About 6 years ago, we travelled from Mt Isa to Winton through the Cawnpore Hills. It was a great drive until I got into some trouble with the van on top of the Cawnpore Lookout. I got us stuck halfway up, with seemingly nowhere to go, until Russ saved the day. I spent the next two days in a state of shock as I replayed what almost was! The rest of the drive to Winton was a bit of a blur. To add insult to injury, my camera malfuntioned and we didn’t get any photos of the area.
When we decided to include a trip to the Gulf into our trip to Broome and Perth, we also decided we’d take the longer, rougher route up the Kennedy and Diamantina developmental roads through the Cawnpores. With a bit of planning, we were able to free camp just near the lookout to catch the sunset, sunrise, awesome stars and maybe the Min Min lights! (saw it all but the Min Min lights).
We’ve done a lot of travelling over the past 7 years, but I’d have to say this drive and camp overnight were one of the best times of all those travels. It was so quiet, vast and beautiful and we felt so lucky to be there!
Yesterday, we drove the 460ks into Mt Isa where we are now. It’s an interesting drive too-sometimes as dry and flat as your dining table, sometimes rocky hills and ghost gums-the scenery is always changing. We saw lots of stock and wild life-eagles, hawks, budgies, cockatiels, roos, emus, brolgas, pigs
Two nights in Mt Isa then it’s on to the Gulf and some fishing. We’ve been here twice before and I’ve blogged about it so I’m finding it hard to be enthusiastic. It’s a great spot to do our laundry and a big shop though!