30th May 2012 - 3rd Jun 2012
As most of the area around here is National Park we can not stay at any of the free spots so we are at the Bedrock Village Caravan Park and Tours cost $27.00 per night, its a bit muddy which can't be helped with all the rain they have had but they have a great camp kitchen/campfire/pizza ovens and amenities.
We booked in on 3 tours
Thursday - 1/2 day Savannahlander Train Tour you can only do this tour on a Thursday as its the only day the train goes down to Einasleigh. We both enjoyed the train trip and our tour guides where a real laugh great entertainment (see photo's and video).
There is a seniors tour group here at the moment and they went on the train trip too but the all did not enjoy the ride home on the bus down the short cut road that they take again (see photo's).
The park doggy sat Beau while we went on the trip for a gold coin donation to the Royal Flying Doctors, Jess walked him for us and he had a great time with her dog Molly, as always they all thing he is beautiful and so well behaved for his age.
Jess did poetry reading tonight very entertaining, she had some very interesting poems to.
Friday - We got up early and went out to the Rocky Springs Station on a self drive tour to see how it all goes and watch the cattle dogs at work. The caravan park asked if would bring back a couple of there back packer works they are all called wwoof's out here funny name but it means 'willing workers on organic farms' any one can be a wwoofer even people in there 80's, so long as they are prepared to and able to work. See the WWOOF website link attached http://www.wwoof.com.au/
Not all the work is on farms these days as the 2 wwoof's we took back to the park with us were working at the park cleaning/cooking serving meals etc, Jess said they had a couple in there 60's last year who did the laundry/cleaning and that for the workers for 2 weeks.
Then back to the park to pick up Beau.
We meet Berry and Erna tonight nice couple they just arrived they will be going on the tour to Undara with us tomorrow they have a web site to for their travels www.travel-australia-info/ for anyone that may be interested.
Some went to watch the footy in the rec. room Doug stayed for a while but I was not interested in match.
Saturday - We went for another tour, and again the park looked after Beau. This time to Undara we were only a small group of 8 plus the 2 guides from bedrock Les and Julian.
On the way to Undara a wild pig ran out across the road but our driver was on his toes and missed it. We did the rim walk around Kalkani Crater which nearly killed me getting up on the rim but once there it was an easy walk you just needed to watch where you were walking and there was a lot of loose grave/rock, but boy what great views of the country side, talking with the guides the mountains we could see on the horizon were probably about 100 km way.
After the rim walk we had a well deserved cupper and a last minute toilet stop, before setting off to the lava tubes, as we headed there we saw a lot of Kangaroos and Wallabies of different kinds, greys/reds etc.
The tubes were great the walk for them was a lot easier but we could not go all the way down as due to the rain they had, had over the last week or so the bottom of the tubes were filled with water (see photos) but we could get in far enough to have a good look absolutely amazing, I reckon I could go back and spend a day or so there just taking photo's.
We had a good morning and meet some more nice people, and we were so slow we where late getting back, but that's OK we had a good time.
The Savannahlander Train Tour return by the short cut 2012 05 31 021
The Savannahlander Train Tour return by the short cut 2012 05 31 098
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