Great Australian Little Loop Planned 2020

Plans are in motion and we will add more information later in the year. Kim has been looking forward to this trip for some time. It's one of Kim's bucket lists to see her famous Great Aunt Faye Nayler's Underground home in Coober Pedy. We are not leaving Shari ( our pup ) behind. We look forward taking her on this great adventure.

Lots of people talk about driving around Australia, but few actually do it. In planning for 2020 we are hitting the outback Highways for a little loop around Australia. Leaving from Brisbane we are heading Outback Queensland by Roma, Morven, Blackall, Longreach, Winton, Mt Isa over to NT, Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, SA, Coober Pedy, Pt Augusta, NSW, Broken Hill, Cobar, back QLD, Cunnamulla, St George, back to Brisbane. Australia is, by all accounts, a bloody massive chunk of land. And while there’s debate about whether the sunburnt country qualifies as the biggest island in the world (some say its status as a continent means it’s not an island), everyone can agree that there’s plenty to explore. The great thing is we don’t need to tag along following other people. We travel the route we created and enjoy the journey as a couple. There’ll be a lot of driving and a lot of napping. And a few tense discussions about the merits of air travel. Stay tuned for added information.

Our first stop:

“Meadowbank” is a farm on the outskirts of Roma, on the Warrego Highway, offering powered & unpowered relaxed camping, overlooking the paddocks. Travellers enjoy the laid-back & friendly feel of this farm, and most nights there are sundowners by the firepit & BBQ for you to enjoy.
Visit the historic Meadowbank Museum, with old machinery, memorabilia and horse drawn vehicles. You will truly feel that you have stepped back in time. Offering toilets & hot showers Meadowbank is open March till October each year. Pets are welcome, on a lead and cleaned up after. Day visitors, bus groups & clubs are most welcome. Please phone ahead to book museum tours for groups on 0488 527 355

Feature: Amenities for campers, Big Rigs Welcome, Campfire, Camping Property, Campsite (unpowered), Campsites (powered), Communal Guest Fire Pit, Hot Showers/ Toilets, Mobile Phone Coverage, Museum, Pet Friendly (fully restrained at all times and some breed limitations), Tar Road Accessible to all Vehicles
Passing through Mitchell, we may stop at the baths, but our next destination will be Morven. There are few campsites like the Morven campsite. Morven is a tiny town less than 100km east of Charleville in South West Queensland but it boasts a great campsite for weary travelers. We have stopped here before so we know what to expect. With 12 powered sites and a huge area for those not requiring power it isn’t hard to understand why this is such a popular stop for many travellers. There is not only power but potable water from the two taps attached to each of the three modern power boxes each containing four power points. But it doesn’t end there. There are also flush toilets, hot showers and a dump site all for, wait for it – a $5.00 donation per day. Sorry, but the five bucks doesn’t run to a laundry. But you can stay up to 7 days at $5.00 a day. While there is a male and female toilet there is also a roomy and well set-up disabled toilet and shower between the two.

We than hit Longreach and Central West, with highlights of climbing Starlight’s Lookout, taking a ride in a galloping horse-drawn stagecoach and learn about Australia’s heritage in Longreach. Witness footprints of a dinosaur stampede at the Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways and see the world's largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils at The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum near Winton. Swim, kayak, water-ski or cruise the Thomson River or fish for yellow belly and red claw crayfish under the red river gums. Hike to the Biloela lookout for views over Callide Dam in the Sandstone Wilderness, dotted with water-skiers and campers. We will be doing some family history on Ernest Eglinton, who was the Police Magistrate in Winton, 1893-1898. Currently University of Queensland is researching Ernest adventures as Sub Inspector Mounted Police officer in Boula, the time around the massacre.

Next we head Mount Isa and North West were couwboys pack their hard-hat and sense of adventure and just four hours’ drive west of Townsville, Outback Queensland’s North West region, known as Flinders Shire, begins. Dinosaur fossils, jaw-dropping scenery and the mining magnate of Mount Isa awaits. If we are up to the challenge we can oin an underground Mount Isa mines tour or keep the sky in sight at Lake Moondarra, fishing for barramundi. Put on our Akubra and best boots, and buckle up for the biggest rodeo in the southern hemisphere in Mount Isa. and learn about the endangered McKinlay dunnart, found only in the Mitchell Grass 

One of the main reasons for our trip is seeing Kim’s Great Auntie Faye Nayler. Faye Nayler of Faye's Windlass cafe fame was inducted into the 2011 Shell Rimula Hall of Fame. The Windlass cafe in Coober Pedy, which offered respite to passengers on Pioneer coaches, was destroyed by a tornado. n 1964, Faye purchased a one- tonne International truck, replacing her old 1956 Vanguard utility. Her favourite truck was her International Bogey drive Load Star, converted to a drilling platform, all hydraulic operation. It was designed in conjunction with Faye, and manufactured by Daniel De Compo in Coober Pedy.Faye began work on the opal field, her occupations spanning cafe proprietor, opal miner, dugout builder and cook.

In the 1960s she recognised the potential of tourism as outback Australia became a popular destination and the traffic increased dramatically. Buses and trucks became frequent users of “the track'', an old dirt road evolved from station tracks. The outback captured Faye's heart, and to combine this love with her desire to work with people, she spent months undertaking backbreaking digging to create the Opal Cave. The Opal Cave became her livelihood, and the cause for her long involvement with the coach industry. A doubledecker bus was home for five years before extensions were completed. As tourist operator and owner of the Opal Cave, Faye provided tours, lectures, camping trips, and cooking and shower facilities for more than 570 coaches a year. She proved to be an invaluable resource during a breakdown, arranging for and transporting parts to location, and would liaise with the coach company's home base and police in the event of accidents or death. The business was sold in 1982. Faye passed on some Opal to Kim. We have wanted to head out and she her house, so we will be counting down the days.

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