What To Do On A Rainy Day In Longreach

Trip Start May 09, 2013
Trip End Jul 01, 2013

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Where I stayed
Longreach Tourist Park
Read my review - 3/5 stars
What I did
Stockman's Hall Of Fame

Flag of Australia  , Queensland,
Wednesday, May 22, 2013

  Bazza & Mrs Seller's Sunland caravan, affectionately known as the drought breaker has lived up to it's name yet again.  We woke this morning to a very grey watery sky, it's a good job that we heeded the advice given yesterday at the information centre to avoid the free camps if there is rain pending.   Within a very short time even a light shower quickly turns the dirt to mud, equally, it dries up just as quickly if the sun comes out.
 The famous Stockman's Hall of fame is just up the road from the caravan site and with the forecast of showers all day it seems like the perfect place to hang out.  It's very impressive, there is lots to see and read about the people who helped shape the country we live in.  What a tough bunch they were and so innovative, if they couldn't get something then they would think up a way to make it.  Stories about the early days of The Flying Doctor and the people who pioneered it are totally inspiring. The Australian drover is an Australian icon, just looking at some of the old pictures and their personal effects, reading about the ones who were prized as horsemen, their reputation was known through out the land, and I would imagine as time went on the stories about them got bigger and better.  The Hall of Fame is well worth a visit if you ever get the opportunity, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to look read and enjoy.
 We also got up close and personal with a 747 Jumbo jet that has found a permanent home in the Qantas Founders Museum.  Funny we all remarked at how they don't look quite so big any more, yet when they we first bought into service they seemed enormous.  It's amazing to think that the global brand of Qantas had it's humble beginnings in Longreach.  That's the thing that has stood out the most today, just how many young entrepreneurs from the middle of the 1800's this country has spawned.  Sydney Kidman to name but one had no formal education, left home at 13 yrs old, and built an empire, and to this day I believe that his company is still the biggest private land owner in the world.
 I think it's wine o'clock, our brains have been subjected to information overload, looking forward to a sit down and a glass of vino.  Cheers luvey I'll drink to that!
 PS  I've just asked Fred about dinner tonight and he has reminded me that we still have some chicken curry to use up.  I would just like to say that the chicken curry we made in Bacaldine has given us 2 very good meals.  We should have eaten our second serving last night, but seeing as we didn't eat lunch till 3pm neither Fred nor I could muster up our appetite to eat a full blown meal at 7pm.  The point I'm making here is pensioners could eat better if they shopped wiser and cooked smarter, better still take a leaf out of Mrs Sellers book.  Mrs Sellers made a massaman curry (prepared spices in a tin available at all good supermarkets) with 1kg of chicken back in Theodore.  That curry has finally ended it's life in Longreach.  Now I don't want you to get the idea that they have been eating massaman curry since the 11th May, they haven't, it's been interspersed with other meals.  The point I'm making is that a little curry goes a long way, and it keeps you regular.   
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Matron Sue and Bri on

Getting the hang of this malarky now! Nice big pan of Chilli goes an awful long way. x

Caz on

Love your comment that a little curry goes a long way and keeps you regular - that may be true in Oz,, whereas in India a little curry goes a long way very fast (i.e. 28ft of intestines) and it most definitely keeps you regular (bowel movements every 30 minutes!)

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