Barcaldine to Bogantungan
May 28, 2013
Leaving Barcaldine this morning after spending two nights. The Barcaldine tourist park at $28 a night was good value. Sunday night we had damper and billy tea and a chat with one of the locals. Monday was a campfire dinner, two courses, a stew with mashed potato and toast followed by caramel dumplings,ice cream and cream. Very indulgent but very nice.
Barcaldine has a colourful past which centered around the Great Shearers Strike of 1891.Home to the tree of knowledge. The historic tree was a ghost gum which grew outside the railway station for a period of over 180 years. Sadly it was poisoned in 2006 by an unknown culprit and never recovered.
Barcaldine is also home to the first free flowing bore in Queensland which was sunk in 1886 at Back Creek. Artesian water is the life blood of the outback and is often referred to as liquid gold.
Jericho dates back to 1885 and owes its beginning to the railway. This is our first stop of the day. Jericho has the smallest drive-in in the southern hemisphere as it hold only 36 cars. The drive in still operates once a month.
The old railway station is now home to the information centre come medibank, centrelink and post office. Also you find the Outback Village which has been modeled in clay.
Back in the truck heading to Apha, our next stop. In this small town we spotted the murals which were painted by local women after the 1990 flood.
Bogantungan Rest Area will be our stop tonight. Declared a town 7th Febuary 1881. In its hey day consisted of 28 hotels, several churches and numerous businesses. A large number of sporting clubs including a racecourse. Initially a terminus for the railway while the line was built across the Drummond Range.Unfortunately all that is left is few houses which are very rundown and a couple of locals still living here.
The scenery has changed greatly now and we are enjoying the change from flat to hills and mountains.