The Chinamen’s Track: Part one.

When the boy left the house that morning, with his elder sister, he was not to know that this was when the adventure began. He saddled the old mare for himself because she was quiet and easy to ride. His sister took the pony, young and only recently broken to the saddle. The boy was happy his sister was with him because she was quite … Continue reading The Chinamen’s Track: Part one.

Phillip Island – Rounding up the tour

If we get a move on and hitch up our britches we could just about get all the way around the island before the sun goes down. So let’s cast our eyes at the map once again. We will drive anticlockwise – (a direction difficult to explain to idiot children who have only ever seen a digital clock.  I have also seen the word changed into … Continue reading Phillip Island – Rounding up the tour

The Road Trip – #20 Lucinda to El Arish

So, goodbye stingers and have a nice day. More sugarcane and the Cardwell Range up close on the left, the coast on our right but no ocean because there is Hinchinbrook Island (nearly 400 square km. in area ) just a little way of the coast.  The road rises over a spur of the Cardwell Range and from a lookout you can see Hinchinbrook Island across … Continue reading The Road Trip – #20 Lucinda to El Arish

The Road Trip – #18 Charters Towers to Townsville.

Here we go. Almost there. Townsville on the coast and then north up to Cairns. Townsville is where Robin lives so maybe I’ll get to wash my shirts. Then we’ll take a couple of days off before we head on. It wasn’t far, 20 km to the Burdekin River. The Burdekin River descends 620 metres (2,030 ft) over its 886-kilometre (551 mi) course. Apart from the Murray River, the … Continue reading The Road Trip – #18 Charters Towers to Townsville.

The Road Trip – #6 Condoblin to Narromine

We waved farewell to our hosts from the front of their house. This is not a typical Condoblin front garden. This is the garden of a fanatical proponent of the family of Saltbushes which are members of a worldwide family of plants (Chenopodiaceae – chenopods) that are common in deserts and salty environments. At the bottom of this post I have added a few references for … Continue reading The Road Trip – #6 Condoblin to Narromine

The Road Trip – #5 to Condoblin.

From Narrandera to Condoblin is 240 km. Here we will stay with some friends of Robin. Just out of Narrandera I stopped to take a ‘non-50km’ photograph. Take particular note of the dryness of the land. This is the same, same old dry country we have passed so far and it is hot and the cattle are looking reasonably well but a bit warm. Just … Continue reading The Road Trip – #5 to Condoblin.