Mount Isa to Julia Creek

Cold showers this morning – not happy Jan!  Even worse, in a way, was the attitude of the caravan park “Yeah, a few people mentioned that.  We might look into it”.  For a reasonable caravan park fee we should at least be able to expect a hot shower at 7.30 in the morning, and if we comment/complain that someone will take us seriously.  We won’t be back at Mount Isa Caravan Park again.

Our first stop for morning coffee was the Fountain Springs Rest Area.  This is a designated free camp area and would be quite pleasant for a day or two.  I had a chat to a camper there and he said that it was busy a few days ago but after a few days at a caravan park in Mount Isa he was back here as it was better and cheaper.

Next stop was the Mary Kathleen Memorial Park and Museum at Cloncurry.  We parked the fiver in a nice shady spot and had a good look around the Visitor Information Centre, the museum and the outdoor old machinery display.  We also got some exercise climbing to a lookout behind the centre and got some pretty good views over Cloncurry.

To this point the roads had been pretty good as we drove around and up and down mountains.  There were even overtaking lanes.  After Cloncurry the landscape flattened out considerably and the scenery changed from a few trees here and there to flat grassy landscape.  Unfortunately the road conditions deteriorated also and the contents of the fiver again got a good shake up.

Our final destination today was the Julia Creek Caravan Park.  Julia Creek is quite a nice looking town, worth a bit of a look around.  By the time we had set up the fiver with awning and end wall, it was too late and still too hot for the decent hike into town so we settled under the awning and relaxed for a while before I cooked tea on the outside BBQ.

Rocky Scenery

Rocky Scenery

Mary Kathleen Memorial Park & Museum at Cloncurry

Mary Kathleen Memorial Park & Museum at Cloncurry

Mary Kathleen Memorial Park & Museum at Cloncurry

Mary Kathleen Memorial Park & Museum at Cloncurry

Views from Mary Kathleen Memorial Park Lookout

Views from Mary Kathleen Memorial Park Lookout

Flat Grassy Landscape

Flat Grassy Landscape

Main Street of Julia Creek

Main Street of Julia Creek

Then it was inside for a short TV fix before a planned early night.

 

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