Settling into the life of ‘freight managers’ here at Normanton, life is very busy the majority of the time which is good especially during this ‘corona thingie’ – but now that we get every 2nd week-end off it is great to get away & do something. The ‘KK’ has been awesome we are very happy with her, I started a vege patch into some tyres & also a couple of pods, the young couple next door were keen too but ‘have no idea – their words’, so they put in heaps of seed as well -I looking after it. It is going okay except the pumpkin beetle just about demolished the pumpkin seedlings ( I still not sure if they are going to recover – its a waiting game).
We drove to Karumba about amonth ago, got most awesome fish & chips so yum, took them to a different beach than last time – beautiful spot, we even took a rod & threw a few lures – no joy, so we walked up the beach to a rocky area, while there we were greeted by the local police – You should not be here, even though I had proof we drove to Karumba for work, they said you not allowed on beach & DEFINATELY no fishing. Karumba has not been very friendly for us but as of last weekend we can now drove 5ooklms so we might try Karumba again in the near future………hahaha
We took a drive up river again a little way & it is rather lovely, caught no fish but had an enjoyable time. The lillies are amazing.
This family of brolgas were not very photogenic, they bolted.
Different parts of the Norman River – quite beautiful but have to be very watchful of the ‘happy snappers’, they are rather large up this way.
Went for a drive along the Gulf Development rd, the only sealed road linking Cairns & Normanton, to Glenore Weir (on the Norman River) which is only 23klms away & half of that we took a short cut on a gravel road – quite an interesting spot. I have never seen a ‘concrete fish ladder’ before, it was approximately 60m long & it looked like there was at least 3 resonably sized stingrays stranded in a few sections there, hopefully they will eventually find a way out. We did throw a few lures but didn’t manage to catch anything other than a little mossy weed. On our way back we drove past ‘Beards Access’ & what a delightful sign they had, although it was closed there were a few ‘happy campers’ set up there, maybe they were self isolating….. Just down the road from this spot was a cute little lane to the river & what a sign they had..haha. We drove down & threw a few lures with out any outcome of fish. Before heading home we took a dirt track off ‘old croydon road’ (there are lotz of tracks off to the river) & instead of crossing the railway we followed it for quite a while & came across Clarina Railway Station – it was next door to a beautiful lagoon full of lilies & a few broken dtry own old benches & tables, was obviously something useful a few years ago. We headed home but on way way decided to our luck with some parliment house pots to see if we could get any cheribin, so we put them in the river & we will collect them tomorrow.
One of the guys we work with, does the Karumba drop offs & pick ups 3days a week, he brought 3 mudcrabs back with him & decided he didn’t want them & gave them to us……..yummo, all I had to do was cook them & eat them – 🙂
We even played upwords too last night!
Today we went collected our pots – not a real good result a couple of cheribin)(but we will use them for bait, I did catch a resonable size catfish in a pot too but we released him. We took a drive just outside of town on the Karumba rd then took a left towards Shady Lagoon Station – saw so many beautiful liles.
We are now entering our 3rd week at Normanton, a small country town located on the Norman River in the Gulf country of NW QLD, approx 2090 klms NW of Brisbane, 850klm W of Cairns & Townsville & approx 400klms N of Cloncurry. In the main street of Normanton there is a full scale model of a crocodile that was shot in 1957 just downstream from the town centre, it was measured at 8 .63mts -WOW! I hope we don’t see any of his relatives while we are here.
We drove here from Kununurra, managed to cross all the state borders before they closed but we were travelling to job. We both working for Hawkins Transport (a very large company) & working lotz, we do deliveries to Karumba 5 days a week as well as many deliveries to Normanton from Carirns, Townsville, Brisbane & Mt.Isa numerous times a week.
We were told we had what a few people call a ‘morning glory’ sky – a certain type of cloud formation which if you have 3 in a row – it rains. Well……..I don’t know if we had 3 days of morning glory but we did get rain, approx 20mls, drizzled all day – beautiful (that was my thought anyway).
A few days ago when Peter & I finished work 2pm, we drove to Karumba in our ute, the police pulled us up 5klms out of Karumba, made Peter blow in the bag & wanted to know WHY we were driving around, we said that as the new freight managers in Normanton I needed to know where the deliveries were made in Karumba – all good, it was true. We also managed to buy some awesome fish & chips which we devoured at the beach – WOW! fantastic feed & beautiful vista.
On our drive to Karumba, the wetlands which are still wet are filled with amazing birdlife, hopefully we will get the opportunity to check this out a bit better when we have more time.
To me, Karumba is a fishing village with several prawn, fish & crab companies plus of course the tourism part which at the moment is non-existant but I found it to be a very picturesque place & they make beautiful fish & chips. The golf course was overrun with wallabies but they were masses of them along the roadside as well in the early morning along the roadside.
On the drive back to Normanton we stopped briefly at Walkers Crk, has a causeway which was the old highway, apparently its quite a popular fishing spot, we may have to check it out in the future.
Muttonhole Wetlands are approx 5klms out of Normanton, still has some water at this stage. but the LILIES are so beautiful & they are in all the water courses from here to town.
We finished lunch time today so we went for a drive down ‘old croydon road’, to try our luck at fishing, no joy with fish but it was lovely, saw some cute moo’s. We will try again with the fishing as there are many tracks off the road which all head to the river.
Flew into Kununurra Sunday 22March, drove out Tuesday 24th early morning heading to QLD before all the borders closing due to the corona virus, we are starting a new job at Normanton in the gulf of QLD.
We did daily temperatures(which were all good) in case we got pulled up by police. Crossing over to the NT not a problem as they were closing the border after we got through, 1st night we stayed at Renner Springs (NT), quite a nice little spot – lotz of mossies. Next night found us in Mt Isa, got into QLD a few hours before they shut down, the army & police were on the border checking NT bound vehicles. Did a little shopping, not many people in caravan park & the managers said they would be closing down in the near future. Drove to Flinders River (approx 60klms south of Normanton) & camped the night – lovely, didn’t catch any fish but was enjoyable. Arrived at Normanton Friday morning just after smoko & set up our new home for the next few months or so. Start work Monday. 🙂
Had a quick trip to Brissy & spent time with ‘Harrison’, my Harry – he is so cute & a great bub. I finished work 1.30pm on the Tuesday & flew out 3pm same day, few hours in Darwin then flew to Brissy & trained to Ipswich. Was good to see sister Les & Alan & spend time with Harry, Jenna & Mike.
Jenna & I did a few walks with Harry, very enjoyable.
The views from the planes weren’t too bad but visibility didn’t always last very long.
Corona made an entrance just before I left Brissy so there was quite a few unoccupied seats on the train to the airport, then on the flight Bris to Drw & also on the Drw to Knx flight – 1.5m social isolation on all the travel was not a problem.
Yes, we have had more rain which is awesome especially for the adventurous locals & the early tourists this year. But will definitely be nice to get some more follow-up rain. Went out boating with Ben & Bec, end February, up Lake Kununurra towards Lake Argyle met Fritz & Matt (broken down) along the way so they jumped in with us. Had an awesome afternoon, walked up to Harry’s Hideaway – great walk & quite interesting.
WOW! the waterfalls are truly magnificent & lotz of fun, photo’s do not do them justice, the river water was a bit discoloured but still enjoyable for a quick dip, we did see a few freshies but all was good.
Yea, the wet season has begun, we just hope it continues for a bit longer. The storms, light shows & rain has been awesome & of course a bit troublesome too when we lose power for hours at a time but you get that.
We went up river towards Lake Arygle but stopped about half way up for a picnic & also lotz of swim stops on the way up & the return trip, there was only a couple waterfalls running that we could see but I expect we need more rain.
Peter & I have now purchased our’dream’ trailer’, so we thought we would take it for a spin. Left Kununurra & headed east towards Katherine, camped at a free camp & tried out the generator & air con – awesome :-). Drove to Darwin the next day & saw this pretty pony – he was pretty awesome also. Next day headed east again out on the Arnhem Highway towards Jabiru, entered Kakadu National Park for quite a few klms, we didn’t do any site seeing or adventures as we had time restraints but we will visit this area again & exploit the area. Got to Jabiru & took the Kakadu Highway back west towards the Stuart Hwy, camped at Pine Creek caravan park, Peter utilised his cooking skills for dinner & breaky quite successfully, after breaky we were inundated with flying foxes flying above us, obviously someone had upset them. Back to Kununurra, a beautiful storm, lost power for 10 hours (not so nice). The desert roses flowering lotz & the boga’s (which cousin Ros planted) just starting. A friend of mine is growing dragon fruit which are quite yummy managed to take a photo of the flower which is unusual as it only flowers at nite, the bloom turns into the fruit in 15 days – quite amazing & what a beautiful flower.
We arrived back in Kununurra in early November, the sunflowers were blooming – WOW! so nice. The magpie geese are growing in numbers as the mangoes are ripening.
I flew back to Brisbane late November to spend some time with my grandson & his parents – how could I be so blessed & lucky, thankx Jenna & Mike. Harrison Colin Parker – what a joy he is and he has so many different expressions. Most mornings Jenna, Harrison & I went working usually with Harrison in the baby carrier which kept him snug & checked out peoples gardens, found a few cute cacti’s. One morning we drove to Alexander Clarke Park on the Logan River, they have amazing walking tracks & bbq facilities. We found some interesting flowers too.
Ziggy the cat loves his window sleeping pad.
Got back to Kununurra mid December to discover the boabs in full flower – they are awesome, have a beautiful scent but don’t last too long. We have had an amazing couple of dust storms lately followed by rain storms. The lightening shows are pretty cool.
After disembarking from the cruise, Shell, Ric, Peter & I booked into our accommodation, we have 2 nights in Sydney. We spent time walking around Darling Harbour, the Chinese gardens, lunched along the waterside, Shell & Ric took a ferry to Manly, Peter & I took a train to Redfern to lunch with Peter’s sister Carole & Costa, they have a amazing home & the lunch was awesome – thankx guys.
We dined that night with mates Jennelle & Darren who we worked with & met in Tasmania, always great to catch up with these guys somewhere in Australia. Had 4 days in Brissy before heading back to Darwin & Kununurra. Was really good to share a dinner with Peter’s girls unfortunately no Lisa but she is always in our heart & thoughts. Peter got to spend a little time with his grandies which is always a great experience for him, I spent time with my older, smaller sister Lesley & Al (her honeybun) & also my Jenna who is very pregnant & beautiful.
One our stops on the cruise was New Caledonia, Noumea – a tropical island in the Pacific. We were very lucky to have a wonderful friend ‘Martine’ who lives there, Martine collected the 4 of us & showed us some parts of her beautiful country. We shared some light refreshments at her home which was awesome – Martine we will be back :-).