The Claude Wharton Weir

We’re currently staying on the banks of a delightful lake called The Claude Wharton Weir on the Burnett River about 3 kilometres north of the town of Gayndah. It is silent, peaceful and quite hot.

Looking at the water from the van

Looking at the water from the van

We are trying the crayfish trap to see if we can do better than we normally do.

We are trying the crayfish trap to see if we can do better than we normally do.

We even have internet connection but still cannot get the satellite TV working. We’re seriously thinking of ditching it into the storage shed when we get back to the Sunshine Coast. There are two other caravans here at present and both of them obviously enjoy the peace and quiet as much as we do since we’ve hardly seen or heard anything from them. We are surrounded by beautiful large orange groves of which there are many in the area.

Surrounded by orchards watered from the Burnett River.

Surrounded by orchards watered from the Burnett River.

The weir itself is bordered by trees and bush, and the wind in the trees and the birds provide the only sounds. As the sun sets and the breeze fades to nothing, perfect reflections have formed on the lake surface mirroring the surrounding bush and orange groves.

This is a great camping spot near Gayndah.

This is a great camping spot near Gayndah.

We started the day at Fat Hen Creek where we had breakfast amongst the bush. After exploring a delightful fish filled Billabong only a few metres from where we were parked we spent a couple of hours completing a job for a client before heading north. The country is so different from what we were used to in Victoria and Tasmania but it is still beautiful. Large areas have recently been burnt off and new green grass is exploding into life everywhere. Beautifully maintained cattle stations are the main feature between Fat Hen Creek and Gayndah. It seems that free camping spots are everywhere and we may be able to stay away from van parks almost completely. This spot even has water so we can have hot showers without using the tanks. We are getting about 2 hours work from each laptop using just the laptop batteries and then we switch to the inverter. I think another 4 hours work per day will be possible before letting the solar panels recharge but then the laptop batteries would be recharged again by this time giving a further 2 hours work. All in all we will have enough power to live well and comfortably and complete our work. We love the van and quite possibly it is our Ultimate home. As Kerrie cooks dinner the lights cast a friendly, homely glow on the interior and the night sounds of the bush outside create an atmosphere of perfect peace and contentment.