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Emerald to Clermont

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We set off from the Nogoa River site about 9:00am and filled up the gas bottle at Wallaby Jacks Camping store before leaving Emerald.

This is the first gas bottle we’ve used after 3 months of constant use.

We left the bustling town of Emerald behind us and pointed the car towards Clermont.

I suppose some people would class the drive to Clermont as rather boring, not us.

There’s a great diversification of landscapes including sprawling acres of wheat farms intermingled with cattle properties.

The wheat farms are a spectacular site especially when one huge field contains wheat still green and unripe and next door will be a similarly huge field ready to harvest with the wheat exploding in a golden colour that seems exclusive only to ripe wheat.

There’s a small lookout about half way between Emerald and Clermont where we stopped and took in a view toward distant blue mountains across miles of rich pasture land. The silence of these wide open spaces, only broken by the occasional truck or car passing, is an experience we never get tire of. We’ll often just pull over to experience the silence of places we pass through.

The deep blue cloudless sky added a magnificent border to the scene.

We arrived in Clermont and took a drive round the town before going to the Caravan Park.

We’ll stay 2 days in the Caravan Park as there’s no free camping that we know of in the town itself and we want to see David.

He arrives today for his shift on at the Clermont Mine and we’ll have dinner with him tomorrow night before we head out to Theresa Creek Dam where we’ll stay a couple of days before heading to Moranbah.

Clermont is a pleasant looking small town but very dry and with only the basic of shops. We passed David and Lacey’s house where they lived for 18 months while they were both working here.

We couldn’t help thinking of how difficult it would have been for our daughter in law when she first moved here a couple of years ago.

Being a “City Girl” at heart she must have experienced a real culture shock but she not only overcame that but she turned it around to get a job, (two in fact), begin a business, learn to shoot, drive a quad bike and to generally accept her situation and make the most of it.

We think very few of her peers would be able to stump up to the challenge as she did.

The Clermont Caravan Park is very busy. There are numerous cabins and onsite vans, most of which are occupied by mine workers and contractors, and a large number of casual sites that are extremely well patronised.

We think there may be a lot of gold fossickers amongst the casuals and grey nomads and the Park offers metal detectors for hire as well as numerous other fossicking paraphernalia.

We booked in to take a free tour of the Blair Athol Mine tomorrow which should be cool.

After setting up and taking another tour round the town we settled in to some work for the rest of the day.

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