Shire of Balonne

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  • Day200

    Night out in Nindigully Pub

    May 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    A few pics of inside pub, great company, & a great meal. ( mixed grill) 2x fillet steak , 2x lamb chops, 2x sausages, 2x pork ribs, 2x bacon, &2x fried eggs along with chips & salad. May I add we each shared between the 2 of us. Outside music & a fire. Tomorrow long day on the road, night all.Read more

    Georgina Giles

    Glad you shared lol x

    Jackie Blake

    you will need a long run after that meal 😆 x

  • Day200

    Nindigully Pub

    May 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Queensland’s oldest pub. Located in its original condition & situated on the banks of the Moonie river. Attracts locals & travellers every year for a cold beer & a kilogram T Bone steak if your peckish And if your really hungry go for the Road Train Burger. ( can feed 6 easy). Lol. The pub license was issued in 1864 after operating as shearer’s accomodation for Nindigully Pub. From the late 1800s the pub was a Cobb & Co coach change over station. Population on this town is 9. Yes 9.Read more

    Georgina Giles

    Loving the history lessons on your travels Trish x

  • Day2

    West to St George

    August 15, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Pretty packed day today and a trip of around 400km so we set the alarm early and woke up to the sound of relatively heavy rain (which had basically started last night when we went to bed). We showered and got ready and the rain had pretty much stopped by that stage.

    We decided to back track a little and check out the Castle Glen distillery. I had little hope of it being open (and I was right), but we did manage to get a couple of photos out the front. As well as the obligatory pic in front of the “big Apple” of Stanthorpe.

    Stopped off in town and grabbed a coffee (well Rob did, I’m trying to watch the calories). Went for a walk up the Main Street then to the park where we came across a couple of locals who on both occasions wanted to tell us how exciting it was the have water flowing over the weir. Apparently last nights rain was a welcome relief from the drought conditions they’ve experienced recently. I guess in the whole pandemic thing we forget about the other crisis going on.

    Left Stanthorpe and drive out towards Inglewood. Part way there I gave Rob a bit of a break from the driving. It wasn’t too difficult though we did come across a few spots with a bit of water over the road which was a little hairy. Nothing major though thankfully. Spotted a bit of wildlife along the way including wallabies and an Emu. Eventually made it to Inglewood and stopped at the park in front of the bowls club for some mornos.

    Made our way across to Goondiwindi stopping first at Yelarbon to check out the silo art. At Goondiwindi we had a quick drive by the border check point (not through, obviously!) then stopped for a nice lunch by the water at the Botanical Gardens.

    Wasn’t a whole to see for some time after Goondiwindi. We stopped for arvos at a place called Talwood by some daggy water tower. Just in time too as just as we were leaving it started to rain. We noticed the sky looking a bit ominous ahead of us and were a bit concerned that we might get caught up in a nasty storm. The worst seemed to go around us though which was handy. It was tough not having coverage as we couldn’t just check the radar!

    We came to a crossroads and had to decide whether to take the 60km round trip out to see some more silo art at Thallon. I’d heard there was also a big wombat there too and was concerned that we might not get another opportunity to come it this why so we decided to do it. Saw a second echidna on the way (first was not long before the turn off) which almost made the decision worthwhile on its own. The silos turned out a little disappointing as you couldn’t seem to get very close but the wombat was terrific. I’d already decided I was going to climb it for a photo and on closer inspection I saw that it actually had footholds on one side! After nearly twisting my ankle I made it up there and managed to ungraciously turn around for the picture. Next it was Robs turn before time to head back towards St George.

    We arrived in St George just as it was starting to get a bit dark. We stopped for a quick cup of tea before heading back into town for dinner. Even though it was Saturday night there weren’t a huge number of options to choose from so we went to one of the two pubs there (Cobb and Co). Not a bad meal, although I could have done without the tv showing a goat getting castrated while I ate my dinner.

    Got back to the park and it was dead quiet. Given that there was almost no one out in the town (even on a Saturday night) I assumed everyone had gone to bed. We had a quick look at the stars in the sky - amazing how much more you can see without the distraction of city lights. Then it was time to get warm in bed.
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  • Day15

    Hebel. Last camp in Queensland.

    March 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Hebel is very close to the Queensland border. A camp on the river here is quite good but as one finds in sheep country the flies are epic.

    Every activity is hampered by swarms that seek out bodily moisture in eyes, nose, mouth and anywhere else they can. Today I have resorted to a fly veil.

    Event hough the day was overcast there was a spectacular sunset. Rich deep reds that painted a full panorama, this is one of the most spectacular sights so far on this trip.

    Pictured is our camper at night as it was at our Hebel Camp. The second picture is an unexpected sunset from the camp-site.
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  • Day15

    Thallon Silo Art and Wombat

    March 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 26 °C

    Another example of Silo Art. We have seen this art first a year or two ago at Patchewollock VIC. This one was very well done and worth a look. Only thing is that you can't get really close.

    The giant wombat statue is the hairy nosed wombat. This structure is interestingly designed to be claimed on.Read more

  • Day15

    Aboriginal Rock Wells at Weengallon

    March 26, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    Aboriginal Wells are found in many places across some of the most inhospitable lands of the Australian continent.

    The Wells at Weengallon are filled from seepage of artesian water from great distances underground. The levels of water are higher than some of the surrounding terrain.

    These Wells were culturally significant and allowed tribes to traverse seemingly impossible areas.
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  • Day22

    More chilling at the Gully

    September 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Today dawned bright and sunny with a perfect forecast of 27 degrees, with a lovely light breeze. We are very happy to be staying here for another day, especially as we are waiting for a parcel we have had sent to the Roma Post Office and it hasn’t arrived yet, so we’d rather hang around here than hang around closer to Roma in a spot nowhere near as pleasant as this one.

    We said goodbye to our neighbours we have been chatting to the last couple of days, and settled down to relax outdoors. I baked a loaf of bread in the Weber (kneading it by hand by the riverbank) as we’ve now run out of bread and wraps.

    Gadi went for a long kayak down the river and Cadbury and I walked along the river bank enjoying the serenity and bird life.

    Tonight we are relaxing in our little home on wheels; we’ve packed up the outside awning and put away the extra table and chairs in readiness for moving on tomorrow. We are heading to Roma and after that, Carnarvon Gorge.

    Night night from the Nindigully Pub xx
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  • Day20

    The famous Nindigully Pub

    September 8, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Well, today may very well be a record for the shortest number of kilometres driven to our next overnight stop - a total of 34km down the road from Thallon to the nearby Nindigully Pub.

    We’d heard you could camp at the old pub situated on the banks of the Moonie River and we were keen to find a spot along the river bank and go to the pub for happy hour, some live music in the beer garden and a feed at this iconic pub.

    While we didn’t eat the famous 5.5kg road train burger (said to feed at least six people) we did get through large serves of a parma and a chicken carbonara.

    The Gully as it’s commonly called among locals, has the honour of being Queensland’s oldest continuously licensed pub since 1864. Prior to that the building was the original shearer’s quarters for Nindigully Station.

    We found a perfect spot along the river, away from the big red dusty car park next to the hotel and spent the afternoon enjoying the sunshine and the tranquility of the river and chatting to some of our fellow camping neighbours.

    I was in the mood to bake so after putting a pizza into the Weber I baked some choc chip chocolate muffins and a honey cake. Tomorrow is Jewish New Year and although we are far from home we feel that eating some honey cake tomorrow evening and some apple slices dipped in honey well help to symbolize the beginning of what will hopefully be a sweet new year - for us and for all people across the world.

    Around 5ish we headed up to the beer garden at the pub with some of our neighbours and enjoyed some delicious white wine as we ate and listened to local artist Scott Troutman sing soulfully and play guitar as the afternoon sun faded away and was replaced by twinkly fairy lights around the garden.

    And to cap off another lovely day on the road, as we were leaving the pub to walk back to our caravan down on the river, we looked up into the inky black sky and marveled at the millions of stars that were visible up above. Even the Milky Way could be seen clearly against the charcoal backdrop.

    G’night xx
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Balonne Shire, Shire of Balonne, Comté de Balonne, Contea di Balonne, Балонн, 巴隆郡政府

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