Post 37 – Riversleigh

Ian Collard
July 9, 2018

Riversleigh Fossils

Riversleigh is famous for its mammal fossils.

There is quite a good information "hut" there and a couple of interesting fossils. We were both excited and disappointed at the walk. At the start of the walk there is this turtle fossil. The top and bottoms of the shell are clearly visible. The rest of the walk was pretty much up the hill to look at the view and then down the other side to see the fossil of a bird bone. It is s pretty special bird bone though, it is from a large flightless bird -bigger than an emu.

The fossils are really clear in the old exposed limestone. As the lime stone weathers it goes grey but the fossilised bone stays white.

Post 36 – Lawn Hill Gorge

Ian Collard
July 9, 2018

Lawn Hill Gorge - Indarri falls

Because the National Park's campsites at Lawn Hill itself were booked out we stayed at Adel's Grove. The Adel's Grove site is physically much nicer than the  National Park campground but is also much  more populated and is 12km away from the actual Gorge.

This shot is taken from the lookout overlooking the Indarri falls. The falls are almost hidden by the pandanus palms. In the shot is also the electric boat that takes trips up the middle gorge.

 

Lawn Hill - Canoe

 

 

We hired a canoe and had a relaxing paddle up the middle gorge. Apparently in the 2 hour hire period you can carry your canoe around Indarri falls and paddle up the top gorge. We didn't do this

Lower Gorge - Lawn Hill

 

The end of the gorge system from the top of the stacks.

 

 

 

Lower Gorge - Lawn Hill

 

The water is incredibly clear. This shot tries to capture this. Follow the stems of the small lilly leaves down. See the small Archer fish near the surface, also if you look you can see a fish near the bottom at the right of the shot.

 

 

 

Lawn Hill - Lizard

 

Came across this small lizard on the walking track to the Indarri falls lookout.

 

 

Indarri Falls

 

Indarri Falls

 

 

Lawn Hill Gorge

 

The gorge taken from our boat trip.

The canoe trip was probably just as good or better but on the boat someone else was driving and I had two hands free to use my camera.

 

 

Lawn Hill Gorge

 

The road into the gorge is quite rough and dusty. This is not fog but dust on the road that hung in the air forever in the stillness of the morning.

 

Sunrise on the way Lawn Hill Gorge

 

Because the sunrises quite late and I am still waking up at "normal" time I rode my bike from Adel's Grove to Lawn hill. I took this sunrise shot along the way.

Post 35 – Burketown

Ian Collard
July 9, 2018

Burketown meat-works

A bit like a lot of the Gulf Burketown seems to have it's share of boom and bust. At one stage it had its own meat works and boiling down works producing salted beef and tallow.

Now a lot of the machinery is just lying in the scrub.

 

Not the Landsborough tree

 

 

We went looking for the Landsborough tree. It was a tree that was blazed by Landsborough who was sent up on a ship from Brisbane to look for Burke and Wills. The short story is that he buried some supplies and blazed a tree. Turns out the tree burnt down several years ago. I took a shot of this interesting tree instead.

The Burketown Bore

 

This bore has been flowing since 1880 something. In the process it has built this mineral mound. The water is hot and is only drinkable by adult stock. Unlike other free flowing bores there are no plans to cap it. The Burketown community is trying to get government grants to build some pools to have heated "bathing" at different temperatures and some board walks through the associated wet lands. There  was a hot public bath here in the ancient past.

 

 

 

 

Post 34 – Leichhardt Falls

Ian Collard
July 4, 2018

Leichhardt Falls

Not much water - well none - going over these falls at the moment. Was still a nice spot to camp.

 

Leichhardt Falls

 

 

This is the morning view from our camp site.

Leichhardt Falls

 

I wasn't lying this is where we camped.

 

 

 

 

Leichhardt Falls Crocodile

 

This can't be right. I haven't seen any crocodile warning signs and yet here is this 5 to 6 ft Johnstone river crocodile.

While we didn't see any sign of a saltie I also didn't go swimming for our lost fishing lure.

We didn't see any fish either although the people camped next door got two Barra.

 

Leichhardt Falls

 

 

"Clifford" under the Milky Way .

Leichhardt Falls

 

The rising moon illuminates the clouds.

 

Leichhardt Falls

 

What I think are the remains of a windmill tower that didn't survive the flood waters.

Post 33 – Karumba

Ian Collard
July 4, 2018

Karumba

So we didn't ride the Rattler all the way from Croydon to Normanton. Rather we drove and then continued driving to Karumba.

Sunset over the Norman river at Karumba.

 

Karumba crocodile

 

Pretty sure that Ann was disappointed that we had to pay to do a sunset boat tour to see a crocodile.

Jabiru

 

On the cruise we did get to see some Jabirus up close. Really lucky that in the afternoon light the Australian Black Necked Stork doesn't really have a black neck, it is iridescent green.   Turns out they get hand fed daily so are pretty much guaranteed to see one on the cruise.

 

 

 

 

Karumba channel sunset

 

It was a sunset cruise, and fortunately this boat was heading out to make the almost cloudless sunset interesting.

 

 

 

Karumba Saltpan

 

 

It is about 5 to 6 km from Karumba to Karumba point. The settlements are separated by these tidal saltpans.

Looks like someone has been trying out their circle works.

 

Camp 119

 

Not far from Normanton is "Camp 119". This the northern most camp of the failed Burke and Wills expedition.

150 years ago this was a billabong and it was from here that Burke and Wills struck out for the Gulf. They blazed about 15 trees around the camp site. Most of which are now gone.

This is one of the blaze trees overlooking the billabong.

 

Camp 119

 

This is by far the most prominent tree blaze at the site. Unfortunately it is not one of the Burke and Wills blazes. It was created by Walker a couple of years later who was looking for Burke and Wills. He described the Burke and Wills blazes as being timid and so created this more prominent blaze.

The other interesting thing is that when he created this blaze it was 800mm above ground level. It is now much closer to ground level, The whole area has silted up.

Post 32 – Croydon – The Gulflander

Ian Collard
June 30, 2018

Croydon

Croydon being an old gold mining area has a lot of history which they are trying to preserve and present to the increasing number of tourists.

We only intended to have a bit of a look around and not stop. While looking in the information centre we found that today being Wednesday we could have a short ride on the Gulflander rail motor to Golden Gate siding and a meal while the sunset before returning to Croydon. So being flexible we booked this and stayed the night in Croydon.

 

The Gulflander at the Croydon rail station.

Gulflander

 

All aboard.

Tea

 

Tea in the scrub before heading back. I don't see a turning facility for the rail motor - so yes we headed back to Croydon in reverse.

 

 

 

 

 

Gulflander

 

The gulf lander stopped at Golden Gate siding while the sun sets and we have tea.

 

 

 

Gulflander

 

 

The drivers cab.

The rail motor is really a glorified bus. It has a 6 cylinder diesel engine coupled to a  4 speed crash gearbox with  a tail shaft driving one set of wheels. Fortunately the gear arrangement gave us 4 speed reverse for the trip home. It was up to the guard to radio through track details such as cattle on the track.

 

 

Post 31 – Cumberland Chimney.

Ian Collard
June 28, 2018

Cumberland Chimney

 

Cumberland is an old gold mining area. Most of the evidence of mining has now gone except this chimney stack. There is also a dam that held water for the gold field. It is now a haven for bird life. We actually used an iPhone app to check birds and logged 26 different types of bird while we were camped there. It is a "free" - donation box site with some facilities. Drop toilets, picnic tables and large binoculars for bird viewing.

Cumberland Dam Sunrise

 

We were fortunate to experience some very nice sunrises and sunsets while we were there. Sunrise over the Cumberland dam.

Magpie Geese

 

Magpie geese setting off to do some foraging as the sun rises.

 

 

 

Cumberland Chimney

 

It is also almost a full moon. The moon rising over the Cumberland chimney.

 

 

 

 

Cumberland campground moonlight

 

So I had a reasonable hike to find some fire wood but managed to get enough back to the campground to have a small fire for the evening. The full moon also enabled me to take this nice moonlight shot after the fire died down ( ran out of fire wood )