Shirley's Trip to Queensland 2016 travel blog

The Peak Downs homestead built in 1869. The roof has 60,000 hardwood...

The house was transported intact & the local police didn't want to...

The dining room. It was so nice to be trusted to wander...

The parlour showing the beautiful spotted gum walls, assembled without nails

Lord' Table Mountain, part of the Peak Range.

Another part of the Peak Range

Calverts Peak with Scotts Peak & Mount Roper in the background.


The Capella Pioneer Village contains the original Peak Downs homestead which I thought was worth a photo but when I got there I found that the village wasn’t open today. While I was taking a photo of the house through the fence a young bloke rode up on his bicycle & we started chatting.

It turned out that he was one of the volunteers coming to do some work & invited me to come in & have a look around. He opened up 5 of the buildings for me & I had a wonderful couple of hours looking around the beautiful old homestead which is crammed with all kinds of furniture & artefacts. I also saw the woolshed, shearers quarters & store which had been brought in from Gordon Downs, another local station.

One of the reasons I stopped at Capella was to have a look at the Peak Range mountains which are most unusual .because they’re not a range at all, they’re a series of individual conical mountains rising out of the flat black-soil plains.

I went on a 155 km self-drive tour this afternoon which was very helpful in describing the different mountains & even pointing out where the good photo opportunities were. I didn’t even get lost once.



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