Post 237 – Innamincka Cordillo Downs

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Cordillo Downs Road

 

We inquired at the Innamincka Trading Post. The Cordillo Downs road still had a few wet patches but there were drive arounds for all of them and the road was open. We topped up with fuel and headed off.

Cordillo Downs Road

We stopped at this abandoned bore for lunch. The bore is still visible along with this tank and some old cattle troughs but the only operational trough is getting its water from somewhere else.

Having driven some of the road I can see why it takes awhile to dry out. The road has been graded so that it is now lower than the surrounding land.

Cordillo Downs Shearing Shed

Our destination the Cordillo Downs Shearing shed.

Cordillo Downs Shearing Shed

Cordillo Downs Shearing Shed

Cordillo Downs Shearing Shed

Cordillo Downs road back to Innamincka

The moon rising over the sand dune at our campsite on the way back.

Lots of budgies nesting here too.

Also lots of mossies, so difficult to sit outside and enjoy the full moon.

Post 236 – SA Border

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Border Crossing

 

We stopped and talked to the Queensland Cop at the border. He really wasn't much interested in what we were up to. He was there to quiz people entering Queensland. We do have a SA pass but haven't had to show it to anyone yet.

I don't expect this truckie had any trouble coming through either.

Burke's Grave

Not far from Innamincka is Burke's Grave. Strictly speaking it is not his grave as his body is not there but there is a monument marking the spot where he died.

We didn't get to the other two sites Wills's tree or the spot where King was rescued on the other side of Innamincka as the roads are closed.

 

Post 235 – The Dig Tree.

iancollard
October 5, 2020

The Dig Tree

 

The entrance to the Dig Tree site. There is quite a deal of good information on the boards in here.

Dig Tree

There are three trees with blazes here and not just from the Burke and Wills' expedition.

Brahe who was waiting here for Burke and Wills to return blazed two trees. People coming later looking for Burke and Wills also left blazes. Some time after King was rescued and the bodies of Burke and Wills recovered some one carved a likeness of Burke in yet another blaze. Not all these blazes are still visible as they have closed over.

Dig Tree

The one blaze from Brahe that is still visible. It states the number of the camp in roman numerals.

Dig Tree

This is the original dig tree. Brahe carved the word dig on this horizontal branch and  buried supplies underneath. The blaze has grown over.

Dig Tree

The carving of Burke is still visible.

Dig Tree

I was surprised to see that the Cooper was flowing as well.

We camped here for the night.

There is a $20 dollar fee per vehicle to enter the site. Which seeing we were camping is pretty good.

Yes the site is remote - a long way from anywhere but it is not inaccessible - it is only the last 10 - 15 km that is not bitumen.

Post 234 – Noccundra

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Bulloo River - Thargomindah

 

Back in Thargo to do a bit of shopping. Headed down to the local picnic spot and was surprised to see the Bulloo flowing. It wasn't flowing when we left so this water is not local and has come down from around Quilpie Charleville.

 

Noccundra

Tea at the Noccundra Hotel. The lamb shanks were very popular.

There is nothing at Noccundra apart from the pub. The hope is that the road to Cameron's Corner will be open tomorrow else we will head towards Innamincka, and see the corner from the South Australian side.

Noccundra

Doesn't look like we will be getting to Cameron's Corner today.

Noccundra

The early morning storm did make for some nice photos.

Noccundra

Post 233 – Kilcowera Station

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Lake Wyara - Kilcowera Station

 

The Dowling Track up to Thargomindah was now open. We drove up to the station stay at Kilcowera Station. This is us at Cardenyabba lagoon.

Lake Wyara - Kilcowera Station.

While road to Lake Wyara was closed in the Currawinya National Park, the lake is accessible from Kilcowera Station and is part of the self drive tour.

Lake Wyara is salt water and clear blue as opposed to the muddy brown of the fresh water Numalla. This is because Lake Wyara is supplied only by local run off water and doesn't overflow.

Kilcowera Station

Wild flowers on the self drive tour of the station.

Kilcowera Station

We stumbled across this little water hole where the Zebra Finches were coming in for a drink.

No photo but one of the bores is called murder bore. Turns out there was an actual murder, with the body burnt and the bones thrown down the bore.

A fair effort, but the murderer was caught and convicted.

Kilcowera Station

Sunrise at Cardenyabba Lagoon.

Post 232 – Hungerford

iancollard
October 5, 2020

Border

Definitely no going into New South Wales today. Also no "Mexicans" sneaking into Queensland here.

Hungerford

The Royal Mail Hotel - Hungerford. An old Cobb and co staging hotel. They do a nice steak sandwich for lunch.

Post 231 – Lake Numalla – Currawinya National Park

iancollard
October 4, 2020

It has been raining in the desert.

A lot of roads are closed, and within the national park not all areas are accessible. We couldn't go to Boorara shearing shed or do the Werewiki loop drive. We could however go to Lake Numalla.

 

Lake Numalla

A panorama of the lake. Again it fills with typical western muddy water.

Lake Numalla

Still it was a nice sandy beach and if it was summer I definitely would be going for a swim.

Steam engine - Lake Numalla

Nearly missed this old steam traction engine as we were driving out. I wonder if the broken front axle is the reason it is here?

 

Post 230 – Myninya old cattle yards – Currawinya National Park

iancollard
October 4, 2020

Mynina - abandoned cattle yards

Within walking distance of the campsite is this set of old cattle yards.

Mynina - abandoned cattle yards

Mynina - abandoned cattle yards

Post 229 – Myninya campground – Currawinya National Park

iancollard
October 4, 2020

Nesting budgies Mynina

While not a well used campsite it was right on the water complete with lots nesting budgies.

There was a new toilet block but the swallows had made a mess of it already and the pink streamer to deter them were having little effect. The shower was connected directly to the bore so if you ran it long enough it may become warm.

Post 228 – Budjiti Lookout – Currawinya National Park

iancollard
October 4, 2020

Budjiti Lookout

An iphone panorama from the Budjiti Lookout.