Day 7 and our car has finally gone to the panel beater. He was taking the roof lining out this morning in anticipation of the rails arriving at midday. My Money’s on them not arriving!
Like I said before, it’s not all been doom and gloom. We’ve explored Longreach fairly thoroughly and have mostly enjoyed ourselves.
Tuesday we took a drive to the very pretty Lilly Lagoon (about 12ks from town) and later on did a 4k walk through the towns’ botanic garden walk. It was pretty good and would be even nicer in spring or after a bit of rain.[
Yesterday we drove 120ks to Muttaburra. The tiny town (only 104 people live in the entire district) is actually the geographic centre of Queensland (does that mean it’s officially in the middle of nowhere then?). The roads out and back were dir apart from a few ks of bitumen, and the one home was more a station track than a road. I think we travelled about 90ks before we saw a car!
Muttaburra gave it’s name to Muttaburrasauras after a very nearly complete skeleton of the dinosaur was found on a station in the district. It is the larges fossil ever found in Australia.
Muttaburrasauras is a relative of the emu. We didn’t spot any live ones, just a concrete model! We had lunch, a walk ’round town following the signs explaing what USED to be on any particular site, then drove home stopping at Pump Pool on the way. It’s a local fishing, camping and swimming spot and very pretty. It would make a fantstic free camping spot.
It was lovely day out-we saw heaps of birds, kangaroos and lots of cattle and sheep. Most of the cattle seemed to want to stand on the road looking at us until we got near.