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Boulia – Monday

Apologies for the photos today my camera is barely surviving the dusty journey.

I forgot to mention yesterday two things, the first was the “Shoe Tree”, I’ve seen these before but they’ve always started with at least a bit of wood but not this one. I guess someone decided trees were too rare in the area so decided to start one growing.

Shoe Tree

The second thing was that while I was having a siesta as all wise people do in the heat of the afternnon, Alex went across to the pub and chatted with the barmaid. He was the only customer for a while and she said she was a German backpacker earning spending money for 3 months. When the Grey Nomads start coming through she won’t have time to chat! The weird thing was that she had spent time in Aviemore, Scotland, Alex’s home town.

Our day started with another soak in the hot artesian spa and a swim in the pool before we packed up and set off.

On our way out of Bedourie this morning we stopped at a significant old wooden pole. In 1970 the town was supplied with electricity and it’s apparently traditional on such occasions to bury a hurricane lantern to celebrate the occasion. The pole marks the site where the Bedourie lantern is buried.

Hurricane Lantern memorial

We checked out the “loo with a view”, it really does have a window so you can admire the view. The vast expanse stretched out in all directions is amazing.

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As you drive along the vegetation changes from bare stony ground to little shrubby bushes or subsantial trees along water courses. None of the floodways had any water that we could see but there were cattle tracks beside the road obviously leading to some water source.

Some Waddi Trees not far from the road are the second group of the three in existence so we checked them out before continuing on the Boulia. Alex says we now have to go to Old Andado Homestead to see the final group!

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Boulia seems to have changed a lot since we were last here …. can’t remember the year but we were driving the Mitsubishi and camping in our tent. The MinMin light experience is now housed in a flash new building and most other buildings seem to have been reinvigorated.

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The Caravan Park is situated beside the River Burke and a variety of birds were around when I went for a little walk. I hoped we’d left the flies further south but unfortunately that isn’t the case. What was a big surprise though were the butterflies and tonight cicadas are chirruping all around us.

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Comments on: "Boulia – Monday" (6)

  1. Richard Newland Deland said:

    great photography

    • Buying a new camera tomorrow. The 3rd Lumix is having zoom trouble, there’s no way you can keep dust out of it around here when you’re taking photos outside. There’s a Harvey Norman store just across from the caravan park.

  2. Richard Newland Deland said:

    Thanks for being my eyes even if i donot get the feel if isolation i can remember it Love from both of us

    • Only 3 cars came past us today and we could go no faster than 80 kph so you can see there really wasn’t a lot of traffic. We did have the CB radio on but there was no communication going on and we forgot about it. At one stage we pulled off the road to let a Cruiser with a big trailer go by then we heard, “there’s a road train behind me” We said “thanks” then heard “There’s another one behind me”. That was 3 vehicles fairly close together but all day there were only about 6 and we did 300 kms. It does seem very isolated at times but to me not uncomfortable.

  3. Cindy Childs said:

    Your skin is going to be so soft and beautiful from your dips in the artesian spas. My friend who lives in Taupo, NZ, told us that after a week your skin was renewed. Keep it up Sue.

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