Central Australia Adventure June 2012, days 2 & 3

Monday, Jun 18, 2012 at 19:36

D-Max Dave

Central Australia Adventure June 2012, days 2 317/06/12

DAY 2.......... Headed off to Longreach this morning, it was a little hard to get out of bed as it was very cold, so after little sleep in we crawled out of bed and got organised, the pack up was a little slow, about two hours including breakfast, we weren't in a real hurry but I would like to do it a little quicker than that.

The drive to Longreach was pretty easy, about 5 or so hours, we stopped a few times though, for coffee, lunch, and sight seeing along the way.

Saw the black stump at Blackalll, an interesting history if you stop to read about it.

At Barcaldine we stopped at the Tree of Knowledge, what a great attraction, a very interesting monument to the beginings of the Australian Labor Party.

On our arrival at at about 1500hrs we discovered that the CP we wanted to stay at was booked out, so we had to look for alternative accommodation. This turned out to be a lucky thing because the place we found was much better, more expensive but worth it I think.

We ended up at the Lonreach Tourist Park, it was packed but they had a few CT spots left, when I asked the receptionist about the size of the spots he suggested that we might want to camp at the Billabong rather than a dedicated site, we chose the billabong spot and what a great spot it turned out to be, facing the billabong, crowds behind us, a short walk to the big fire pit, and close enough to amenities.

After the setup we settled in for wine/beer and cheese time, before cooking dinner and getting the boys off to bed, must be the fresh air cause we all seem to ready for bed early.

Tomorrow we will hit the sights, hall of fame, Qantas museum, etc

DAY 3....... Qantas museum first, a great spot if you are interested in Aussie history, we did the free self guided part of the museum, then the guided tour getting a guided history of a Catalina sea plane, an old 747, and a 707 with an incredible history. The tour took about 45min and was very interesting. We a a very nice morning tea at the cafe there, it has nice food and coffee and it's worth eating there before going over to the Hall of Fame where the cafe is very lame in comparison.

If you are going during school holidays or long weekends it is worth to book the tour before you go.

We were told by a staff member at the Qantas museum that to fully appreciate the museum you need one full day, with two young kids in tow 3 hours was ample, for us anyway. The same girl told us that two full days was needed for the Hall of Fame.

Next stop the Hall Of Fame, just across the road from the Qantas Museum, we all enjoyed the hall and wandered around the five levels for about 3 hours, definitely did not need 2 full days !

About 1700 hrs we wandered back to our billabong camp for drinks before dinner, and an early night before we head off to Winton in the morning.

Photos don't do it justice.


Dave T
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