Another leisurely start on another lovely day. We couldn’t leave Cunnamulla without another quick look around town, and to visit the Cunnamulla Fella.
From Cunnamulla we then had to backtrack down the Matilda Highway and after a few kilometres turned East along the Balonne Highway.
After 110 kms we stopped for coffee and a walk around at the Murra Murra Rest Area (Q711). This is a large spot with plenty of potential for free camping but only in dry weather and only if you didn’t mind sharing with stock transport. At this rest area we discovered a large rubbish pit that appeared to be full of rubbish collected along the road. There was a sign in there that would have made a great souvenir, but we couldn’t fit it in the Ute.
Continuing along the Balonne Highway we stopped for lunch at Boolba Rest Area (Q708) which is about 56 kms west of St George. This was really great and had tracks that led away from the road and would potentially be a good place to stay. Again, it would only be suitable in the dry as the red sandy soil would very quickly turn into red sticky mud.
Overall today we drove through several entirely different landscapes, beginning with flat grasslands, through thick scrub followed by heavily treed areas. We also noted that the roads were generally very bumpy, especially during the last leg. There was also plenty of livestock, ranging from sheep, cattle, kangaroos, emus and of course wild goats. Interestingly there was very little fencing along the road. Unfortunately there was also a lot of road kill actually on the road, not on the shoulder. At times it seemed like we were on an obstacle course. Just as well the traffic was quite light on this road.
We arrived at Pelican Rest Caravan Park in St George at about 2.30 pm and after setting up the van we headed back into town to have a look around. On recommendation from our friends Faye and Downunda we had coffee and cakes at “DeliCate” – a very nice café and gift shop.
Then after walking all around town and picking up some supplies we returned to the caravan to spend time enjoying the sunshine. We have had glorious weather today and we are looking forward to even more as our adventure continues.