Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Heading off

The 4 X 4 was loaded. The trees just made it well as the 4 orchids. There was no space left for even a mouse. This is the distance of 1897km we had to cover in two and a half days.

We headed for Gin Gin and then Miriam Vale where we stayed the night.

We started Tuesday morning very early at 3.30am. At about 4.00 am we hit something hairy, quite solid, and it may have been a wombat. We have evidence of night driving in Australia. Damage to the bumper, and the number plate is bent.

We enjoyed breakfast in Rockhampton. Then headed for Blackwater, Alpha, and Barcaldine. This is what you see for kilometers and kilometers. The road turns into a mirage in the distance ...

In Longreach, Queensland you can visit the Qantas Founders Outback Museum. The museum is home to a decommissioned Qantas Boeing 747-200, which can be observed by the general public.

Not everyone knows, but the Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Service (Q.A.N.T.A.S.) had its humble and challenging start in Outback Queensland. Conceived in Cloncurry, born in Winton and brought to fruition in Longreach where a hangar and the country’s first purpose built landing field were constructed in the early 1920’s.

We headed to Winton. Arrived there just as the sun was setting. We had been on the road for 12 hours and needed a good rest. This is the distance we had covered in the 12 hours driving.

 We found this motel, had a great dinner, didn't even switch the TV on due to exhaustion and enjoyed a good nights rest.

We have never travelled 12 hours a day ever before. This is when one realises the vastness and beauty of the Australian Outback. 

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