Our first stop in Queensland
24.10.2007 - 26.10.2007 35 °C
The wind we encountered overnight has not let up so we are fighting a brisk wind all the way towards Queensland. Added to that is the slow climb onto the Barkly Tablelands and as a result, the car is using more fuel than normal. After travelling for just over 250 Kilometres, it’s time to move our clocks forward half an hour as we cross the border into Queensland.
Just 13 Kilometres over the border was the first town in Queensland, Camooweal where we stopped for lunch. We set off again and just after 200 Kilometres, arrive in Mt Isa which is a large regional centre because of the mining activity there. We were feeling pretty tired after nearly 6 hours of travelling and as soon as we had unpacked enough, set ourselves into relaxation mode. This has been the longest distance we have travelled in a day since we left Perth just over 12 weeks (87 days to be precise) ago.
We spent our free day here looking around the town and doing a spot of shopping here and there. Despite it’s size, it has a laid back feel about it but was quite warm which is fairly standard for this part of the world. Just behind the caravan park was a lookout which we climbed and had a good 360 degree view of the area.
It's time for us to keep moving towards the east coast and the nearest coastal town is Townsville just over 900 Kilometres from here, so there are a couple more overnight stops to come.