Friday, 1 August 2014

Quilpie to Mitchell - 1 August 2014

Our drive to Mitchell today certainly had different scenery to what we have seen over the last few weeks. We started off with the red dirt, but by the time we arrived at Mitchell, we were passing fields covered in Mitchell grass and with very few areas of bare dirt showing.
During the trip today, we checked out a few of the free camps along the way for when we head to Birdsville, hopefully next year or maybe the year after. One of the camps was at the Cooladdi Foxtrap Roadhouse. We called in there, and Bruce spoke to the owner. You can camp behind the building and they have 1200 acres and you can camp anywhere. You are welcome to use their showers and toilets.
We called in to Charleville but didn't do any sightseeing. We have heard there is lots to see and do here and on our next trip through, will spend about 5 days here. We filled up with diesel, went to the bank and bought a few supplies.
The Warrego River runs through Charleville. We last saw it at Cunnamulla. Both Bruce and I expected Charleville to be bigger than it was. However, it does have 3 caravan parks, so they obviously do get lots of visitors.
2 other places that had good looking free, or cheap, camps was Morven and Muckadilla. At Muckadilla you can camp behind the Pub and it is a $5 donation per day, so that's pretty good.
We are staying at the Major Mitchell Caravan Park in Mitchell which is on the banks of the Maranoa River. It is well maintained park and has a great camp kitchen. there are 4 barbecue plates and about 6 sink units. There is also instant boiling water. There are individual shower and toilet units. We will spend 3 nights here.

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