Post 257 Idalia National Park

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Idalia National Park

While we didn't stay we did drive in and have a look at Idalia National Park. It would definitely  be worth coming back in the cooler weather.

Idalia National Park - Wave Rock

This wave rock may be smaller than the one in Western Australia but I think it is prettier as it is more colourful.

Post 256 Welford National Park – Stars

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Welford National Park

Camp at night

Welford National Park

Camp at night

Post 255 Wellford National Park – Little Boomerang Waterhole

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park -Little boomerang Waterhole

Early morning on our last day at Little Boomerang Waterhole.

Wellford National Park - Little Boomerang Waterhole

This fellow wandered through the campground in the middle of the day.

Wellford National Park -Little Boomerang Waterhole

Wellford National Park -Little Boomerang Waterhole

Sunset at the campground.

Post 254 Wellford National Park – River Drive

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park - River Drive

The River Drive is a misnomer. It only goes near the river once.

Wellford National Park - River Drive

It does take you to this set of rocks in the river aptly named "The Jetty"

Wellford National Park - River Drive

We did stumble across this old bed frame. I think this is the remains of a shepards cottage.

Wellford National Park - River Drive

I am not sure what all the door locks where about.

Post 253 Wellford National Park – Mulga Drive

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park

The Mulga Drive is a longer drive, which as the name suggests takes you through some Mulga country. These fellows were making sure we stayed on the track.

Wellford National Park - Mulga Drive

An old windmill with the remains of the associated  water tank. There is still the remains of the water trough out of shot.

Wellford National Park

I can't remember the name of this creek but it seemed to be less muddy than the water holes on the main Barcoo channel we had seen and were camped at.

Post 252 Wellford National Park

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park

Wellford National Park has a few drives. We did the Desert Drive on the first day.

Wellford National Park - Desert Drive

Old watering trough.

Wellford National Park

Adjacent yards complete with loading ramp.

Post 251 Diamantina Lakes – Windorah

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Diamantina Lakes to Windorah

I enjoyed the drive out of the National Park. It was more a track but not a main road either. We drove across gibber plains, clay pans some gentle rises and then great expanses of "nothing" and mostly looking green after the rain a couple of weeks ago. Even a couple of patches still damp enough to throw mud back up the sides of Clifford.

 

Windorah has its own solar power station. Its a little different with the parabolic reflector throwing light onto solar cells in the middle.

Post 250 Drive to Mayne Hotel – Diamantina Lakes National Park

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Mayne Hotel - Diamantina National Park

We took a drive out to the eastern edge of the park and the old Mayne Hotel.

On the way we went to the look out over the park with Janet's leap being the outcrop in the left of this panorama.

Mayne Hotel

The bend in the road at the hotel.

Mayne Hotel

The roof of the cellar. Open at night and closed during the day to try and keep the drinks cool.

Mayne Hotel

I guess this bed is free tonight.

Post 249 Cattle Yards – Diamantina Lakes National Park

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Cattle Yards

There are two sets of yards near the campground. These steel yards within walking distance and another older set further away down a track that has some deep ruts from the rain a couple of weeks ago.

Post 248 Diamantina Lakes National Park

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Elizabeth Springs

We had a look at Elizabeth Springs on the way into the National Park. We couldn't find a real spring. The best I could do was some wet areas on the top of some of the mounds but it didn't flow anywhere and was quickly soaked up.

Elizabeth Springs

In it's own way the dry gibber plain we parked on was more impressive.

Gumhole campground

The water hole was full, it had obviously been overflowing over the road recently. As the lady at the min min centre in Boulia had said the sites here were pretty small, and not suitable for large caravans. We did check out the other campground later on and seeing we are small this is or preferred campground.

Whistling Kite Nest.

At first I didn't think this nest was occupied. It was only by using the binoculars that we saw this almost fully fledged chick.

Whistling Kite Chick

Gum Hole Waterhole

Sunset over the waterhole.

Gum Hole Campground

Night - no moon yet. Time to play with some star shots.