SATURDAY 11 MAY ROMA TO CHARLEVILLE 266kms
Pack up and departure went smoothly. We did not hurry, just aiming to be away by the usual 10am, knowing we were not going all that far today.
I was able to get the Saturday papers before we left town.
Drove west, over a road we had not travelled before. Stopped for a break at Mitchell, by the Maranoa River. This seemed quite low. It had clearly been a while since there had been any great flow in it, as the surface was largely covered with water lilies.
In Charleville, booked in to the Bailey Bar Caravan Park, for $15.30 a night. We stayed here back in 2000. The price had gone up by about 25% since then! I suspect that Charleville has become increasingly a stopover point for grey nomads heading north, then south again, each year, and the price reflects this greater demand. When we were here last, the NSW Kidman Way had not that long been sealed. Now, the word is getting about that this is a great route north.
The park people still have this strange method of mostly not having defined sites – except for a few with slabs down one side fence. Instead, vans are parked as they direct, in a way that squeezes in the maximum number, on the grass.
We set up, intending to stay here for three nights – want to visit some of the shops on Monday. John, in particular, wants to check out an opal dealing shop he’s heard about.