Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Karumba - Sunday 22nd April 2012

Up around 6.30am to see what our campsite & Lake Victoria looked like in daylight.  Pretty is a good word to describe it and the free campsites alongside it's banks are worthwhile staying at - Dogs & Fires allowed, but no facilities.

We were on the road at 8am, destination today was Fletcher Creek, 50klms NW of Charters Towers.  Headed NW on the Burnett Highway & turned left onto the Capricorn Highway to head west to Emerald, then swung a right onto the Gregory Highway/Gregory Developmental Road to head north to Charters Towers & Fletcher Creek for the night. 

Arrived around 5pm at Fletcher Creek and considering last year when we stopped here it was rather full, we weren't sure what to expect this time as we are earlier in the year.  To our surprise there was only about 10 campers over the whole area.  We found a spot on the southern side of the creek (same as last time), but right on the creek this time and setup.  That done, Craig decided to throw those new yabby traps in and see what he got overnight.  We decided to make an easy dinner tonight - Gourmet Hot Dogs (you know the ones with Knackwurst sausages, bacon, onion and mustard - Yum!).  We were in bed by about 8.15pm (you'd think we were old!), but I suppose big days driving makes for tired little campers....

Now just to bring you up to date, as to why we have decided to go to Karumba:  My Uncle Dave has a house at Karumba Point and I've been up there twice in my lifetime so far and Craig has heard my stories and seen the photos.  Craig loves northern Queensland and has wanted to see Karumba for a while now and we decided now was as good a time as any to do it.  To make things even better my cousin David is now living at the Karumba Point house and I haven't seen him in years, so it will be great to catchup with him.  We've decided we'd do this trip earlier in the year also, we normally do our trips anywhere between July and September, but thought it would be interesting to see the country closer after the wet and compare what we've seen in the past.

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