Karumba to Cloncurry
18.07.2014 - 19.07.2014 25 °C
Though sad to leave our balmy and comfortable home at Gone Fishin', Karumba, we took to the road fairly early for the 452k drive south to Cloncurry.
As usual, the day was warm and sunny as we drove down through the flattish country with scrubby vegetation. We drove into Cloncurry mid afternoon, and found our pre-booked room at the Wagon Wheel Motel adequate for it's modest price. We had plenty of time to look around the town, which is extremely spread out as if in a Drysdale painting, and pretty hot even in mid-winter. The Mary Kathleen Memorial Museum has a great display of the famous local mining and exploration history, including Robert O'Hara Burke's water bottle - though I gather there is another of these also claiming to be the genuine one.
In the evening we drove across the Cloncurry River to Chinaman Creek Dam - the town water supply. This is an unexpectedly beautiful spot with red cliffs, lots of birdlife and would probably be very peaceful except it's also very popular with the local bikers who were having a great time zooming around the exposed shoreline. Dinner at our Motel (previously the Prince of Wales Inn, and still said to be the oldest liquor licence premises in NW Queensland) was fine, and so was the liquor.