On Monday, a full program was provided for those who wished to participate. In the morning a bus trip to Possum Park, originally a WWII ammunition bunker which has now been converted to a cabin and caravan park while retaining much of the original structures.
Busses were provided to transport us to the park approximately 50kms south of Wandoan.
Some of the former ammunition bunkers have been converted to self-contained accommodation along with a number of train carriages. One of the features currently being worked on is the conversion of a former TAA Vickers Viscount aircraft to provide unique overnight accommodation.
Video of the transportation of the aircraft to Possum Park can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs9JAkf3iEQ.
Following our guided tour by the owner, we were treated to a delicious morning tea.
Whilst enjoying our morning tea, Erich photographed this Grey-crowned Babbler in a nearby tree.
The resident pooch.
Back at camp, Erich was alerted to the presence of a Black-necked Stork a.k.a. Jabiru.
Later in the afternoon, we were taken on a tour of the Windmill Village, a purpose-built miner’s camp servicing the nearby mining areas. The village was built by one of the Shadforth group of companies which also built RV Homebase where we live.
Prior to the tour, we were given a talk about the establishment of the village and their ideas for the future.
As well as providing sleeping accommodation for the miners, there is a huge dining area staffed by professional chefs, recreation rooms, and even a tavern.
The very well equipped gym includes a golf simulator.
The Tavern has been converted from an old school house brought to the property.
This massive fire-pit beside the Tavern provides a cosy spot to watch the footy on the two huge outdoor TV screens provided.
A recent addition to the village is the construction of transportable dwellings which are then onsold for use wherever such accommodation is required. The intent is to provide an employment opportunity for the Wandoan community. The following photos show how well designed they are and how comfortable one could be, for example as a holiday home for a cost of around $30,000 plus utility connections.
Sunset from the veranda of the Tavern.
Tuesday was Anzac Day and busses were provided to transport campers to the War Memorial for the Dawn Service. The service was very well attended by around 600 people, many of them miners from the Windmill Village who headed off to work as soon as the service was finished. Unfortuately it was too dark for photographs. Many of our fellow campers participated in the traditional Anzac Day march and subsequent ceremonies but we had planned to leave that morning so it was just a quick pack up and we were on our way home again.
We decided to overnight again at Wooroolin to break the journey.
An afternoon shot of the wetlands.
And a few more birds.
This Speckled Warbler is apparently uncommon in this area.
Female Red-backed Fairy-wren
Together with our neighbours, Peter and Helen, we had a lovely dinner at the Grand Hotel, adjacent to the camping area.
Erich was up early to take this wonderful shot of the wetlands.
We love this photo so much that we have had it mounted on canvas and now just have to find a place to hang it.