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Quilpie to Longreach

sunny 36 °C

We drove into Quilpie this morning and refuelled then visited the Catholic Church which has a wonderful alter and lectern made with opal.
wonderful alter and lectern made with opal.
We continued on the “The End of the Line” and took a photo of Hiroe there. This is the end of the rail line from Brisbane.2013_Aug_3..of_the_line.jpg
Next stop was to the local Info centre where as well as gaining some good data we filled the van with water. (well – the water tanks anyway). Opposite was the local hotel so took a photo here.
We then drove 7.5 km out of town on a very rough track to have a look at Baldy Top. Hiroe wouldn’t let me drive up with the caravan on so we had to park at the bottom and walk up.
The views from up here were very good, a 360 deg view all around.
Back on the road and we headed out for Windorah some 250 km south west. The road for most of the way was single lane bitumen (remember Barkley to Cape Crawford last year Pommy Bob?) which means that when meeting oncoming traffic someone has to get off onto the gravel. We did this most of the time so that rocks etc. wouldn’t be thrown up at us as vehicles passed.
The scenery along this stretch of road is pretty boring and as well as that it takes a lot of concentration where driving on such a narrow, and sometimes bumpy, road.
There were a few nice red sand hills on the way, nothing like around Birdsville but nice enough. Took a photo of Hiroe with one in the background.
We finally arrived at Coopers Creek and set up camp here for the night. There are pelicans on the water as well as other birds.
The following morning we drove the 10km into Windorah and on the way came across a solar power plant which almost supplies all of the town’s energy.
There was an interesting sign just before the town letting folk know that if they missed this hotel – it was a long way to the next one.
We had a look at some red hills just the other side of Windorah, on the way to Birdsville but nothing really spectacular.
A visit to the local Info Centre and next to it was a slab hut which had been moved here.
Onwards then to Jundah but along the way was quite boring with almost nothing to be seen.
Jundah has some nice entry signs to the town but not very much more to talk about or to photograph.
About 30km north of the town we came across a Native Well so we had to stop and take a photo.
Continuing on we came across the very small town of Stonehenge and after a bit of discussion we refuelled and decided to spend the night here in the self-registration caravan park which supplies power and water with hot showers for $10.00 a night. Hiroe fed some nice looking Top Knot Pigeons here – they don’t seem to be afraid of humans at all.
After a nice quiet night at Stonehenge we left towards Longreach. Not far out of town we came across one of (about the only) the things Stonehenge is noted for. Lots of stones a folk have used them to write their names on the side of the road so we added to them.
Further down the track we saw a gateway into “NOWHERE” so took a photo of Hiroe opening a closing the gate.
The road here is very narrow and the oncoming traffic refuses to move over causing us to have to get right off the road into the rough. When we finally reach Longreach we discovered that the rough treatment has broken the torsion bars on the caravans suspension so will have to get it fixed. As it turned out Bob has a cousin here who's job is as a welder so we spent Monday with him snd his wife while performed the necessary repairs to the van.

Posted by Bobmacc 00:03 Archived in Australia Tagged to longreach quilpie

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Have just finished reading a novel about the opal mines and was thinkng about you. Amazing you should have the pictures of the opal lecturn and alter. Hope you are both well andd enjoying yourselves. George and Jean x

by George and Jean

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