I’ll do a couple of days updates in one hit as bandwidth was none existent at our last two overnight stops.
Day two was what could be called a travel day, leaving Bollon to travel towards Innamincka.
It was during this day that we started to get a real feel for how bloody big Australia is! Limited animals to see we think maybe because of the lack of water, but that’s just a guess. The scenery varied once again from dry forest through to wide open plains with what looked like good quality grass. Not sure how they got it to grow there, but well done to whoever did that.
The first town we came onto was Cunnamulla. A very nice place complete with a statue of the Cunnamulla Fella which is a tribute to Slim Dusty and Stan Coster who sang and wrote the song of the same name. We met a guy that was with a party from the University of New England that were doing some environmental research in the area and were staying on a nearby station. Anyone could camp at the station which would be something I’d be interested in when I come back this way.
The next town was Thargomindah which was a very small place and looked like it might be in decline. The shop had very little stock on the shelves. We filled up with fuel and was on our way. Still a long way to go before the day was done.
As we got closer to Innamincka which is we plan to meet up with the guys from the 4WD club we saw signs to the Bourke and Wills Dig Tree so decided to take the detour in to have a look. When we arrived at the information centre there was another couple just signing in so we struck a conversation. They had been travelling for 50 days so far up through the Gulf of Carpentaria and were heading back to Victoria through the centre of Aus. As it was getting towards dark we decided to camp at the site, and ended up having a great time with our new friends Brett and Sue. The beer and wine was tasting very good after our days travel.
The next morning we went exploring around the Dig Tree site. A very interesting place where Bourke and Wills stopped during their trip to become the first Europeans to travel the length of Australia North to South. The Dig tree itself is the site where their supply teams buried food etc in the hope that Burke and Wills would find it. The trip ended in tragedy for them but is a part of Australia’s history. Well worth Googling if you would like to know more.
We then travelled into Innamincka with Brett and Sue and had lunch the Innamincka Hotel. Good food and cold beer. What more could you ask for.
We then met up with the 4WD club that were camped just below the hotel and set up camp. After a shower at the public ammentities, we went exploring around the very small town. There is a historic building commemorating the nurses who lived and worked at a health facility on the site in the early 20th Century. We also visited the local cemetery and which has recently been restored by the local community. The area is rich in history with Bourke and Wills travels as well as local cattle stations etc.
It is now Tuesday and we are heading south towards Lyndhurst and are presently stopped at the viewing area for the Moomba gas and oil field. They have bandwidth so everyone is catching up with facebook and calls .