After an easy drive without issue we arrived in the town of Normanton where we head straight for the Gulf land Motel & Caravan Park. Having checked in we are shown which space we are allocated and immediately we are reunited with Karen & Helge who we last seen and actually met for the first time in Kenilworth some time ago.
We crack on and set up the van. This time we have selected to have power and water as the the temperature is in the mid thirties and this ensures we can use the vans air conditioning whilst also charging all our various devices fully.
Later we went for a drive to have a look at the town which didn’t take long as there is not much to see. We then headed for the purple pub for a cold one and we’re joined by Karen & Helge who have the same idea. After a good reminisce of our time in Kenilworth plus what we have all been up to we headed back to camp.
The bathrooms are pretty quirky and we spend sometime reading the various metal signs and jokes then selecting our favourites to photograph.
In the evening we elected to dine in the camps restaurant which gets a good name. We ordered food and drinks then two hours later we enquired how much longer the food would be and were told you only ordered drinks!!
Needless to say we were not happy as we had been looking forward to the famous Barramundi and chips and were now having a very late meal. We had the added annoyance that we both had left our dogs in the caravans although they had air conditioning on we still were not expecting or wanting to leave them that long.
After a bit more waiting our food finally arrived and it was worth the wait. The barramundi was huge and cooked perfectly.
We then returned to the van where we walked Max then retired for the night.
Today we (including Kare & Helge) decide to head to Karumba which sits on the Gulf of Capricornia. The drive is 80km which takes us in the opposite direction to where we are going but we have heard good things about the place. We have also missed out on a number of things due to dogs not being allowed in National parks and feel we need to make the effort when that is not an issue.
The drive up doesn’t have any reward due it’s remoteness but we arrive without issue at the Karumba Point Sunset Caravan Park. Unfortunately we arrive too early to get in to our spot as departures are between 10am & 11am.
We walk over to the cafe up the street for breakfast. The cafe also has a grocery within it and the business is for sale as the family have owned it for fifteen years are looking to retire. As we chatted to them they were very emotional about leaving but were ready to do it. They had a couple of days left before they would close the doors. Everything in the store was half price so we had a walk round and bought a couple of things trying to help them in a small way. The breakfast was also delicious as was the coffee.
Later we return to the park where we are allowed to enter the park once all the rules are explained. The sites aren’t the largest considering the cost but the place has a nice pool covered with a shade sail which we dive in to as soon as we got set up.
It’s so nice to cool off from the extreme heat.
Later Karen & Helge take us to the Sunset Tavern for drinks and eats. The place is very bust with everyone there for the Sunset but the food is also delicious.
As the sunsets the view is utterly amazing and is one of the best ones we have witnessed. As the sun disappears along with a lot of the crowd the colours in the sky are equally stunning and we snap some pics before departing back to the park.
The four of us sit round with a few drinks and have a funny night chatting with plenty of laughs.
In the morning we say our goodbyes and we head back down to Normanton fuelled then spent the next six hours driving to the town of Cloncurry where we stayed the night just outside of town at the Corella Dam. This is a great spot 1km from the main road. There is also multi levels of camps around so we cruised about then settled on a spot not very level but uninterrupted views of the water with all the bird life around it.
The place seems to be a favourite of the tweeters as they walk about with lenses trained on anything with wings and take pride in identifying the name of the feathered friend.
There are a few people with little tinies who take a put put up the dam to try their luck at fishing or just enjoy a wee bit of sailing.
We will stay here one night b4 moving on to Camooweal via Mount Isa close to the Northern Territory border.