Another shot at some topaz

By Ken Ellis

After three relaxing weeks in Cairns we were hoping to extend our stay but our caravan site was booked out for the next week so we had to move. Rather than take another site, we decided to travel around for a week before returning to our beachfront site for another fortnight. Tough, I know.

Staying near the busy coastal traffic wasn’t appealing so we opted to move outback again and after one night on the Atherton Tablelands we were back at the Mt. Surprise Tourist Park.O’Brien’s Creek was back on the agenda and with half a day to fill in we headed out there. The road was in perfect condition and we were soon past the camp ground and at Elizabeth Creek, which to our surprise was still flowing over the road.

We had never taken the van off road or to a bush camping site before but my mind was working overtime as I pointed out to Julie that the road was perfect, the campground was almost deserted, there was somewhere to swim and we had plenty of peace and quiet. She agreed and in no time we were reacquainting ourselves with John Solinas, the manager.With the temperature now in the 40s every day, John wasn’t expecting too many campers and he told us we could take our pick of the whole park as there were only two other camps in there. We picked the shadiest site we could find and then set off back to Mt. Surprise to pack the van ready to move out the next morning.

The full article can be found in the August 2011 issue of Gold Gem and Treasure. Subscribe now.

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