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Meat ant country

Great old Aussie movie made here

Great mural


Happy campers

Famous shearer Jackie Howe - record still stands

Blackall landmark

27th May

Leaving Charleville Saturday morning we are heading to Barcaldine. Our first stop is Augathella. This small town has a history of bushrangers, bullockies and huge sheep stations.

Augathella murals celebrate the towns history, from the great sheep stations of the west to the famous 1950's movies about "Smiley" based on a local boy growing up in Augathella. The local football team known as the Mighty Augathella Meat Ants were fearless in their attack against their opponAnts, earning the town the nickname,"Meat Ant Country."

Stopping at Tambo for a rest we noticed lots of work being done in town. They are getting ready to celebrate their 150th anniversary in June. Unfortunately the teddy bear shop was closed yet again. Not much opened on the weekends in the small towns. Moving on to our next stop of the day Barcoo River rest stop. Don't think we will ever get use to the amount of wildlife we are seeing along side of the road.

After a cool night we are on the road heading to Blackall. Was very warm in the car but the wind was very cool while we walked the town. Outside the information centre stands the statue of Jackie Howe. He blade shore 321 sheep in 7 hrs and 40 minutes at Alice Downs Blackall on the 10th October 1892. The record still stands today. Next stop Barcaldine.

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