MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER BOULIA TO BIRDSVILLE 380kms
Another hot day of driving, and a rather tedious one at that.
The country was flat, dry, arid, dusty. Again, it was not new – we had been this way before.
The road was mostly unsealed, firm gravel in quite good condition.
We took a short break at Bedourie, where there is very little to see. It was really just to stretch the legs.
Later, stopped at the Carcoory ruins for another break, and to take photos. This stark remnant of a homestead of the late 1800’s is testament to the hardships of trying to live in such a bleak region. Its pastoral run was acquired by Sir Sidney Kidman around 1900, but even he found it uneconomic.
There was a small picnic shelter there, where we ate our packed sandwich lunch. The shade was much appreciated. The bush flies were not.
Birdsville was a welcome sight. We refuelled at the servo which was opposite the caravan park. $1.39cpl. 398kms.
We took a powered site at the Birdsville Caravan Park – $18. The park was rather dry and dusty, at this end of the season. We were able to stay hitched up, with a little shade from adjacent trees.
As the afternoon cooled off, went for a walk around the town. It hadn’t changed much!
Last night and tonight were both much quieter than our nights in Mt Isa – more what we were used to.