Jazzabout Trip 2012 travel blog


14th - 15th Thargomindah.

The roads heading west are very narrow, only one lane but everyone we meet coming the other way is very courteous, they slow right down and we both get off the edge of the road (very solid edges) to minimise stone damage. We stayed in the Explorers Caravan Park, what a surprise, green lawns, excellent amenities and very friendly owners ( Paul & Ide) they made us very welcome.

Thargomindah is a neat little town with a lovely walk on the river. It is also home to a local identity known as Surly Shirley the owner of the local pub. She has such a reputation that band Simply Bushed has written a song about her. We went to the pub to see if we could get some lunch, but she didn't feel like cooking so no lunch.

16th - 17th Noccundra

The only building in Noccundra is a lovely old sandstone hotel with some cabin accommodation but no meals. Drinks are expensive and Diesel fuel was $2.20 per litre, glad we didn't need any.

We free camped over the road at the Wilson River Camp. What a magic place, had intended to stay one night but ended up two.

The Bird life was amazing, Eagles, Herons Pelicans and early in the morning two Brolga's walked past our campsite and at night the sky was as clear as I have ever seen it.

18th Quilpie

What a clean and proud little town, great street scape, lot's of flowers and shrubs, very friendly shopkeepers willing to have a chat and that suited Lorraine.

Spent the night a Wanco Station, Lake Houdraman with about 20 Motorhomes and Caravans. We caught up with a couple we met in Thargomindah, Faye & Van and spent happy hour with them and some folks in the next caravan.

19th - 20th Charleville.

We had not intended to stop in Charleville but we looked at each other and said, remember Evening Star Caravan Park last year, so we decided to do the Laundry and fill the water tanks and catch up with Gavin and Marree the Managers. Gavin plays a mean Blues Harp so we had a couple of sessions around the campfire on the two nights we were there.

Also on the first night we were treated to Didgeridoo playing and stories about the early life of the Aborigines by a part Aborigine and he was very interesting, showed us lot's of artefacts and different Didgeridoo's, and some wonderful paintings of his.

21st Muckadilla

We are now at Muckadilla a little roadside camp about 40km from Roma, good spot, showers & toilets and a Pub just down the road, will check it out later and see if we can meet some of the locals.

22nd Roma.

Now sitting in the McDonalds carpark and using their Wi-Fi to send this on, will catch up again later.

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