Blackall to Winton 30th May - 6th June
At last we have access to the internet again, had some problems with the Modem but had it fixed in Longreach.
After leaving Blackall, a very friendly town, we drove to Barcaldine, had a quick look around and then went East 85 Km to Jericho as we had been told about a good camping spot, and it was a lovely spot right on the lake with good amenities. There were about 30 campers enjoying the area, so this small town attracts visitors who spend money in the town. Jericho also has the smallest drive in theatre in Australia with space for 26 cars, and has a movie once a month.
From here we went back to Barcaldine and had a good look around, the main street features the Tree Of Knowledge. The original tree was poisoned so the base was preserved and the most amazing sculpture was erected to represent the original canopy of the tree. It is constructed from recycled timber and is massive.
Then we went to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre and found that was very interesting as well. We stayed at the Caravan Park for one night to have Damper and Billy Tea and listened to a band ? Playing country songs, almost tempted to ask for our money back.
On to Longreach, chose to stay at the Caravan Park because it was in walking distance, 2.5 Km of the Stockman's Hall of Fame, we spent two days there and on the third day went back for the live show and we both thought it was the standout, wonderful horsemanship and a great demonstration of a Bullock Team gathering and loading logs onto a dray. In the afternoon I walked into Longreach to the Computer shop 4 Km and left it to have the Modem reinstalled. We then went to the Longreach water hole (Apex Park) for a overnight stay with about a hundred other Caravans and Motorhomes where we caught up with the two Ron's and their wives, the sister Lorraine and Lynette. Enjoyed their campfire with some other people and had lot's of laughs.
Arrived in Winton on the 6th June and found the last camping spot behind the North Gregory Hotel, a free camp spot in the centre of town. The hotel provide showers and of course all the campers patronise the hotel for drinks and meals. This hotel was where Waltzing Matilda was first performed and today we will go to the Waltzing Matilda Centre.
The Waltzing Matilda Centre in our opinion is much better than the Hall of fame, it has the the best displays and memorabilia and we spent several very enjoyable hours learning the history behind the song and seeing the displays of the old implements and vehicles and tools.
After lunch, we drove to Bladensburg National Park about 25 Km from Winton, found a great camping spot out there, but we had already booked into the caravan park for the night because we were having dinner there and going to a performance by two lady bush poets, talk about laugh, they were so funny and we really enjoyed our evening.
Tomorrow we are both getting our haircut before heading off toward Mt Isa. As you can imagine, Lori is in a panic about how her hair will turn out.
It's great to be able to keep in touch again and we hope everybody is fit and well.