Freedom with options aplenty #4

The fourth in a series of however many, romancing the freedom camping lifestyle. If you are curious about freedom camping read on.

From Cooktown it was down to the well-known Rocky Creek campground on the Atherton Tableland. The campground is one enormous living memorial to the field hospital that was here during World War Two that tended to the wounded of the battles in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

Rocky Creek memorial and freedom camp, near Atherton, Qld

Filled with history we headed off to Queensland’s highest town Ravenshoe on the top of the Great Dividing Range where we camped at the old railway station in the rain, apparently it always rains in Ravenshoe. The gardens were lush.

A unique but wet freedom camp at Ravenshoe, Qld

The next night we found ourselves at the Undara Lava Tubes National Park on the Savannah Way and were so taken with the place that we extended our stay. Surrounded by wallabies and kangaroos, touring the fascinating lava tubes and best of all watching the bats wake at night and take to the air. Apart from the wildlife there was a very good restaurant and we were entertained around the campfire.

Undara Lava tubes, Qld
Millions of bats take to the air from the lava tubes at Undara, Qld

We’d heard that Corella Dam was a must see, so we dropped in and found freshwater crocs and two ladies we’d met months earlier at the Bouldercombe Pub. We’d never stayed at a roadhouse so that was our choice at Kynuna. Two fabulously funny old ducks, and I use that term loosely being an old duck myself, were running the roadhouse and they asked that we keep the bathroom doors closed as the brolgas poop in there and tourists don’t like stepping in brolga poop. Ok, we got the message. Then the brolgas peered in our windows and bailed up Woody trying to steal our sausages when he was manning the bbq. Perhaps we should have barbecued the brolgas.

Sunrise over Corella Dam near Mt Isa, Qld. The crocs are safe they’re only freshies.
Just give me your snags and no one gets hurt! Kynuna Roadhouse, Qld

We met up with mates and visited Blackall and camped on the Barcoo River. Every Australian should camp on the Barcoo. It’s a rite of passage.

Morning mist on the Barcoo, Qld

Then we found the Evening Star farm stay outside Charleville. Our first farm stay and we were blown away when a local indigenous anthropologist gave an informative lecture, the camp oven dinner was great and the huge campsites perfect.

Evening Star Bush Camp, Charleville, Qld

We doubled back to visit Carnarvon Gorge and stayed in the Takarakka Bush Resort in the National Park. It was worth the trip just for the wildlife in the campground. Kangaroos, turtles and apostle birds and supposedly platypus but we’re not patient enough for those little guys.

Warming in the sunshine, tortoise at Carnarvon Gorge, Qld
Ancient rock art at Carnarvon Gorge, Qld

When it comes to turtles, we then stayed at the Dawson River rest area home to bum breathing turtles, we didn’t see those either but at Gayndah we did see a TV and a chair way up in a tree, swept up there by the last flood.

Furniture in the trees high above the Burnett River, Gayndah, Qld
Sunset over the Burnett River, Gayndah, Qld

Back in civilisation we overnighted at Yelgun rest area on the NSW north coast, devoid of interest but filled with overflowing toilets. You can’t win every time.

At least we had an ocean view at Yelgun rest area, NSW

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