25th July Day 1-2

Off to Lightning Ridge but staying tonight at O’Shea’s in Goondiwindi. I have some photos of the last 2 days all in one .

The land is so dry out here, this is on our way to Goondiwindi.

Farmers are having to use the long paddock just to get the stock some extra feed.

Moonie River at the Nindgully Pub and camping for freedom.

Plenty of room for camping and the river is so nice to look at. I hear the meals at the pub are great.

Daggy sign. On the other side of the sign it has Free beer tomorrow.

Silo art work at Thallon.

Hebel Hotel.

Camp kitchen at Lorne Station, Lightning Ridge.

Looking over towards the old shearing shed on the station.

Shows just how much room there is for camping, you can choose powered or unpowered.

Up at the powered sites and the permanents.

Amenities.

Showing the camp fire area.

Hudson’s Prickly pear, dont ever touch it, Don found out the hard way, took pliers to get them out of his foot, the crocks went in the bin.

Advertisements

Sunday 12th March

We got rain last night and its still raining, we will see if we get a break as we’re packing up and going to Seven Mile beach in Hobart area. Weather was shocking and lots of thick fog going through the forestry area, reminds me of a place in NZ called Atiamuri where I use to live.

 Tarraleah, these pipes pump the water up this hill to Tarraleah.  Highland Scottish Cattle.   The pipes up the top of hill.  Fog in the forestry. Pea soup, it was slow driving.  The Old Post Office in Hamilton, lovely town.

 

Day 22

Sunday 5th June

Got away from Terry Smiths Lookout by 8.25 am. Great spot to stay, nice and quiet as well.  Had a good drive through to Burke and Wills roadhouse. Had morning tea,  fueled up all set for Lawn Hill. A wedgie was across the road but to far. On our next leg we encountered so many things, Bustards,  Emu’s,  Brolgas,  Sea Eagle,  and a Wedge tail Eagle landed on a carcass in front of us and we all but hit it,  I didn’t even get a shot away as I was so flabbergasted thinking we were going to hit it. There were all sorts of birds at the rest stop as well. We arrived at Gregory River just after lunch,  once all set up had a bite to eat down the river, just a beautiful spot, with amazing bird life.  Jack and Alice are on the lower side down by the river, we chose to stay up the top in shade.  Here for two nights,  will be staying here again on our return from Lawn Hill.

IMG_0548

Had Lunch here. lovely spot, the people are new owners and they are so helpful, very friendly.

IMG_0552

BBQ area down the end at the Burke & Wills.

IMG_0555

As we drive off there’s cattle on the road, they have the right of way. We are following that sign.

IMG_0561

Speaks for its self.

IMG_0564

The Termite mounds are getting bigger around this area.

IMG_0575

Road narrows. Glad it hasn’t rained for awhile, very muggy side of the roads when its been wet.

IMG_0579

Off the tar seal for now.

IMG_0607Leichhardt River

Leichhardt River, so nice to see water in some of the creeks and rivers.

IMG_0618

Interesting watching how the foliage changes from time to time.

IMG_0627

Dry river bed.

IMG_0639

The cattle never even moved, they are use to the traffic.

IMG_0644

Good sign.

IMG_0652

Nearly there.

IMG_0653

Savannah way next time.

IMG_0654

We are staying at the National Park.

IMG_0661

This is our morning tea spot. Gregory River. Clean and fast flowing.

IMG_0662

View towards the bridge, we come over this then turn down to here. Lots of room.

IMG_0665

View from our kitchen. In the shade all day, weather was very hot.

IMG_0669

Afternoon tea spot, lots of Kites and other little birds.

IMG_8269

Brolga’s on side of road.

IMG_8284

Kite at the river.

IMG_8315

They have a nest in the large tree just above us.

Day 2

Tuesday 22nd September

Wow, it was a very noisy night but tuff luck, its a free spot. Quiet cool, I was up early, and foggy. Made a cuppa and listened to the birds. Had a chat with some of the other campers, real nice people you meet on the road. Got packed up at hit the road at 9 am, fueled up across the road. We are heading for Rolleston. We had cattle on the road, black snake and road works. Very long day.

DSCF5214  Tolderodden Regional Park, it did not say camping, but I feel you could if you needed to, toilets, shade and the Burnett River over the bank.

 

DSCF5215Tolderodden Regional Park  Other end of the Regional Park, This is just out of Eisvold.DSCF5219Crossing Burnett River  Burnett River, down from the Park.DSCF5222  Burnett RiverDSCF5223droving cattle Cattle droving.

 

Day 22

Saturday 22nd February
Slept well, muggy though and overcast. It’s only 7.30 am, hope we get some rain. We all packed up after breaky and headed for Bingara, Sandy was ready earlier than us so we just met up with her at Bingara. Got a few supplies and had lunch in the Roxy Cafe, it was the old Roxy Theatre, they have restored it to it’s original condition. Arrived at Bonshaw Weir at 3.30 pm, was sad to see the toilet block has gone, I was told that they had big floods last year. Got set up and while Don was putting the annex up I was steadying one of the poles and the side pool dropped and hit me across the wrist, wow, it was instant golf ball size and very sore, so iced it every 20 min intervals. Was a bit sore during the night so wasn’t the greatest of sleeps. lovely and cool and windy, such a nice change. We are camping with some stock-man and there cattle while they feed along the long paddocks. They have no feed back at their farm, they have traveled from Goondawindi and heading for Ashford. Did some star trails, sky to dark.
IMG_8440-2  From our camp site the Dumaresq River, flowing beautifully.IMG_8441-2  Don setting up camp.IMG_8449-2  Looking across the Bonshaw Weir.IMG_8451-2  Looking up the river from the banks of the weir.  This is what I sat and had my cuppa looking at, pre dawn, how awesome.IMG_8493-2  This is the camping area, lovely and big, no facilities left now.IMG_8510-2  Bonshaw Weir, lovely standing under the weir and cooling off.IMG_8511-2 Looking back up to camp from the Weir.IMG_8512-2  Another view, very big area. You can actually see where and what the floods have moved and changed it all.IMG_8543-2  The bridge down from the weir, the chaps caught a Murray Cod off this bridge, big one to.IMG_8548-2  Looking across from the other side of river.