Some places we've been and some places we're going.

It was about 270 kms from Karumba to Croydon all on bitumen but there were a lot of travellers going the same way. I’m sure that at the moment as soon someone moves out of a camping place someone else moves in. We were booked into the Croydon Caravan Park so didn’t have any need to hurry and made a couple of stops along the way. The first was Normanton Traders where we picked up some fresh fruit and salad greens, it was the shop I liked best there. Our second stop was at Black Bull Siding an old railway station but now seems to be a picnic stop for the Normanton to Croydon tourist rail line. It was the first place metal sleepers were used because termites destroyed the wooden ones. The rails were bolted to the sleepers and placed straight onto the ground, when floods came the water simply washed over the top.

Our next stop was at Belmore Creek where an old rusty boiler caught our eye there was other railway detritus there too.

Luckily we came straight to the Caravan Park before we went investigating the town because we were able to pick our spot and found a great site shaded all day by big trees. There was only one other like it left and that was soon taken. There is so much to see in this little place and the way it’s presented is a credit to the townspeople.

We went to check out Lake Belmore so we could sit in the car AC for a while since it was 33 deg. – it’s only 4 kms out the road. There were trees I think are Kapoks, the fluffy cotton-like material in the seed pods was used to stuff pillows and mattresses.

I’ve been curious about weird web structures we’ve seen in trees and had the chance to check one out. I expected caterpillars or little spiders. It was very hard to pull apart even using a stick and I’m still not sure what makes them.

On the way back from the lake we called into the site of the Chinese Temple which now has interesting plaques telling the stories of some Chinese people who came to the area in the late 1800s Gold Rush.

Tomorrow we’ll check out the old Courthouse and a few other places because we’ll be here for another night.

Comments on: "Day 34 Karumba to Croydon" (8)

  1. Fabulous town Croydon, the self guided tour is a must isn’t it. Great pub too.

  2. I wish I had a map to trace your progress! It is freezing here, coldest day since 1932 during the week. Glad you got the second last shady place in the park. I’ve only seen a Chinese temple in Melbourne. Lockdown for a few more days here & constant rain today. Last Sunday Burnside Village around lunchtime someone went there who had been in contact with a Covid +ve person. Don’t like the place anyway , local Crash Repairer said he gets a lot of business from there! Best wishes to you Alex & Fergus for continued happy journey.

    • Thanks Di, wish we could share some “warmth” with you, we’re actually too hot at the moment even with our shady trees.

  3. Interesting story and photos. Lucky you arrived at Croydon in time to pick a site, under a tree, the shade of which would protect you all day! You picked a perfect time to head North. Bucketing down here, some hail and thunder. Lots of lovely rain! We are entertained by Day 1of the Tokyo Olympics.

  4. Kapock brings back a memory of kapock mattresses and pillows. As you soak up the warm weather think of me stuck in this “beautiful” winter weather. Reminds me of winters long ago. Glad you are not in lock down and able to tour and see all these interesting sites. I thought you might have been trying to pull apart a green ants nest but it isn’t.

    • No Kit, not Green Ants I recognise their nests and assume that one was some kind of spider but I’m not sure. I hope that all the bitterly cold days are being used up while we’re away.:-)

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