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Leaving Jericho on the Jordan

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We watched a dark sky form over the little lake area on Thursday evening bringing thunder, fork lightning and a strong wind. We even got a few splashes of rain but the storm circled around us and the only effect we experienced was a very welcome drop in temperature making a pleasant, cool evening.  … Read More »Leaving Jericho on the Jordan

Sapphire to Jericho

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We had the whole area to ourselves for the last night in Sapphire as all the neighbours moved on early in the day.   It was a peaceful night and a brilliant morning as the sun rose over the sapphire mines all around. I settled in to a few hours more work before leaving. We… Read More »Sapphire to Jericho

Moranbah

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The 35 degree heat of the previous day was well on the way to repeating itself again as Pete and the girls arrived to show Marilyn the caravan. We arranged to meet later for dinner where Marilyn promised to cook one of her Pancit Canton meals that we had so much enjoyed years earlier in… Read More »Moranbah

70,000 acres of natural beauty

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Arising early we hit the road at 7:00am and headed for the Clermont Mine again to pick up David. He’s on a change over from day shift to night shift which means he could spend some time with us and he offered to show us the property that he frequently goes shooting on. After picking… Read More »70,000 acres of natural beauty

Day 2 at Theresa Creek Dam

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After a sunrise that was nothing short of spectacular it was time to check the Red Claw traps on our second day at the Theresa Creek Dam.     We were exited to find a half dozen of them had crept into the traps along with a turtle. We spent a quiet day catching up… Read More »Day 2 at Theresa Creek Dam

Moving to Theresa Creek Dam

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We headed off from the Clermont Van Park after breakfast and made or way out of town stopping at the memorial tree. This is a structure built in remembrance of the 65 people in died in a catastrophic flood of 1916 which eradicated the town from the site it then occupied The structure is marked… Read More »Moving to Theresa Creek Dam

The Blair Athol Mine

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After an early breakfast it was off to the meeting point for the Blair Athol Mine tour. We were surprised to find the tour fully booked and after boarding the bus we drove the 15 minutes out to the mine site.   After checking in to security the driver took us to virtually every part… Read More »The Blair Athol Mine

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… Read More »Emerald to Clermont

Leaving Duaringa

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It was an absolutely wonderful couple of days at Duaringa. This facility is by far the best we’ve encountered so far. You can’t help but feel welcome here. The town’s people and the local council have gone out of their way to offer a unique free camping spot that benefits both travellers and the town.… Read More »Leaving Duaringa

Second day in Duaringa

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Arising at 4:30 to begin some work I go outside to an incredible stillness and peacefulness that only a country town or an isolated bush setting can produce. Apart from the occasional truck heading down the highway and the early morning call of a Kookaburra there is a wonderful silence. The sky is a magnificent… Read More »Second day in Duaringa