Days 16 - 21
11.07.2016 - 16.07.2016 14 °C
Day 16. July 11.
Leaving Yowah at 9.00 am we drove to the junction of the Thargominda/Toompine Rd where we had morning tea and collected a heap of firewood for cooking tonight's dinner with. While we were there we noticed Pommy Bob's colourful socks.
The road today is very narrow, just 1 car width. The ex Premier of Queensland (Joh Bjelke-Petersen), decreed that he could bitumise the road twice as far if he only made it one lane (except of course in front of his house and his sons driveway).
We passed an interesting hill on the way and Hiroe took a photo out of the car window.
We called in to Toompine for a quick look around. This is a VERY small village so it didn't take long.
Pommy Bob and we turned off this road just before Quilpie and drove 2.4 km on a gravel road to have a look at the Baldy Top Hill. We have been here before but the Englishman hadn't. He decided not to try the hill climb with the caravan attached using the excuse that he might not be able to turn around at the top.
After a quick look around Quilpie and having lunch there, we continued on to tonight's campspot just over a km out of town on the bank of the Bulloo River.
There was a ford across the Bulloo River not very far from where we have camped and took a photo of this as well as a tree growing on the rock near it. The roots were spread out over the rock.
George and Peter prepared a lovely beef stew for tonight's dinner using a camp oven on the fire. It was delicious.
Day 17. July 12.
It looks like it might rain today so we got underway fairly early. Not long after leaving our campspot it started to sprinkle and did so for the rest of the day.
Pommy Bob has changed his socks and the new ones are just as colourful as yesterdays.
Not very much to report today except that we drove 210 km to the town of Charleville and booked into a nice quiet caravan park. We had lunch did some laundry then filled a gas bottle, obtained a new battery for Bob's watch, called into a hardware shop for some silastic Put the laundry through a clothes dryer and visited and Op shop before returning to the van for "Happy Hour" with damper supplied by the park hosts.
Day 18. July 13.
We had a quick trip into town this morning to refuel and to pay a visit to the STEIGER VORTEX GUNS. There was a severe drought in Queensland early in 1900's and all sorts of attempts were made to make it rain.
Very interesting what Wragg thought about politicians.
Day 19. July 14.
This morning we all went on a bus tour of Charleville including a Fire and Flood explanation.
There have been some severe floods in recent years and the government expended a large amount on building levy banks to protect the town.
Many (that's MANY) original town buildings have been burnt down over the years and most have been re-built in brick.
We had left our vans in the caravan park and departed there at 11.30 for Augathella for a late lunch. After that we drove to the very nice, small town of Tambo where we will stay the night in a free camp just a km out of town. It has been sprinkling rain all day and it is very cold. We have the gas heater on and the TV is working OK. Where is this "SUNNY QUEENSLAND"? we were looking forward to.
Day 20. July 15.
In the morning I took a photo of another very interesting tree on the banks of the small Barcoo River at Tambo.
There was a flock of Galahs not very far from where we were camped.
We drove up into Tambo and at the entrance to town was a sculpture of a wool carrying truck which was great.
We drove on the Blackall so that Pommy Bob could get a new battery for his caravan and visited one of the "Black Stumps" around Australia. It's said that anywhere inland from here is beyond the Black Stump.
We had a look at the old Steam driven wool scour just outside of Blackall and did the tour of the place.
We had lunch here and not too far from the lunch stop was an old house which has to be considered as a "Renovators Dream"
Not far from there was an old stationary engine with a water boring attachment.
We continued on the town of Barcaldine which is the home of The Tree of Knowledge and booked into the overflow caravan park in the towns showground. Everywhere is PACKED - it's not sprinkling any more - it's raining and cold (11 deg max today). we will stay here for 2 nights.
We originally intended going north from here to Muttaburra then continuing north from there to Hughenden however due to the rain all those roads are closed and so we have to do a few hundred km detour instead.
Day 21. July 16.
It rained all night and this morning, the caravan opposite ours was standing in water.
We went into town with Glenn and Yvonne in their car and had a quick look at the Tree of Knowledge which is where the Australian Labour Party had it's birth. If the photo looks dark it's because it is very overcast and raining.
George has suggested that we leave here tomorrow and we all agreed. We have decided that we are going to move on tomorrow but before leaving here where we need to know that we have a site. He phoned ahead to Longreach to see if any of the caravan parks have vacancies. We are in luck and will travel there tomorrow.