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Isisford-Ravenswood-Lara Wetlands@Barcaldine Qld

Continuing out revisiting trip around Central & Western Queensland we headed to Isisford, south of Longreach & Ilfracombe.

The Council seems more than happy to have Travellers come and stay and we were able to camp wherever it suited us, all for the same exorbitant price of $6 per day!!! 😛  hahaha

We checked out the camps along the river (repairs being done on the Weir so lots of machinery working week days) so moved on and found camp areas around the local Tennis Court, Pool and Skatepark. Water available, unpowered with public amenities and showers available. What a wonderful spot!  As we have done so much in the past, if you have the time, slow down and stop in these smaller towns and learn their history, meet their locals and enjoy country hospitality!

Due to lockdowns and 14-day isolations along areas of the coast, some travel plans were changed. We did happen to find a wonderful spot with a Hotspring and lots of bird life. I can’t say where it is cause then EVERYONE will know!! But we did enjoy 4-5 days there before heading north again to Ravenswood (south-east of Charters Towers).

Spent a week exploring this area including the Burdekin Falls Dam and both Hotels! It’s a mining town and at end of shifts the main street is swamped with vehicles, buses and workers! We especially enjoyed the tour of the Outback Railway Hotel with owner Terry. For a donation to the RFDS, he will show you around his Hotel and tell you stories of its history. LOVED his underground Whiskey Room….

From there it was south again to Lara Wetlands, 28klms south of Barcaldine. We stopped 2 nights (we had already visited a month earlier). Not as busy now as the tourist season winds down (April-September). Beautiful lagoon with lots of waterbirds & spectacular sunsets & sunrises to keep cameras busy. The Hotsprings are ‘therapeutic’ but stay too long and you might overheat! That’s where the Cold Pool helps!

New owner Jodie Muntelwit has taken on not just a working cattle station but a tourist destination – ‘Oasis in the Outback’ with visitors trooping through 6 months of the year.  She fits in a tour twice a week of the old Homestead with morning teas in her busy schedule. $25 per night unpowered with amenities.

Onwards further south….to be continued….!

Over the Border & into the sun!

Border Passes! This may be the new Norm. A pass to cross from state to state. 😦 Applied and received almost straight away. We crossed the border at Hebel, lined up with quite a few other travellers, showed our passes & answered some questions….then decided to stop behind the pub for the night! Policeman said he’d see us again in the morning!

Had a great night. The hospitality in this little pub and free parking out back is wonderful. The John Murray artwork on the walls and the slight lean on the bar add to the quirkiness. Cold night, a camp fire out front of pub and chats to travellers is just the best. The lineup went for miles the next morning! So we sat outside the pub with a cuppa and watched till the procession slowed down a bit.

Again we are going over roads we’ve travelled before, but it’s tough to find new paths. Especially since the areas have had rain and some roads were closed. Had a bit of a ‘mishap’ on some wet ground, but all worked out ok!

At Mitchell I met Kangaroo Jack. He sells coffee from his trailer on Saturday mornings to raise funds to help him rehab orphaned joeys from roadkill. His refuge Warrego Wildlife Refuge is in Mungallala, west of Mitchell.

In Blackall we visited The Black Stump again. It wasn’t exactly how I remember it from 2006. Have posted a 2006 & 2021 pic. Weird?!

Our latest trip was 200klms around the Lake Dunn Sculpture Trail from Aramac to Lake Dunn & back to Aramac. Will post all the photos later in my Portfolio, similar to Tin Horse Highway in WA.