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  • Day179

    Winton - Abkürzung beendet!

    September 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    With Winton we have reached the end of Australia's longest shortcut. It is a small city with several hotels, pubs and cafes. From here there are only 599km left to the ocean!

    Wir haben Winton und damit das Ende der 2724km langen Abkürzung erreicht. Jetzt bleiben noch 599km bis nach Townsville an der Ostküste Australiens. Mit anderen Worten sind wir spätestens übermorgen wieder am Strand!

    Winton ist eine kleine Stadt mit zahlreichen Cafés, Pubs und Hotels. Heute Abend werden wir uns ein leckeres Steak und das ein oder andere Bier in einem der Pubs gönnen.
    Hier in Winton wurde übrigens im Jahr 1920 die bis heute größte australische Fluggesellschaft Qantas gegründet.
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  • Day118


    August 24 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    We first visited Winton years ago for their outback festival. "You are crazy to go way out there. There's nothing there." our friends chided. We met a close friend who had done the trip by bus out thwre and had the best time ever. I won the Billy boiling competition and we laughed till we cried when they ran the dunny races.

    Feats of strength, chopping contests of axe skill, loud music. It was a wonderful time to be remembered forever.

    Winton has changed quite a bit in 20 years. The streets have been sculptured and many businesses now cater for the growing tourist trade as much as the traditional rural support.

    Winton is still one of the places we enjoy visiting. The artesian bore water still stinks though.

    If you ever waltz your Matilda out this way, be sure to drop in.
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  • Day644

    Camp 9 - Corfield (+216=1508km)

    June 4, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    Corfield Free Camp


    DE: Die erste Nacht im Outback. Temperatursturz nach Sonnenuntergang von 25°C auf 5°C in der Nacht. Kaum vorstellbar, dass ein paar hundert Kilometer ins Landesinnere, die Temperatur trotz gleicher Höhe und Breitengrad so unterschiedlich sein kann...

    EN: The first night in the Outback. The temperature dropped after sunset from 25°C to 5°C at night. Hard to believe, that just a couple of hundred kilometers towards the center, there's such a big temperature difference. Even though we're on the same elevation and latitude...
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  • Day112

    Conn Waterhole

    August 18 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    About 50k west along the road to Boulia then turn off the road 4k to the Conn waterhole. Ironically the sign says "4 CONN WATERHOLE". Not certain what 4. This spot is on the Western River just above the Junction to the Diamantina River.

    The Diamantina starts around Kynuna and wanders all the way south past Birdsville while the Western River starts between Longreach and Winton. Eventually the waters from the short wet season end up in Lake Eyre to evaporate and start all over.

    Right now is after this year's wet and there is still a reasonable amount of water in the long waterholes. As the season progresses the waterholes dry up and dissapear until few are left.

    Wednesday 18th August 2021.

    We have etched a spot in the dusty banks with our camp for a couple of days. It is very quiet here with only a couple of other camps a reasonable distance away from us.

    A few late to bed birds are chatting to themselves or telling their new offspring about the recent wet that may have a gap of years to the next. This is the outback, well beyond the legendary charred stump. No phone service, too far for smoke to be seen, our only way to contact anyone is via satellite communication.

    Thursday 19th August 2021.

    Today is very pleasent though last night temperature dropped to under 10 degrees. We had a short walk this morning of about 2 kilometres.

    Last night the treated water clarified nicely ready for filling the solar shower bag and a load of washing. The dunny plunger modification we copied from other travellers works very well to agitate the clothes. Holes drilled in the $6 long handle plunger ensure it will never be used for its intended purpose. This helps with the agitation as well. A lot of dirt come out of the clothes. Wool wash seems to be an ideal detergent and requires minimal rinsing.

    Its not lunch time yet and I have treated enough water to finish our wash tomorrow and have water to heat for our shower.

    Pam has been having difficulty with her camera. The main issue is the zoom control. The springs in both directions have failed completely. If the control is not centre the camera will not focus or shoot. It took near 2 hours but with dogged persistence I managed to cobble up an external spring to centre the zoom control. I am waiting for a report when the glue dries completely.

    There are a few birds here however not the huge numbers we saw at Corella River. It seems the kites here don't catch fish from the river and the small birds are much more nervous when they fly over.

    Friday 21st August 2021.

    We decided to stay here for a other couple of days. The camp site is very good with abundant treatable water. The washing is up to date and we may do a small run tommorow so we will only have the bedding to wash when we get to a park.

    Its not the fact this camp does not cost that makes it attractive. We are not crowded by other people on all sides being assaulted by barking dogs and generators. The people who have been here are quiet and 100m plus distant. Quiet means birds are inclined to ignore us after we are here a day or two. That suits us fine.

    After breakfast we got ready for a longer and harder walk.

    This afternoon we are relaxing keeping our diaries up to date before we go for another short walk before our nice hot solar heated shower.

    Saturday 22nd August 2021.

    We started today with an easy couple of kilometres walk. Up to the power line, along a bit then back via an old access road that appeared to have been run to the power line. In the middle was a deep washout in a small channel.

    The bird list is growing more than we expected. We have noted upward of 20 species so far.

    Today is yoghurt making. This is very routine these days and I generally try to time it when there is plenty of water for cooling the milk after heating and water for washing. The cooling water gets up to about 60 degrees so saving that for the cleanup keeps water usage lower.

    It's a sunny day and batteries are fully charged by 1 0:30. All the gadgets are fully charged so electricity to spare. The power used by the yoghurt incubator will come straight from the solar panels.

    The frustration! Little birds Seen on our walk, photos too distant to a identify them. Only thing for sure we don't know what they were. Maybe try again tomorrow.

    Conn waterhole was a good camp, only in dry weather though. A bit of rain and nothing would move anywhere. When water was spilled on the ground there was instant sticky gooey mud. The other nuisance is the two or 3 foot deep water that would move fairly fast in deeper channels. Even the highway is no sanctuary as the floods cover a lot of distance there too.

    Today there were clouds. That meant a possibility of interesting and pretty sunset. We were rewarded with a very nice sunset for our last afternoon here.
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  • Day113

    How Do We Use Muddy River Water?

    August 19 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    Water is one of the things that is ever on our mind when we travel. We have limited ability to carry lots of water with about 14 - 20 days supply on board if we were only drinking the water we carry. If we need to shower from our on board water we would be looking for a refill every 5-6 days.

    We can stock up on food for about two weeks with emergency rations for another ten days or so. If we can find suitable water for bathing and washing we can stay out for a lot longer.

    Many times we have nearby rivers or billabong, but the water is often very muddy and not usable as is. There is a way to use this water though. We treat it in the same way your local council would. We collect buckets full of muddy water and add a tiny amount of alum. Then it is left to settle. This takes a few hours and then the clear water is simply siphoned off ready to use.

    If we had to use this water for drinking we could boil it or use our 0.3 micron filter to make it safe for drinking.

    A little effort and we can extend our time in remote places. This is a travelling skill that most people are not really aware of.
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  • Day114

    Morning Walk - Conn Waterhole

    August 20 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    The river network here is an enormous series of mostly dry channels covering a huge area. Come the wet season it is a huge expanse for of water with only the tops of the trees giving a clue how shallow the waters really are. As the water recedes after thee rains, the floodwater cuts channels into the black soil along the flow.

    For reasons I don't understand, in some places there are huge wide and sometimes quite long waterholes left filled with muddy water long after the floods have made the long journey to Lake Eyre.

    After the floods there are areas where the black clay soil shrinks as it dries leaving huge cracks in the ground. Walking requires one to watch foot placement to avoid twisting an ankle or worse.

    Today we set off from the camp, along the waterhole. We came on to the power line then followed that until we reached the road from the highway. By this time we were glad of the ease of walking on the crack free road back to our camp. In an hour and fifteen minutes we walked 3.3 kilometers.

    There were no birds to be seen after we veered away from the waterhole.
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  • Day114

    Birds at Conn Waterhole

    August 20 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    This is a harsh place for wildlife to live. Wet season boom, dry season bust. There are wallabies and small lizards. The river has fish.

    These are the birds we have seen on this visit. Overall more than we had expected to see.

    White-necked Heron
    Black-fronted Dotteral
    Australian Pelican
    White-plumed Honeyeater
    Australian Magpie
    Magpie Lark
    Crested Pigeon
    Peaceful Dove

    Yellow-throated Miner
    Black Kite
    Pacific Black Duck
    Australian Raven
    Pied Butcher-bird
    Little Friarbird
    Zebra Finch
    Whistling Kite
    White-breasted Woodswallow

    Little Eagle
    Willie Wagtail
    Apostle Bird
    Pink-eared Duck
    Sacred Kingfisher
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  • Day11


    May 4 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Winton is located in Central Western Queensland about 180 Kms northwest of Longreach. The area is home to diverse landscapes, beautiful red earth, spinifex, undulating plains, flat toped ridges with steep escarpments and dry channel beds waiting for the wet season, and of course FLIES ! ! ! Rich in history with links to the Great Shearers' strike, Waltzing Matilda and Qantas. The area has a new added attraction of even older history, in fact ancient history with the discovery of Dinosaurs !!
    Photos attached
    Early Qantas reference
    Horse and buggy rides in main Street
    Duncan playing his version of "Waltzing Matilda" on an outback junkyard set of drums.
    Banjo Paterson Statue outside the Waltzing Matilda Center.
    The North Gregory Hotel where the first recital of Waltzing Matilda took place on April 6th 1895
    The Tattersalls Hotel - Winton's oldest public bar was at the site of the this hotel in 1882-the lower floor of the current hotel dates back to 1885, second floor to 1914.
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    Alisha Grant

    Nice drumming dad

  • Day217


    June 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Fuel & coffee stop little house we saw that needed ALOT of TLC. 😂. Now on our way to Julia Creek for a stop over Following our mates in another Silveirline. This area is known as Dinosaur Capital & the home of Waltzing Matilda & Boulder Opal. I’ve added the info for you all to read.Read more

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