It’s Monday in Longreach as we sit waiting for our Rhino rails to arrive. The engineer has yet to make our U-shaped bolt that does most of the holding on of the boat. Hopefully we will be out of here Wednesday.
It’s not been all doom and gloom. Longreach has a population of 4500 people and is a well serviced little town. Aside from relaxing reading and playing computer games, we’ve taken a couple of really interesting drives around the place and visited the QANTAS Founders Museum. We decided against the Stockemen’s Hall of Fame as we felt it was a bit expensive.
The QANTAS museum was really good. I especially loved the jumbo parked out front and was amazed to see the news footage of it landing on the Longreach runway (half as wide and half as long as a jumbo usually gets!).
It was great to be able to climb into a few of the planes and for extra money we could have gone into the jumbo and even more again (another $60) done a wing walk. I’ve Zip Lined in Thailand, so I’ve had my thrill in life-$60 to just walk out on the wing really seemed too steep. Lunch in the museum restaurant was very cheap and good. Actually we’ve had some lovely meals while we’ve been here.
Yesterday we drove 27ks to Ilfracombe to walk the Machinery Mile-it’s a collection of old station machinery and vehicles, plus a number of halls, houses and sheds displaying various collections, along the walk. There’s plenty of information about make, model, previous owners, donors and carriers on most displays. We also visited Ilfracombe’s Bottle Collection-it’s a huge assortment of lots of things besides bottles (although the old guy has 16,000 bottles). He was on for a big chat, but he was interesting and not too hard to get away from.
After that, we visited Langenbaker’s House. This small house was built around 1899 with 11 children raised in it. The front and back veranda have lattice work made of recycled iron wool bale hoops.
Lastly we drove 20ks out of town to THE 12 Mile to look at a hand made, stone-pitched overshot (basically a spillway on the small dam on the creek) It’s made using dry stone wall techniches but the stones are laid upright on the ground. Amazing!