Million Dollar Views For 10 Bucks A Night

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Theresa Dam
What I did
Lovely birdlife

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Friday, June 21, 2013

 When we left the rest area this morning the weather was a bit dismal, overcast and very chilly.The drive to Clermont was rather uneventful, countryside to match.  We had a pitstop at Balyando Crossing which was throbbing, but then it would be, it's the only place to fuel up between Charters Towers and Clermont.   More to luck than judgement we filled up in Charters Towers $1.47 a litre, at the crossing they wanted $1.85 a litre - naughty.
 Funnily enough we hardly saw a bird or any wildlife dead or alive until about 40k out of Clermont. All we did see was a whole lot of caravans heading north, droves of them.  Is there anyone left in Victoria?
 One thing that did take me by surprise was the sudden appearance of agriculture.  It was just a sea of green  that stretched as far as the eye could see.  Closer into town we passed by the Clermont Coal mine, it looked a pretty big operation.  Clermont it's self didn't offer a reason to stay longer than to get fuel and stock up on a few provisions.  However I did notice that on Sat 22nd they were having a grand opening for the newly completed Historical Museum, perhaps that will entice people to stop and spend a little bit more time in the Town.
 We travelled 22ks south out of town to stay at the Theresa Dam Park.  We were told by one of our new found friends last night that this was a lovely spot to stay.  He was not wrong, just beautiful, and that's the first impression we got even on a dull day.  Ten dollars a night, pick your own spot, believe me there's plenty to choose from, hot showers, toilet facilities and you can have a camp fire.  Yippee!  Fred & I didn't waste time, we just parked up at the first available spot with a lovely view of the water.  It had been a big driving day for Fred so it was nice to get parked up, set up and relax.
 June 22nd A Little Piece Of Paradise:  Today the sky could not be bluer if it tried.  It is a glorious day.  Fred & I went for a walk through the park to the dam wall. What we didn't appreciate yesterday was just how big this site is and how beautifully it is kept.  The Caretaker Manager's of the site are a couple called Kim & Peter Blont, over the past five years they have persuaded the Clermont Council to spend a little money, they have also invested some of their own money in the projects they have developed out here, and I have to say it is a credit to them, it is a gorgeous place, and for a mere $10 a night, value for money.
 After lunch we went for a walk in the opposite direction to where we went this morning.  We were blown away, there is a small man made marina which has been built by the fish stock club so that people can launch their boats.  If you park your van over that side you get to use a shed that becomes your awning, it was just amazing.  Kim says in the summertime when the temperature soars to 40 degrees the place is really buzzing with people water skiing, swimming etc.  They often put on a big BBQ  and have movie nights for the kids.
 Fred & I didn't plan to have two nights here but I'm awfully glad we did.  Well done Kim & Peter, you're doing a splendid job, I only wish more councils would do the same as Clermont Council have done, after all it does bring in extra revenue and at the same time provides a beautiful location for everyone to enjoy.Get that campfire going Fred.    
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Shazza on

Hey Helen,

Glad your having a good time travelling around and youre still married!, but I'm really looking forward to your return to tennis and hearing even more stories of your adventures.

Keep safe on the road and love to Mrs Bucket.

Pete n Shaz xo

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