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Cloncurry to Normanton

Day 35 - Friday 14 June 2013

Forecast for today was 11 to 24 degrees in Cloncurry - however the forecast for Normanton was 15 to 32 degrees. After a visit to the dump point at the caravan park we were on our way to Normanton at about 9:15 am. Our trip today was a fairly long (for us) 385 kms along the Burke Development Road. Today was a public holiday in Cloncurry for the local show and all the shops were closed - so no traffic on the roads.

We stopped for fuel and lunch at the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, which was about half way between Cloncurry and Normanton. We were here three years ago and stayed for one night in the caravan park, but nothing has changed in those three years - the roadhouse is still staffed by backpackers, presumably on 457 visas. For lunch we had excellent toasted egg and bacon sandwiches with a coffee. We also filled up with fuel, but only needed 33 litres of diesel to fill the tank - the excellent fuel economy no doubt due to the tail wind that followed us all the way from Cloncurry to Normanton.

The road from Cloncurry to Burke and Wills Roadhouse was a good two lane sealed road, however after Burks and Wills RH we encountered about five sections of single lane road totalling about 60 kms. We eventually arrived at the Normanton Tourist Park at 2:30 pm and were allocated a drive through site for 3 nights. We did a full set up with power, water, awning, mats, tables and chairs. We have a nice shady site - probably the best site in the park - no doubt due to booking ahead and being a 5th wheeler.

After completing our set-up we drove around the town, stopping first at the Information Centre. We asked where we could buy papers but were told that they would be two days old, so we probably already have them. We also checked out the dump point, the shops and the bakery then drove past the Railway Station where we will go for our excursion tomorrow.

The Gulflander waiting for tomorrows Billy Tea and Damper excursion to Critters Camp

The Gulflander waiting for tomorrows Billy Tea and Damper excursion to Critters Camp

Posted by TwoAces 03:33

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Hi David and Di,
Marg and I are loving your blog. What site are you on? We were on site 74.

David,
As it is still very warm in Normanton, I have a challenge for you, I hope that you are up to.

As you walk to the Info Centre, on your right you should notice a sign from the Albion Pub, saying that they have the coldest beer in town.
Your mission is to prove or disprove the accuracy of that sign. There are 2 other pubs in town, so the total minimum is 3 stubbies (one per pub).

I await your 'experienced' assessment. Of course, if you aren't sure, you may need more than 1 per pub.

Frosty (Your trailblazing twin)

We are in Townsville until 25th June. What is your itinerary?

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