Next stop Winton, centre of the Australian Dinosaur digs! Not far out of Winton is the Age of the Australia Dinosaur centre, perched up on top a small plateau looking out towards where all the dinosaurs are being found in the farmers fields. Pretty impressive place. They have so many bones discovered that there is currently 35 years worth of prepping to do! A very informative tour, and you get up close to the volunteers working hard cleaning the bones.
Next into town to visit the Waltzing Matilda centre, where ‘Bango’ Patterson originally penned the now famous tune. Charlotte even got into some whip cracking. Winton is not all that spectacular, and we had a terrible night in the Caravan Park, with the youths having a doof-doof party next door into the wee hours.
Up early (common thing now) to head out to Lark Quarry Stampede of the Dinosaurs. Dino prints caught in the mud and preserved for a few billion years, until uncovered by a opal minor in the 60’s. Certainly a very scenic spot out in the middle of nowhere!
Another couple of hours on the dirt, lunch at the Diamantina with the millions of bush flies, and we’re back on the bitumen to Boulia. I tell you what, it’s damn flat out here. I don’t think I’ve seen a place so flat in my life. You look out the window and there’s nothing except for a bit of grass as far as the eyes can see.
We ‘re now at Boulia CP, with lovely green grass and plenty of bugs, next to the Bourke river. I would recommend anyone to stay here. Tomorrow we”re off onto 800km of dirt to Alice Springs, staying at a station overnight somewhere. Will update when we’ve recovered from there!
Did you know … #3?
It is thought Bourke and Wills stopped right where we’re camping on the to collect fresh water!