First overnight stop.

Trip Start Jul 08, 2008
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Trip End Sep 11, 2008


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Dalwallinu Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Western Australia,
Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Our first night was spent at a pleasant caravan park run by the Shire Council at Dalwallinu – the gateway to wheat, wattle and wildflower country. It was a month too early for the wildflower season so in the morning, after eating our breakfast, we  left the area and headed for the wide open spaces. All week the driving was easy with  good, straight roads and not much traffic, just the occasional huge road train, some with as many as eighty  enormous wheels, a few other caravaners,  four wheel drive vehicles with trailers, and about four or five seemingly little sedans, Holden Commodores and Mitsubishi Magnas! The weather has been great with cool nights and mornings and pleasant warm days. We travelled many hundreds of kilometers at a time with no sign of buildings or human habitation so on the Wednesday we looked forward to reaching the town of Paynes Find, a familiar sounding place, where we planned to stop to refuel and have our packed lunch. On arrival we were amused to find the whole place consisted of  a roadhouse with a few fuel pumps and a huge open red gravel area for trucks and caravaners to stop for a rest…which we did!  Lunch being consumed, we set off again and over the next two hundred kilometers we encountered a few emus, cattle, goats and some magnificent eagles eating the roadkill on the verges. The land is very flat so we could see for miles not only the sparse ground with no grass but also areas with many  tufts of spinifex, low shrubs and some miniature trees. We passed a sign advising us that "You are now entering the Outback" which was exciting.  When we reached Mt Magnet we drove straight through as it didn't seem to have too much to offer and then carried on to Cue which was to be our stop for the night. The countryside around here is still very flat for long distances with a few hills in the distance.
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