Yes I know it's been a while, what
can I say, I'm too busy designing electronics and taking photos.
So for this chronicle I'll pretty much
just let the photos do the talking, with apologies to those
more interested in words.
We certainly are slowing down though,
even by our standards. It's becoming the norm to spend 3-4
weeks in one place if it's nice and we have a new average
of 150k per week to aim for. At present we're doing about
120k per week, although the vast distances in Western Australia
may bump that number a bit.
Till next time then, and remember,
Don't Dream it, Be it!
Thu 22 Apr 2010
Still here on the Cooper.
View of Cooper Ck from the truck.
Fri 23 Apr 2010
We leave the Cooper and drive towards Windorah, we have no need
to go into town though so we turn north when we reach the Longreach
turnoff. The sign reads 92k to Jundah where we figure to stay for
I've reprogrammed the speedo so need to ask Chris what speed we're
doing to see if I got the numbers right. We use UHF radios to communicate
between vehicles, but I use the word "communicate" loosely
as the things are bloody useless. So with my speedo reading 60 and
the Jimny right in front of me I get on the blower.
"How fast are we going?"
"92", that can't be right, the truck's never done over
80 in it's life.
"92 kilometres to Jundah", bloody hell, let's try another
"Quarter past nine"
We eventually get to Jundah, a town with a store that's "packed
full of goods" according to the Matilda Country tourist booklet
we picked up in Cunamulla. I guess they are referring to the three
cans of beans and single copy of January's "Womens Day".
Fair dinkum is it any wonder I've become so cynical about these
promotional booklets, they can make the most awful dump sound like
paradise. Not that Jundah is a dump, it seems like a typical outback
town, but it's nothing like the blurb in the booklet.
Anyway there's no reason to stay so we continue. 38k later we find
a fantastic rest area on the top of an escarpment. As it's a long
weekend there's no need to get to Longreach until late Monday or
even Tuesday so we'll stay here.
Our campsite on top of the escarpment.
Sat 24 Apr 2010
We've got phone here, don't know from where but I won't look a
gift horse in the mouth.
Mon 26 Apr 2010
We drive to Longreach and pull into the not-so-great camping area
near the river on the north side of town.
Tue 27 Apr 2010
It's into the bank to convince them to give us some of our money,
then do some shopping and we're done.
Fri 30 Apr 2010
Up at the crack of 9 and off to Winton, but within a few hundred
yards we are pulled over by the police who are doing some random
It's funny how despite the fact that you haven't had a drink since
yesterday and have no reason to be worried you still get that horrible
feeling in you stomach when being pulled over by the cops.
On reaching Winton we drive right past the main street and down
the road to Jundah. About 2k out of town we turn left, and another
2k brings us to Long Waterhole.
This'll do for a while.
Long Waterhole at Winton.
Sat 1 May 2010
Caterpillar crossing cracked mud flats.
Moon and reflection in waterhole.
Sun 2 May 2010
Peter drops in today. He's a friend we first met a couple of years
ago while building Wothahellizat Mk2. He's just sold his business
and has started building his motorhome on a brand new MAN chassis.
He's been out west as part of the handover to the new owners of
his business and we've managed to ensure that we're in the same
town at the same time.
Yellow-billed and royal spoonbills and an egret.
Crab surveying its domain.
One grasshopper, four antennae, you figure it out.
Tue 4 May 2010
Old Chinese proverb, 'Caterpillar who poos with bum over head likely to spend life eating sh*t'.
Sharing a stick.
Spoonbills and a magpie lark.
Two very different forms of flight.
Wed 5 May 2010
Bird looking for caterpillars.
You talkin' to me?
Sat 8 May 2010
After a week here at Long Waterhole it's time to leave, we have
another long waterhole to sit by, namely the Georgina River just
In a marathon effort we drive 297k, eventually we pull into a rest
area 60k south of Cloncurry. Once again amazingly the phone works
(with the broomstick aerial up), Lord knows where the signal is
Sun 9 May 2010
We're off fairly early with a view to making the short distance
(60k) to Cloncurry and maybe camping at the Chinaman's Lake, unfortunately
there's wall to wall "No Camping" signs so as it's only
another 120k to the Isa we press on. Anyway it's a good day to be
travelling as being the weekend they'll be fewer trucks on the road.
Mon 10 May 2010
We spend part of the day in town stocking up on food as it will
be some weeks before we see a proper super market again.
Tue 11 May 2010
After several years we're about to get back to one of our favourite
spots, the river just outside Camooweal. We arrive to find that
the place seems to be more popular than we remember. No matter we
find a pretty good spot and set up camp.
Wed 12 May 2010
Egret, as seen from the deck.
Thu 13 May 2010
Most people have left and we find a better spot with more birds
and lilies just 500 metres away, so, pain that it is, we move camp.
Kite taking off after a drink.
Sunset on the lilies.
Wed 14 May 2010
Corellas in the dawn light.
Thu 15 May 2010
The three amigos.
Flaps...check, landing gear...check. Ladies and gentlemen this is Brian Olga your captain speaking. We're about to land at Camooweal,
I trust you've enjoyed your flight and I'd like to thank you for flying Crane Air.
Peaceful dove being...well peaceful.
Peak hour, Camooweal style.
Parents groom their young one.
Hmm, lunch. If only they weren't so fast.
Tue 18 May 2010
Darter drying off.
Wed 19 May 2010
Thu 20 May 2010
The Camooweal synchronised head-turning team.
No no, left, right, front, back, left, right, front, back, it's not that hard.
Sat 22 May 2010
Darter, still drying off.
Black kite on a stick.
Sun 23 May 2010
Black kite, there's been many times in my life I've been glad not to be a mouse, and this is one of them.
Corella taking off.
Spider and moon.
Corella at sunset.
Mon 24 May 2010
Magpie lark catching a bug.
Black-winged stilt, nice legs, can't imagine where the name comes from.
Tue 25 May 2010
Straw-necked ibis in the rain.
Black kites and sunset sky.
Whistling ducks, eye light is from the flash. Note the last one has its eyes closed.
Wed 26 May 2010
Black kite gets a drink.
Black kite and moon, photographers may spot a discrepency here.
Corella and moon.
Thu 27 May 2010
Darter giving voice.
Birds in flight (BiF) shots, black kites and a brolga.
Kite and moon again (different kite but the same moon).
Two kites on two sticks, does that make it twice as good as the early kite on stick shots?
Water lily and reflection of moon.
Fri 28 May 2010
Yeah me n the missus like to step out for a walk before breakfast.
Brolgas in the mist.
Sorry can't stop, I'll eat on the run.
Mon 31 May 2010
Magpie lark in a fluster.
More BiF shots.
Wed 2 Jun 2010
Nature's B1 bomber, complete with rotating rear stabilizer.
I reckon we're nearly good enough to join the Camooweal synchronised head-turning team. Do they accept white-breasted woodswallows?
Ok, that's close enough!
Whoa, how did that get there?
'So you think you can dance' Camooweal auditions 2010.
Mon 7 Jun 2010
Is it four weeks already? My how time flies. To be honest I could
stay here another four weeks but I suppose there are other great
places to be, so we'll move off tomorrow.
Finally we'll be back in the Northern Territory, it's been about
four years since we were in the Territory and that's way too long.
We can't wait to get back.
Not that we'll be staying very long this time, we're planning to
pretty much drive straight through into WA, but that could still
take a couple of months at our rate. I guess it depends on how many
nice campsites we find.
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