Monthly Archives: June 2012

Day 28 – Winton

We had a slow start today. Ann is having some trouble with her hip and what appear to be some spider bites, so we took things pretty easy.

After an early lunch we headed off for some four-wheel driving out of town to visit the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition and Laboratory. This was fascinating and the guides did a great job of making everything interesting for the very diverse tour group. We didn’t realise how competitive the various dinosaur sites are about having the biggest or the oldest bones, etc. As part of the tour we visited some sheds where volunteers were working with basically dentists’ drills to remove rock from petrified dinosaur bone fragments for later display. No doubt a worthwhile task but the working conditions would be far from ideal.

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Must Be Getting Close to the Dinosaur Centre

Must Be Getting Close to the Dinosaur Centre

Dino on Display Outside the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition Centre

Dino on Display Outside the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition Centre

Bones etc on Display at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Bones etc on Display at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Bones etc on Display at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Bones etc on Display at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Interesting Stuff at the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition Centre near Winton

Interesting Stuff at the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition Centre near Winton

Bones Waiting to be Recovered at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Bones Waiting to be Recovered at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Bones and Tour Guide at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Bones and Tour Guide at the Dinosaur Centre near Winton

Hard at Work at the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition Centre near Winton

Hard at Work at the Age of Dinosaurs Exhibition Centre near Winton

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Day 27 – Winton

A cold morning turned into a very warm, sunny day.

We were up about 9 am and then off into town to see The Waltzing Matilda Centre. Apart from the historical stuff, which was certainly very interesting, Ann was particularly interested in some quilts that were on display. It was all very impressive and we had lunch there at the cafe – pie and cappuccino.

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Shorty Outside the Waltzing Matilda Centre

Shorty Outside the Waltzing Matilda Centre

Statue on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

Statue on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

One of the Quilts on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

One of the Quilts on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

One of the Quilts on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

One of the Quilts on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

One of the Quilts on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

One of the Quilts on Display at the Waltzing Matilda Centre

We then visited the fruit and veggie cool room and shop and on to the Spar supermarket for a few bits and pieces and made our way back to the van. Ann had a quiet rest while I explored the near by Diamantina Truck and Machinery Museum and took a few photos.

Truck and Machinery Museum at Winton

Truck and Machinery Museum at Winton

Restored Ford Truck on Display

Restored Ford Truck on Display

Restored Reo Speed Wagon Truck on Display

Restored Reo Speed Wagon Truck on Display

Yard Full of Trucks Awaiting Restoration at the Truck Museum

Yard Full of Trucks Awaiting Restoration at the Truck Museum

Later it was off to “Banjo’s Barn” at the caravan park for a roast dinner and tremendously funny dinner entertainment by bush poets Mel and Susie. It was a truly excellent night.

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Day 26 – Longreach to Winton

We were up early for breakfast, pack up the van, showers and then hit the road. We stopped for coffee at the Morella rest area.

Sign at Morella Rest Area

Sign at Morella Rest Area

Morella Rest Area

Morella Rest Area

Further along the highway a Policeman pulled us over for a breath test!! All OK.

Another stop and then on to Winton where we checked into the Matilda Country Caravan Park.

We had some lunch and then drove into town for a long walk to check out the pubs and shops. We walked along Arnos Wall, which is full of all sorts of bits and pieces including car and bike parts, furniture and even the kitchen sink. We bought a Serpentine Jasper pendant and matching earrings at the Opal shop in Winton.

Amazing Street Sculptures in Winton

Amazing Street Sculptures in Winton

Interesting Wildlife in Winton

Interesting Wildlife in Winton

Interesting Street Sculptures in Winton

Interesting Street Sculptures in Winton

Near Arnos Wall in Winton

Near Arnos Wall in Winton

Interesting Sculpture in Winton

Interesting Sculpture in Winton

One part of Arnos Wall in Winton

One part of Arnos Wall in Winton

Motor Bike in Arnos Wall in Winton

Motor Bike in Arnos Wall in Winton

Old Truck Behind the Pub in Winton

Old Truck Behind the Pub in Winton

We also checked out other caravan parks and would consider staying at the Tatts Hotel Caravan Park IF we could get a drive through site with water and power.

Tattersalls Hotel in Winton

Tattersalls Hotel in Winton

We picked up some light beers and returned to the van for a rest.

The Caravan Park is pretty full but we have a good spot, although we are next door to a BP Roadhouse which had a couple of B-triples full of smelly cattle parked there for their break. Phew!!

We had dinner in the van and an early night, lulled to sleep by the sound of shuffling, mooing cattle.

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Day 25 – Longreach

Yet another slow morning. We did a bit of washing and ironing, sweeping, checked tyre pressures, and other odd jobs around the caravan.

Ann cooked up a delicious frittata for lunch, after which we went for a walk around the caravan park and enjoyed more ice creams from the kiosk.

Another lazy day enjoying this beautiful weather!

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Day 24 – Longreach

Yet another lovely sunny day here – around 27 degrees with a clear blue sky. Ann did some washing and we had a slow morning enjoying the warm sunshine.

We drove into town but most places were closed so we went for a walk in the botanical gardens near the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. There are some lovely stone buildings and fences, a well maintained garden and some beautiful poems carved in stone as well as some statues celebrating the women of the west.

Not much happening in town this afternoon

Not much happening in town this afternoon

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Then it was back to the caravan park to discover that the camp had been invaded by around 100 school kids on an excursion of some sort. Fortunately they were on the other side of the park so we settled down with some ice creams and to read in the shade.

School kids jammed in like sardines

School kids jammed in like sardines

A noisy family in Jayco Flamingo stayed next to us for the night – just as well it was only 1 night. We had a delicious roast dinner under the stars while they were at the camp kitchen.

It was a balmy night and warm enough to leave the hatch over our bed open all night so we could sleep under the stars.

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Day 23 – Longreach

Lovely sunny day around 25 degrees. Up early and off to the School of the Air for a tour. The lady who ran the tour had been a student there and so had her grown up children, so she gave it a very personal touch.

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We stopped at IGA on the way home and picked up some supplies for lunch at the van.

We then headed off to the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. This is a very big and impressive complex and we were there all afternoon.

Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach

Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach

Interior Scene at the Stockman's Hall of Fame at Longreach

Interior Scene at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame at Longreach

Then it was back to the caravan park and over to the Woolshed Bar for dinner and drinks under the stars.

We’re really enjoying this great weather!

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Day 22 – Longreach

Another nice day around 24 degrees. We wandered around town in the morning and after lunch in the van we visited the Qantas Founders Museum. This was great. More about the founders than the ‘corporate‘ side of the business. We were there all afternoon as it was so interesting.

QANTAS Founders Museum at Longreach

QANTAS Founders Museum at Longreach

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We had dinner outside enjoying the weather.

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Day 21 – Longreach

We had a nice slow day today. There were lots of people leaving the park today so we had a leisurely breakfast and let them go before having our showers and then went on a trip to explore town. Morning tea at the Merino Bakery before I bought some light weight tops to suit this weather. Then it was back to van for lunch in the sun.

Beautiful weather today – 24 degrees, sunny and a slight breeze. It’s so nice to be warm again. We decided to just chill and catch up on some reading after lunch. Ann did some hand washing which we hung on the clothes horse in the sun. Three brolgas came over and pecked at the awning, checked us out and sauntered off. They must be used to people as they seem very tame.

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Day 20 – Blackall to Longreach

We woke about 7.30 am. It was a beautiful morning at the free-camp and we enjoyed bacon and eggs, toast and brewed coffee for breakfast before we hit the road and headed north east.

Packing Up at Barcoo River Camp, Blackall

Packing Up at Barcoo River Camp, Blackall

We stopped for a coffee break south of Barcaldine and then drove on to Barcaldine for lunch. This is a very pretty RV friendly town. We bumped into Nola and Ike again. Walked around the town and had lunch at the very good Bakery and bought some fresh meat at the butcher.

Comet Windmill at Barcaldine

Comet Windmill at Barcaldine

 Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine

Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine

Plaque at the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine

Plaque at the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine

Plaque at the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine

Plaque at the Tree of Knowledge at Barcaldine

Back on the highway and headed for Longreach. We passed through Infracombe where there was an interesting Machinery Museum. Must stop and check it out on the way back. The Caravan Park in Infracombe doesn’t look big enough for us though.

We drove on to Longreach and checked into our good drive through site at the Discovery Top Tourist Caravan Park. We were parked beside two very large 5th Wheelers which was a funny sight as we looked quite small in comparison! We went for a walk around the park – this is the largest caravan park we have seen.

Our Trailblazer "Big Rig" Just Doesn't Compare

Our Trailblazer “Big Rig” Just Doesn’t Compare

Only had a light tea as we were both tired as although the weather was good today the road was not.

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Day 19 – Charleville to Blackall

We were up very early for showers etc and then packed up and hitched up and headed north up the Kidman Way. There was plenty of roadkill to be seen by the road. The highway was diverted before Augathella.

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Lunch Break at Tambo

Lunch Break at Tambo

We stopped in Tambo by the lake for hot cheese and asparagus on muffins for lunch. We caught up with Nola and Ike who we had met at Charleville.

We then drove on to Blackall where everything was closed because of the Queen’s Birthday Holiday. After driving around town to see the sights, we set up the van at a very nice freecamp (Qld 684 – Barcoo River Camp Blackall). There were some great metal sculptures around the camp area including a large bird on a nest on a tall pole.

Blackall Visitor Information Centre

Blackall Visitor Information Centre

Tribute to Jackie Howe - Shearer - Blackall

Tribute to Jackie Howe – Shearer – Blackall

The Black Stump - Blackall

The Black Stump – Blackall

Barcoo River Camp - Blackall

Barcoo River Camp – Blackall

Metal Sculpture at Blackall

Metal Sculpture at Blackall

We were experiencing great weather so I cooked a BBQ dinner outside.

Today we had some issues with the batteries in the caravan, which is not good news when freecamping, but we coped OK.

This was a great spot and we would like to return here at some point in the future.

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