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October 2, 2016

SUNDAY 2nd October

Catching up from we left Baralaba (Neville Hewitt Weir) on 22nd Sept & went about 60 ks to my relatives at Wowan, Narelle & Delwyn Chapman who we had not seen since a Chapman reunion in Eidsvold back in 1983!
Far too long in between. Anyway we arrived at their Brahman stud property for lunch & soon started reminising. After lunch the men went to yard some cattle for drenching etc. They also have 3 bulls ready for the International Bull sale at Rockhampton this week.

Del applying a Buffalo Fly ear tag.

Getting a rub after sucking our fingers- which they love to do. Drink time for this little lady & the last photo I missed this spoilt one pulling on the back of Narelle’s shirt! Decided to give her a gentle nudge instead.

Their home & property runs along the Dee River with sunset from the veranda the previous afternoon.
The spray line is irrigating potato which are just starting to flower.

A water winch also used to irrigate.

We left there 3 days later & did a big trip down to Lake Victoria about 27k! A phone call from Narelle just after we had left telling me that I had left my bottle of Glenfiddich & Bird book there. Said we would turn around but they said they would come for drive as had not been there for a long time.
There was nobody there when we arrived but a family arrived wanting to set their tent up right we were parked. Said we were leaving in the morning so they slept under the stars right at the back of our van – had a lot of stuff to move in the am for us to reverse to get back on the track to leave. A nice family so they did not bother us but they soon had their ski boat out & roaring up the lake.

The Dawson river & Callide Creek both run into this lake & the locals commented that if there was a deluge in the Kroombit Tops ranges to get our of here immediately.
A big trip the next morning down to Biloela & intended staying behind the Information centre for a couple of nights to do some washing etc. It is $15/pn with a returnable $10 deposit for the entry key. The council has made them do a lot of work to get up to Caravan park standards & it will be a nice spot once they get some grass growing. There are even grey water buckets provided to collect your water & 2 days stay allowed.

Paying guests can wander around the grounds & look in the old buildings at any time so naturally Bruce went wandering around all the old machinery.

Travelling down from Wowan there are many paddocks with this tree for cattle feed.

A few “old” things in the couple of old buildings- a church & the railway shed.

After making use of the dump point & a bit of food shopping/fuel etc we headed south again to Monto for a couple of nights. The country had definately had more rain the closer we got to the coast.
We decided instead of driving through Thangool we would take the time to drive out to Mt Scoria CP. There really was nothing to see except the small Mt Scoria. Was only 14k return so all good.

Irrigated pastures

Railway sleepers being collected by a contractor & ready for shipment overseas apparently.

After leaving Monto & only 12k down the road, another big trip, we decided to spend the night at the Mulgildie Pub to unhook & drive out to the Bunyip Hole after having a beautiful Mackeral & salad meal for lunch for $10!

On the way back we stopped to watch these couple of foals- one too busy having a rest but the other one was playing with Mum who was having roll in the grass.

Noticed this odd thing in a paddock as we drove past. Wonder what it was ever used for?I have turned the 1st photo upside down to read the words.

Once we were off the highway we were on dirt road but knew it was a good solid road & not lot of ks either. Soon came to huge road works where there is a high level bridge going over the Burnett River.

The Burnett River here is a small stream.

Left Mulgildie about 9am & as usual the hills around Mt Perry were drier than out on the Burnett highway. Rosslyn Station used to be owned by 2 Spinster ladies known as Miss Agnes & Miss Winifred. I was in this old slab timber home many many years ago & would love to know whether anything has been done to it. The wind used to blow through the slabs! This is also a very cold part of Queensland.

Stopped for a cuppa at Rory Schuh Lookout before going down the range into Mt Perry.

Even though these hills are quite often bare it is very good cattle country.

There are a couple of Olive groves along the way as well as cattle. The Hall photo should have read” Dances there in the 1950s-1960s. “
Pulled into Gin Gin rest area for the night & it was very crowded- about various vehicles here. A lot of families returning home at the end of the school hols.
I went for a walk down to the Gin Gin Creek bed to check out where we used to swim back in the 40s-50. Only a stream at the moment but in the 2013 the water was half way up the walls of the Reviver Driver shed.

There was a beautiful sunset with the smoky haze from bush fires.

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