Date: 30-31st May 2021
Travelled: 300 kms from Cunnamulla to St George
Visited: St George, Outback Queensland.
Stayed: Kamarooka Tourist Park, $33, all services. S28.03364, E148.58671
Budget: 51 days @ $141 per day.
Looking at a four hour drive today, we decide on an early start this morning. We’ve had a coffee and readied the Jayco by 8am. We fuel up at $1.49 cpl and drive out of Cunnamulla somewhat shocked at the price and by how pleasant the service station attendant was.
The next two hours are spent scanning for emus which seem keen to cross the Balonne Highway just in front of us several times. Our really close call was with a couple of wallabies, the first just getting across in front of us the second changed his mind and just missed the rear of the Jayco.
We de-stress over some bake beans on toast at a road side stop before continuing onto the village of Bollon for morning tea or in our case a coffee. There is a free camp for travellers by the river in Bollon and we spot 20 plus tuggers and motorhomes hidden amongst the trees. After our coffee we walk Bollon and take a couple of pictures.
An hour later we roll into St George crossing the Balonne River. St George is situated on the junction of the Balonne, Carnarvon, Moonie and Castlereagh Highways so it could be considered a major hub.
Map of St George, our icon on the overnight site
We do a quick stop at the information office to get a map . There are 3-4 campsites here in St George but nothing in our preferred price range unfortunately. The closest to the centre of town is the Kamarooka, so we find ourselves a spot and settle in.
As it a lovely afternoon unload the bikes and ride the river cycle path. The path meanders it way back to the bridge and weir. There are a series of information panels about the history of the bridge and weir and the town’s floods.
The riverside park is also the location of St George’s Cenotaph and Wall of Remembrance.
We ride back to the campsite taking a quick look at the town’s pubs as we do. Back at the campsite we attend an afternoon get together. Around 4.30 everyday there is an open invitation to a bring your own drink and chair, sit around the campfire and have a grey nomad chat. Our hosts cook up some complimentary cheese pizza to add to the social feel.
It’s almost dark when we get back to the Jayco, get dressed and walk to the nearest pub.
Next morning, we rise not so early, Pam runs a couple of loads through the washing machine whilst I give the front of the Jayco a clean. We chat to our neighbours (from the central coast of NSW) for quite a while, they have been touring every season for 20 years. They started with a caravan but transitioned to a motorhome some 15 years ago. There current Jayco is their third motorhome.
After our second coffee we go for a walk to see what we can find…
Back from our walk we do some more domestic duties and relax in the sun. We decide on an afternoon ride out to the cemetery. It‘s about 3 kms out of town about half of which is on the footpath, the last half on the side of the road, but it does have a cycle lane. Warrant Officer Waters, the only Aboriginal Pilot to serve in the WWII is buried here. But despite our best efforts we cannot find his grave.
Anyway you may find the gallery below worth a look anyway…
Back at the campsite we have a swim in the heated pool to clean up after our dusty graveyard walk and get dress for another sit around the fire and have a chat session.
So that was our visit to St George…
Michael + Pam