Heading North

Going north now towards Bundaberg which is where we will hit the coast and then turn down towards Brisbane. Bundaberg is important to us as further north than this swimming in the sea is a definite no because of the stingers (jellyfish). We are travelling well inland from the coast and stopping at small outback towns and they all have a story to tell. We stop at Moonie – oil was first discovered here in 1961 and since then 24 million barrels have been produced. They still have the original ‘nodding donkey’ oil pump on display that pumped the first well. We pass through The Gums, Tara, Glenmorgan and they all have a pioneer museum or a very small church in pristine condition to stop and look at. We stayed a night at Broadwater Lake at a remote bush campground that night with the lake to ourselves.

The next day we stopped at the small town of Jimbour and headed for Jimbour Station (cattle not trains!) Jimbour Station covers 300,000 acres and was first stocked in 1841. At one time this was the most northern settlement in Australia and it was from here that Ludwig Leichardt, one of Australia’s finest explorers started his epic 5000km journey to Darwin in 1844. It is one of the greatest tales of endurance and persistance. It took them 15 months and they arrived in a state of total exhaustion. Ludwig was to die on a future expedition and the mystery of where and how has never been solved to this day. In an extract from one of Ludwig’s journals as he left Jimbour he said “After repairing some harnesses that had become broken by our bullocks we left Jimbour and launched buoyant with hope into the wilderness”. These guys were the equivalent of space explorers in our time. Jimbour is still a working estate today but the original farm buildings, house and church have been left for the public to view for a small donation. We were so please that by chance we came across Jimbour Station.

After Jimbour we took a scenic drive through the outback heading for Jandawae. This drive also follows part of the Dingo Fence which was put up across Australia to protect cattle from dingoes as they were causing so much hardship to farmers. The fence today is 5400kms long making it the longest manmade structure in the world. It stretches from Jandowae at it’s northern end to The Great Australian Bight in South Australia. Thankfully we only had to drive 20kms of it. A wire fence doesn’t grab the imagination too much.

We spent the night in Jandowae on the Municipal Sports Ground. It’s a small town but does have three Queensland pubs called Top, Middle and Bottom!!

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