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.

Post 240 Cameron’s Corner

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Cameron's Corner

 

We had gotten a couple of Queensland border passes while in Innamincka so unlike these people we were able to go into Queensland to visit the store. Still the only person at the store was keeping fit walking back and forth to the fence filling peoples orders.

Cameron Corner Post

The Post.

Ann checking that she wasn't in New South Wales (Don't want to have to quarantine  here for 14 days)

Post 239 Merty Merty

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Merty Merty

 

The campground is right next to this large sand dune.

Merty Merty Campsite

There is a lot of green and flowers about.

Merty Merty Campsite

I got a bit arty on top of the dune in the morning.

Merty Merty Campsite

There is a lot of small scale "mining" stuff going on out here. I don't know what this small camp is for but it not the only one. There are road trains carrying all sorts of mobile plant on the roads. Yes they are gravel roads no longer befitting names like the Strzelecki Track.

Post 238 Moomba

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Moomba

 

Moomba is really in the middle of nowhere. Just before I took this photo the plane took off. All the workforce is fly in fly out. I really had no idea how large in area the oil and gas field out here was. There are oil wells all the way from inside Queensland near Noccundra to here and and beyond.

Moomba

The Strzelecki Track is no longer a track, it is a gravel highway able to cope with heaving road trains carrying fuel and heavy mobile plant. There are a lot of small scale oil and gas projects going on with small camps scattered throughout the "desert".