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Relaxing in Cloncurry

Day 34 - Thursday 13 June 2013

Forecast for Cloncurry today was 13 to 27 degrees and full sun. After sitting around catching up on the news by reading one and two day old newspapers and doing a couple of loads of washing we decided that it was time to go into town for today's papers. We called at the newsagents for papers, Woolworths for a few items that we forgot yesterday, the pharmacy for a few items, and the local coffee bar. As it was nearly lunch time we decided that we would have an early lunch with our coffees - toasted ham and cheese sandwiches for Di and a beef casserole pie for David.

Back at the caravan park we spent an hour or so removing the worst of the grime from the caravan and the Navara. At the moment we are watching the slow progress of a crack in the windscreen, that started with a small stone chip on the very edge of the windscreen on the passenger side. Hopefully it will not progress too far until we reach the east coast. Eventually it will need to be replaced, making 3 windscreen in eighteen months.

This caravan park is undergoing a transition from a caravan park to a mining camp. Many of the patrons says that the park is barely recognisable from their previous visits. The caravan park has been reduced to about 20 tourist sites with more that 200 accommodation units for miners. During the afternoon we went for a walk around the park checking out all the new accommodation units for the miners. The park is located across the road from a large rocky outcrop at the entrance to Cloncurry.

Rocky outcrop across the road from the caravan park

Rocky outcrop across the road from the caravan park

At 5:00 pm it was time for happy hour again - we keep catching up with people we have met before at Bourke, Cunnamulla and Charleville. We will again meet up with some of the group at Normanton. We have booked for three nights at Normanton and plan to do the Billy Tea and Damper Excursion on the Gulflander from Normanton to Critters Camp and return. On Sunday we plan to drive to Karumba for lunch at the pub overlooking the Gulf.

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