Monday, October 29, 2007


Hi everyone, I am back from the out back. The trip has been wonderful. Firstly we caughtthe Westlander train from Roma St Brisbane at 7.15 pm on the 7th October. We arrived atCharleville at 12 midday on the 7th October.
The photo below is of a waterhole on the Ward river. The rivers out West are
always muddy like this one. It is only in a huge flood that they clear. This water hole
was on the first garden we visited called Lass O' Gowrie.

This is the land that surrounds Lass O'Gowrie as you can see it is very red soil grows Mulga,some Gidgee trees and some lovely ghost gums that like their feet in the water. Mulga trees are the trees that were once pulled to feed the cattle and sheep during drought times.
The method was two Caterpillar tractors with a huge chain between. The trees regenerated thicker than the hairs on a dog's back wherever the trees were pulled. In fact we saw living proof of this. Now the property owners are only allowed to push one tree at a time with a one blade tractor. Very few of the rivers and creeks of the West run, they are all dry creek and river beds until there is a good "wet season". Then these rivers run all the way down to the southern states via the Cooper,Murray, Darling and Murrumbidgee to name a few.
Gidgee trees are very different, it seems whatever the height the tree is there is the same amount under the ground.

Yes, friends at Gympie this is a Polleys coach . It is stationed at Longreach and appears to .managed by Great Outback Tours. I could not believe it. The fellow who drives it lives at Longreach but was born at Blackall. He was a terrific fellow and was full of knowledge of the Outback. Outback. I would recommend him as a driver and tour guide to anyone. I have been on a one or two and he was the best I have seen. He met the train at Charleville. We started the tour with lunch, the food was never ending on this trip. It was great food though.

Below is the Chaleville Motel where we stayed for one night. We were on our way the next morning viewing gardens around Charleville and then on to Quilpie. Whilst at Charleville we also visited the Flying Doctor's Museum as well as the Cosmos centre. The Cosmos Centre just happens to be situated beside the Flying doctor headquarters and landing strip. This was a wartime airfield with the planes and strips all hidden amongst the Mulga.
We had dinner at the Cosmos centre and then viewed Jupiter, Venus and the moon through the
high power telescopes. This was a first for me and something I really enjoyed doing.

The Flying Doctor museum was very interesting as my sister in law and mother in law had connections with this service as they were both nurses. The flying Doctor Service covers, about 622,000 square miles of southwest Queensland an area almost the size of the UK.
Extending from NSW border to the Northern Territory and South Australian borders in the Westand east to the Carnarvon Ranges. The planes are fully equipped intensive care units and save many lives every year. The Nurses and Doctors are on call 24 hours 365 days a year. There is some rivalry between Winton and Charlevile l regarding the flying Doctors. They did start in Winton butmoved very soon after to Charleville.

I have not even reached the first garden as yet so will leave that for my next post as this one is already a little long I hope it will be interesting to those of you who do not know much about the outback. Those who do know the Ourback can go back down memory lane. Cheers to all until next time.


Merle said...

Hi Margaret ~~ Nice to see you back and I am glad you had a good trip. It sounds very interesting. The photos are very good as well as the info. Thanks for your comments and I am glad you enjoy. Take care, my friend. Love, Merle.

Jack K. said...

Good to see that you had such a great time. The photos are spectacular.

I look forward to the next ones.

Peter said...

Hi Margaret, so pleased to hear that you had a good trip out west, as you have no doubt picked up I went a bit further west, should be home again on Friday, will be in touch.

Jamie Dawn said...

How exciting!
When I think of the Outback, I think of crocodiles and the restaurant here called The Outback.
That water hole looks like it could be the home of a BIG croc!!! I'd be scared to death to go near it!!
I like the part about "never ending" food.
Your trip sounds great so far.
I am glad you had a good time and that you are now home, safe and sound.

Jeanette said...

Hi Margaret,Lovely photo's of your trip. Well its a trip down memory lane for me.The 1st couple of years we traveled through outback Qld to Darwin,stopping overnight in Charleville, Winton, Cunamulla, Longreach, to name a few, look forward to reading and seeing more photo's of your Jan