Our nomadic life was a great adventure that enriched our life so much. We met some wonderful people, although we may never see them again, they will be etched in our memories forever!
The beauty of Australia is never ending! The towns we visited were very welcoming, except for one, well life isn’t perfect, and we were not about to let that upset our experience.
We ventured on The Spirit of Tasmania to visit family and found that we felt very much at home on this little island.
So, almost twelve months later, here we are now Taswegian’s! The caravan has been sold, and we are once again homeowners and settled once again!
I have since signed up to the University of Tasmania (UTAS) studying for a Diploma of Family History and loving it! I have gained so much knowledge and can’t wait to unpack my mountains of family history paperwork and books, once again!.
So, from now I will be blogging about my daily/weekly happenings.
There will be a bit of family history, Tasmanian history, Town history and some ramblings of what is happening.
We left Windorah this morning. Our destination was Longreach via the Thomson Development Road. The roads out here are a bit scary when they suddenly go from two lanes to one. It’s ok if there is no oncoming traffic but when you see a road train heading for you it’s no time to play chicken. We give them all the road they want. Thankfully it wasn’t raining otherwise it would have been a boggy trip!
On our way to Longreach we stopped and had lunch at the Stonehenge pub. Some interesting facts about Stonehenge can be found by clicking Here. (Have you ever heard of Jindalee Spy Station? )
We camped at the Apex free camp just out of town. Well it was $3 per night, almost free. Wow, there were about 100 vans here. We stayed her for 4 nights. We visited the Stockman’s Hall of Fame, which was very interesting. We went for a run to Ilfracombe where they have a fantastic display of old vehicles and machinery.
A couple Brolgas who decided to befriend us. I gave them a piece of stale bread one morning, so they kept their eye on us. As soon as they saw us at the van they would race over to us thinking they were going to get more bread.
John also befriended a fellow in Longreach.
3 – 9 June
We left Lake Houdraman, Quilpie and headed off to Coopers Creek for a free camp. When we arrived we found there was going to be a fishing competition at the creek. As we thought it may be a bit crowded we headed into Windorah Caravan Park. It cost $15 per night for power site with hot showers, washing machine and clean amenities. A bargain!
Click here to find more on Windorah
It was very peaceful here. Many travellers left there van here and travelled to Birdsville. When they arrived back it took all day to get the dust out of their cars but they all enjoyed the adventure.
I was without internet here. There was internet at the information centre so ‘most mornings’ I went to check my emails. This was good therapy for me. I thought I would be lost without Internet but I coped very well and survived!
Oh! Most shops here also closed at noon Saturday, too.
This was the sunset on 7th June taken from Windorah caravan park.
I love the outback.
And this was the resident goanna at Lake Houdraman, Quilpie.
Our next stop from Toompine was Quilpie. Another cute town. We found a free camp right by a lake.
Lake Houdraman was a haven for birdwatchers and also the residential emus and cattle as well as a goanna.
It was here we met up with Carina & Pete. We enjoyed our campfires and chin wags over the next four evenings.
We did a little fossicking for opal, too.
It was at this town that us city slickers found that in the outback everyone enjoys the week end. The shops close at noon on Saturday and re open again on Monday.
The clouds started rolling in and we were concerned that we may get bogged in if we were here in the wet so we headed off to Windorah.
Toompine Pub – the pub with no town. Populations: 2
We had a great free camp here with power and water. It was Friday night and the shearers were thirsty. The place was jumping with about 20 people all enjoying the atmosphere. There were 4 guys who had been shooting out on a property, a couple who travelled 75 Klms to have a drink and dinner a couple of backpackers and the free campers. It was an interesting evening. Thank you.
Life’s good on the road.
We free camped behind the pub at Cunamulla. Our wonderful hosts, Bob and his wife were so welcoming. It is a very hospitable town too. We stayed 4 nights here.
This is a statue of the Cunamulla Fella.
The plaque States. The Cunnamulla Fella
Immortalised in song by. Stan Coster/Slim Dusty
May 26 – 29
We camped by the river at North Bourke. A lovely free camp where we met a couple who have been on the road for 14 years. We learned a lot from that lovely couple.
I talked John into buying a small chainsaw so we could have a campfire so I decided we needed a camp oven. The nomad couple gave me a few tips on cooking in it. First meal, vegetable soup which tasted like crap. We buried that! Apparently I didn’t season the camp oven properly. Second attempt was pumpkin scones. As per the photo above, they tasted as good as they looked…….success.
We enjoyed 6 great nights here.
I also took this lovely photo of a White Plumed Honeyeater.
Wilcannia has had a bad reputation for some time but meeting up with other nomads we were told there was a nice caravan park just out of town called Warrawong, so we decided to check it out.
All sites are level with lovely green grass (no dust), water and power and the amenities block is huge and spotless. A great camp kitchen and a fire pit located in front. Every evening, at 5pm, the fire is lit and the campers begin to gather. Our hosts, Jenny and Joe, have been busy in the kitchen setting up a lovely platter of cheese, bickies and various dips and salamis. One night Joe cooked up some calamari over the coals…………..just delicious! That’s not all, at 10am Jenny has had the oven stoked and it’s time for scones, jam and cream. They know how to look after their campers. We took advantage of the ‘pay for 3 nights get the 4th night free’. Thanks guys for the pleasurable stay.
We had a look around Wilcannia. A nice town but it is looking a bit sad as most of the shops have closed down. I am not sure of the population, but on Saturday the football field was the hive of activity with all the youngsters have a game of footy.
So if you are out that way stop by and help this little town back on their feet.
Warrawong Caravan Park also has cabins. you can meet ‘Rissole’ the emu. She is very inquisitive and be careful of your jewellry!
Well the next town was White Cliffs. They were having a Music Festival but we visited during the day and all the action appeared to be happening in the evening.
White Cliffs is an Opal town and the majority of the homes are underground. The only way the residents can live in the heat.
This town has to be seen to be appreciated. Well worth the visit.
I just love the colours of the outback. Maybe I am repeating myself but it seems to calm me.
An underground house at White Cliffs.
Keep smiling, we are!
The silver mining town.
We set up camp at the Broken Hill racecourse. Nice green grass, power and water.
It is strange, for a city slicker like me, to see the entry of a mine right in the middle of town. It’s sort of picturesque!
The town itself has a mixture of building. I find BH hard to describe! I guess it’s like a smorgasbord of architecture. Nice town though, I felt comfortable here.
I did a day trip to Silverton. Now that is a great little place to spend a day wandering. The dry creek beds are just stunning. Photos do not do them justice. I love the outback colours!
Whilst we were here the kids bought us an Outback Astronomy evening. Although the night was cool the stars out on a wonderful show. A sight I would recommend to if they have an interest in astronomy. A night to remember.
We went for a drive to Menindee where th lakes are are drying up. Such a shame but I’m sure Mother Nature will fill them some time soon.
The pin shows the town of Menindee.
We stayed at BH for 3 nights.
I will return.
Well, it appears that I am having lots of fun as I have not been able to get an opportunity to update my blog. Sorry followers!
After Nyah Victoria, Wentworth NSW was our next destination as we follow the Murray River.
Our next few days was spent at Thegoa Lagoon which was just past the No 10 Lock & Weir. Another beautiful spot by the river.
We free camped here for 5 glorious days and met two nice couples, one from WA and the other from Victoria. Happy hour each day around the camp fire.⛺️
We looked around the town which had a gaol which was built during 1879-1881 and operated until 1927. The Education Department took over in the 1930s and was a school for several years.
Four klms out of town sits the Perry Sandhills consisting of 400 acres of red sand hills which have been the location of filming many scenes from Australian and international films, including The Man from Snowy River II, Burke & Wills, Flying Doctors and Boney. Many TV commercials and also music videos were also made at the hill – Slim Dusty’s ‘Looking Forward – Looking Back’
Ok, lots to catch up on so off to the next town.
Take care and keep smiling.