Category Archives: West Queensland 2012

Our trip to Central West and South West Queensland in September 2012 in our caravan.

Home again

Over the last 5 weeks we have travelled 4341km through Western Queensland. We have used around 730 litres of diesel. On the other hand we only stayed in a caravan park once. And of course never in a hotel/motel. All … Continue reading

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Lake Dyer

On the way to Lake Dyer we stopped in Gatton to have a bit of breakfast. More importantly there is phone coverage in Gatton and I was able to collect my email. Appointment with the big boss on Monday morning. … Continue reading

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Heifer Creek

From Lake Leslie it was a short drive to Warwick for a bit of breakfast and then on to Alora for a quick look around and stocking up on supplies. The drive down the dividing range from Alora to Heifer … Continue reading

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Leslie Dam – packing up

After 3 nights at Leslie Dam it was time to leave. The wind was still very strong when we woke up. Our awning had been rattling through the night with the wind. It can be quite dangerous to put up … Continue reading

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Camping in the rain and cold

The last day at Leslie Dam we hardly ventured outside. It was raining, it was very windy. This gave me a chance to update our blog. Sometimes I don’t feel like updating the blog. I guess it is more an … Continue reading

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Warwick

Warwick is a short drive from Leslie Dam. It is a regional centre for the large agricultural district surrounding it. Apart from all the amenities you would expect we found beautiful historic buildings, many built of Sandstone. The Police Station … Continue reading

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Leslie Dam near Warwick

Leslie Dam was built across the Condamine River to supplement the groundwater supply for irrigating farms along the North Branch of the Condamine River. The dam was named after a pioneer of this area. Patrick Leslie settled here and established … Continue reading

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Millmerran – more geocaches

Monday after the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival the showgrounds emptied out quickly. We didn’t want to be part of the hundreds of vans leaving so stayed another day. I went for a drive to look for two more geocaches in … Continue reading

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Millmerran Camp Oven Festival – 2012

The Millmerran Camp Oven Festival is held every two years. The name suggests that the festival is all about camp ovens; in fact it is a country festival to please many different tastes. There is plenty of country music, bush … Continue reading

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Millmerran

We arrived on Tuesday for the Millmerran Camp Oven Festival weekend. This was also an organised meeting for the Kedron Owners Group and about ten Kedron vans and some guests in other vans were expected. A great opportunity for us … Continue reading

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Lake Broadwater Conservation Park

Panorama of Lake Broadwater We intended to stay at Tara Lagoon. There were lots of people camped around the lagoon and the lagoon is very close to town. We didn’t like the look of it and headed on. Lake Broadwater … Continue reading

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Surat -Fishing and Restocking Club

We had the first rainy day and decided to head further than we originally planned. We arrived at the Surat Fishing and Restocking club area with rain and puddles in red soil everywhere. In the morning we had blue skies … Continue reading

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Morven

Should you ever be in the area, don’t miss the Morven Historical Museum. This is by far the best small town museum I have seen that I can remember. What caught our eyes at first was this Kerosene Tin clad … Continue reading

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On the road

On this blog I concentrate on destinations. Unfortunately this misses out on the main aspect of travelling – getting from one place to another. There are so many experiences along the way. Would you expect being pulled up for a … Continue reading

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Lake Houdraman, near Quilpie

An other beautiful spot in Western Queensland. As Lesley put it on her facebook page when asked whether we were alone: A couple of vans and a tent but all a good distance away. More cattle and birds than anything … Continue reading

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Lake Houdraman – more

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Lake Houdraman – more 2

Some sad news in Quilpie, just before we arrived. From the ABC website: ‘Defence personnel have marched through the south-west Queensland town of Quilpie to honour a fallen colleague. A hometown memorial service has been held for 40-year-old Lance-Corporal ‘Rick’ … Continue reading

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Coopers Creek

From Windorah we followed the Diamentina Development Road for a short distance until we crossed Coopers Creek on a long and narrow bridge. I concentrated on keeping the rig going straight across the bridge – Lesley concentrated on possible camping … Continue reading

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Windorah

From Longreach we followed the Thompson Development Road to Windorah. We knew the road was going to be a one lane road, meaning only a section in the middle of the road is paved. If two vehicles are crossing, one … Continue reading

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Longreach

Leaving Lloyd Jones Weir we refuelled in Barcaldine before heading to Longreach. Listening to the ABC we learned that Longreach was celebrating its 125 year anniversary. As a consequence it was quite busy. We walked around in the Business Centre … Continue reading

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Barcaldine – Lloyd Jones Weir

Heading towards Lloyd Jones Weir the GPS lead us astray once more. Ended up on a dirt road that appeared to head off in the wrong direction. We turned around when we came to an area that gave us enough … Continue reading

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Bedford Weir to Lloyd Jones Weir

Leaving Bedford Weir after a few pleasant days of R&R we were heading West. In Emerald we filled up water and fuel. Didn’t spend much time there – only pictures I took were of the railway station. It is a … Continue reading

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Blackdown Tableland National Park

I read about the Blackdown Tableland National Park and wanted to include it on our itinerary. This is the reason we camped at the Bedford Weir. Otherwise we probably would not have gone East. I am certainly glad we did … Continue reading

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Bedford Weir, Blackwater

We spent a pleasant 5 days (4 nights) at the Bedford Weir some 25km north of Blackwater. The weir is damming the Mackenzie River and is a playground for water sport as well as for birds. Not much to do … Continue reading

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Springsure

Setting our GPS to find the way to the Springsure cemetery lead us astray. Why can we only use GPS to get us to places that are easy to find? We made it to the cemetery. If only we had … Continue reading

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The Virgin Rock

Overnight we stopped at the Virgin Rock rest area just north of Springsure. This is another camping stop provided by the local community free of charge. Maximum stay is 24 hours so there is a steady change of occupants. It … Continue reading

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The Staircase Range

The Staircase Range between Rolleston and Springsure might not rate as a destination of its own but it certainly is worthwhile to stop at the Staircase Lookout. The vegetation is quite unusual. The information display tells us about the significance … Continue reading

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Rolleston

Rolleston is another small town in the Banana Shire. Lesley’s mother, although born in Springsure, spent her early years in Rolleston and I expected to find more traces of her family. Rolleston has placed heritage walk plaques throughout the township … Continue reading

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Isla Gorge National Park

On the way from Theodore to Taroom and back we dropped into a couple of different locations in the Isla Gorge National Park. On the way down we checked out the Isla Gorge Picnic Area, just a short detour from … Continue reading

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Theodore – Taroom

Theodore is a small town in the Banana Shire in Central Queensland. It doesn’t offer many attractions, but is a good base to explore the surrounding area. Camping in the showgrounds with well looked after facilities is a cheap alternative … Continue reading

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Cania Dam

Cania Dam picnic area is a lovely spot to while away the afternoon. As Lesley was not up to walking due to sore hips, we went off in search of internet reception. I wanted to check on the budget speech, … Continue reading

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Cania Gorge

The scenery in Cania Gorge is amazing. The rock formations on either side of the gully are impressive. Rocks fallen from the cliff faces can be seen everywhere and look like they have been thrown by giants, landing at incredible … Continue reading

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Kinbombi Falls

Kinbombi Falls are in the midst of cattle country near Goomeri. The rolling hills would not suggest that close by is a deep gorge cut by a creek into the rocks. We can hear the water running down the waterfalls … Continue reading

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Kinbombi Falls

2:00pm and we are set up for the night at Kinbombi falls. We are sitting in the shade, waiting for it to cool down. We are planning a walk to the lookout over the falls and hopefully find a geocache.

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Last day at work

Yesterday was my last day at work before leaving for our trip to Central Queensland. It was a strange day for me. My boss asked for a quick meeting early in the morning. We talked about the budget coming up … Continue reading

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