On The Road Again

As we waved goodbye to Greg and Jill at Auburn and followed the long drive to the road we are still not sure which way to head. Big but very welcome storms are forecast to run up the coast for the next week. Our plan is to go inland north and west to try to miss the storms and hit the coast at Bundaberg which is roughly where we finished last year and then come down the Sunshine Coast to Brisbane mixing with the bikini clad babes and bronzed surfer guys!! So basically a couple of weeks of outback rough and then a couple of weeks of beautiful beaches and restaurants but as usual we’ll see what happens.

In the end our first day took us south and west. We wanted to go past Myall Creek and see the memorial to the 1838 infamous massacre that happened there. Twenty eight Aboriginal men, women and children were killed in the Myall Creek Massacre. It was the first time in Australian history when white men were tried for crimes against Aboriginals. Seven men were hanged. The site is now on the national heritage list and a Friends of Myall Creek memorial service attracts people from all over Australia in June every year.

We stopped next at the small town of Bingara and popped into the visitor centre which is right next to the superb art deco Roxy Theatre. The lady at the info centre offered to show us round. It was quite stunning. It had been closed for 40 years but it has now been restored to it’s former glory and is used on a weekly basis either for productions or as a cinema. But best of all is the cafe next door, the most impressive piece of 1950’s art deco you will ever see with everything totally original. How strange that a close neighbour of ours comes from this town originally – this tiny outback town in the middle of nowhere.

We headed next for Mount Kaputar National Park, a small park but we want to see the Sawn Rocks, a freak of geology where huge piles of rocks (organ pipes) look like they have been cut with a saw.

We drove further into the park where there were two bush camps. A lovely setting with lightning all round us but no rain – our first proper nights camping this trip.

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