After a recouperation time at Teresa Creek Dam, our intention was to reach Undara Lava Tubes and stay for 2 nights. However a late start, single bitument road, failing light, road trains and various fauna on the road, turned this into a potentially dangerous drive. So we stopped in Greenvale, expecting to find a "dump" of a town.
What a surprise!!! This ex zinc mining town was a fabulous place to visit! The caravan park was clean and green. But more importantly the people who lived there were so incredibly welcoming!
A quick walk around the town, gave us some ideas of how this town operated when a working place of some 3000 people. Only 150 now live here!
We walked past the local hotel The Three Rivers Hotel, known locally as Slim Dusty's Hotel. This is because this was where Slim made the poem, the Three Rivers Hotel, written by Stan Costin, famous! Evidently he performed here on a regular basis! the bartender gave us the information that the local social/golf club did a "pot luck" dinner on Friday nights and that we should attend.
Here Janice is sitting in the only spot in Greenvale that receives Telstra communication!
We were advised by the bartender to go to the "pot luck" dinner held at the local social/golf club. This was a highlight for us all. Here we were greeted with great hospitality. Each member made sure that all the visitors were introduced to local residents, who entertained with local anedotes and stories. The dinner was unexceptional, but the company was cheery and very welcoming.
In the morning, we were invited to attend the local ladies' sewing club. So I went with my small carpet currently under construction. On departure, Brenda the vice president of the social club presented us with a small gift of handmade patchwork placemats. This took me completely by surprise. It is certainly a place where we would gain visit!