Although we only drove 90 kms today it took a few hours because of the road. It wasn’t as bad as the last time we were here but it was slow going with pot holes, single width track,busted “dust control” top layer and oncoming traffic. There were a couple of trucks transporting cattle the rest were campers returning from Lawn Hill.
There are three parts to Lawn Hill or Boodjamulla, Lawn Hill Station, Lawn Hill National Park and Adel’s Grove.
There are cabins, glamping tents as well as the camping sites. We bought some lunch in the big eating area where Fergus was welcome to join us then walked about the camping areas. Crazy as it may sound the heat knocked me and all I could do for a couple of hours was sleep, I think it’s the sudden change from cold to hot that’s whacked me. Maybe tomorrow I’ll test out the river, people were swimming there today. One lady who came out described it as “refreshing” but the look on her face let me know it was cold! The Grove is a lovely camping area with private sites in amongst the trees, I’m in awe of the people who manage to wrangle their caravans into tight spaces between trees. We did see one driver with a big van inch his way between two trees lining the road in, I don’t know how he coped when he got deeper in amongst the camping sites. It’s been great to see women travelling independently, there is a woman camping in the next site who is driving a Landcruiser and had solar panels out connected to her car battery during the day. She is obviously perfectly capable of managing anything thrown at her while she’s out and about. When we were at Mary Kathleen mine two women drove almost to the mine face towing their caravan, they were wise to stop and disconnect the van before tackling the last couple of hundred metres.
There are lots of different birds in The Grove including, I think, Bower Birds.
It will be lovely staying here and relaxing, we’re booked in for four nights. There seems to be phone coverage up at the dining area, I’ve been using my phone as a “hot spot”. For once I can say that I’m able to do more with my phone than Alex can, his can’t manage calls, only texts even in Mt Isa.