Trip Start Apr 06, 2010
162Trip End Sep 18, 2010
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Where I stayed
North Gregory Hotel Winton
The morning we left Longreach we decided to have a look at the School of the Air. Tony and I found it interesting. The kids were bored after the video finished (10 mins). Unfortunately on Fridays the kids at the school of the air don't do their normal school work, they cook with Mum or do reading activities not on air. The tour was interesting. We were told that all the students receive their terms work before term starts (obviously) - but because of the floods and having nothing to do all the kids got stuck into their school work and finished it before they were meant to. They sent it back to their teachers who were not at all happy because then they had to turn around and write new units of work. Weren't they good kids? The teachers visit their students once a year and because of the distance usually have to stay the night. The kids come into Longreach for camps and other activities they even go to camps all over the place
On our travels we have pointed out properties (the ones we can see anyway), where these kids live - nowhere near anything. That has raised our kid's eyebrows.
Then we were on our way to Winton (not Hughendon today as the blog states - for some reason the blog would only identify Winton in NSW near Tamworth. It was a short travel day about 2 hours. We decided to stay with our friends who we are currently travelling with (Roger & Angie) at the back of The North Gregory Hotel. Wow where do I start? Well it was free! We stayed 2 nights. No power (luckily we don't have to have power we have battery and gas), no water (oh there was a tap). The toilet was useable - but the shower! - we chose to drive to the BP and pay $3 for a shower.
Anyway we set up and headed off to the 'Age of Dinosaurs'. It was about 30 kms out of town and worth the trip. This land has been donated to the 'Age of Dinosaurs' for the purpose of finding dinosaur bones and fossils after a farmer accidently found one on his property. It is amazing what is being found from millions of years ago.
Paleontoligists are working in a large shed at present, but they will soon have better facilities and a museum out there. Big plans for the future for this area in regards to fossils and dinosaurs.