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Lagoon Creek Water Facility

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    • Day12

      Barcaldine

      August 20, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Barcaldine is our next stop and on the way we came across the Alice River Botanical Walk. This was a bicentennial project to help educate everyone about the native environment. Many of the trees on the walk through the bushland are labelled and it gives a real appreciation of how diverse the landscape really is. Sadly it has fallen into some disrepair but still good exercise.
      We stopped at the Homestead Caravan Park in Barcaldine. This is the first paid park we have stayed at since we left Canungra almost 2 weeks ago. A nice quiet park with grassy sites.
      Time to strip the bed, wash the sheets and the mats and the towels and all the marginally dirty clothes. A full machine in their laundry for $3, pretty good value.
      The park also provides billy tea and damper every afternoon for the guests. We went for a wander around the town which is just a short walk from the van park. So sad to see the Tree of Knowledge now although the monument they have replaced it with is excellent. Glad we got to see the original so many years ago.
      One thing we have learned about these outback towns is to not assume something will be open. We've been caught twice now, this last time with the local IGA closing at 2:00pm Saturday. Of course we got there at 2:10. :(
      Had the chance to go for a couple of early morning walks around the town and down by the lagoon. Long hours in the car take their toll.
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    • Day15

      Barcaldine weekend trip

      March 13, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

      Weekend trip to Barcaldine, Some interesting stuff to see.
      This is the town were the labour party was formed commentated by the tree of knowledge.
      Well positioned between two of the towns pubs, we definitely both felt more knowledgeable after the evening in the pubRead more

    • Day14

      Barcaldine Races

      March 12, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

      Barcaldine races Saturday afternoon meet some great people.
      Christine payed for the day backing the winners and got her photo taken by the local paper for backing 4 out of 5 winners, great night in the pub with jockeys and trainers after inviting our new friends to dinner with us at the pubRead more

    • Day12

      Day 12

      July 15, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

      Had a good nights sleep at the Duaringa free camp, up early this morning and on the road by 8, back on the Capricorn hwy heading east, passed through Dingo, Bluff, Blackwater, Comet which are all mining towns or rail towns, next stop was Emerald for some shopping and a cuppa with some Woolworths donuts, yum.
      Fuelled up and back on the road east and passed by the gem fields Sapphire and Rubyvale before stopping at Willows rest area for lunch, next we passed through Alpha, Jericho and arrived in Barcaldine at 3 our stop for the night at the tourist park, absolutely jam packed with grey nomads such a difference a month later makes as we stopped here last year in June which was not busy. We walked down the street for a look and to the tree of knowledge once again to see if we can get any smarter 😂😂 , mucked around with a few things on the ute and the van whilst having a drink outside, weather not bad southerly breeze is a bit fresh got too 22 probs can't complain.
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    • Day33

      Day 33

      June 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

      Probably our last day of hot weather today here at Barcaldine, a magic 27 degrees, went for a walk this morning around some of the back streets, pretty tidy town with some nice old Queenslander homes. Checked out the Australian heritage workers museum, a big display with lots of history on all things that helped make a Australia the way it is today, did some shopping and picked up some plants to bring home. Walked along the Main Street past all the pubs 6 in total, the big windmill, some sculptures made from barb wire and the good old tree of knowledge which every time we have stopped does not seem to make us any smarter. Filled in the avo by driving out to Lloyd Jones Weir camping area, not very inviting lots of caravans camped on dirt, toilets, dump point and bins can see why they stay there for extended time. Another 15 minutes south towards blackall you turn off to Lara wetlands station camp about 13 kms of sandy road, looks like a great place to stay will put it on the list for next time. Happy hour at the van and beef schnitzel and veg for dinner 🍻👍🥃Read more

    • Day32

      Day 32

      June 28, 2018 in Australia

      Nice and quiet overnight at Muttaburra great for sleeping, moving again today a little bit further south, 150kms of bitumen pretty good Road half of it is single lane, stopped in at Aramac for a look on the way through a small town probably a bit bigger than Muttaburra. Got into Barcaldine tourist park and was met by Geoff the owner who farms cattle as well, very interesting to chat too, about 1 km out of town so we drove into town and had lunch at the commercial hotel, big chicken Parma was real good, needed to walk of lunch so we wandered up and down the street checking out the shops. A small tea tonight after our big lunch and a few drinks, just enjoying the great weather.Read more

    • Day56

      Longreach to Barcaldine Qld

      August 12, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      As many of you would know, thanks to the power of Facebook, Haydn was treated to an hour in Paul Douglas' hydralight. He had an exhilarating time just on sunset, and got to meet...and share an intimate space with .. a man who typifies outback hospitality. We also called into see Janelle Searle, one of Haydn's nak clients, who owns Studio Exclusive. Another local, (green grocer's daughter she told me) Janelle greeted us with a big hug and genuine caring....a real kind soul.
      Back on the road again to head home...Haydn is ready to get back now and we are both looking forward to seeing the family (including Jazabel) and our friends. We could have taken the dirt road route however have decided to stay on the bitumen and go via Barcaldine and head towards Aramac before coming out at Torrens Creek.
      Barcaldine has a terrific bakery and cafe plus the Tree of Knowledge and a rich Labor Party history.
      The countryside looks green and familiar.
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