Burketown

Sunday five weeks ago I started driving the Savannah way which is part of the Highway number 1 along the northern part of Queensland and the NT. At the time being it was the end of the dry season, but it was signposted that the road is prone to flooding…for hundreds of kilometres during wet season. After about one hour I reached camp 119 of the Burke and Wills, which was actually the first white expedition to cross the Australian continent from South to North. They started in Melbourne with a lot of supplies and men, and that camp with only 4 men, out of which 3 should be dying on the way back due to bad leadership, including the two leaders of the expedition. Later on I arrived at the waterfalls from the Leichhardt river. There was no water flowing at the end of the dry season but at least two campers stayed next to the river. As there was a heavy cold front approaching, I only had a short chat with one of them and then quickly escaped the heavy rainfall. In Burketown I visited the jetty at the Albert river, a popular spot for recreational finishing. In Burketown I enjoyed a free shower next to the Rodeo. At the Caravan park I asked for gas, but they said only the fuel station can refill my gas bottle tomorrow. The owner of the caravan park and the police men, which just had a Sunday afternoon chat the owner, advised me both to stay overnight at the wharf…and I shouldn’t care about the “No Camping” signs from the shire. Nobody will control it anyway. All right, here we go.

There were heaps of this red head birds in the beginning of the road
The Burke & Wills expedition marked initially 13 trees with their initials. That was a proper method of that time to leave some evidence
A lot of river crossings, but all of them are supported by some kind of concrete construction, so no big deal
The road was not too bad, just some minor patches were corrrugated. But nothing, compared to the Gibb River Road
The Leichhardt river on top of the waterfall is just a remaining billabong…
…as there’s no water flow across the Leichhardt waterfall
Heavy rain from a coldfront
At the jetty of the Albert river near Burketown, which is just brackish water and very attractive to salties (Haven’t seen any, but locals told me, that they’re for sure there)
The “hot springs” of Burketown is an artificial bore. The Artesian water just flows out uncontrolled, and the salt already led to this deposition. Heaps of kangaroos, yes definitely too much, got attracted by this overflow of freshwater.
back weather (Rückseitenwetter), with still some included but isolated thunderstorms, during dusk…no moon or star gazing that night

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