From the desert to waterhole
09.06.2011 - 09.06.2011 23 °C
9/6/11 Mount Coolon Hotel to Kinchant Waters Resort
Awake at 6am. A coffee with my baby and then dressed and into the Hotel to check out if they were serious about the breakfast offer made last night. All the semis are gone from the grasses parking lot out the back of
left at 8.15am.
A road in the making! Road workers all from the Hotel last night! Friendly bunch.
Changes in flora. More wattles although only scrub and acacias in the dry grass and sand. Only traffic is the work truck
Stopped at Suttor River for a pee break after suffering many dog farts, we figured it was time for a break also we'd been on the bitumen for at least 5kms. It's now 9.20am.
Drove back to Cerito in case we'd missed the turnoff but it was a property, so we turned around and headed back toward the Suttor River.
11mins drive from the Cerito sign is the new road to Glendon (sealed). Green signage, can't miss it.
Lots of wattle trees (pic) in the dark red dirt, creating a fragrant avenue south. Hit a bee that had been collecting pollen from the wattles. A yellow splash on the windscreen.
The sun was warm on your chest whilst the breeze created by the car was cool. Now traveling south the sun is on the left if the car (east).
Passed an eagle on the right lifting off the shoulder from a roadkill.
7mins in and there is a detour sign, then passed over a new bridge over a huge construction and machinery laying railway tracks (pic).
At the T intersection, (Newlands Mine) turn right to Glendon passed the 1000m Clearance signs for overhead power lines. Now there a telegraph poles! More traffic than previously, mine trucks, flatbed semis and road trains (3 trailers) and through a short tunnel. Road now has electricity poles on both sides! Almost civilized! (pic)
A line of electricity towers stretching off in the distance to the west. There is some mine way in the distance. You can see small mountains of dirt and a tunnel of dust lifting into the air.
10.32am stopped at the really big scoop (pic) for breakfast coffee. Met a couple who dropped in to fill up on water. Staying at Lade Elphinestone where they are having water problems at present so no showers.
After speaking to Noel's Erica and finding out he'd be taken to Mackay last night we changed our destination to Nebo and then see how far we get towards Mackay. A stop at Lake Elphinstone seems an opportunity not to miss. With a thought to do the coast road (Bruce Hwy) to Rockhampton and then head inland via Biloela, Monto and end up at Kilkivin to visit Robby. We'll take it one day at a time.
11.40am back on the road.
Turn off onto the Sutton Dev. Road and within a minute you catch sight of Lake Elphinestone. Lots of swans, geese, ducks. Lots of parking, shade and open spots, also right on the lake. Only one showers and toilets block so byo. Avoid on public holidays warned the couple we met at Glendon rest stop, said there was 600 people at Easter. Worth a stop.
Stopped at the BP Roadhouse on the cnr Peak Down's Hwy & Suttor Dev. Road - 2nd best burger this trip. The Junction burger (works) had steak, meat patty, egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cucumber, beetroot, pineapple & BBQ sauce - WOW!
Decided to not go into Nebo and turned left heading east to Mackay. Roadworks at The Retreat Hotel, Epsom so continued and we're looking out for Eton.
Scenery changed - eucalyptus and black boys, rivers with running water although low and the weather is a little more overcast. Clouds darker - looks like rain. Lots more traffic, still the majority mine related vehicles & still the huge road trains and semis. More hills.
Saw sign advertising "Topless waitress" on Wednesday at the Eton Hotel, it's Thursday so we pushed onto Kinchant Waters Resort! (pics)
Arrived at 3.30pm. Stopped to take dogs for a walk and Tank had a dip in the dam then onto the van park around the corner.
Kind of an open plan type setup. We got a spot on the water with a hairy driveway off the road but do-able. $20/n for a powered site and the toilets and showers up at the kiosk/bar.
By 4.30pm we were sitting by the lake, cooling off. Watching 2 domestic ducks and a runner duck. There's heaps of birdlife. We saw peacocks, peahens, an albino peacock, a gaggle of guinea fowl, and egret, waterbirds, brush turkeys and peewee magpies. (pics). Levi got scared by some flying bug so he and Tank are in the van in the air-conditioning. It's very quiet here
Across the lake you can see either a bushfire or a burn off which makes sense if the predicted rain happens. The forecast is for rain on the coast and I'm not sure if we're inland enough from Mackay (38kms).
Had a shower during which the lights went out! Apparently there's a timer to press once you come in the door but since there was already someone in the shower area I didn't notice the sign hence showering in the dark! Lucky I remember where everything is!!!
We mucked around with the footings of the caravan because there was still a tilt to it and Jim could feel a current in the metal clips of the van. It leveled off a bit better but this bit of land is far from any form of level - should be for camping only but for one night we'll put up with it.
The nozzles came out in force once the sun went down. They are bigger and slower which made it easy to vacuum them up - yes I said vacuum! My little Dyson came in handy. The nozzles that came in as we went in and out the door all settled on the pelmets so I could easily suck 'em up! Problem solved.
We were both pretty tired and after leaving messages for van parks for sour next destination we both kind of snacked for dinner and in bed by 9.30pm - must be a record.