This trip starts from home and does a near lap of Queensland. The furthest point is the Dig Tree, nearly to the South Australian border. Estimated duration, six months.
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  • Day148

    Ban Ban Springs

    September 23 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Really sad. The near permanent springs of hundreds of years are dry. This is what happens when bores are drilled and pump the aquifer down low. All to irrigate a paddock.

  • Day147

    Barambah Caravan Park

    September 22 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    We are always a little apprehensive when we book a caravan park. This place was a pleasent surprise. Nicely laid out on the side of a hill, birds all around and lots of woodland walks behind the park. It even has a 9 hole golf course out front for $5 a game.

    Pam is really enjoying the walking and birds. I am walking all over and relaxing with my book in between walks. It is very relaxed. The only outing has been a run over to Murgon via the Bjekke-Petersen dam. Boy that is low! 7% according to the reports. They need a rain dance. We should have come with the camper. That always gets us wet.

    The weather rock is quite dry but was swinging a lot yesterday. Probably did a bit of a jiggle dance this morning in sympathy with the earthquake in Victoria.
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  • Day144

    Jandowae Golf Club.

    September 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    About 8 kilometers to the north of Jandowae is the golf club. Limited camping is available here for a donation. They have great amenities and the area is quite beautiful.

    We are camped beside the dam and can walk around the golf course if we wish. The entire 9 x 2 holes takes about 6k. (Each hole is played twice from a different direction. That makes sense as there are only 9 greens to keep "green" in this water land of ours.

    It is very quiet and relaxing sitting here watching the sun sinking slowly towards the horizon.
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    Paul White

    where you heading to from there Rob

    Rob and Pam T

    Hi Paul. we are heading towards Maryborough to a classified location.

  • Day144

    Roma Bush Gardens

    September 19 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    This was an amazing spot early in the morning. The first thing is the bird chatter and song. Then a one kilometre walk around, andthere are birds everywhere. From the majestic pelican to the tiniest fairy wrens in the shrubs. It is an great place to visit.

    More About Roma (From an information sign).

    Wicome to Romal The area surrounding Roma i traditionally home to the Mandantan Aboriginal people travelling throughout the region, the Mandandanji occupled an area of approximately 40,000 square kilometres. Following exploration to the region by Major Thomas Mitchell in 1846, the Mandandanji became known as the fish net people for their use of nets rather than spears for fishing. Today a wonderful exhibition of traditional tools (reated by the local Mandandanji people) is available for locals and visitors in appreciate at the Mandendanji Park on the easter entrance to town.

    Roma was settled following exploration to the region by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846 Making his way north along the Balonne River and then west along the Muckadilla Creek, Mitchell stood atop a solitary hill and glowingly reported "I beheld the finest country I had ever seen in a primeval state a champaign region spotted with wood, stretching as far as human vision ar even the telescope would reach.

    He named the hill Mount Abundance' (located between Roma and Mitchell and visible toward the south from the Warrego Highway near Muskadilla) and continued his journey west to the Maranoa River, just north of the present town of Mitchell. During the following year, Allan McPherson established Mount Abundance station, marking the beginning of a lang history of primary productions for the region.

    The town of Roma took its name from the wife of Queensland's first Governor, the Countess Diamantine Roma and was one of the first gazetted settlements following Queensland's separation, from New South Wales in 1859. Today, approximately 8,090 full time equivalent residents live in the township of Roma

    Roma can truly be regarded as being the cradle of Australia's Oil and Gas Industry. Like many western towns reliant on water in the late 19th century, Roma looked closely at the potential of underground water. In 1899, water was discovered at a bore sunk on Hospital Hill. In that year, a second bore spudded at the same site encountered natural gas. Today, Roma has strong links with natural gas production and is centrally located in an area of large reserves of petroleum gas and coal seam gas. The Big Rig Museum is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the history of the industry, including the Oil Patch self guided tour and the Night Show.

    The local economy of Roma is based on the extraction of coal seam gas and its related industries, as well as agriculture (primarily beef production, with some sheep and broad acre farming), cypress milling and tourism. Australia's largest cattle selling centre is located at the Roma Saleyards with 300,000-400,000 cattle sold through the facility, annually. Visitors are welcome to attend sales every Tuesday and Thursday and even take i a tour with a local farmer.

    The town of Roma has a range of cafés, specialty shops, restaurants and accommodation options that we are sure you will enjoy. Volunteers and staff at the Roma Visitor Information Centre look forward to welcoming you to their community and making your stay a most

    enjoyable experience. Please relax, unwind and enjoy the country hospitality found in abundance in Roma.

    About the Maranoa

    Welcome to the Maranoa! With a stunning and diverse natural landscape, fascinating history and abundance of cultural experiences available, we are sure that you will love exploring and getting to know our region.

    Spanning a geographic area c 58,834.5 square kilometres (a little smaller than Tasmania), the Maranoa region takes in the towns of Roma (the central hub), Injune to the north, Mitchell to the west, Surat to the south, Wallumbilla and Yuleba to the east. the communities of Amby, Muckadilla and Mungallala (west of Roma) and Jackson at the region's eastern most gateway.

    The Maranoa is traditionally home to the Gunggari, Kooma, Bidjara, Mandandandji and Iman Aboriginal people. Today, the culture and traditions of the original people are proudly displayed throughout the region. Visitors are welcome to visit the Aboriginal Traditional Campsite in Surat, the Native Wells near Yuleba, Mandandanji Park in Roma, the Yumba in Mitchell and each of the inspiring National Parks to the north of Injune.

    European settlement to the Maranoa region commenced following exploration to the region by Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1846.

    Today, the Maranoa region is a dynamic and vibrant regional community, with a population of approximately 13,076 residents. The local economy is based upon coal seam gas extraction (and its related industries), agriculture, timber milling and tourism.

    The Maranoa offers visitors a diverse range of experiences from tranquil natural environments with superb sandstone formations, to interpretive displays which celebrate the culture and history of the region. The residents of the Maranoa are proud to call this region their home and are thrilled to welcome you into their community. Please take the time to explore the region. We are sure you will make memories that will last a lifetime.
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  • Day143


    September 18 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Here we are at Muckadilla. The pub was just rebuilt and is super busy. The community offers camping behind the hall for a donation. Good showers and toilets make this a good stop.

    Here's some extra info from the old railway station building.





    "Country good enough to fatten a crowbar!" This was the quote COINED by local grazier Barry McMullen, when referring to the Muckadilla area.

    In 1846, Explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell ascended the north-eastern extremity
    of Mt Abundance and quoth, "...from it beheld the finest country I had ever seen in a primeval state - a champaign region, spotted with wood, stretching as far as human vision or even the telescope could reach."

    Many pastoralists came with their livestock to settle the district.

    Muckadilla has a significant place in the history of the Maranoa Region.

    Sir Thomas Mitchell discovered that the local aboriginal tribe called the creek Muckadilla, meaning 'Muddy Water'. In 1848 Ludwig Leichhardt wrote his last known written document at a shepherd's hut south of Muckadilla, originally part of the huge Mount Abundance selection. With the

    resumption of Mt Abundance Station, blocks of land were put up for selection

    in May 1927, allowing settlers to raise sheep and cattle as well as farm.
    Many of the original families remain in the area along with many newcomers.

    They all survive the vagaries of living through good times, drought, fires and
    economic downturns. Each is proud to say, come from Muckadilla."

    The Muckadilla community is made of people, properties, businesses and sporting events. Right from when the horse and bullock teams came to water at Muckadilla Creek there have been
    many characters. Some have bought properties, started businesses and played many forms of sport.

    There have been Merino sheep studs of world distinction, the Muckadilla Railway and Hot Mud Baths, Pub, Store and Service Station, along with others who have served the community well. Tennis, cricket, horse racing, polocrosse, clay target shooting and rifle shooting are popular activities in the district, with some members going on to represent Australia!

    Frank Forde, an Australian Prime Minister, called Muckadilla home, as well as long standing Federal Member for Maranoa, Bruce Scott. Harry Murray V.C., the most decorated Australian soldier, owned "Blairmack", a local property renowned for quality sheep production.

    Others have fought in all the wars from the Boer War to Afghanistan.
    When you go home tell your friends, "I've been to Muckadilla - have you?"
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  • Day141

    Rock Pool - Charleville.

    September 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Just 11 kilometers East of Charleville is a basic bush camp where travellers can rest up for a couple of nights. The main feature is a deep rock pool with water. The grounds are pebble with lots of low trees.

    The highway on one side and the railway the other. Very few trains, just one so far since we have been here. We are away from the highway so not too noisy from that.

    Our birding notes are now on a separate trip. Click this link for a sneak peek.

    You can also open the bird tracks trip. You should still see both trip posts if you are following.
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  • Day141


    September 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    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

  • Day141

    The Beach

    September 16 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.

  • Day141

    Dan Dolmans Hut - Modern Archaelogy

    September 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Dan Dolman was a Wyandra resident who built fences, cut timber and no doubt did many other jobs. His hut ha long collapsed and mostly vanished but there is still a lot of evidence of his presence.

    Looking at the remaining metal and other items strewn around it would be possible to build a picture of how he lived. Some of the cans thawere easy to identify were bully beef, herring, sardines, powdered milk, baking powder, syrup and countless vegetable or soup tins. Only a few cans were the later aluminium so it may date back into the 1950's. There was a wash tub and some lantern parts.

    Some of Dan's clans still live in the area. I bet his home was much more basic than any we would accept today.
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  • Day140

    Cunnamulla River Walk

    September 15 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    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.


    Yeehah! The Web pages are back online. There is a lot of information that covers all that is on the signs.
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