Finally, Lake Eyre

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Birdsville Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Monday July 19 and Kath and Bill headed off towards Winton and we headed south towards Birdsville . Our overnight stay at Bedourie is 200kms south of Boulia. Free camp  opposite the roadhouse, showers, toilets and power.And down the road free washing machines. What more could you ask for?  Oh, that's right free swimming pool and artesian spa that’s 38 degrees and jolly nice.  Next morning, we travel the Bilby Way over Cuttaburra Crossing,waterways,flood channels that leave acres of green,sandhills, acres of wildflowers and lots of birdlife.Still lots of water laying out west.Carcoory Bore flows hot artesian water at 82 degrees, steam rising.Remains of a SidneyKidman property, classified by the National Trust. Just outside Birdsville is a stand of Waddi Trees growing only 15cms a year and most are 500-1000 years old.

Our flight is booked for Wednesday and so we are excited by the realization that Lake Eyre, here we come. Arriving at the airport cameras in hand we meet Ben our pilot. Just a baby, but very skilled and his commentary was very interesting. We followed the Diamantina River to Goyders Lagoon, crossing the Birdsville Track. We then followed the Warburton Creek which carries all the fresh water from the north down to Lake Eyre. Upon reaching Lake Eyre we track across the lake and fly over Cooper Creek  before heading north east to 'Big Red’(big sand dunes) official start of the Simpson Desert, cross over the Strzelecki and Sturt Stony Deserts.3.5 hrs later, we are back on terraferma. I found it difficult to choose photos to send as we took over 400.

We checked out the Birdsville Working Museum, and were amazed at the amount of memorabilia housed there, collected over 20 years. And it had you saying "I’ve seen one of those at Nans or Mum had one of those" We spent a couple of  hours looking around and even had a demonstration of  under the counter goodies, very precious to John the owner. This activity gave us an appetite so off  to the Birdsville Bakery for a coffee and pasty for me and a coffe and Curry Camel Pie (yummy)for Lyle. We are out at the Birdsville Racecourse today, and it’s a solemn place now but will be buzzing 1st week September. Lyles visited the Geo Thermal Power Station with ‘Dusty’ the owner of the Bakery. Check out the photo of the boiling water, its 100degrees. His curiosity never ends, good on him.

The park has been filling over our time here, 4WD’s coming in from the Simpson Desert and Birdsville Track. No clean vehicles here. Our last night and we are heading down to the Birdsville Pub and its packed. Lots of atmosphere and  lots of signs to read and laugh at. We have finally ticketed a ‘want to’ off our bucket list. Plenty more to come.
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