The BeachYesterday in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C
What? A day at the beach 1,000k from the ocean. Yep there is a beach right here on the river, beautiful fine sand with nice open sunshine and safe swimming for the kids.
This is a nice easy walk with the reward of a nice view of the river. There are info signs along the way. Sadly the QR codes take you to a Web page that has been suspended. Oooops! Somebody got stitched up on a Web deal?
Dear council, this needs to be sorted out. Not a good look at all.Read more
We found this quirky little shop two years ago. We decided to have coffee and scones, something we don't often do these days and it was every bit as good as last time.
Inside the shop is a huge array of interesting things for sale. My suggestion is to make this a stopover. The camping options are the caravan park, sports oval or even bush camping along the river.Read more
On our trip from Eulo to Cunnamulla, we decided to stop for the night at Paddabilla bore. This bore was drilled here to water travelling stock. It is still used to water stock and now by the travelling public as a rest stop. It is interesting to look at the old watering trough and the Turkey nest cooling tank. Water still rises under pressure at a lukewarm temperature. I think if the water were allowed to flow at a high rate it would be hotter.
The other side of Eulo there is an extinct mud spring. It was a natural vent for the artesian basin when the pressure rose very high. Seepage kept the mud wetted continuously for thousands (or even millions) of years. Since humans learned to drill into the artesian aquifer, the artesian has dropped drastically and some bores don't flow at all. These seepage points have ceased to flow. Natural watering spots and native animal habitat have become extinct.
The mound of mud near Eulo would only get soft now with a good rainy season. Normally it is dry.
This is mulga Country. Rather than try to tell it all myself, I have copied a sign.
Mulga - Acacia aneura
This long lived small tree grows to
between 6-9m. Its ascending branches
catch every last drop of rain available and
send it to the root zone. The leaves of the
mulga are leathery and well adapted to
harsh semi-arid environments.
The mulga tree grows mainly on red
soil, sandy plains and stony country.
The type of soil dictates the growth
and habit. The timber is very hard and
was used by aborigines to make
implements necessary for their
survival. The mulga tree is a major
stock feed source particularly
during times of drought.Read more
It is interesting the innovation in our great country. The creek crossings are too deep for the cars and trucks. Let's put a lift kit in the old truck.
Now an air Raid shelter in way out in the sticks Eulo? Seems unnessary right? Well perhaps if you consider how close we are to Charleville, and the crucial role of the base there you might have been a nervous native. I was not aware myself of the importance of Charleville base until we took the military history tour there on our last visit.
Info on display at the Eulo Shop
THE OLD EULO FLOOD TRUCK
LOCATED ON THE NORTHERN SIDE OF THE STORE
So the famous Eulo flood truck is back at the Store! Not to pick up groceries and people this time, but for us to reminisce! For those who are wondering, the flood truck is an old Dodge that has been raised in order to be able to drive through flood waters and carry people and goods through to the other side. Under the careful guidance of her regular driver Brian Luetchford, she could take on the 1.2m of Paroo floodwater safely. Using the swirls made by water rushing by the tops
of the guideposts and the bumps of the stone pitching on the road edges below, Brian made countless journeys from one side of the Paroo to the other. Whether it was food, patients for the RFDS Clinic, mail, whole shearing teams or just those desperate to get to the pub, she performed an invaluable service to the people of the southwest - and she never once stopped in the middle!
It was a great experience to ride on the flood truck, climbing up the ladder to the back, dodging the holes in the floor and if you were quick, you might get a spot to sit on the old bus seat and take in the view of the mighty Paroo in flood! She was originally donated by local grazier Tim Ecroyd, and the Bulloo Shire then carried out the modifications necessary for her to cross the River at Eulo when inflood so that people and groceries could cross the Paroo and then in turn allow the same to be freighted further west to them. It's about 5 years since she has been decommissioned, as we have a new flood truck now (still fairly wild) but her service to the community won't be forgotten!
AIR RAID SHELTER
THE SHELTER WAS BUILT DURING WWII BY THEN STORE PROPRIETOR, HILTON NEWSHAM (GREAT GRANDFATHER OF CURRENT STORE OWNER!) TO PROTECT EULO RESIDENTS IN THE EVENT OF AN ATTACK BY THE JAPANESE. THE DESIGN OF THE SHELTER IS KNOWN AS AN 'ANDERSON AIR RAID SHELTER', COMMONLY REFERRED TO IN THE WAR AS 'THE ANDY'.Read more
It is not the place we expected. The trees are small and well adapted to the harsh conditions. The lake for much of it area is seasonal, however a large part has water for 9 of 10 years. Tough grasses cover the sandy red soil.
This morning there was a short opportunity to get the eye in the sky. It can manage fiar winds but the gusts here have been quite strong and unpredictable so no flights for most of the day.
From the air it is possible to see the distant water expanse in the lakes to the north. Only a month ago the last of the water in the lake this side of the road dried up leaving impressive dried mud. This is quite a surreal place to walk in the late afternoon.
As I have commented earlier on this trip, it is so different t to what I ever imagined.Read more
Lake Bindegolly is a huge area that has water during the wet season. There is normally water in some of the lake all year long so wildlife is abundant, Currently there are lots of birds with one very loud singing honeyeater serenading us often nearby.
A large area has been made national park to protect unique plants only found here. There are walking trails with good bird watching.
The flowering trees are very impressive with masses of white, pink, yellow and even purple flowers covering them.
Its a nice spot to camp even with the still very cold nights and warm days. Last night the temperature fell to around 7 degrees. Even those temperatures would be OK if it were not for the strong winds.Read more
The many signs we see as we travel and explore are a treasure trove of information.
Here is the text from one on those signs.
***** Bulloo River Catchment *****
The Bulloo River Catchment is a closed drainage system located between the Lake Eyre and Murray Darling Basins. It extends north almost to Isisford and south to just beyond Milparinka in New South Wales covering a total area of some 74,900 square kilometres. The Grey Range forms the watershed between the Wilson and the Bulloo rivers.
The main channel of the Bulloo River travels approximately 600 kilometres through the townships of Adavale, Quilpie and Thargomindah, eventually terminating in a number of ephemeral lakes. The Bulloo Lakes supply a habitat for rare and threatened species such as the Fierce Snake, Little Pied Bat and Grey Grasswren..
The area is one of extremely variable rainfall. Annual average rainfall ranges from of 150mm in the south-western corner to more than 500mm in the headwaters of the Bulloo River. Most of the area receives less than 300mm per annum. The Bulloo is sually dry except solated water holes but during years of strong monsoonal activity the summer, the Bulloo can flood heavily with annual flows of up to five times the average. In dry years annual rainfall can be as low as 100mm throughout the basin and years of zero runoff are not unknown.
Grazing is the predominant industry in the Catchment. Opal mining has made a significant contribution to the local economy.
***** Bulloo Vegetation, Fauna and Floral *****
Mulga (Acacia aneura) is the predominant vegetation type. Mulga communities range from open scrubland to tall, open shrublands, predominantly growing on red earths. There are also shallow red earth and lithosol residuals within the catchment that support a selection of Bastard Mulga, Lancewood and Bendee.
The river channels and its associated streams are fringed by a mixture of Gidyea and eucalypt. Dominant eucalypt species in the Catchment are River Red Gum, Coolabah and Poplar Box. In the lower reaches the Bulloo River is dominated by a large lateral dune system.
The Bulloo River is in a relatively pristine condition and is Carp free. Fish species found in the river are Bulloo Golden Perch or Yellow Belly, Spangled Perch, and the Moonfish or Hyrtl's Catfish. Yabbies. are also in plentiful supply.
***** Thargomindah History *****
In 1860 the epic expedition of Burke and Wills through far South-Western Queensland paved the way for settlement in the area. Vincent James Dowling established Thargomindah Station on the banks of the Bulloo River around 1863.
The station was located across the river from where the present town now stands. Dowling married in Sydney in 1866 and his wife Fanny and baby daughter Lillias moved to the station in 1867. On her arrival, Fanny Dowling was reported to be the only white woman within one hundred miles.
The town of Thargomindah was established on the banks of the river opposite Thargomindah Station in the late 1860's. It is situated 1000 kilometres west of Brisbane and is the main town within the Bulloo Shire. The Town Reserve of Thargomindah was officially gazetted on 31st December 1874.
Thargomindah was a main staging area for Cobb & Co Coaches in the early years. The Coach route crossed the Bulloo River on the outskirts of the township on the road to Cunnamulla and the remains of the stone crossing can still be seen today.Read more
Today was a walk of historical importance. The old hospital is a well presented audio visual experience of many stories and memories of this very remote place. We ended with a ghost story. It's all very well done but does take a while to do the whole self tour.Read more