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Focus on Muttaburra Museums Qld

I thought this post warranted some info on two museums that I felt should be shown before things change in Muttaburra, Qld.

Like anything these days, even museums, progress catches up even in the bush. The two museums I am writing about are A.A. Cassimatis Store and Cottage & Dr Arratta Museum in Muttaburra, Qld (120klms north of Longreach & 84klms north west of Aramac).

We have spent a couple of weeks here recently and met some locals and volunteers and I think they are doing a wonderful job to not let this little town disappear. The people involved in sharing the stories of these two sites ask only for a donation to help keep them open. It is quite rare to find museums with all the items on show just like someone had walked out yesterday.

The shire offers very reasonable camping fees in town at 3 sites and a lovely waterhole out of town.  Fossicking for petrified wood or agates can keep you occupied for days! The town has everything Traveller’s need: groceries, fuel, beverages (the pub!) a swimming pool, motel, post office and Primary Health Centre.

A.A. CASSIMATIS STORE & COTTAGE

Quote: “A.A. Cassimatis moved from Greece with his family in 1913 to establish a business in Australia. The Cassimatis Store closed its doors in 1978 having been a bank, green grocery, haberdashery, emporium, cafe, white goods merchant and liquor store and motor spirits. The museum shows living conditions of the early 1900’s and the secrets of running a general store in a small rural and remote community” 

DR. ARRATTA MUSEUM

After closure of the Muttaburra and District Hospital in 1989 the building was converted into a historical medical display museum. To be able to walk through a museum and see wards just like they were in the 50’s to 80’s is brilliant. The operating theatre is a bit eerie and great (as long as I’m not on the table!!) And the surgical instruments left me squirming!

Being a country hospital the Doctors were also the Dentists & Optometrists for the district.

So when travelling western Queensland detour off the highway’s and visit these small country towns to experience the history of your country.

Camels, Yabby’s & Camping – fun festival!!

We decided to attend the Tara Festival of Culture & Camel Races held 2-4th August at Tara, in the western downs 300klms west of Brisbane.

The lineup to get in was a bit ‘average’ – 1 1/2 hrs but we kind of expected it as it was the first day of entry for camping. 5 days of camping @ $6 per day – good deal. Once in and campsite picked & setup, we spent a couple of days with friends & checking out Tara. The town kids held a street parade (book week characters) and a couple of markets were held around town. We have camped at the lagoon a few times before on our way west.

When the festival began on the Sat & Sun there was heaps to see and do. From the cultural entertainment, the wood carving with chain saws, camp oven cooking demos, country singers, whip cracking demos, chopper rides and of course the camel & yabby races the days were easily filled in.

Fireworks & Motorcycle stunt riding at night; The McClymonts headlined Sat night and the food stalls were all really good quality. (Got me outta cooking! :P) And each afternoon we had the obligatory Happy Hour around the campfire with the group we were with. Tough life huh?!

Best part about camping at the festival site is you can return to your camp for breaks whenever you want. We were also able to bring our dog Jeda to the camp ground, not into the festival area though. Over the 5 days we enjoyed it and thought the town organised it very well, catering to thousands of people. Even the porta loos & showers seemed to cope quite well.

I highly recommend giving this festival a try and support the small towns.  If I can give out one tip: on leaving a festival, if you aren’t in a hurry wait till after smoko! We had a clear run with not a car in site!!

Market Day – Easter Weekend Bjelke-Petersen Dam, Murgon

Recently we spent a family Easter weekend at Bjelke-Petersen Dam near Murgon (west of Gympie). We were lucky enough to have fine weather nearly the whole 4 days. I have uploaded a few photos of the dam & its wildlife in my catalogues. On the Sunday the park put on a market which we decided to join. There were around 30 stalls, not bad for their first market. If you ever get the chance go take a look or camp there – it’s a lovely spot (probably better when there’s not so many people there though). There are powered & non-powered sites & cabins. Lots of birdlife, if you own a boat you’ll enjoy the dam for waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing & redclaw. Can’t tell you how the fish are because we didn’t try. It’s a lovely place for a day out – and for those who like their wine, there’s a Wine Trail in nearby Moffatdale!