We had a great visit with Tom and Robynne, reminiscing about our days in Melbourne. We got to meet Maddy and enjoy some cheesecake that Robynne and Maddy had created. We got back to the Caravan Park in the dark but still managed to get into our tricky little spot without hitting anything.
Following Tom’s suggestion that we take a more scenic route back to Charters Towers, we headed along Hervey Range Road and completed the short climb to the top of the range. Unfortunately it was to early in the morning for a cuppa so we missed out on stopping at the Historic Tearooms at the top of the range. We continued on through the military training area along a road that we had not travelled before. Pretty countryside with abundant feed. We came across Stockyard Creek Rest Area, a place we have visited twice before but now all shiny and new. From there it was back to the Gregory Development Road heading to Charters Towers.
We refuelled there (and got a rather good discount due to another customer paying our bill because he quoted the wrong bowser number, so they just made us pay his bill) and stopped for lunch and a quick walk around the shops.
Then it was back on the road again, once more travelling over roads we hadn’t been on before. We got to visit the metropolises of Balfe Creek (a service station and a private residence with a DO NOT PARK OVER DRIVEWAY sign) and Homestead which, strangely considering its remoteness, had a large school and quite a few dwellings. We finally settled into our camp for the night at Campaspe River Freecamp early in the afternoon and sat in the shade enjoying the rather pleasant 25º day.