Day 14 – Tennants Creek to Cloncurry

We left Tennant Creek this morning at 0600 and drove to Threeways for breakfast. The roadhouse is fantastic and we enjoyed our second best breakfast so far. There is heaps of road transport memorabilia there and the roadhouse has kept a pictorial history of its development.

After Threeways we turned left and drove off to Barkly Homestead which is the last petrol for over 270km's, so a mandatory fill up. There was a strong head wind on the Barkly Highway that stayed with us well after we crossed the border from Northern Territory to Queensland at Camooweal. Our sixth state in 14 days.

The speed limit is only 110km/h in Queensland and we ignored this until we roared up behind a constable about 50 km's from Mount Isa. Speaking of Mount Isa, that place is massive, the machinery is massive, everything about it is massive.

It was only a short drive from Mount Isa to our overnight destination of Cloncurry. We are staying at the Gidgee Inn, which is built from rammed earth. It is quiet, cool and relaxing. I'm off for a swim now so eat your heart out back in Frigid town.

The internet is barely available in Cloncurry so posting may be light until Georgetown tomorrow.

Stats for today:

  • Fuel: 99.1l
  • Average Fuel: 12.5l/100
  • Time: 6:13
  • Distance: 795km
  • Average Speed: 127.7km/h
  • Total distance so far: 11,355.7km

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