So today we set off for Carnarvon Gorge for the 1st day of our holiday!
We woke up at 3:30am and got straight into the car which we had pre-packed and hitched up the caravan the night before. We set off on what would be about a 10 hour drive, plus stops, at about 4am. Obviously everyone was super tired and everyone but Mark, who was driving, was dozing on and off in the car.
We drove till 9am pretty uneventfully, other than having to drastically avoid a Kangaroo jumping across the road. First stop was in a town called Chinchilla to have breakfast. We all had fried breakfasts etc before setting off again about 45 mins later.
By this time it was fully light so we could see some amazing scenery as we drove along - long straight roads just dusty either side then turning into long grass and spaced out trees, a little different to the vast expanse of nothing I expected of the outback. There were also cotton fields either side of the road in places, and the cotton blown on the side of the road looked like snow!
Next we stopped in a town called Roma - first we went to see the famous 'Bottle Trees' and took photos as they were pretty impressive - it took I think 6 people holding hands to reach around the trunk.
Then we went of to Maccers (Mc D's) for lunch, but due to snacks in the car we didn't each that much. We set off again from Roma at about 12 for the final leg of the drive before getting to the camp.
The last stint was by far the most amazing scenery - we drove drown a very steep side of a valley and then were going across the plateau/valley floor for the rest of the drive. All around on the horizon were mountains as if we were in a big bowl. Between the road and the mountains all round there were just miles and miles of open fields with farmers cattle roaming around free. We also saw the most wildlife here - Ekidna/Kangaroo/Wallabies/Wild Boar/lots of bird.
Eventually the road turned into a gravel/dust track, which back home would have been classed a real offroading..but we did it towing a caravan, as Aussies do. This 'road' was the only one to the camp, and was approximately 40km long.
Eventually after a 12 hour journey and over 800km travelled we reached the camp site. We made the camp, which is more like a garden party than a campsite with all the stuff, then just sat around having a few beers around the campfire and discussing the journey.
Once all settled in we had baked potatoes with chilli for dinner, and went to bed about 9pm exhausted from the travelling.
(photo - the camp!)