Onto Mt Isa

We rocked up to Mt Isa Caravan Park in time for a rest before dinner. We got sites together with Sandi & Noel. The caravan park is just across the road from Super IGA which was very handy and we discovered that its prices were reasonable. We bought the scrumptious and extraordinarily tender whole rump there for just $5 per kilo. My gosh it was just melt in your mouth. I am not a big meat eater, but this had me happy to eat steak every time we had it over the next few weeks!
We stayed at Mt Isa  for 5 nights.

A view over Mt Isa

The first day was taking up with some things we needed to do and buy in a reasonable sized town as well as repairs to the muffler which was damaged in that long rough track to & from the outback station we visited back near Augathella. Also the lock on the back gate door on the car was completely broken and Bob had to work out temporary repairs on it since Toyota was unable to fix it.

Mt Isa is the centre of the world!

I also needed to visit a doctor at the hospital to get a check up on the healing progress of my ear. It is still infected and a 2nd and 3rd course of antibiotics was recommended.

Noel was trying to sell his 110 litre Waeco in preparation for purchasing a smaller one with little success and so we ended up doing a swap, trading our 50 litre one for it plus a small cash payment, since the indicator lights on ours was playing up. The larger one will come in handy for our 4WD camping trip up the Cape later on, when we leave the caravan behind.

Some interesting rocks. This one is Erythrite
We took some time out and went out for dinner and had a scrumptious steak, chips and salad dinner at the pub across the road near the Super IGA. The meat was so tender and cooked perfectly. I can highly recommend it and it only cost $9 each.

We trialled our bench top turbo oven for the first time. Roast dinners are a piece of cake in it. We also trialled chips and pizza on separate occasions with great success. Pity it gobbles up too much power to use on the caravan inverter.

We went to the lookout over the town and to the Hard Luck Museum (Hard Luck is the name of a mine here). We chose not to do a mining tour as we have done several over the years, including Port Kembla as well as in Nhulunbuy, Olympic Dam and most recently Kalgoorlie.

Now be nice: Truly, I am not quite as heavy as this 3.5 tonne rock!

We attended the Baptist Church here with Sandi and we were made to feel very welcome especially at morning tea.

For those interested in costs 

Powered sites here were $28 pn for 2 people. Diesel was $1.46.9. We picked up a full rump for $5.00 per kilo on special at Super IGA. Post script: The steak is the most tender I have ever bought at home or away!

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