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Northern Central Safari

Discussion in 'QLD' started by tillis, Apr 6, 2019.

  1. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Yayyy! two weeks off from duties and responibilities....itinery...Wreck rock north of Bundaberg then Blackdown tableland then Canarvon gorge....greedy huh? gotta ge back in time for Nimbin!
     
  2. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    WOW...... great trip

    Want to see some pics and camp sites
     
  3. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    We're back! 3000k around central Qld or Capricornia as referred to a lot by locals

    started off with four day at Wreck Rock

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    friendly locals..

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    this guy liked his eggs raw and still in the shell

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    all too soon time to move on...I wanted to show Karen my hometown...Gladstone.

    Spent the day enjoying the sights and memories then where to stay? Barney point beach!

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    you might make out the kombi tucked into those trees centre of picture, very quiet night and nice walk on the beach...water was very clean for such a busy port.

    On the road again heading west...morning tea at Catfish Creek, a hangout in my teenage years

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    I think Karen is watching the cockatoos in the trees.
    We turned off the highway on to the old "Coal Road" over the Rainbow Range where My Dad hauled coal from the Callide mine 60 years ago

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    now the Callide Power Station uses that coal and they have provided a viewing platform which is handy for viewing your kombi

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    next stop Theodore

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    No we didn't stay at the pub although I was there opening day 60 years ago. We camped at the picnic ground at the end of town on the banks of Dawson River

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  4. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    If we got the Kombi any closer to the river We'd be in it!

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    In the 2011 floods this river reached a height 4.7 metres above ground level and people sought safety on the roof of the pub where they were airlifted by chopper!

    Following the Dawson river next stop was on to Baralaba and the picnic spot there....so beautifully maintained and popular with the locals


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    Ok enough of rivers lets head for the hills! Blackdown Tablelands, 800 metres above sea level



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    Blackdown was very dry like the rest of the central west. Rainbow Falls was just a trickle but you can see in millenia past the dark scary hole the water has gouged out down below...Karen felt safe in the delicious rockpool at the top
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  5. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    We had two night at Blackdown and then down to the lowlands again...that drive up the mountains was as steep as it gets! we stopped overnight in a lovely rest area in Comet then on to Emerald and shopping to stock up. Went on to visit Fairbairn Dam nearby and it was a bit sad...the dam is only at 17% capacity!
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    Just down the road is Springsure and "Virgin Rock"...apparently someone with a vivid imagination could make out Mother Mary and child in that rock formation

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    We took the drive up into Minerva Hills nat park above and behind Virgin Rock...Wow a hard and rocky landscape but some interesting gorges

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    On to the main event...Carnarvon Gorge! but we'd had a full day and weren't booked into Carnarvon til the following day so where to stay closeby?

    Carnarvon creek about 20k downstream has an interesting memorial and I found a spot well hidden

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    the memorial is for the wreck during WW2 of an american Dakota C47 in an extreme lightning storm. All lives lost...about ten Americans and ten Aussies...rip. WP_20190418_012.jpg
    It was a twin engine plane...each engine 14 cylinder 2000cubic inch aircooled(yayy!) 1400hp

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    Nice night camped by the creek then on to Carnarvon in the morning!
     
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  6. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Some wildlife on the way...emu...saw three Cassowary but wasn't quick enough to get picks

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    We found our site and headed off for a days walk...I could only get one night booked its very busy at easter

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    The Art Gallery is awesome but there is seating to contemplate and towering right above is this killer waiting its chance!


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  7. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Being a gorge the walking makes you hot but there is nice pools to cool off

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    a sige gorge is Wards Canyon...spectacular

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    not much wildlife in the gorge at present due to devastating bushfires last year but it is coming back i was assured

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    next morning while Karen had a well earned sleepin I had a little run up Boolimba Bluff...very steep climb lots of steps and ladders

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    at the top i took the iconic pic of the gorge....the white rock is the sandstone laid down as an inland sea 250 million years ago and the darker rock on top is basalt up to 300 metres thick spewed out by volcanos around 30 million years ago...make my 67 years insignificant!

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  8. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Two weeks is not enough and Karen just wanted to keep going...but time to go home for the present...left Carnarvon and bought pizza in Chinchilla and found a great spot to camp there by the billabong

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    on the road home...stopped for morning tea at Warra....classic pub there

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    hectic drive home as we approached Ipswich....driving rain and strong crosswinds....but made it home safe and the Kombi did a fantastic job...fridge is such a treasure now to clean all the bugs off and get ready for Nimbin!
     
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  9. No1 Rocket

    No1 Rocket New Member

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    Looks like you had a fantastic time, Mel and i did a 4 week trip from home up to Tinnaroo dam and back again last august ,sept in our trusty t3.looking for more adventures in the future
     
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  10. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    No 1 Rocket post up pics and story of your trip or no-one will believe you...heheh just kidding but we all love pictures here!
     
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  11. onetrackwonder

    onetrackwonder Active Member

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    Looks like an awesome trip along with some fabulous country, thanks for sharing, cheers Greg
     
  12. Martini olive Kombi

    Martini olive Kombi New Member

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    We must of just missed each other.

    We had 5 nights at Takaraka in the first week of the Easter holidays.

    Drove from Noosa to Roma and had a nights rest then off to Carnarvon gorge.

    On the way home did it one hit via Biloela. 800km over 11 hours all loaded up with trailer. Awesome adventure.
     
  13. Martini olive Kombi

    Martini olive Kombi New Member

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    Martini olive Kombi New Member

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  15. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Nice Kombi! and what awesome country we have...I want to explore the Carnarvon back country more!
     
  16. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    Good on u mate ,luv the pics
    Any one who says it is not great is nuts .any idea what the name of the colour paint on yr bus is.???.
    Looks like Deep Brunswick Green .
    Same as mine.
    Not a common colour.
     
  17. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Hi Chris, currently my kombi is acrylic british racing green and I've still got a couple of litres left for spraying but yes will buy dulux metal paint in brunswick green to brush on in awkward places...it also sprays beautifully....heheh....good choice of colour! Rob
     
  18. Martini olive Kombi

    Martini olive Kombi New Member

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    Can’t agree more.
    The five days was not enough time for us to have to see it all.

    The day we did the 20km return track to big bend was the highlight. 4 parents and 3 kids 11/11/8 years old. Left at 9 back at 5 with no whining or whinging. Just a real sense of accomplishment. To not just see it but to be in it was the thing for me.
     
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  19. tillis

    tillis Active Member

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    Hi Martini Olive to big bend is a big hike in a day. If I go back next july volunteer ranger John has offered to guide me up some trails not generally offered to the public...The Ranch. Were all seven of you in the kombi? and all camping gear in trailer I assume?....Rob
     
  20. chris taylor

    chris taylor Well-Known Member

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    I use Deep Brunswick Green Epoxy paint in a pressure pack can which is made by Wattle.An polish it with Mcguires polymer polish . The paint itself is very durable have now been using it for many years. Its great of you have to repair a panel for what ever reason n 1 can does one panel there abouts.cost is about $19 .
     

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