Carolyn & Greg's Nomadic Adventures .../CanberratoCooktown_2013 travel blog

Chichilla Pub

Main street

Every night event

Prickly pest

The old homestead remains

Too slow - nearly got away

17th May

We had a miserable cold,wet start to Thursday,clearing in the afternoon. Finally got to meet Doug who owns the property. He will be here till Monday.

The sun is out and we have a beautiful morning. Time to head into town to do the washing and fill the cupboards. Before heading back to camp we had a walk around town.

Strolling on the pedestrian walkway over the modern bridge [Eric Stewart Overbridge Walk]. There is a good view of the old Club Hotel, built in 1907. It is the only wooden hotel in Chinchilla that has not been razed by fire. There have been numerous periods of flooding when the major streams of Charley's creek and the Condamine river have broken their banks. Water levels recorded in 1942 were at least one metre higher, causing widespread damage. Escape routes were cut in many places by raging streams.

Prickly Pear is believed to have been first introduced in the early 1840s and by the mid 1880s land owners in NSW and Queensland were expressing concern about the rapid spread of the pear. In 1925 the insect Cactoblastis cactorum was successfully introduced and bred at Sherwood in Brisbane. Within two years it was evident that Cacto was winning. As Chinchilla was central to the infestation, a field station was set up to breed stocks of the insect.

18th May

The sun is shining, after a beautiful breakfast of a damper cooked by Elaine, Doug has kindly offered to take us for a walk around his property. On our walk we spotted where the old homestead was. Saw some of the wildlife, very peaceful strolling through the paddocks listening to the chirping birds and Doug's comments. Sunday is our last day in Chinchilla, back on the road Monday.

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