Sunday History Photo

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:08
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The Tablelands Highway leads north from the Barkly Homestead Road House to the "Heartbreak Hotel" at Cape Crawford where it joins the Carpentaria Highway 109 km from Borroloola and 270 Klm from the Stuart Hwy. It is a lonely stretch of road with large cattle stations like Brunette Downs well off the road and for miles not a tree in sight. Todays photo's shows what it was like in 1969 North of Alroy Downs Station and what's like now, My father and I travelled North up there in 1969 in an Austin 1800 and the sealed road finished near Alroy Downs a few Kilometers north of Playford River. And that's the origin of the top photo.

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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:50

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 09:50
Gday Doug
I remember some of the trip from Charters Towers to Mt Isa in 1968 was a bit like both those photo's.I did the trip from Hobart to Darwin on a small motorbike.Sleeping on park benches and on the ground between towns.
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Reply By: Willem - Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:46

Sunday, Feb 08, 2009 at 18:46

I recall doing that stretch of road in December 1970. Pulled into a station somewhere near the start of the Tablelands Hwy as my map said Shell available at this place. Was met by a very grumpy cocky who begrudgingly sold me some petrol. I had a jerry up front in the Renault but needed more to get to Barry Caves. Was all bitumen then I think.

Did the run again in 1997 and then again in 2007. Vast open plains of Mitchell Grass
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