Easter 2016 – Wallumbilla to Possum Park

18th April

It was finally time to leave Bollon as we needed to be in Wandoan by the 21st for a gathering. We had originally planned to head east from St George to Moonie and then north, however, we were running short of the essentials – coffee pods and wine! Both of the supermarkets in St George stocked only Nespresso compatible coffee pods and not much of a selection of “quaffing” wine was available at the pub causing us to rethink our route to take in a more major town. So instead of heading east from St George we continued north to Roma where we were able to replenish our essentials. Having been to Roma before we didn’t linger after lunching at a cafe. I had been thinking of camping at Judds Lagoon but as it was threatening rain and I was unfamiliar with the camp site, we decided that the showgrounds at Wallumbilla would be a safer option.

The council is making a big effort to turn this showground into a desirable place to stay with power and water supplied to a spacious area and lots of tree planting under way. It is a long hike to the amenities but that didn’t bother us as we have our own. Traffic noise is a bit of a drawback as it is right on the Warrego Highway on the edge of town but it suited our purpose and Erich enjoyed photographing the town the next morning.

Next stop was Miles where Erich was hoping to get a haircut. There seemed to be only one hairdresser in town and we had to wait a couple of hours to be fitted in. We had a walk around town and I made use of Telstra Air to update about 20 Apps on my iPad that I had been ignoring as we had almost used up our mobile data allowance for the month. While I sat in the shade downloading data, Erich went to have a look for a memorial to Mary MacKillop that was listed on the Memorial Australia website but had no photo.

The Miles Post Office is a typical, if somewhat larger, example of a country post office.

With Erich’s hair and beard looking much better, we headed west out of town to the turnoff to Wandoan. As we still had a couple of nights before the gathering at Wandoan, we booked into Possum Park conveniently located about 20kms north of the turnoff.

Possum Park has been developed from what had been an ammunition storage facility during WW2 with bunkers built into the slopes turned into cabins, converted railway troop carriers and even a Vickers Viscount aircraft which is being restored and converted to accommodation. There are about 6 powered caravan sites as well. A very quirky place and good value at $25 per night for a powered site. Read more about Possum Park at www.possumpark.com.au

Ammunition bunker

A bunker converted to be the office.

One of the bunkers converted to accommodation cabins.

The caretaker told us that the owners had been unable to get insurance on the plane so he was building a structure around it so he could insure the “contents”. I think he was joking!

The whole place has nice grounds and gardens and lovely birdlife.

These Grey-crowned Babblers were chasing insects in the tree behind our van.

Another beautiful sunrise.

Disused railway line that would have brought the ammunition to the site.

Pied Butcherbird

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