Mungallala ,Wallumbilla & Morven
May 21, 2013
Moving day, heading towards Charleville. First rest stop of the day Wallumbilla just in time for morning tea. Calico Cottage served a great devonshire tea. Lots of arts and craft and a museum to browse in. Worthwhile stop about 13kms out of Roma. After fueling up at Roma we continue on our journey. A slow trip lots of roadworks, making for a long day. The Warrego highway needs a name change maybe the Bouncy Highway is more apt.
We pull up at our stop for the night. Mungallala, very little here, a small caravan park and a very old pub come local store. After a walk around town taking all of five minutes, we have decided to have a meal at the pub, the menu looks good. Very enjoyable evening talking with the locals and reading all the messages written on the pub walls.
This morning we are heading to Morven where we will be spending one night at the recreational grounds. Donation of $5 is required with some powered sites. Have to be in early for those sites. After setting up we walk into town.
The first written record of this district was made by Major Mitchell who traveled through here in 1845. The Morven museum has five buildings, the first holds a miscellaneous collection gathered from many sources. The second holds machinery, hardware and larger items. The third is used for a collection unique to Morven. Local man Bob Johnson, using photograghs and early memories to faithfully reproduce authentic replicas of our past. Dwellings include realistic homestead, slaughter pens, sheep dips and yards. Others consist of a log cabin and a bush camp. During the depression years, people struggled for accommodation. They made huts from flattened kerosene tins. Very innovative.
Back to camp, becoming very overcast and cool. Enjoyable afternoon watching some of the wildlife wandering around. Rain started early evening and continued through the night.
A quick pack up this morning. Lots of water lying around and we don't want to be bogged. As it is we have to leave in 4wd low ratio gear, very slowly and it was very slippery. We are all pleased to be on the road. A very wet drive today in torrential rain. Lots of water lying beside the road. We are now in Charleville for a few days.