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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.

Birdsville Races September 2018

Yes I am aware it’s now November!! I have been a tad busy of late but finally got some photos together of our Birdsville Races trip this year. We had been to the Big Red Bash in July, did a bolt over to the coast for a couple of weeks then a bolt back to Birdsville!! Note to self: it’s a bit of a distance – don’t do that again!!!

We met up with some ‘mates on the road’ friends we hadn’t seen in years and set up camp in the same spot we camped back in 2014! Near a tap about half way to racetrack & town.  In case anyone wants to know: there are 10 taps along the town common to the river.

We watched the common and town grow from a few hundred to around 7000! We aren’t into racing, but it’s really the atmosphere at the Hotel, the vendors and entertainment that contributes to make it a special event. Fred Brophy’s Boxing Troupe, The Old Hospital puts on a Pancake Palace, Salty the Blacksmith, the RFDS Fun Run, Riversands Wines from St George have a stall and all the food vendors including wood fired pizzas, chinese, RFDS food tent, Donuts, Kebabs etc plus a Western Outfitters – it’s all here!

Every couple of weeks the Fruit & Vege truck makes a visit and the locals and visitors can top up on fresh produce at reasonable prices.

The races are held over two days, but they have things happening the week prior. A bus service runs for these two days from the town, out along the common to the racetrack and back for a RFDS donation. Brilliant. Alcohol tickets are purchased at the Birdsville Hotel before going to the racetrack.

Surprisingly I had a win!!! Broke even (plus a bit) on a hunch.

We spent a few more days after the races watching the almost immediate evacuation of Birdsville! By then the roads were clear but a bit rugged due to so much traffic (as they were after the Big Red Bash). The town and occupants of Birdsville do a marvelous job in all respects: from the council services, the accommodations, the fuel and food services to cater for so many people. They should be proud of their community.

My advice to anyone heading to the BRB or Races in Birdsville: arrive early and leave later. Take everything you need (fuel up BEFORE Windorah, Birdsville or Marree) but support the locals as best you can. Most importantly: enjoy the Outback Hospitality!

Birdsville Hotel