Charters Towers (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charters_Towers) in North West Queensland is situated in the catchment of the Burdekin River (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burdekin_River) a large river that flows to the Pacific Ocean at Upstart Bay along the way providing water for the Burdekin Falls Dam (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burdekin_Dam).
Leaving the Towers we headed west toward Hughenden before stopping for morning tea at Torrens Creek (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Torrens_Creek) a small centre about 90 km. east of Hughenden.
At Torrens Creek we turned south toward Aramac (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aramac); leaving the Flinders Highway we faced a stretch of some 33 kilometres of unsealed gravel road that was quite rough in places but was overall not too difficult to traverse although we did lose a wheel bearing dust cap at some point along the way. The gravel gave way to a nice wide bitumen road and we were lulled into thinking that the rest of the journey would be a breeze.
Over the next 380 kilometres of the journey to Aramac the road gradually narrowed to a single lane bitumen strip with shoulders that needed urgent attention to correct the severe drop offs in some places. Luckily the oncoming traffic was very light and there were few occasions when we needed to leave the road. For the entire journey not one vehicle travelling toward Aramac passed us and it wasn’t because we were travelling too fast – when we stopped for lunch in a roadside rest area no vehicles whatsoever passed us in either direction for the 45 minutes while we were stopped.
The overnight stay at Aramac was in the Aramac Camping Area provided by the local council where a caravan site with power and water was available for $15.00. Mind you the site was nothing to write home about being bare earth adjacent to a horse yard at the showground – there was a water trough just over the fence and we were visited by a herd of thirsty horses at around midnight.
Before eight the next morning we were on the road heading toward Barcaldine; I have been looking to replace a pair of very comfortable Ariat boots that I purchased in Barcaldine several years ago and had looked in stores at Cloncurry and Charters Towers without finding the right size and wanted to visit a retailer in town before we drove on.
After finding the right boots we headed out of town towards our next destination of Blackall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blackall,_Queensland).
I actually went to school in Blackall for a time and finished my Junior (Year 10) education there in 1962; coincidentally I went to work for the Blackall-Tambo Regional Council (http://www.btrc.qld.gov.au/) in 2011 and 2012. The reason for visiting the area was to look up colleagues at the Council in both Blackall and Tambo as we headed toward the coast.
Arriving in Blackall we found a campsite at the Barcoo River site operated by Council (http://www.findacamp.com.au/camp-site.php?camp=806). The Barcoo River (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barcoo_River) eventually joins with the Thompson and merges into Cooper Creek before the waters flow into Lake Eyre. We experienced a minor flood in the Barcoo while we were living in the town in 2012.
After finding a suitable spot we headed to the Blackall Visitor Information Centre (http://www.blackalltambotourism.com.au/self-contained-camping) to pay the relevant fee for the night’s camping.
Then we headed to the Council office to have a yarn to former work colleagues before visiting a local bakery for some lunch which we consumed in a local park. Back at the camp site we spent a pleasant evening and a quiet night.
Next morning left early heading for Tambo (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tambo,_Queensland) our next port of call.
Once at Tambo we visited the Council office and a couple of ancillary buildings looking up work colleagues.
Soon enough we were on the road again heading toward Augathella.
Before we reached Morven we stopped for lunch at a road turnout then drove on heading for Mitchell (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitchell,_Queensland) on the banks of the Maranoa River. Here we stayed the night at the Major Mitchell Caravan Park (http://www.majormitchellcaravanpark.com.au/) in one of the last remaining available sites.
We awoke to two degrees and were happy to be able to turn on the warm air from the air conditioner before leaving the warmth of our doona covered bed. Packed up and on the road we headed into Roma (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roma,_Queensland) to pick up a few groceries and fill the truck with fuel.
While in Roma buying groceries Margaret caught up briefly with two people with whom she formerly worked at the Gold Coast. This young couple have currently made their home in Roma and by their own reports are happy living in the larger town on the banks of the Bungil Creek (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bungil_Creek).
Continuing to drive east we travelled through a number of smaller towns before reaching the larger centre of Miles and then Chinchilla where we stopped for lunch then turned north heading toward Durong and eventually Wondai (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wondai) where we would camp for the evening.
Next morning we headed for Murgon where we filled the vehicle with fuel and drove on through Ban Ban Springs, Biggenden and Childers to our ultimate destination of Bundaberg (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundaberg) on the banks of the Burnett River (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnett_River) and our journey from the Burdekin to the Burnett was at its end.