From Cloncurry we continued travelling south through inland Queensland to Winton where the famous ‘Waltzing Matilda Centre’ burnt down earlier this year so unfortunately we were unable to visit. Being famous for dinosaur digs, all along the main street the rubbish bins are dinosaur feet.
We visited Arno’s Wall next to the main street. I am still not entirely sure what I thought of it. It is quite eccentric and his front yard wasn’t walled, but sort of matched.
Just out of the township of Winton is The Australian Age of Dinosaurs Natural History Museum, which was very interesting. It is situated on the top of a small tabletop mountain, possibly so it doesn’t get flooded during the wet season. The views are spectacular. At the foot is an area for unhitching your van as the dirt road is steep with a few hairpin turns. We did unhitched but once at the top decided we could have done it easily. If it were wet it would be a different story.
From Winton we headed south to Longreach and visited The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame which was fantastic and the show outside was very entertaining. There is a room dedicated to each of the following: Aboriginal Workers in the Pastoral Industry, Pioneers, Outback Properties, Royal Flying Doctors, and Stock Workers.
Also in Longreach is the QANTAS Founders Museum, which was very interesting.
The Catalina flying boats.
The original hangar.
Today we head south east, not sure where our next stop will be.
Cheers for now, Helen and Tim