Blue-winged kookaburras, Barking Owls. Darryl felt this was the nicest spot on our whole trip, so far.
Lawn Hill Gorge is quite beautiful (but the camping was booked out). Hired a canoe and paddled up the 3 gorges, beautiful red cliffs, lined with cabbage palms and pandanus, and very deep green water. Plenty of archer fish. Had to drag the canoe past the waterfall into the second gorge, then fast through a rapid to the third. Coming back a gust of wind took off my good had, and it sank like a stone – very sad to lose it, especially with all the badges. I am only consoled by the thought that with the continual calcium precipitation, that the hat will sit on the bottom, become calicified, and become a fossil that someone will wonder over in a million years! (Darryl thinks it will be washed away in the next flood).
Darryl went for the lookouts walk while I went for a swim, and watched the fish and birds. Purple-crowned fairy-wrens, Buff-sided robins, honeyeaters, archer fish, gar, cod, black-bream, and the striped fish.
Gregory Downs for the night, camping beside the Gregory River – beautiful spot with rapids just beside us, and under the paperbarks. Lots of grey nomads across and closer to the bridge, but we came down the 4x4 track, so are alone. Another very nice spot. (A photo of our typical dinner).
We decided to keep driving and try to find somewhere suitable before Charters Towers, but nothing suited us, and we ended up at Charters Towers. Darryl was pretty tired, so we stopped. There was a bush poet putting on a show, so we had happy-hour listening to his jokes and poems.
09/08/11 A terrible night with flying foxes in the palm tree beside us, and trucks roaring past all night – we have stayed at this Caravan Park before, but in a cabin, so we didn't get the noise.
We went to visit Belinda, and Darryl had a nap in the car while I caught up with Mary, and Owen and Sandra. We arrived in Townsville and went straight to visit Mum, who has had another stroke and is in hospital. Census night, and once again we are not at our 'usual' address! Staying with Steve and Heather.