Having always dreamed of visiting “The Centre”, we arranged to have sometime away from work and so we began our big adventure. Driving from Brisbane to Ayres Rock via the Warrego Highway, we first stopped at Toowoomba and
visited the Cobb and Co Museum where they have on display Cobb and Co Coaches, Buggies, Wagons, Carts and Drays. After our trip down memory lane, we made our way through Dalby and Roma and onto Charleville. We stayed the night in Charleville at the Bush Caravan Park in our 4WD Coaster Motorhome. Charleville is a quaint Country Town and a great place to stop and take a look around, the highlight of our Charleville stop over was the Cosmos Centre, it is the perfect opportunity to use powerful telescopes that bring the Cosmos to life. On a clear nights sky and unaffected by the lights and pollution which cover the stars in the city, you can view the Milky Way Galaxy through the telescopes, a view you just don’t get in the big smoke.
The next morning we drove to Barcaldine and visited the Tree of Knowledge which is a famous landmark from the great shears strike in 1891. From Barcaldine we made our way to Longreach, with a stop in between at the famous Blue Heeler Hotel in Kynuna, like everyone else who has visited this hotel we signed our names on the wall, had lunch and a well earned drink and then left for Longreach. We stayed 2 nights at the Longreach Tourist Park, this is a clean and tidy park and we would stay there again. On the first day of our stay we took a Cobb and Co Coach Ride which takes you on a 45 minute ride around the outskirts of Longreach. The driver provides running commentary along the way, which was very informative. The next day we spent the whole day at the Longreach Hall of Fame, WOW what a magnificent place to see, with exhibits of all types of old country memorabilia, you definitely need to spend a full day here to really appreciate all the exhibits on display. After our amazing stay in Longreach, we drove via the Landsborough Highway for around 2 hours, and stopped in Winton.
We took some time out in the Waltzing Matilda Centre, it has a very comprehensive collection of items from Australia’s past, this is well worth looking at. We then went onto Cloncurry along the Landsborough Highway and to Mt Isa via the Barkly Highway. We pulled into Mt Isa just on dusk and the place was lit up like a Christmas tree, due to all of the lights from the mines. We stayed the night in the Mt Isa Caravan Park and the next morning went to the Underground Hospital and Museum. Another very interesting place to see, it is full to the brim with old medical equipment and it gives you an insight at how a hospital was set up to cope with casualties in the event of war. It really makes you appreciate how hard times must have been back in the day.
Continuing on along the Barkly Highway and Thorntonia Yelvertoft Rd which is a long dirt gravel road with many creek and cattle crossings, we made our way to Lawn Hill. When we arrived, we could not believe our eyes, it was just a breathtakingly beautiful oasis, every tree and plant you could think of was surrounding us, we kayaked for a day in the crystal clear spring waters. After our day relaxing in Lawn Hill, we drove through Camooweal over the boarder to Three Ways Roadhouse where the Barkly Highway meets the Stuart Highway. Our next exciting stop was Devils Marbles, formed by erosion over millions of years, the Devils Marbles are made of granite, they vary in size from 50 centimetres up to six metres across, many of the giant stones are precariously balanced on top of one another, appearing to defy gravity. Devil’s Marbles is just another one of Australia’s great landmarks which you have to see to believe.
Stay tuned for Part Two of Dennis’ trip in next months newsletter.