Mt Isa to Forsayth

Sunday 26 July 2020: Corella Dam to Burke & Wills Roadhouse 244 km

A wild camel suddenly appeared beside the road as we were driving towards Cloncurry
Wagon Wheel in Cloncurry – established as the Prince of Wales Hotel in 1876
Leichardt Hotel – built in 1926, the original facade has been classified by the National Trust
43 km north of Cloncurry the Quamby Pub was built as the Customs House in the 1860s
Now abandoned, it has these wonderful murals on the front porch
Burke and Wills Roadhouse, halfway from Cloncurry to Normanton for a night stop

Monday 27 July 2020: Burke & Wills Roadhouse to Karumba 279 km

Early morning driving requires extra care
Crazy Amount Of Termite Mounds
Some of Normanton’s historical buildings
The Westpac Bank (Bank of NSW), Burns Philip & Co, the Purple Pub
Best Barra Burger we’ve ever had – from Gobble and Go in Normanton
Birds and waterlilies at the Mutton Hole Wetlands near Normanton
Birds and wallabies share a waterhole near Karumba, one of the few waterholes with water
The famous Karumba Sunset in the Gulf of Carpentaria

Tuesday 28 July 2020: Karumba to Croydon 232 km

The Mutton Hole Wetlands the next morning – different birds, different light
Black Bull Siding – 1890, Normanton to Croydon Railway Line
The line utilized revolutionary steel sleepers to which the rails were bolted, no termite problems!
Club Hotel Croydon, 1887
Croydon started with the discovery of gold in 1885; many original buildings are preserved
Former Police Station (1886), Lockup (1889), Town Hall (1892), Butchers (rebuilt 1996),
The streets of Croydon were curbed with hand cut sandstone and lit with kerosene lamps

Wednesday 29 July 2020: Croydon to Forsayth 188 km

Cemetery Swamp about 4k out of Croydon in the early morning
Not much water in the Gilbert River
The Cumberland Chimney, built by Cornish miners in 1889, about 2 km west of Georgetown
It dispersed smoke from steam driven engines that crushed gold bearing rock
Wild pigs beside the road between Georgetown and Forsayth
Knobbly tree on the way to Forsayth

Thursday 30 July 2020: Cobbold Gorge

The road to Cobbold Gorge is unpaved for 40 km and not permitted by our campervan rental agreement so we took a tour from Forsayth.

Cobbold Gorge from above

The Gorge is 800 meters long and < 2 meters wide at its narrowest; the walls 10 meters high

Life in the Gorge

Friday 31 July 2020: Savannahlander Train & Forsayth to Mt Surprise: 133 km

Today we took the Savannahlander 3 hours to Einasleigh, returning to Forsayth by bus then driving on to Mt Surprise. The train uses restored 1960s rail motors with the classic streamlined front ends, a delightful experience.

Savannahlander ready to depart Forsayth
View from the driver’s seat
Etheridge Shire wildflowers we saw today
We leave the train at Einasleigh but it continues on across the River
Einasleigh Hotel and petrol station
Copperfield Gorge at Einasleigh
The river eroded a channel through an ancient lava flow