Post 260 Emu Park

iancollard
October 22, 2020

Emu Park

We are in Emu Park. There is a group of other explorer motorhome owners here.

This is part of the upgraded remembrance area on the singing ship point.

Emu Park

All the years we lived in Biloela and travelled to the Capricorn Coast we have never been into the Koorana Crocodile Farm.

After the tour we stayed for lunch. I tried Crocodile steak. It was much nicer than the tough self cook piece I had at a cook your own barbecue in the NT some years ago.

Post 259 Salvator Rosa National Park

iancollard
October 22, 2020

Salvator Rosa National Park

Much the same as Idalia National Park we drove into Salvator Rosa National Park for a look.

We took the back road from Blackall.

The campground looks as if it could take quite a few campers.

Again it looks as if we could return. we took the 4x4 track across the river to the junction (Nogoa River and Lousia Creek). The track is quite sandy. There are a few walks off it to attractions.

Post 258 Blackall

iancollard
October 22, 2020

Blackall shearing shed and wool scour

We had a day off in Blackall. Did a load of washing and checked out most of the tourist spots in the town.

The woolscour and shearing shed are a real credit to the local community who have rescued and restored it. The original steam engine that drove both the 20 stand shearing shed, two wools scouring trains complete with dryers is operational. While for normal tours the machinery is run using electric motors on special days a new boiler is used to power the original steam engine.

Photo is the restored shorn sheep pens of the shearing shed. All restored like original with gidgee timber.

Blackall shearing shed and wool scour

The first tub of the scour.

After leaving this tub the wool has lost 40% of its weight - dirt, burrs and great (lanolin)

In this tub the wool is manually fed from the bale into the tub.

Blackall shearing shed and wool scour

In this newer more modern train the complete wool bale is loaded and the combs automatically tease our the wool and place it in the first tub.

Blackall shearing shed and wool scour

This one of the dryers were the wool is fed in the top onto moving tables where it travels back and forth from top to bottom and then blown up to the top floor where it is baled again for export.

Post 257 Idalia National Park

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Idalia National Park

While we didn't stay we did drive in and have a look at Idalia National Park. It would definitely  be worth coming back in the cooler weather.

Idalia National Park - Wave Rock

This wave rock may be smaller than the one in Western Australia but I think it is prettier as it is more colourful.

Post 256 Welford National Park – Stars

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Welford National Park

Camp at night

Welford National Park

Camp at night

Post 255 Wellford National Park – Little Boomerang Waterhole

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park -Little boomerang Waterhole

Early morning on our last day at Little Boomerang Waterhole.

Wellford National Park - Little Boomerang Waterhole

This fellow wandered through the campground in the middle of the day.

Wellford National Park -Little Boomerang Waterhole

Wellford National Park -Little Boomerang Waterhole

Sunset at the campground.

Post 254 Wellford National Park – River Drive

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park - River Drive

The River Drive is a misnomer. It only goes near the river once.

Wellford National Park - River Drive

It does take you to this set of rocks in the river aptly named "The Jetty"

Wellford National Park - River Drive

We did stumble across this old bed frame. I think this is the remains of a shepards cottage.

Wellford National Park - River Drive

I am not sure what all the door locks where about.

Post 253 Wellford National Park – Mulga Drive

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park

The Mulga Drive is a longer drive, which as the name suggests takes you through some Mulga country. These fellows were making sure we stayed on the track.

Wellford National Park - Mulga Drive

An old windmill with the remains of the associated  water tank. There is still the remains of the water trough out of shot.

Wellford National Park

I can't remember the name of this creek but it seemed to be less muddy than the water holes on the main Barcoo channel we had seen and were camped at.

Post 252 Wellford National Park

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Wellford National Park

Wellford National Park has a few drives. We did the Desert Drive on the first day.

Wellford National Park - Desert Drive

Old watering trough.

Wellford National Park

Adjacent yards complete with loading ramp.

Post 251 Diamantina Lakes – Windorah

iancollard
October 19, 2020

Diamantina Lakes to Windorah

I enjoyed the drive out of the National Park. It was more a track but not a main road either. We drove across gibber plains, clay pans some gentle rises and then great expanses of "nothing" and mostly looking green after the rain a couple of weeks ago. Even a couple of patches still damp enough to throw mud back up the sides of Clifford.

 

Windorah has its own solar power station. Its a little different with the parabolic reflector throwing light onto solar cells in the middle.