Sep 10, 2012

Kenilworth - Charters Towers - Sept 2012

It's been a while since i have updated our site, our Internet started playing up and i had to organize another modem from Telstra to be sent out to Kimbo's Son's place in Mackay. Hopefully this new one which is the latest WiFi 4G/3G type is a lot more reliable than the previous three Gateway Modems we have had in the past, time will tell.

So what has happened in our lives since the Leyburn Sprints, well we made our way to Kenilworth where we stayed at the Showgrounds for six nights, it's a great spot and though we don't usually stay in pay camps this is cheap at $14 a night including power. Its handy for us as we like to go to Vickie's favourite, The Eumundi Markets on Wednesday & Saturday, i don't mind either as there is always something to check out and this time it was the Goat Pie Stand, These were the best pies i have ever eaten and i have tasted many throughout Australia as my mates will attest to. The Goat Pies were Gourmet and even Vickie who is usually squeamish about eating anything other than mainstream type meat, she also agrees they were delicious. I bought four Take Away but should have bought more.

The main reason for us being up in the Sunshine Coast was to take the Van in to Bushtracker and get a new Thetford Toilet fitted along with the Vast Digital system added to our Oyster Sat, we also had a town water supply connection fitted to the van and wished we had of done that when we first bought the van. Everything went well to plan and the workmanship was of the usual high standard, another reason we take the Van to Bushtracker rather than have anyone else do the work.

We stayed a night at friends Bruce & Barbara's home in Kuluin so it was an easy quick drive to Kunda Park in the morning, it's always nice catching up with them and their kids and they can be assured of more visits when we visit BT in the future, Thanks for the night and living close by !

With the Van organised it left us free to continue North, because we left Bushtracker late in the afternoon we stayed a night at a free camp 6klms North of Gympie. All the past week has seen Vickie suffering from a very sore lower back, just as it seems to settle down the roads and constant sitting doesn't help. We called up our mates Bob & Judy who live at Bargara and who had offered us the hospitality of their block they own at Burnett Heads, Not a problem said Bob and later that day we were camped up with Vickie resting her back, and Bob & Judy arranged to show us around in a couple of days time. The rest did help Vick and though not 100% she was able to move around. Bob & Judy drove us around the area pointing out places of interest and then it was back to their superb Penthouse Unit overlooking the ocean for a couple of coldies. Whilst we in the area we went out to lunch twice with them and was really taken by what the area has to offer. We ended up staying five nights,Thanks Bob & Judy for your hospitality.

The Hummock Lookout Bargara Qld
Local Beach
Awesome Wood Carvings at Council Shire Offices
Moray Eel, Amazing detail
Back on the road our next night camp was at Caliope, we have been here before and though it gets busy it is a lovely spot worth visiting.

Camp Caliope
Another night was spent at Camila Beach, we have been here before and didn't see what attracts others and this time it was no different, the tide was out, it was windy and the sand the same dirty colour it was last time, maybe we are getting fussy after spending time at Ningaloo.

Track in at Camila Beach

Tide is out at Camila Beach
Camila Beach
Creek at Camila
 Our mates Kimbo & Ned were visiting their son at Mackay and we were told to come on up, "there is room in the driveway for the Van", so that is where we headed the next morning. We had a couple of days with Vickie resting her back but we all had plenty of elbow exercising as the beers and glasses of wine flowed freely. It's always great to catch up with these friends and we were pleased to hear that they would join us for part of our trip on up to Mareeba.

Whilst at Mackay i was able to do a couple of small maintenance jobs on the van and get the Internet modem connection organised. Both our Van and Kimbo's Van needed a new adjusting bolt on the Hyland Hitch, neither of us know how long the bolt had been broken and it took a couple of goes before we got the correct bolts required. It was then off to do a shop before heading off to one of the most beautiful parts of the Qld Country, Eungella Dam which is situated up the top of a very steep and windy road. Kimbo has a 200 series Twin Turbo V8 and we have the 79 series single turbo V8 neither lack for power and grunt but both of us were down to 1st gear on some bends, but mostly we were able to use 2nd and power our way up. I don't have a Exhaust Gas Temperature gauge fitted but i am certainly thinking of adding one.

We stopped at Eungella Chalet for lunch and had well made and sumptuous Burger's and Steak Sandwiches. The views are breathtaking and is used for hang gliding though no one was doing any leaps of faith whilst we were there. 20klms further on we arrived at the Dam, most of the area slopes towards the water but we found a nice spot where we set up the Vans, awnings and chairs out and we just chilled out watching the birds and boat activity on the water. Places like these make us regret we didn't bring our Kayaks with us, but it has been the only place so far so not such a bad decision.

Launching Ramp at Eungella Chalet
Mick & Vickie NO were not planning on jumping

Camp at Eungella Dam
Morning view with low cloud cover

Camp at Eungella Dam

We stayed two nights at Eungella and planned our next part of our trip, following the dirt tracks along the river for two days passing through beautiful countryside and river crossings, stopping at Historic Bowen River Pub for a couple of coldies and chatting with some locals who told us of another nice camp at Terrible Creek so that's where we headed. Five cattle grids later we arrived at a sign on a gate saying No Motorbikes or Quads, so in we drove. We had already been told that other campers were there and that didn't bother us but it obviously didn't work both ways as we were greeted with "How did you find this" and "This is Private Property" .... well Hello to you to and welcome! Really some people need to get a life, We were told at the Pub there would be no problem with Greg the owner as long as we respected his property, we were also told that he would probably call in and visit us in the late arvo but never did, I did hear the next morning by the Camp Constabulary that he had visited and was very annoyed and no more caravans would be allowed. Well Chinese Whispers don't work with me, IF the owner did have a problem he should have come and saw us and i am sure he would have, IF he actually did call in, Greg if you ever read this, Thank you.

Terrible Creek,
No Luck, it cost me a lure in a tree on opposite bank
Plenty of Kookaburra's at Terrible Creek

We stayed only a night left the place as clean as we found it and travelled further along the tracks finally coming out at Mt Coolom. Here in 1918 four murders took place with the guilty person committing suicide, all to do with Gold Claims and claim jumping though the Law Courts may beg to differ, the Moral of reading the story was 'You Don't Mess With Tom Coolom'. Tom hunted down all four claim jumpers and shot them before calmly seeing a JP and having his last Will & Testament written before heading back to his property, and shooting himself in the head at the place he wanted to be buried.

Following the Bro
Smoko on a track
 Since then we have stayed a night in the bush where we had a lovely camp oven roast vegies and Pork belly, I also have had to change a wheel on the Van as it had a large puncture most likely from a sharp rock or stake. We intend to get new tyres shortly so it's not unexpected as they are very worn down. Presently camped at Fletchers Creek, 40klms North of Charters Towers. We will most likely stay here a couple of nights and catch up with the washing and chill out.

1 comment:

The Retro Roamers said...

Hey Mick & Vicki

Great post.

WE are in Cairns at the moment on our sons front lawn. As you are heading to Mareeba, and we have just come down from there, maybe we can get together for a drink or twenty.

I will see if can get hold of you via your message are, if not drop us a line @


Paul and Wendy