SATURDAY 28 NOVEMEBER GREENVALE TO CHARTERS TOWERS 220kms
We were up early and away by 8am. Still being hitched up made departure much quicker. We refuelled in Greenvale – 76cpl.
The road was mostly the single width strip again.
There were a few drops of rain as we left Greenvale, but apart from that it was dry – and hot.
The country we drove through today was more interesting than that of yesterday – there were some more hills and low ranges appearing. The road ran almost parallel to the coastal range. There was really green grass, a couple of feet tall. Most of the creek channels had some water in them. It is good to see the country at this time of the year, when it is going green.
Reached Charters Towers – the size of which rather surprised me – just before 11am. Went straight to the Post Office in the centre of town, but it was closed. Could tell by just driving past, so did not have to worry about trying to park the rig. John then got me to navigate him to the Bowls Club, so he could check that out. There were no games happening there, as we drove past.
Went into the Charters Towers Caravan Park, on the southern outskirts of town. In order to get a spot with some shade, we had to take an en-suite site, but it was only an extra $2 a night, at $16 a night, with the seventh night free, so we booked in for a week. Our site is quite pleasant and it is a little luxury to have our own adjacent bathroom.
It was pretty hot, setting up in the middle of the day – mid 30’s, and there were stinging midgy type things about.
After set up, we drove back to the centre of town and bought the papers. John checked out the RSL Bowls Club and booked us in for a game tomorrow.
After lunch, I had a swim in the pool – pleasant.
We put the air-con on in the van – lovely and cool.
When it started to get cooler outside – about 5pm – we went for a walk for a couple of kms around the nearby streets. Being on the outskirts, the area is a bit of a mixture of older and newer houses, vacant land, some light industrial type uses.
Charters Towers looks to be a really interesting town. We have passed a huge cemetery. Perhaps that reflects, in part, the privations of its early days as a mining town. Gold was found here in the 1870’s and there is still some mining today. Charters Towers was, for a while, the second largest town in Queensland – only Brisbane was bigger. There is evidence of this in the scale and grandeur of some of the buildings in the city centre. We only glimpsed these, driving through, but they look very impressively upkept or restored.
Had our Friday fish and chip dinner a day late.
It stayed hot through the night and was not a very comfortable night for sleeping.