Post 250 Drive to Mayne Hotel – Diamantina Lakes National Park

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Mayne Hotel - Diamantina National Park

We took a drive out to the eastern edge of the park and the old Mayne Hotel.

On the way we went to the look out over the park with Janet's leap being the outcrop in the left of this panorama.

Mayne Hotel

The bend in the road at the hotel.

Mayne Hotel

The roof of the cellar. Open at night and closed during the day to try and keep the drinks cool.

Mayne Hotel

I guess this bed is free tonight.

Post 249 Cattle Yards – Diamantina Lakes National Park

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Cattle Yards

There are two sets of yards near the campground. These steel yards within walking distance and another older set further away down a track that has some deep ruts from the rain a couple of weeks ago.

Post 248 Diamantina Lakes National Park

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Elizabeth Springs

We had a look at Elizabeth Springs on the way into the National Park. We couldn't find a real spring. The best I could do was some wet areas on the top of some of the mounds but it didn't flow anywhere and was quickly soaked up.

Elizabeth Springs

In it's own way the dry gibber plain we parked on was more impressive.

Gumhole campground

The water hole was full, it had obviously been overflowing over the road recently. As the lady at the min min centre in Boulia had said the sites here were pretty small, and not suitable for large caravans. We did check out the other campground later on and seeing we are small this is or preferred campground.

Whistling Kite Nest.

At first I didn't think this nest was occupied. It was only by using the binoculars that we saw this almost fully fledged chick.

Whistling Kite Chick

Gum Hole Waterhole

Sunset over the waterhole.

Gum Hole Campground

Night - no moon yet. Time to play with some star shots.

Post 247 Birdsville to Boulia

iancollard
October 15, 2020

Carcoory

We did try and book an expensive long flight down to lake Eyre from Birdsville. Yes they were still doing flights but tomorrow's flight was full and it didn't look like they had enough interest to run another one in the next couple of days. We hit the road and headed on up to Boulia.

I had threatened last time we were out here that I would camp at the Carcoory ruins and play around with star shots over the ruins. No that didn't happen this time either.

Vaughan Johnson Lookout

"Clifford" at the Vaughan Johnson Lookout on the road up to Boulia. Our destination was the Diamantina Lakes National Park but we got fuel and did a "shop" in Boulia first

Post 246 Mungerannie to Birdsville

iancollard
October 11, 2020

Mungerannie

This rock formation is off the road just north of Mungerannie. It sure looks like a meteor crater to me.

 

Mitta Mitta Bore

While on private property and fenced the hot water from the bore is visible from the "track"

Birdsville

Yep we did make it to Birdsville.

Post 245 Mungerannie

iancollard
October 10, 2020

Mungerannie

 

This is what we looked like when we got to Mungerannie. We were lucky to get there. They had more rain here and along the road than Maree. The road was extremely slippery and dangerous. The back end of Clifford kept wanting to become the front end.

Mungerannie

As the road to Birdsville was closed we were here for a few days. There were two other couples stranded with us. They had a very similar experienced coming from Birdsville in that it hadn't rained in Birdsville and in the beginning the road was good. They also were very glad to see  Mungerannie.

I had time to play around and take some night photos.

These old trucks were abandoned along the track. At least one of then belonged to Tom Kruse the legendary Maree to Birdsville mailman.

Mungerannie

Unfortunately for us the sleeper walls of this spar pool had started to collapse and it is no longer in use.

Mungerannie

I am not sure when Maccas will get here, but I am sure it will put Mungerannie on the map when it does.

Mungerannie

The door of one of the old trucks with the name of Tom Cruze - legendary mail man on the Birdsville when it was even less than a track.

Mungerannie

Last night star trails.

Mungerannie

 

The complete crew here for the few days.

Post 244 Harrys Ruins

iancollard
October 10, 2020

Harry's Ruins

 

There were a few spits of ran overnight but that was all and the road was fine. We were even comfortable getting off the road to have a look at Harry's ruins.

Harry's Ruins

Post 243 Marree and Farina

iancollard
October 10, 2020

Marree

 

Marree - home of he Lake Eyre Yacht Club.

Marree was interesting. It was pretty windy at Wilkowie Well and the wind kept gaining in strength and also started picking up dust. By the time we got it Lyndhurst it was a full on dust storm. The fuel consumption driving straight into the headwind to Marree was interesting. At Marree all we could do was get a powered site and sit inside the motorhome with the air condtioner on.

Fortunately overnight the wind did drop and the dust settled.

Marree - Laundry

 

Yes the dust had settled - everywhere. Still we were able to catch up on our washing.

Farina

Farina is an abandoned township between Lyndhurst and Marree. It is a pity about the dust storm as it would have been good to have an explore.

This building started as the Transcontinental Hotel but had several other uses during its life

Farina

Through one of the windows of the hotel. If you look closely you can just see an old railway water tank in the distance. Farina was a rail head for the original Ghan railway.

Post 242 Wilkowie Well

iancollard
October 10, 2020

Wilkowie Well

 

I was hoping to find one of these wells along the "track" We were lucky to stumble on this one just off the road.

Wilkiwie Well

It is complete with a stone tank to store the water drawn from the well.

Wilkiwie Well

Near the well are the ruins of this two room building.

Post 241 Blanche Water Ruins

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Blanche Water Ruins

 

Another overnight stop near these ruins.

Blanche Water Ruins

I took the opportunity to have another go at creating an image at night. This is more that one image merged with software.