Sometimes leaving things to chance and not trying to organise ahead can produce some really good times

Saturday after leaving Normanton we arrived in Croydon at midday and the town was very quiet, so we did our usual and stopped at the one and only pub to have a chat to the owners and the few patrons. We were then directed to a local general store/cafe/museum (claimed to be the oldest store in Australia) where we had some sandwiches for lunch and were making the decision to drive onto Georgetown and overnight there.

Croydon general store.

Barbara the owner approached us and asked if we would consider staying in town for the night and she would make it worth our while by offering us accommodation. In return Willy was to be Santa’s sleigh for the local school’s Christmas Party being held that evening. The 30 students who attend school here break up next Friday so hence why they have such an early celebration.

Santa in Croydon (note: Santa sporting a Jackie Howe)

After a BBQ and the classes performing some skits, Santa duly arrived in Willy to wild excitement from the school kids, and we had another interesting and varied encounter with the townspeople.

"Bill and Val", Croydon.

On Sunday after talking to a number of men in Georgetown I pushed for an overnight stop at Undara. We set up camp under the trees and Carl and I went for the organised tour of the local lava tubes. This tourist resort stays open all year round and they call this the green period rather than the wet.

Skip and Willy

From Undara we arrived in Greenvale mid morning and again after spending some time there with the locals we decided to continue on to Charters Towers for two nights where there is a larger population.

Travelling during the day between Undara and Charters Towers we found a lot of road works so every time we were stopped we handed out a few brochures, and you could hear the road workers and truck drivers talking about us on their two way radios (we have a UHF radio in the Overland to talk to roadtrains coming up behind us).

The rain has caught up with us, and looks like hanging around. The country side is magnificent, and we are having quite a unique opportunity seeing it all so green.