A Travellerspoint blog

August 2010

Mount Isa

The Isa is as big as Switzerland in area

sunny 28 °C

We made it to The Isa. One third of the population is Indigenous, one third are Bikers (here for their big party) and the rest are cowboys for Australias Biggest Rodeo. We have people from all of the boarders of Aus here. The 3,500 population has exploded to 35000. The Shops arent as good as The World (Charters Towers) The weather is nippy at night but great in the day. The billboards say You aren't a Man untill you have been to The Isa. (The model has a miners hat on)

Bikers look after their rides more than car owners do

Bikers look after their rides more than car owners do

We passed though Hughendon and Julias Creek ón the Dinasaur Way. There are advertisments for fossils and dinasaur museums all along the highway. Julias Creek run on Artesian?? water. I little slimy on the skin. Yesterday the sun was shining but the wind had this chill facter happenening. We stayed in the van and watch dvd's for 6 hours! The highway is very dry, the creek beds are sand, the roadside vegetation consists of 3 foot high random shrubs. Lots of fresh meat on the highways (dead roos). But it is all still beautiful in its own way. It reminds me of the poem, I love a Sunburnt County. Dorothy Mac Kellar must of lived here when she wrote it. The soil is Red, the hills are bald and the sky is blue. It is a long way to anywhere. But it is still great and the caravanees are like your newest best friend telling you where and where not to go. Our neighbour is a 70 year old Wagga cowboy, no Tarcutta guy who owns 1000 acres that the RTA just put a highway through the middle of he's land. He is here for the Rodeo and wants to know why we aren't staying. The Isa will be enjoying the slush money that the travellers are throwing at them.

signs to nowhere

signs to nowhere

Mi Isa Stacks

Mi Isa Stacks

We have tuned into the am band radio the last couple of days. The station interviewed a few bikers and their onions (female on back of bike) The bikers have been travelling an average of 600 km per day to get here. Then they interviewed the onion and she said her bum hurts! I wonder why. We saw bikers sprawled over rocks socking up the sun on our way in a verticle position. I offered them room at ourtable but they were happy lying down... Now I know why.

crossing the NT & QLD boarder

crossing the NT & QLD boarder

The bikers are still our neighbours. They like to wake us up at 7 am with there Thumpers humming. I don't think I'll miss them.

We are crossing the boader today to the NT. Cheers On the Road Again.......
Barklys Homestead NT

Barklys Homestead NT


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We made it to Barklys Homestead after driving 7 hours with a tail wind! It is very, very hot here. yippee

Posted by anne.muld 06:07 Archived in Australia Comments (3)

Charters Towers - meet my new HOG neighbours

I now know why they are called Thumpers!!

sunny 29 °C

We are at Charters Towers, about 160 km west of Townsville. The weather is very warm and it is 29% at 6.30pm.Love it!!
Lovely park at Charters Towers

Lovely park at Charters Towers

old building in Charters Towers

old building in Charters Towers

Charters Towers

Charters Towers

We have some neighbours camped at Big Berthas Backside = about 30 Bikers from the MacKay Harley Organization Group on there way to a Bikers gathering at Mt Isa where they meet up with 1200 other bikers. There goes all of the camp site on our way over the next week! It is too late to go back to the coast now!! And there is only so much you can do in Charters Towers. Time to get the books out...

Our New Neighbours!  I hope thet don't snore???

Our New Neighbours! I hope thet don't snore???

Posted by anne.muld 01:26 Archived in Australia Comments (1)

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