Day 106 – 29/8/2019 on a Midlife Adventure.

When I woke up I determined that of the choice of directions I would go down to Emerald, Qld over the other options.

In any direction I needed to do around 500km having done a similar distance down from Malanda, Qld to Charters Towers, Qld on Sunday I have put some km on the car.

Gregory Highway

The Gregory Highway/Gregory Development road is the inland route and only a few years back was a dirt track. Other than some road trains and other caravaners it was a very straight drive.

When I reached Capella, Qld a mining district there were more cars on the road but the road condition was also improved.

Gregory Highway

After checking in to my caravan park for the night I went exploring.

As I was driving down I was listening to the Audiobook about Bango Patterson’s life and the chapter was dealing with the shearers strike of the 1891. That was very interesting as it discussed things going on in this region over 100 years ago and you look around at the farmland that wouldn’t have changed that much over those years and the conditions that they faced.

The first place to hit up in a new town is the Information Centre. They can provide you with some great information on things to do in any district.

Emerald Information Centre.

Emerald once was the major producer of sunflowers so in reference to that they have built the largest replica of Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers.

That’s a big painting!

They also had some other artwork on display.

It was then back to the park to cook some dinner and write this blog on another long driving day on this Midlife Adventure.