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Aug 23, 2016 - Mt Isa

Up the Centre 23.8.16 Mt Isa Today we went to the underground Hospital. After Darwin had been bombed, Mt Isa thought they may be next, so decided they should have an underground hospital in case this happened. Volunteers took 15 days to build the tunnels with equipment from the mines. This hospital was never used for real, however the nurses had to have drills, taking all the patients from the hospital to the underground hospital, once a week. It was a 30 person hospital then. The general public were never told about this underground...

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Aug 22, 2016 - Mt Isa

Up the Centre 21.8.16 Mt Isa Noel went for a 3hr mine tour. This is a specially built mine for the tourists, they used to take people down a real mine until someone got hurt and sued them. Noel found it a good tour, but I think he would have preferred it if it was the real thing. I had a restful day. 22.8.16 Mt Isa Today we went through Isa Experience, this is a museum about how Mt ISA came about, very interesting. Then we went through Riversleigh Fossil Centre. All the fossils of animals past, come from Riversleigh which is an area a few...

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Aug 20, 2016 - Camooweal to Mt Isa

Up the Centre 19.8.16 Camooweal to Mt Isa 190km On our way out of Camooweal we decided to stop at The Drovers Camp. Thought we would have a quick look around, 2 1/2 hours later we left. In the art gallery, a lady had drawn with pastels, about 40 portraits of the old drovers, they were amazing. Then Tom, an elderly gentleman, talked for 2 hours about the droving history of Australia, and especially around here. He made it very interesting with many stories, as he was a drover himself and there are still other drovers still living. They all...

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Jul 17, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Days 33 - 34

Hi All, One of our goals this trip was to take the train trip on an old iconic Queensland train called The Gulflander. The train just does short runs from Normanton to Croydon 155kms the line having no connection to the rest of the Queensland rail network but is run by the Qld Government. It was a full day trip starting at Normanton at 8.30, morning tea at a siding and arriving at Croydon at 1.30, which left time for lunch at the local pub before returning to Normanton by bus arriving back at 4.45pm. We could have stayed overnight and come...

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Jun 18, 2016 - DAY 61

Day 61 Walked the grotto and found this fascinating and as we had put our name down for the Gorge tour we had to be at the national park site so we could do the tour. As the park is run in conjunction with the natives the boat we caught was solo panels running an electric motor as they won’t let fuel powered boats on the gorge. This was a great trip and the guide was great telling us how when and why it is here. We saw one croc several turtles a cat fish and lots of other fish as these Georges are not allowed to be fished. Back on the road...

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May 19, 2016 - Mt Isa

A very busy day, but nothing really of interest to write about! First job of the day was to take Amber to the vet for her monthly cartrophin injection. We then did a bit of shopping with Estelle before spending the afternoon cleaning the car and the van. I had a quick swim in the park's pool while Ian took the dogs up to the dog park for a run. Paul dropped in for a quick drink and has given us his old fishing rod! Could be the start of a whole new world (or not!).

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May 18, 2016 - WW2Memorial site to Mt Isa

We had packed up camp at WW2 site, driven to Mt Isa and had set up camp back at Sunset Caravan Park in Mt Isa by 11am! Today has all been about starting the big clean after so much driving on roads with red dust and getting ready for the next leg of our trip. Ian 's first job was to go to BCF to buy a crab net- everywhere we have been lately near water, people are catching red claw- this has turned out to be a very large yabbie with red claws, that apparently make for very good eating. He also investigated buying a fishing rod! As well as...

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May 6, 2016 - Mt Isa

Estelle was our guide in the morning and took us out to Lake Moondarra which is the water supply for Mt Isa. The dam was initially built by the mines as water supply for the mine and town. From there we took in all the sites of Mt Isa-including the view from the lookout in the centre of town (never did make it at sunset where it is meant to be pretty spectacular), close up of the mine, Shaz’s house (of MKR fame), and Jacq and Shaz’s shops! After lunch I washed the car and Ian washed the dogs before taking Ruby and Chilli for their final...

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May 5, 2016 - Mt Isa

First task of the day was to sort out better telecommunication access. So Estelle took Ian down to Telstra while I did some washing and more general housework. The sorting out of the internet and phone access took some time, but we ended up with a 4G telstra WiFi modem for internet and Ian changed his phone provider to telstra. We still have our optus account, but can now access emails, etc via wifi- technology is a wonderful thing sometimes! After bringing Ian back to camp to play with his new toys, a very patient Estelle took me grocery...

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May 4, 2016 - Fountain Springs to Mt Isa

Much cooler morning! Packed up camp and headed to Mt Isa- only 60 ks. The town of Mt Isa is dominated by the mine and the chimney stacks come into view before you reach the town. We checked into caravan park at Sunset (name of suburb in Mt Isa) and got a really good spot right at the front end of the park with a big patch of lawn in front of us. This meant we had no-one on that side and as we had a creek behind us, no-one behind us either. We met our neighbours (Ruth and Alan), on the other side when we first arrived, very nice, friendly...

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May 3, 2016 - Julia Creek to Fountain Springs

Julia Creek to Fountain Springs (halfway between Cloncurry and Mt Isa). Had a cool change blow in overnight – was pretty windy but thank goodness it has cooled down a bit, has been very pleasant not to have the sun beating down on us all day! The Julia Creek RV camp has bikes that you can borrow- so Ian and I went for a ride up the deserted road leading from the camp with Ruby and Chilli running alongside us- they thought it was pretty cool! Not sure how long it is since I have ridden a bike- am sure I going to pay for it tomorrow, but it...

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Nov 6, 2015 - Friday Nov 6th Wauchope

Friday Nov 6th Decided to keep going through Mt Isa yesterday (Thursday), there’s a bush camp about 50kms down the road which looks pretty good. Arrived and pleasantly surprised, a nice setting , lots of room and we’re able to get back in the bush a bit. I’m impressed with the QLD govt and their upgrading of these sights. Many of them have had new toilets installed, with a “pump flush” system and hand basins on the outside verandahs with water supplied from a tank…..which obviously have to be constantly kept filled. And they seem to be...

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