once again been very definitely worth it (though the van and car are definitely going to need a wash in the near future!) The camp ground is spread out over a very large area with most campsites separated from the next with trees and weeds which give each site some privacy as well as appearance of being in a bush camp. It’s all a bit higgledy, piggledy, but after being told we could...

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May 11, 2016 - Karumba

It was a very windy night and morning was much cooler, so first thing we took all 3 dogs for a walk upto the point. It was still very windy, but it was good to watch a couple of trawlers coming in to port. After a cup of coffee, we went for a drive into Karumba and did a bit of shopping. About 4pm we drove over to another caravan park where they were having a twilight market. After a bit of a wander we drove to section of beach further up the point and let all 3 dogs have a run-Amber thoroughly enjoyed having a run on the sand. She can't...

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May 10, 2016 - Karumba

Took Ruby and Chilli for a walk into Karumba town this morning along 3.9 k walking pathway the council have built between Karumba Point and Karumba town. The path is through tidal flats and scrubland with lots of bird life and occasional wallaby. At times there is also potential for crocodiles! The council have lots of information boards about the history of Karumba, so a very informative walk. There was also a prawn trawler in dock, so that bought back a few memories. After a drink and something to eat in the town, we did the walk back to...

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May 9, 2016 - Camp QT 124 to Karumba

Quick pack up this morning and on to the road to Normanton and Karumba just after 9am. Saw our first brolgas by the road today, very exciting! Haved booked into Sunset caravan park at Karumba point. Am also very excited to be back in Karumba - it is about 40 years since I was last here when cook and deckhand on a prawn trawler. The trawlers used to dock near where the caravan park is, but those wharves no longer exist. Also, most of the buildings that are here now were definitely not here back then! We took Ruby and Chilli for a walk along...

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Sep 6, 2014 - Karumba - last day

Today was our last day in Karumba so it's getting the van ready for the trek home and saying goodbye to some folk we met. Not much to report as it was just bits and pieces of packing etc until sunset when we went and sat on the beach with a glass of wine and watched the famous Karumba Sunset. We were fascinated to watch a guy flying around in an ultra-light taking photos of the sunset.

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Sep 3, 2014 - Crab and Croc tour

We had read about this on Trip Advisor and the reviews were all positive. Starting the day at 7:45 at the boat ramp again we set off up the Norman river with a view to spotting some crocodiles and catching some mud crabs. I have to say that the tour was better than expected. The operators are professional mud crabbers and they have an unbelievable amount of knowledge that they happily share. We travelled up river, spotted 4 different crocodiles, caught some muddies and had fresh muddies, gulf prawns and cold beer and wine for lunch. One...

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Sep 2, 2014 - Fishing in Karumba

Today is our first of two days fishing with a charter operator Kerry Dee Charters. The day started at 6:45 am at the boat ramp cross the road from our van park. What a day - I will let the photos do most of the talking. Sue caught the largest fish between us. We jointly hooked a Shovel Nosed ray. Overall Sue and I caught 24 Blue Nosed Threadfin Salmon that were kept on board. We also caught some that were thrown back because we had some many on the boat we could become picky. In addition to the Salmon heaps of sharks and catfish were...

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Aug 31, 2014 - Karumba

Karumba - a really interesting and strangely beautiful place. The current population is approximately 500. In years past the population was higher and the town was bustling with activity. Karumba used to be home base for roughly 200 prawn trawlers that worked the gulf for the banana, tiger and endeavour prawns. The current fleet is a mere 49 boats. The industry was rationalised to make sure it was sustainable from an ecological and economic perspective. Karumba industry is now prawn fishing, mud crabbing, barramundi fishing, mackerel...

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Aug 30, 2014 - Karumba

Arrived in Karumba after a relatively easy drive up from Croydon. Karumba is a Gulf Town of roughly 500 people nestled on the shores of the South Eastern corner of the Gulf of Carpentaria and at the mouth of the Norman River. Driving into Karumba the flatness and barren landscape is quite captivating. Whilst the flora is sadly missing the wildlife is abundant. We saw hundreds of tall grey Brolgas and hundreds of wallabies. Driving into the van park we are reminded once again that we are in one of the most remote parts of the Australian...

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