We thought the rain had stopped but it rained all night after a beautiful fine day. Because of the rain we decided to bypass Carnarvon Gorge, leaving it for a later and hopefully drier later trip. We decided to travel south to Injune, a small town between Emerald and Roma, the attraction being a camping spot where we could have a fire.
On the way we travelled through a quiet little village called Comet. The explorer Ludwig Leichhardt named the Comet River when he passed through the area in 1845. He also left a DIG blaze on a tree. The degraded remains of the tree and a replica are in a well caged structure in the village.
|The replica Leichhardt tree|
|Historic buildings and windmill at Springsure|
|This echidna moved so fast acros the road, this was the best photo I could get|
On reaching Injune we discovered that there had been considerable changes in its Caravan Park. I believe it is now owned by Santos, the company operating a large natural gas project nearby. It now contains several blocks of cabins, or dongas, for its FIFO workers who work for 21 days straight and then fly home for a week. It has a camp kitchen almost totally exposed to the weather and a large generator which goes 24 hours a day. Needless to say, we only stayed one night – it poured all night anyway.
|When a picture tells only part of the story - views in front of the camper|
The views behind us were a different story altogether. Rows of dongas and a slippery, muddy slope, which became even more treacherous when the Winnebago next to us mistakenly thought he could drive out easily.
|Mud, mud glorious mud, and rows of dongas|
|Exposed to the weather camp kitchen|
|The 24/7 generator and a spare|