Interesting place Birdsville, nothing much here but they have a small lake and it has a croc in it, they fish in it, catching yellow bellies which soak in a salt water and vinegar mix , which gets rid of the muddy taste and then its not bad at all. There are four old guys with a couple of early twenties Dodges which they are driving across Oz, they left this am and got abt 500 yards down the road when one had an autovac fail, which they replaced with a british SU petrol pump, before continuing on their way west.
There is a deep water artesian bore here, which supplies the local hot water as it's coming out of the ground at around 90 deg, there is also an interesting solar system for the local electricity supply. The Birdsville Bakery is noted for its pies, I have had Kangaroo and claret and Geoff's had Rabbit, you could choose Emu or a Farmers pie which is probably a mixture of everything. Anyway off we set for Windorah, over a very flat Landscape but a good road, sadly plenty of roadside casualties, mainly roos, we arrive andl pop into local pub for a burger, meet an old guy whose on a mission is to deliver 600 eggs to the Birdsville Bakery ( apparently a crisis as they hve run out) he recommended we stop at Jundah, a good camp site, we headed for there but found a better site just off the road on the top of an escarpment, a lovely view and setting; plus a permanent barbecue. lovely ,cook a meal plus sit around fire and talk over where we go next.
Off to Longreach
· Another day of travelling over flat plains , it's very dry, weathers good, still cold in the morning and evenings, it's nice to sit by an open fire, the roads are in good condition we are making good progress, and seeing lots of wildlife, Wedge tail eagles. kites and hawks all feeding off roadside casualties, the eagles are very large, loads of kangaroos and emus, and camels plus loads of sheep and cattle; it's a flat plain as we draw into Longreach, but a complete change . grass verges. trees and very tidy painted buildings. A surprise, and we are impressed. Set up camp, tmrrw will go to the stockman's Hall of Fame and The Quantas Museum. Both look interesting, the hall of fame is very interesting recap of the past and the fortitude and resilience these pioneers to overcome the times of hardship. not forgetting the aboriginals who helped them establish themselves.
· We had a good run tdy we cud make Cairns in two days.
· We hve had a good day looking at the two museums, most interesting, now heading to Cairns