Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Mingo Crossing

Tuesday 30th June.

Camps8 13/443  S25.23'38"  E151.46'38"

Mingo Crossing is about half way between Gayndah and Mt Perry, about 30km to either town which includes some gravel roads, but they are in good condition. The road to Mt Perry crosses through some private property, so watch out for cattle on the road.

This view of the caravan park (run by the North Burnett Council) is looking towards Mt Perry to the north. The bridge crosses the western end of the lake formed by Paradise Dam which is about 10km to the east.

The caravan park has twelve powered sites and a large area for all other users.

There is a good shower and toilet block next to the water tank. They are cleaned every day at 6am. There is also a laundry with a couple of front loading machines for $4 a wash.

The grounds are well maintained, clean and tidy. A small shop at the office sells a few items, chips, soap powder, ice creams and drinks, etc.

Telstra mobile service is available if you are up near the caravan sites and dogs on a leash are permitted.

If you want to relax and or do some fishing, Mingo Crossing is the place to be. A number of people have boats with them but you can still go fishing from the banks and good catches of yellowbelly are possible.

This is a good site and I would recommend it to anyone.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

In the long paddock

Thursday, 25th of June

I am now officially in the 'long paddock'

Woke up this morning in Nanango after arriving there at 3pm yesterday for a cup of tea stop. You know how it is, a cup of tea, a bit of a chat, next thing you know you have to make the evening meal. 

Drove up towards Goomeri and on the way stopped at Boonara to photograph half a dozen graves at St. David's church, and then on to Tansey where I photographed about 15 to 20 graves in the local cemetery which is about a half kilometer walk from the highway. 

Arrived at Ban Ban Springs at 2pm and decided to stay the night here. Will drive to Mingo Crossing tomorrow morning. 

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Monday, June 1, 2015

Chowey Bridge

The turnoff to the Chowey Bridge on the Gooroolba-Biggenden Road is at S 25 27' 59.58" and E151 56' 28.44"

From here you have 3.6km two wheel track through private property which would not be suitable for a caravan, but while it is dry you could do it in two wheel drive.

At the end of the track there is a table with seating. Nothing else is available.

The rail line has been fenced off from the public, but of course, where there is a fence there is a way around it, on in this case, through it. The reason for the fencing becomes obvious when you do go up onto the rail line over the bridge, which crosses Deep Creek. During the dry season, rather than a deep creek, it is more like a deep gorge, and the sides and bottom are mostly rock.

The bridge was built in 1906 and is the first of it's kind, one main arch with several smaller arches above it all concrete.

It has been some time since a train has travelled on this track.