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Day 83 – Barcaldine to Stubby Bend, Tambo

We woke to a nice blue sky with a few puffy white clouds.  The forecast top temperature today is in the low 20s.

After a leisurely start we did something unusual for us and started our day with coffee at one of Barcaldine’s bakeries.  The coffee was OK but the service was sooooo slooooooow!  We should probably have done our usual thing and got going and stopped for coffee in Bertha further along the road.

We soon came across some roadworks warning signs but fortunately they weren’t working today.  However, it looks as though sections of the highway are being widened, which would be great.  There has certainly been a lot of grading along both sides of the road.  The other alternative thought is that this may simply be drainage works for upcoming floods.

Another interesting sight along this stretch of highway are the ‘Fatigue Zone’ signs.  The theory is that if you are kept mentally stimulated then you won’t fall asleep, so the signs pose questions to drivers, offer a hint or two, and then provide the quiz answers.   The ‘Fatigue Zone’ signs are hard to ignore and they do get you in after a while.

Newly graded road & ‘Fatigue Zone’ signs

Our first stop for the day was at Blackall, where we stopped opposite the Memorial Gardens and had a light lunch in Bertha.  Blackall is celebrated as the home of Jackie Howe, the legendary sheep-shearer, and is also home to the Historic Wool-scour and The Black Stump.  We had a very good look around Blackall several years ago and actually stayed at the free-camp in town, so today we only drove around to identify any changes.

Views of Blackall

Continuing along the highway we soon arrived at Tambo, where we decided we would stay the night.  Tambo is a nice little town and its claim to fame is that is the site of the first QANTAS crash.  There is also the popular ‘World Famous Tambo Teddies’ shop.  It also goes without saying that there are a few heritage hotels and other buildings.

Views around Tambo

After scouting around town and checking out the several caravan parks, we drove a short way out of town to the free-camp at Stubby Bend.  We stayed here in 2012.

As we only drove just over 200 kilometres today we arrived at our camp site in the early afternoon, so after setting up (not a big job at a free-camp) we got out our chairs and enjoyed coffee and reading outside.  Compared to the last time we were here this place is a lot more popular and vans have been arriving all afternoon.  Our site near the creek is, we think, one of the better sites but the vans keep coming and still keep finding places to set-up.

Views of Stubby Bend free-camp

Eventually the sun went down and it was cooling down quickly so we went inside and Ann whipped up a delicious dinner.

Sunset at Stubby Bend, Tambo

Another great day enjoying a couple of smaller Queensland country towns.

Still thoroughly enjoying the Motorhome Experience!

Categories: 2017 Up The Centre Adventure, Free Camping | Tags: ,

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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