28.08.2013 - 29.08.2013 34 °C
The village of Morven consists of 250 people, a Pub, a general store and a Police Station with lockup. Don't know where all the criminals come from.
There are quite a few very old houses in the town - some of them obviously not lived in.
We did a short walk around town and found an old steam traction engine so took a photo with Hiroe.
The campground here has a lot of customers, including some folk on a "follow me" tour.
We were visited by a female kangaroo and a joey in her pouch just before sunset.
The local rugby field sure leaves a lot to be desired. Dalton (grandson) - can you imagine doing a slide into touch on this ground. Must be very hard on the players skin.
We left Morven Thursday morning after a very good sleep and drove to Charleville which is the second largest town in the west of Queensland after Longreach. We visited the Info Centre refuelled and did a little grocery shopping before leaving to have lunch at a roadside stop about 30km west of town.
On the way we came across a sign listing the road we were on as the longest road in Australia. (Doesn't include Highways etc)
Continuing west we came across a very small town of Cooladdi - population 4. All that is here is a shop which covers everything - fuel groceries, motel, hotel take away food etc.
The railway station building was moved to the towns (?) tennis court however the courts have been overgrown with weeds and no longer in use.
Next stop was Cheepie which once had a reasonable population - today only 1. There was a Police Station, blacksmith, tent boarding houses, a butcher shop, a bakery and 2 organic vegetable gardens. Today all that remains is a residence come post office (closed today) and the old railway station. Cheepie was once the end of the rail from Brisbane before the line was extended to Quilpie.
We drove on to 1 km from Quilpie (population 654) and have camped on the banks of the Bulloo River for the night.
You might wonder what we are doing out here in the middle of nowhere - We have never been west of Charleville on this road so thats why. It has to be done.