|Toompine Pub, you camp next to the community tennis courts and community hall for free!!|
|This little pony looks calm now but when the gate was left open you couldn't see him for dust as he bolted down the road, not returning until late the next day.|
Watched the setting up of the Quick Shears Competition - around 5.30pm the action started with 3 sections, Beginners, Intermediate and Open. All in all approx 20 shearers were present each trying to beat each others time to shear a sheep. Before the open final they conducted an Auction to buy a Shearer and have a chance of sharing in the winnings - one shearer was auctioned for $700, and he won! A lot of money was raised for the Flying Doctor and once the competition was over, the music was cranked up and the party began. They had a great time and partied hard - good on them! Said goodbye to Robyn in the pub the next morning and noticed a few sad, sorry heads sitting around.
|Crowd gathers for the quick shear competition.|
|And they didn't take long to shear a sheep.|
|The eventual winner in the Open Section - in under 35 seconds.|
|Entertained by Adam Kilpatrick who live streamed the performance and Briony could watch it live in NZ.|
After the excitement of the weekend drove on to Quilpie where we fuelled up and continued out to free camp at Lake Houdraman. Found a nice spot overlooking the Lake with plenty of birdlife incl. Pelicans and Black Swans. Certainly a much quieter night tonight!
|Lake Houdraman 6km east of Quilpie|
|Main access through Quilpie|
|Windorah Solar generation station|
|Cooper's Creek bridge constructed between 1946 & 1949|
|Stopped at the Windorah Pub for a coldie.|
|Swanvale Jump Up camp|
|View from Swanvale Jump Up lookout|
|Thomson Development Rd between Windorah and Longreach, not a lot to see and the lone tree to stop by for morning coffee!|
On way to Longreach called into Stonehenge where we did a slow drive through. Didn't stop although after reading the Outback Book should have as there was suppose to be an area where you could leave your home suburb name by laying stones (would have been difficult for us as we tow our home!!!) The drive into Longreach was very barren. Booked into the Caravan Park which was a bit small and a bit 'all over the place' but was ok for a couple of days. Quite warm with temp reaching 36 degrees.
Previous times we have visited Longreach we have gone through the Stockman's Hall of Fame so this time we went to the Qantas Museum. Great place displaying history of Qantas and viewed theatre presentations on how Qantas started. Easily spent a couple of hours wandering around - climbing into some of the old planes. Definitely worth the visit.