Outback QLD.

On our last day of our holiday, worked called as they needed me to fly to Sydney on Monday. That was four weeks ago now and I have been the busiest I have ever been in my working career. Having said that I had started the post below and I want to get it out. There are many more pics to show which I’ll do soon. But for now here’s the post I started four weeks ago……

Outback Queensland is no place for fancy technical machines that rely on the Internet. That’s why I haven’t posted anything for quite some days.

We’ve travelled a huge amount of kilometers and we have started our trip homeward.

What we have done in between is hard to put into words. We have seen some amazing parts of this country. Places I’ve always wanted to visit. Places I’ve only heard of and now there are some many more places I need to visit.

This history out in these parts is awe inspiring. Our descendants did it tough. Very tough. I can’t begin to imagine what it must have been like. The stories we’ve read, the history we’ve seen over the last week is something people should try to get out to see for yourself.

Fred Hollows Grave, Bourke.

The Queensland Border

Weather Balloon Launch, Charleville, QLD

We made it to Birdsville

Birdsville Bakery

Inside the Birdsville Hotel

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Cobar, NSW to Bourke, NSW

A large part of our travels through NSW has been along the Kidman way. It is named after Sir Sidney Kidman, Australian cattle king who owned a large number of cattle stations along the path, many still owned by his descendants.

We arrived in Bourke, NSW around lunch yesterday after spending a night at Cobar, NSW. Cobar is an interesting little town with a mining history that continues still today. We took a small trip out to one of the mines and were lucky enough to see a couple of large mining truck take the long journey down the winding road into the dark mine entrance.

The trip from Cobar to Bourke is probably the shortest day of traveling we will have in this journey. It is only 160kms and was dotted with hordes of feral goats. The owner of the caravan park at Cobar told us that they are considered a pest and there is a culling program on to rid the area of these goats as they destroy everything. The meat has a big market in the Muslim community but the hides are not used much. Could be an industry in goat coats if anyone is interested.

As we pulled into the Kidman camp caravan park at Bourke we noticed a sign announcing a night of bush tucker and bush poetry. We decided to book in and I’m glad we did. Over 100 people sat around the many campfires is listening to “the bard of Bourke”, Andrew Hull. Their website says, “You haven’t experienced Bourke until you’ve relaxed beneath a Coolabah Tree under the starlit sky, with a campfire of Gidgee coals, sharing a meal and some great Australian poetry” and I’d have to agree. It was a fantastic night and the food was amazing. If your in town check it out.

[Poetry on a Plate](http://hullyjoe.com/andrew-hull/projects/poetry-on-a-plate/)