After a long stay in Queensland visiting friends, relatives and generally ‘warming up’ it’s time to head homewards (SA). Looking on our map there aren’t too many untravelled roads which makes it tough to find a new road to explore.
So after a few days on familiar roads heading out of Brisbane passing through small towns Cecil Plains, Millmerran, Inglewood, Goondiwindi (and finding the bumpiest roads we’d been on in a while) we ended up in Thallon, south west Qld. Good timing too as the 2-3 day heat wave was about to hit along with dust storms.
Thallon, Qld offers all a Traveller needs:
- Power $5.50 pn or free unpowered area
- Water (good bore, drinkable)
- Amenities with hot showers & toilets
- Silo Art “The Watering Hole” by Drapl & The Zookeeper – a drawcard for tourists following the trail
- A pub with cold beverages, good prices and tasty meals – the Francis Hotel (pay your camp fees here)
- and lots of wildlife that visit the town continuously.
We watched a procession of Travellers drop in to view the painted silos after they had a BIG long weekend at Nindigully Pub’s Film & Music Festival.
Cattle grazing by the road outside Dalby, Qld
Old mate in Cecil Plains
Beautiful mosaic at Inglewood Driver Reviver
Artwork on water tank Millmerran
Sculpture Coat of Arms Goondiwindi
Weengallon smoko stop, sign on loos!!
Thallon Painted Silos
Closeup of silo artwork
Closeup of silo artwork
Thallon – Our camp spot near silos & recreation grounds
Thallon – Sunrise, roo family feeding
Thallon – Francis Hotel, Post Office incorporated
My Drop Bear Burger!
The Drop Bear!
Thallon – Sunset the roo families descend on town
Thallon – Even during the day the kids are in the playground!
Thallon – Sunset over camp & silos
Thallon – just us left
Thallon – Statue endangered Northern Hairy Nosed Wombat
Thallon – Endangered Wombat statue
Thallon – hiding in the van during dust storm-the awning survived!
Yes, as you may imagine it is starting to get cold in the southern states! We have been ‘freedom’ camping most of the way down, finding some lovely places to camp and check out what these small towns have to offer.
We spent Easter at Roma Qld and they put on a wonderful country ‘do’ for visitors, unfortunately on Rodeo day it rained but quite a few people still attended. We headed further west to Mitchell to camp on the weir for a while, then south to the NSW border, via Nindigully Pub – we have been there before – a good free camp site but the pub is run down and the staff didn’t seem interested in ‘the tourists’ so our stay was short & sweet.
Crossing the Qld/NSW border we passed through Moree (beautiful old buildings) to camp by more rivers and check out the little towns. We found a little town worth mentioning called Bingara. It has heaps of camping on the Gwydir River, both sides of the bridges. We found that the local council had purchased a lot of the buildings in town and are gradually doing them up. We loved the coffee at The Roxy Cafe next to the Roxy Theatre, which we toured – it had been closed up for 40-odd years before council started to use it again and bring people to visit. The town is very friendly and offers everything travellers need, except watch out getting fuel at the servo – big rigs beware.
We spent a week in Bingara then reluctantly decided we better keep moving on. We are currently in Tamworth which wasn’t on our route, but vehicle hic-ups have forced us to wait out some repairs till done (these things happen as you will know). If anyone is heading south for the winter like us and freedom camp a lot, make sure you have a heater of some sort! We installed a diesel heater in 2012 but hadn’t used it till now (as we were north last year) and it has been a blessing on these cold frosty nights.
Till next time……