When we drove through Normanton on Tuesday morning, we both saw info on Goose Lagoon just outside town. It looked great-a 70k 4WD route through the local wetlands to look at lots of wildlife and plants etc. We both reckoned it would be worth a drive back to see when we wanted a day off fishing.
Today we drove the almost 80ks back to Normanton looking, looking for the sign and road into the lagoon but couldn’t find it. A second visit to the information centre made us realise it’s a proposal not the real deal. We also needed a few groceries and Normanton being the bigger town, should have more and cheaper goods on offer. Wrong! it had a very limited selection and was really, really pricey-we paid $4.99 for an English cucumber!
Turns out we were the Gooses!
Never mind, we took a short walk around the wetlands that are accessible, visited the railway station and booked a trip on the Gulflander
next week (a bit of an iconic thing to do up here), had a good lunch at the Albion Hotel and saw plenty of wild life so the day wasn’t a waste. We were both amazed to see a big croc in the Norman River about 200 metres from the visitor info centre (and about 50 metres form 3 vans free camping on the river) and 2 sows with about 12 piglets between them.
Back in town, we drove down to the shore to look at the gulf then bought some fuel. The servo was selling prawns 5kg for $45 so we bought a box without thinking where we’d fit them (but we managed!). At that price, they are actually cheaper than bait prawns so we will sift through them and any smaller or broken ones will get used for bait. Tonight I made prawns in chimmichuri (basically a very herby green marinade) which we ate over pasta. It was a great dish!