05.09.2013 - 07.09.2013 29 °C
After a welcome rest of 4 days in Longreach and having caught up with Bob’s cousin and his family including Uncle Nip flying in from Ingham we left reasonably early on Thursday morning.
First stop was at the small town of Ilfracombe where we took some photos of Hiroe with a 3 seater bike and on an old tractor which used 4 Gallons of Petrol to the mile. The main street of Ilfracombe is littered with old machinery.
Took a photo of The Welcome Inn Hotel here as well
Onwards then to Barcaldine where the “Tree of Knowledge” once stood proudly. It is now dead (some say that the Liberal Party killed it). It is where the Australian labour Party had its beginnings.
There were over 600 motor cycles on the road doing a 5 day ride to raise funds for charity. We followed them most of the day from here.
We have camped for the nigh in a rest area at and even smaller town of Bogantungan. There were 28 hotels plus other attractions in this town when the railway was being constructed in the late 1800’s. Nowadays there is almost nothing and not one pub.
The old railway station (very small) is still here.
We left Bogantungan right on 8 o’clock and continued our journey eastward through Anakie to Emerald where we took a walk around part of the town including a stop for a photo of Hiroe outside the quite nice looking old railway station built in 1900.
After Emerald we drove on towards Blackwater and on the way saw a “Renovators Dream Home” so stopped to have an inspection but decided it was too far from the coast for a retirement house for us.
At Blackwater we stopped for lunch and a walk around the small Japanese garden here. They have used Australian plants including some Bottle Trees.
At the very small town of Comet we found the remains of a tree which Ludwig Leichhardt had carved “DIG” on it during his 1841 Exploration of the area.
We have stopped for the night in a rest area at Duaringa.
Next morning we drove the 100 km into Rockhampton and after visiting the Info Centre we booked into a caravan park. We will be here for the next 5 days. The scenery has started to green up here.