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Jun 26, 2016 - DAY 65

Day 65 Walked the Qantilda Museum this was very interesting.The Matilda Museum burnt down last years, but they expect to start rebuilding later this year. The General Store is the oldest building in town. Got to Longreach and tried to get another gas bottle but none of them would fit the camper, while this was happening another customer said to us try Mitre 10 in town so we did and saved ourselves $8. Booked the Qantas tour for 9.30 tomorrow.

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RUSSANDY 2016

Apr 23, 2016 - Longreach

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...

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Apr 22, 2016 - Longreach

Had to have Amber to the vet at 10am for Monthly Cartrophin injection. They very kindly let us leave her with them for an hour while we went and looked at shops in Longreach. I also put a load of washing on at the laundromat (everything very close to main street), then we had a wander in the main street whilst washing was on and Amber was keeping in the cool at the vet. Called in to tourist information, then went and picked up Amber and the washing before doing some grocery shopping. We returned to camp to hang out washing and have some...

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Apr 21, 2016 - Jerricho to Longreach

Drive today to Longreach via Barcaldine. Had to stop and look at the Tree of Knowledge at Badcaldine- well, what remains of it. They have made a very nice job of trying to retain the very dead, original tree. Roads in this part of the world are very long and straight and country is very brown and flat. Police stopped Ian for a breathalyzer on arrival into Longreach and then very hospitably gave us directions to the famous Longreach free camp at Apex park. Well, we had been warned! No beautiful riverside camp tonight, welcome to heat, dust...

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Jul 8, 2015 - Day 11 / 12 - Longreach

Barcaldine We wanted to spend time looking around Barcaldine this morning on our way through but it was too close to Jericho to stay. The "Tree of Knowledge", of course, was poisoned in 2006 but an awesome memorial now stands on the sight. The trunk and some of the branches were preserved and now form part of the memorial which stands inside a huge structure with giant timber windchimes hanging from the roof. We also found a patchwork shop here which stocks Natalie's patterns! The lady knew Natalie and said she sees her at the trade...

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Oct 24, 2014 - Longreach

Just before leaving Winton this morning a caravan-boat (cara-boat, van-boat, boat-van??) arrived. Don't know that they are going to find much water in which to launch it, with the exception of the Thomson River here at Longreach, all the rivers I have crossed are totally dry. Got to Longreach at about 13:30 and went straight to the Stockmans' Hall of Fame, then the Powerhouse Museum, both absolutely terrific. Did some shopping then went back along the road to Winton for about 5ks to a place called Lilly Lagoon, which must be very nice when...

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Oct 7, 2014 - Longreach

We rode our bikes into town to look around gravitating to McKinnon and Co. What a great tourist stop. They have a great store of lots of things maybe not found other places. All in the old style. Leather, brass, copper, all sorts of goods. Out the back is everything done old style from help yourself food and pay in the honesty box including Bushells tea made in a teapot, which you make yourself, to Cobb and Co coaches in abundance some of which are driven by four white horses on a short tour of the outback roads. We went to the slapstick...

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Aug 2, 2014 - Longreach

We decided to travel inland at Rockhampton and explore places we haven't seen before. We stayed at Duaringa, Emerald and onto Jericho where we met up with friends from Port Macquarie - Steph, Gary and their beautiful daughters Zoe & Kiera. We spent the night camping near them, chatting around a camp fire, exchanging stories of all our travels. It was a short and sweet catch up as they left the next day on the final stages of their trip, homeward bound. We on the other hand have just started and decided to stay one more night and explore....

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Jun 16, 2014 - Longreach, Queensland

Today we went Galloping through the Scrub on top of a vintage Cobb & Co stagecoach. Cobb & Co was a transportation company begun in Australia by several young Americans in the mid-1800s. At its height, it had more livestock and more coaches and covered more miles than Wells Fargo did in the United States. But like Wells Fargo, the arrival of the railways led to Cobb & Co’s demise in the early 20th Century. This 45-minute ride was part of a four-hour experience designed to acquaint us with the history and hardships of life in the Queensland...

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2014-Australia

Feb 2, 2014 - Longreach

Sunday 2nd February We decided this morning that we would go and check out the Qantas Founder's Museum early, as it opens at 9am and the first tour is at 9.30am. The museum is just over the road from the Caravan Park. We got there and booked a "Jet" tour and entrance to the museum for both of us $90. I also booked a simulator experience place for myself at additional $25. The Jet tour was at the start of the tour, we were first given a lot of information on a 747 Jumbo Jet that is now retired and in the yard. This was the 17th Jumbo...

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Feb 1, 2014 - Emerald to Longreach (still running, but it's still following)

Friday January 31st Due to the rain today we stayed around the caravan park in the morning. I did a few maintenance items on the caravan (not as many as I hoped ). We did take a drive around the town of Emerald and was surprised at the size of it. Found out that it had very big floods in January 2013 but only after 10 days of torrential rain. Luckily this is only day 2 of drizzle mixed with downpours. So only thing we could really check out without getting saturated was the shopping centres and this was just the same as most towns with the...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Longreach

11/2/13, Saturday Headed for the outback today. We drove straight West from the coast inland to Longreach "Gateway to the Outback". This was a very interesting drive. The first part was forested and mountainous. After crossing the mountains, we came out into the outback! Flat, kangaroos everywhere, emus walking around and crossing the road. Road trains (huge semi-trucks pulling 3 or 4 trailers and going like bats outta ...). We passed through Blackwater, the coal capitol of Queensland. Enormous coal trains filled with coal passed us. We...

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