Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Longreach to Winton

Spent another half day at the Qantas founders Museum, there was a lot to see, it was about the only worthwhile activity in Longreach., due to the weekend and then public holiday, nothing was open, even the tourist attractions were closed or were open odd hours, for a short time.
The Brolgas at the Longreach caravan park wander around making quite a racket.

Arrived at Winton and decided to stay 2 nights, the caravan park has resident bush poets and they put on a show every night, they were very good, the caravan park is a bit ordinary and the price of groceries surprised us today , some of the items were double what we pay in Melbourne.
Winton claims Banjo Patterson as their own , this is where he wrote Waltzing Matilda. The Waltzing Matilda centre is one of the main tourist attractions, it's very well done and we spent a few hours there.
Winton is also the Dinosaur capital of Australia, we had a tour of the Age of Dinosaurs Fossil Preparation Facility. It was fascinating to see the volunteers painstakingly working on on big lumps of rock with tiny drills removing the rock from around the Dinosaur bones. Apparently there are Dinosaur fossils scattered throughout this area. We are going to Lark Quarry tomorrow which is the site of the only known Dinosaur stampede on earth and are staying at Carisbooke , a working cattle and sheep station.
The maps that Tourist Information supply are very difficult to follow and could easily get people into trouble, we ended on a track only suitable for a four wheel drive as we took a wrong turn, but we did come across this 1946 Dodge , the same model that Mark restored.

1 comment:

  1. This is so much more interesting than anything Mike & Mal Leyland did. Next, I want to see you throwing an old chook to a crocodile.