Thursday, October 31, 2013
As we approached the Lake the tour guide said, perhaps you have seen postcards of a beautiful blue lake fringed with white sands. It's not like that at the moment. We've had so much rain over the past few months the water level is high and covering the sand and runnoff and vegetation has tainted the crystal clear water to a murky green.
And so our day ended with disappointment. Here is what I hoped to see
And in case you are wondering, we didn't see any dingos (native dogs) either. After one of them killed a child some years ago they were extensively culled so sightings are more rare these days.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
We go a little further up the beach to the coloured sands. They pitch pretty hard to try and get you to take the 15 minute flight that takes off and lands on the beach. You will very likely see whales they said. We gave it a miss.
But from the beach we did see whales jump out of the water a few times and blowing water, but I was not quick enough with my camera.
By this time I was feeling very battered from bumping about and hanging out for the lunch break to get a rest. I was consoling myself that after lunch we would see beautiful blue Lake McKenzie and it would be worth the bumpy ride.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 28, 2013
Rather than attempt unaccustomed driving in the sand we took a tour but had the misfortune of being the last passengers to board our bus which put us at the very back and resulted in a VERY uncomfortable jarring ride. The roads were bad due to recent heavy rains.
Our first port of call was Central Station where there was once a timber camp. Lots of beautiful tall trees with staghorns and elkhorns growing among them. And a walk beside the beautiful clear stream, you can see an eel in the middle shot.
Sunday, October 27, 2013
I felt Hervey Bay beckoning me. We often holidayed at the bay when I was a child. I wanted to see if it had been spoilt and whether the beachside camp grounds had been replaced by horrible high rise developments. I was delighted to find it was still low rise and the campgrounds still there, though we were booked into another further up the coast.
It is the weekend and time to take a road the beckons, but instead we are taking a tour to Fraser Island. I have been told it is wonderful.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:56 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Childers is a nice town. With a street full of pubs. So where was the Royal? Diane's friend Ann had sent me a photo of it for the Royal Collection back at the beginning of the trip. Thank you Ann.
I walked up and down the street looking for it. It was only after I eventually gave up and checked the web that I found it hiding in a back street.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:50 PM
Friday, October 25, 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Finding ourselves unexpected in Bundaberg for a couple of days I quickly looked up what there were to do in the area. The Bert Hinkler museum seemed like reasonable choice. Bert was a famous aviator back in the early days of flying. The museum is excellent and includes Bert's home from England transported brick by brick and reassembled here.
So it's not only Captain Cook's cottage that has been transported from England to Australia.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:41 PM
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Oh oh. We are heading south and the winter warmth looked like it was going to disappear. We found the first rain of the trip.
I wanted to visit the town of 1770, such an interesting name. But is wasn't just the rain that was disappointing. I found the place unappealing and to add to our woes the caravan park we had booked into didn't have mobile coverage, which I discovered just as we were about to check in.
So there was a quick change of plan, we would press unto Bundaberg.
By the way 1770 got its interesting name because Captain Cook landed there in May 1770. In 1970 the village of Round Hill was renamed to 1770 to celebrate the bicentenary of this event.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:36 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Monday, October 21, 2013
We visited the Railway Museum in Rockhampton. The railways had a big part to play during the war.
As we travelled around I began to realise that these ornate timber railway stations are characteristic of Queensland rail, very different from the brick ones we see down south.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:25 PM
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Saturday, October 19, 2013
Friday, October 18, 2013
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Tree of Knowledge stands in the main street of Barcaldine where striking shearers played a significant role in the formation of the Australian Labour Party. After the snow gum that marked the spot died its skeleton was entombed in this cathedral-like monument where the party faithful can be mesmerised by the music piped by a hundred wooden wind chimes.
It's beautiful but look at the scale of it. I don't think it was meant to join the ranks of Australia's tasteless big things.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:58 PM
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Monday, October 14, 2013
It's the weekend and time to find another Road that Beckons but it was not a road that beckoned on this occasion, it was a river. It's a warm day with kites circling overhead.
I don't think I've mentioned the free campers. With so many cost conscious pensioners following the free camper's guide you've gotta get in early to secure your spot especially in popular places like Longreach.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 9:34 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday, October 11, 2013
Out in the white fields we saw Emu and big birds (maybe Brolga) and ever so many raptors (I think they are kites) clawing at the road kill and soaring on the thermals. I tried and tried to get a photo and eventually succeeded in getting a goodish shot down by the river at Longreach.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 8:58 PM
Thursday, October 10, 2013
We are on our way to Longreach.
It's hard to imagine how these wide flat lands every now and then flood and the water drains in a myriad of channels and flows for thousands of kilometres eventually reaching the dry salt pan at Lake Eyre.
You might remember our flight a few years ago over Lake Eyre in flood when we saw Cooper's Creek flowing.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 11:03 PM
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
I have it on good authority this is a Coolibah tree by the creek just outside of Winton. Now I know what one looks like,
We are heading west 100kms on dirt road. The scenery changes as we move along. The tour guide tells us we are passing by Gidgee trees and later Mulga and we end up at spinfex country and the site of the dinosaur stampede.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 10:35 PM
Saturday, October 5, 2013
There was some cloud in the sky which made a spectacular sunset which I didn't capture because we were on our way to the camp concert. The caravan parks put on evening entertainment out here, country music, bush poets and the like. I caught this shot the next morning. We are up early to take a tour to see more dinosaur stuff.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 10:22 PM
Friday, October 4, 2013
Thursday, October 3, 2013
This country is beautiful. Miles and miles of naturally treeless grasslands, white like a frosty morning.
I saw a rare flock of sheep. A map in the museum showed how sheep were once a staple of the area but in the 1990s with the drought and the poor wool prices most farmers moved into cattle. The stocking level per acre is low so you don't often see cattle either other than in the long road trains that maraud the roads.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 10:09 PM
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
The guidebook says the lookout at sunset is a photographer's delight. Well with clear blue sky sunset is a fizzer.
And it is not just one lookout, there are many lookouts but the problem is the view looks much the same from all of them. East, South, North and West ... flat, flat, flat, flat country. We are heading out into it again tomorrow.
Posted by Joan Elizabeth at 10:01 PM