Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Australia Outback

Winton, the Outback town is best known as the place that AB (Banjo) Paterson wrote Waltzing Matilda in 1895, while staying at Dagworth Station outside Winton. The first performance of the ballad was reported to be at Winton's North Gregory Hotel.

We left Winton at 8.00am after a large room service breakfast. We found this little steam engine just as we were leaving the town.

Road trains are very daunting if you come across them on the road.

Have you ever tried to pass a Road Train like this?

Winton is in the centre of Matilda Country, a diverse region in which vast Mitchell Grass plains are broken by magnificent coloured gorges, ridges and jump-ups.

We reached Kynuna Roadhouse and enjoyed a cold ice-cream and filled up with petrol which was rather pricey. It was just going to get worse further North.

Here were two tame brolga's. The brolga stands more than a metre high and is grey in color with a touch of red on the head.

Then we drove to Cloncurry. We had lunch and tried two chemists for hubbies high blood pressure pills, but no one had this brand in stock. The one chemist went to the trouble and phoned the hospital in Normanton (as there isn't a chemist in the town) to enquire about the script when we arrive there. So he was very helpful.

We only had 400km to go to reach our destination. There were lovely clean facilities along the way.

We reached the Burke and Wills Roadhouse, the only place to have a meal and fill up with fuel on this 400 km stretch of road.

Just look at this!

Eventually we arrived in Normanton.

This was the trip we completed on Wednesday.

We rushed to the school to get the keys to the house but the school office had already closed. After a few phone calls, the head mistress met us at the motel and handed over the keys. This is where our new life in the Outbacks would start. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the garages below were lockable now. On  Google maps the picture showed open garages. So improvements have been made to the property since.

We were able to get access before dark, so that we could plan where to put the furniture when the delivery truck arrived Thursday morning.

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