|I drove into town first thing to do another load of washing (unfortunately the mundane everyday tasks still have to be done) and had another wander down the main street whilst the washing was being done. I think I have seen every shop Longreach has to offer! Also cashed in my winning scratchie that I had bought the day before- winnings of $50!!
Back at camp we organised ourselves for a drive to Captain Starlight's lookout. Captain Starlight supposedly rustled 1000 head of cattle from the area in 1870 and used this hill as a lookout while gathering the cattle. He and his team supposedly drove the cattle along Barcoo River and Cooper Creek as well as the Strezlecki track into South Australia. He then sold the cattle in SA. Would have been an epic undertaking in those days. Road was 45 ks of dirt road in very dry, generally flat country. The lookout is really not much more than a hill but you can see for miles in every direction because the country is so flat.It took us about 10 minutes to climb, but Ruby and Chilli went up and back about 3 times- needless to say they are very tired dogs this evening!
On the way back we stopped at a place called Lily lagoon. Absolute amazing to find this lagoon with water lilies in the middle of such dry country. Apparently when the lagoon dries out, tubers from the lilies bury into the mud and lay dormant until the lagoon fills up in the next wet season.The lilies can only be found in this area. Despite the temperature getting up to 34º it was a very enjoyable day. Despite my original misgivings about this campsite it hasn't been too bad. Have added a photo of the sun going down, wish I could also have added one of the moon rising- it was full moon last night, but just as big tonight and absolutely beautiful.