Back to Brisbane June  19 - 21 2017
there comes a time when home begins to look good.

About 2 1/2 days, or about 1200 km for flying crows.

As we leave Cullyamurra we again remark on "hills".

and rocks.

Though only just ... they are a bit crumbly.

After about 100km we encounter sealed road.

We are not sure if we like it.

its September 2010 when we passed through Cameron Corner.

Its only 360km south of us.

We are slowly becoming a bit more familiar with the geography of Australia.

If I recall correctly Cooper Creek.

A very substantial bridge.

The creek has many channels in this area.

The other side of the creek is "Channel Country". A large expanse of channels.

Around 150,000 sq km with lots of "rivulets".

For the geographically challenged Wales is about 21,000 sq km and England 131,000 sq km.

Deserts are typically considered to have less than 150mm annual rainfall.

Thanks to Bureau of Meteorology for rainfall map.

We are traveling more or less due east, from the arid centre to the coast, about halfway up on the right hand side.

Its still dry.

We are seeing a few "jump ups".

Just as we did around Cameron Corner.

Also called escarpments.

The Eromanga Basin is part of the Eyre Basin.

Cooper Creek flows into Lake Eyre.

We've seen mostly wells that are under their own pressure.

This one, presumably oil, has a nodding donkey.

There are pipelines running every which way.

And a few "facilities".

The Eromanga Basin is all sedimentary.

Included are some dinosaur fossils.

But also, as we head east, the vegetation changes with the land.
There's a new natural history museum at Eromanga.

Which happens to be the Aus town furthest from the sea.

A meagre 800km to Port Augusta.

The museum has a price tag of $150 per person for a day of 4wd tagalong tour to dinosaur excavations, with lunch.

We are very much not their intended market.

There is the museum itself, but we suspect we would not be satisfied and our focus is on home. Maybe another day.

Eromanga also has its own oil refinery.

A micro refinery.

We filled up with diesel (which came with a warning of high sulphur).

Onward and eastward.

The vegetation is getting taller.

And the emus more obvious.

Quilpie is not far away.

We intend to camp for a night there.

The Bulloo River is isolated.

It rises, flows a bit, then disappears into Bulloo Lake.

There's a Bulloo River Overflow which covers a large area.

However, there are enough hills to separate it from the Eyre Basin to the west and the Murray Darling Basin to the east.

We camped next to it.

Next morning we have the luxury of white lines added to the sealed road.
The roads are subject to flooding.

Many signs about which are open or closed.

The Warrego River at Charleville.

Its the northern most tributary of the Darling River.

It only flows occasionally.

Not enough for irrigation. This is still cattle (and sheep) country.

If we'd driven along the north bank of the Darling River from Tilpa Weir (on our last trip) we would have had to cross the Warrego near its confluence with the Darling.

The Charleville Court House as we whizz by.

The towns are becoming bigger.

And beyond Charleville we see roadside gum trees (eucalypts).
Not far now.

Just a bit over 600km.

More than half way.

We stopped at Morven for pies.

No particular reason.

There was a bakery and we were hungry.


The beginnings of the wheat belt.

Only stubble at this time of year.
The rail line extends as far as Quilpie.

At Mitchell we begin to notice grain siloes.

Bottle Trees in Roma.

Not boabs (Southern Africa). Not related at all.

These are distinctly Australian.

About 14km south of the Warrego Highway at Yuleba is "The Maryanne".

Old windmill, a couple of dams, signs of quarrying either for Silica or road bed, signs of farming..

There's a deposit of high purity silica quarried nearer to Yuleba.

We stopped the night.

The windmill squeaks a bit when turning. We had a still night.

Some more or less interesting bits of fossilised wood and agate.

We think.

No opals.

Not even a hint.

One of the dams just as the sun was going down.

We have 400km to drive home.

There's also coal mined in this part of the country.

We think empty coal train.

And cotton appears as we travel ever more east.

The pipes are for irrigation. Cotton needs lots of water.

The towns are substantial now.


Is this a power station or a compressor station (for lng)?
The long drive through Toowoomba we drive down the escarpment.

Less than 100km left.

The hill is a bit steep.

Low gear, the exhaust retarder helps.

The road is dual carriageway from here.

We are just about home.

Time to contemplate a couple of busy months.

The blog helps my memory.

Our health seems to have withstood the trip. I'm aware of the PMR its ever present, but with the steroids  its stable. I made a small reduction shortly before the trip. Almost ready to reduce some more.

Fraser Island - Govi, Central Station and Ungowa August 7 - 15 2017

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