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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….!

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.