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Normanton to Mount Surprise

Day 38 - Monday 17 June 2013

A sunny day in Normanton today with a forecast of 16 to 31 degrees. We were on the road by 9:30 am after filling up with diesel and buying fresh bread at Normanton Traders. Our trip today is a longish 393 kms from Normanton to Mount Surprise. Once again traffic was very light - mainly caravans and very few road-trains. We filled up with diesel at Croydon and stopped for lunch at the Gilbert River rest area. While we were stopped for lunch a female cyclist (aged in her 60s) came along - she is riding from Cairns to Broome for a holiday. You would have to be keen!

The road from Normanton to Gilbert River was an excellent two-lane sealed highway. Between Gilbert River and Georgetown there were a couple of single lane sections of about 20 kms each. The final section from Georgetown to Mount Surprise was mainly single lane although there were quite a few sections with road-works or recent road-works. No doubt in a couple of years the road will be two lanes from the east coast to Normanton.

We arrived at the Bedrock Village Caravan Village in Mount Surprise at about 2:30 pm and were allocated a drive through site for three nights. We did a full set up with power, water, awning, mats, and satellite dish. Mount Surprise has analogue TV only which is vertically polarised and of poor quality at the caravan park. We did not fare much better with the satellite dish as we have a perfect picture on SBS (3 and 30) but nothing on any other channel. We will give VAST a call tomorrow to seek a solution.

We have booked for the morning tour to the Undarra Lava Tubes tomorrow morning, and hope to do the fossicking tour to O'Briens Creek on Wednesday with Mount Surprise Gems. Mount Surprise is the home of the Blue Topaz.

No photos today.

Posted by TwoAces 02:16

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