Date: 16th May 2021
Travelled: 325 kms from Ravenshoe to Georgetown
Visited: Georgetown, North Queensland.
Stayed: Goldfields Caravan Park, $25, all services. S18.28733, E143.54962
Budget: 36 days @ $140 per day.
After a long walk around Ravenshoe and its nature reserve we get the Jayco ready to roll. The caravan park adjoining the railway museum is full, one gets the feeling the grey nomads have felt the chill of winter down south and they are heading north.
As it is a long drive today we fill with fuel as we leave continuing on the Kennedy Highway.
We turn west off the Kennedy Highway at Minnamoolka onto the Gulf Developmental Highway. Just to add to the general confusion, the tourist route we are driving is the Savanna Way.
Here we are a 100 kms from anywhere, we see road crews mowing the sides of the road. The country looks rich and green, brahma beef country or so it seems to a couple from Taren Point.
The developmental road alternates quickly from wide well marked roadway, to narrow single lane and back several times over the next 200 kms, with numerous narrow bridges just the keep you awake.
We finally arrive in Georgetown, do a quick lap to get our bearings before finding the Goldfield’s Caravan Park and booking in.
Map of Georgetown, the icon on our overnight stop.
Four hours of driving has taken a toll, even with a few brakes. It’s mid-afternoon so we have a rest and go out for a short walk in the late afternoon. The manager has invited us to a campfire drink at 5 so we make sure we are back for that.
We enjoyed an hour or so chatting with the other nomads as we all sat around an open fire. It was an early night after that although we did watch the first half of Pieces of a Woman on Netflix which was a little disturbing.
In the morning we had a long walk around Georgetown following the tourist trail. Georgetown developed from a gold strike in 1870…
Our visit to Georgetown complete, we have another long drive today. So we best get the Jayco rolling.
Michael + Pam