Camooweal – Winton – Roma
August 21, 2012 1 Comment
Leaving Devils Marbles meant saying goodbye to the Fosters. So at Threeways we filled up on fuel and said our goodbyes. Allison & Warwick continued on the Stuart Highway up to Daly Waters whilst Wade & I continued across the Barkly Highway. Stopping at Barkly Homestead for lunch we arrived at Camooweal at around 5pm. Fueled up and ready to continue onto Mt Isa, we tried to call a few caravan parks but being fully booked out due to the annual rodeo on in town we stayed put and camped at a free camp spot along the lagoon.
An early start to the day we arrived in Cloncurry for lunch. Pies and sausage rolls all round to eat on the move before stopping at the Walkabout Creek Hotel in McKinlay, as was featured in the original Crocodile Dundee movie.
Next camp in a little town called Winton. Best known as the home of Waltzing Matilda. Winton is the place that A B (Banjo) Paterson wrote our national song in 1895, whilst visiting Dagwotrth Station. Legend has it that the first public performance of Waltzing Matilda happened at Winton’s North Gregory Hotel on 6th April 1895.
The following morning we packed up and made our way out to the Musical Fence. This is a wire fence that can be played as a musical instrument and it is the first permanent musical fence installation in the world.
With only 180km to Longreach we make it in time for lunch where we sit and eat on the grounds of the Australian Stockmans Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre. This is truly a spectacular tribute to the people of outback Australia. Here you can visit the museum with five themed galleries displaying some of Australia’s greatest explorers, Aborigines, stock workers & pastoralists.
Finishing up on all the sights to see and do in Longreach it was still only around 2.30pm so we thought we would continue to drive until nightfall. Reaching a small town called Tambo around 5.30pm we eat some dinner and as the kids were very eager to get to Roma to see Aunty Trisha and the girls, and with Wade feeling comfortable to drive on we arrive in Roma, 878km’s later at 10.30pm. A massive day of driving, the kids still bright eyed and bushy we relax for a while in front of the fire, have a nice shower and hit the hay.
With Jordis & Violet waking quite early with excitement to see their cousins, it wasn’t long before we were all back up again for a full day of fun. Lunch in the park down at The Big Rig and a train ride for the kids.