Skip to main content

Caravans



The caravans that once plied these routes were not those of today’s ‘grey nomads’ but rather camel trains driven by Afghans.  The hot sandy terrain didn’t suit bullock or horse teams so camels played an important role bringing goods to the railway for transportation.  In the 1920s motor vehicles meant they were no longer required and they were left to wander the desert and go wild.  Despite culling they can still be seen today.

The railway is known as the Ghan in honour of the camel drivers that helped open up this inhospitable land.

Comments

  1. Only Australia could honour Afghan cameleers by calling a train the Ghan!

    On my trip through the Kimberleys, grey nomads were referred to as 'aluminium road blocks'.

    The brochure for my journey up to Cape York is now out. I think I will go in the middle of may for 12 days. Trying to get my early-bird savings high enough to equal my single supplement slug.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great pic of an old fellow Joan.

    Ha ha Julie, grey nomads are called many things ... hadn't heard that one :D

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The end

I retire from the workforce this week and to celebrate have decided to retire my current blogs and start afresh with a single consolidated blog - My Bright Field - to record the delights of my new life adventure.
If you are interested follow me over there.  I will still be Sweet Wayfaring and collecting Royal Hotels.  The delights I discover along the way will appear together with my gardens and towns where I live.

Book Now

Over the road from the rose gardens in Bendigo, a beaut second hand bookshop.

Royal Hotel - Ganman

And I wrap up this trip with the Royal Hotel at Ganman.