192. Places, faces and whatnot…

At post 188, I reviewed our travels on the road since leaving our home in September 2010. Included were a few photos. I have been asked for a bit more photo journalism of the places we visited which may not have been included in the original post or photos, for whatever reason, were not included in the original post. The following photos are not in any particular order except, maybe, roughly, alphabetically.

Do not forget, all photos in this post as is true of all photos in all posts, can be enlarged. Twice! Just click on the photo to enlarge and click again if you want to double the enlarged size.

At the Kidman caravan Park in Bourke NSW there were a number of artefacts. For some reason this old outhouse was transformed into a modern telephone booth. Yes, the phone really did work.

Ward River about 30 klms west of Charleville on the road to Quilpie. Floods had passed through about a week before we arrived and the flood levels were noticeable.

Abandoned chimney at the tiny settlement of Copperfield near Cleremont Qld. There was once a thriving town at this copper smelting and mining area.

A pair of infectiously happy sisters, grandchildren of my cousin Bobbie and wife Dianne at Coonabarabran NSW.

Artesian Hotel Barcaldene, Qld. One of many pubs still surviving and one of many before some were burnt. Hmmm! Strange there were so many fires in Barcy despite the fact most buildings were constructed of highly flameable timber.

Farms and farmlets on the hills above Cooran Qld as seen from our three month house sitting at Traveston.

Sunlit nearest house at our Traveston location.

Early morning misty view at Cooyar Qld.

Our start point in September 2010. Pioneer Arabians Horse Stud and Endurance Training at Finch Hatton, Qld.

Coffee Shop at Guya NSW which as well as coffee, sells meals and a bit of this and a bit of that. Our friend Greg T is on the left, owner in the centre and Donnis on the right.

Donnis n I both enjoyed a swim in the delightful Gwydir River near Bingarra NSW.

Glasshouse Mountains sign as viewed from the Blackall Ranges near Maleny.

Lake Keepit, midway between Gunnedah NSW and Tamworth NSW is an incredibly popular holiday destination for people of the northwest of the state. There are hundreds of permenent cabins, caravans, motorhome and relocatable homes at the security controlled campground. People have their Christmas, Easter and other long weekends and holidays here. My cousin Bobbie and his family have a permanent on site caravan and have done so for around thirty years.

We spent a happy pre Christmas weekend at Kenilworth Showgrounds with the South Burnett Wanderers a chapter of the Campervan & Motorhome Club of Australia. The weekend started with a wonderful hot and sunny Friday but by Saturday the rain began and by Sunday was torrential and one by one all campers packed up and headed elsewhere.

Lightning Ridge has many tourist attractions, many are free, unless you take a guided tour. We had a look at this defunct open cut mine. The locals consider it to have been an immense folly as well as a rape of the countryside. Hmmm! It seems if your mine is mostly underground and hidden from view there is no folly or rape involved. Many underground mines have not provided a return and all the underground becomes unstable from the hidden rape.

At Longreach WWWGO is holding up the tail of the Qantas jet while repairs are carried out. (nudge nudge wink wink)

Moonie River bridge at Nindigully. A few days before we arrived it seems floodwaters covered this old, now disused, bridge. Some caravanners and motorhomers left their departure too late and to be towed out of the boggy soil by a tractor. At a cost of $100 per vehicle.

Noosa River mouth looking towards mount ??? a volcanic remnant as are all the other mountains in the area.

The artesian spa at Pilbara is no different to other aresian spas's. Weed grows prolifically in the warm to hot conditions and can be a bit disconcerting for first time users.

Historically the last Cobb and Co Stagecoach left from the Surat Post Office. It makes you wonder what wazs going on way out here to justify a stagecoach service. These days there is no train or bus service.

High in the hills above Tenterfield reminded me of a visit to the NSW snowfield many years ago.

Like many other country towns in NSW, Qld and Vic the Railway Station is now a museum because the trains don't live here no more. Sob.

The skyline of Surfer Paradise as seen from the bottom of the Gold Coast strip at Rainbow Bay.

Morning at Theresa Creek Dam near the Qld town of Cleremont.

The storm clouds approach Mt.Cooran from our vantage point at Traveston.

Ginger Gardens at the Buderim Ginger Factory located at Yandina. I stress the location as Buderim is some 50 klms distant from Yandina. Explanation. The original factory was at Buderim so the name has been retained. Nice place to visit.

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