4th May - 7th May 2009
Mitchell, a country town with a population of only 900 was a 635 kilometre drive from Mooloolaba on the Warrego Highway. We decided to go to Mitchell to experience the artesian hot pools, even though it was a detour of an extra 174 klms, on our way to Carnarvon Gorge via Roma. A soak in the hot and cold mineralized pools is relaxing for the body and therapeutic for the soul.
We thought we were in heaven. We spent a couple of hours at the pools each morning and evening. It was worth the extra travel. The only challenge was getting used to the road trains which rumbled through town all day and all night. We stayed beside a petrol station across the road from the spa for two nights for a grand total of $20.00 which included showers, toilets and power.
The surrounding country side is very flat, dry and has huge cacti growing beside the road. The area produces wheat and other grains, cattle farming, coal and gas.
We walked into town each morning to have a coffee and do a little grocery shopping. The people in Mitchell are so friendly and would all say "hello" to us as we were sitting outside the cafe, once again engaging in my favourite pass time of “people watching”.
One thing that we noticed was no flies and no mosquitos. I had always imagined this part of the country to have lots of flies. We could keep the door of the caravan open all the time as well as sit outside and not need the mosquito repellent. What a treat!
Next stop Carnarvon Gorge. We found out about the Gorge from a couple, Naomi and Paul, that we met at Wooli, and are looking forward to our visit there.
Check out our Camping spots: Dulacca - free camp
and Mitchell - petrol station
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