Trip Start Jul 25, 2012
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I was rather annoyed at this and the fact that I couldn't find the air guage as the spare was in need of being pumped up. After wondering around like a lost sheep I finally found it. In my haste to get back on the road and to Cloncurry before the sun burnt the hell out of us again, I drove off and about an hour down the road realised I had forgotten to fill up. Panic!!!!
Luck was on my side...FOR ONCE...and I made it to Cloncurry just as the guage reached the red.
Cloncurry river was named after Burke's cousin Lady Elizabeth Cloncurry.
In the 1860's, 71% of Queensland's revenue was derived from the Pastoral Industry with the rural sector also providing 94% of Queensland's exports.
Cloncurry was involved with the beginnings of QANTAS, and the original Qantas hangar is still in use at the aerodrome.
The Royal Doctor Service was established in 1928 by John Flynn, there is a museum housing an excellent overview of the Flynn legacy,including personal memorabilia and explanations of how the whole Flying Doctor system worked and the "Radio Galley" is a tribute to the amazing work of Alfred Traeger, the inventive genius who gave a voice to Outback Australia, through the pedal radio.
Cloncurry holds the record for Australia's highest recorded tempetature of 53.1c in 1889.
Well this morning it was another 'bloody' cold one, it's crazy how during the day the temperature is in the 30's and just DROPS overnight!.
There is a slight breeze flowing in the back door and the sun is beaming down on my arm. I think it's time to head off before it gets too hot to drive again.
Mt Isa is about a 2 hr drive, camera is recharged, and all that's left now is to... pump the tyre and check out the rest of the sights I missed yesterday.
Bye for now