An overnight stop
Trip Start May 01, 2010
58Trip End Oct 03, 2010
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First thing the next morning we set off again through a very different landscape to the hilly terrain we had travelled through between Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. To the Queensland border the countryside was flat savannah with scattered short spindly trees, yellow flowering shrubs, grass swaying in the wind and funny little anthills along the road. It is strange to see every 10kms for 450kms instead of signs indicating the distance to the next town, the distance to the Queensland Border
We were surprised to see 150kms from the border that we were entering the Lake Eyre catchment basin considering that Lake Eyre is miles away in South Australia!
Along the way were herds of good looking Brahman cattle and a bunch of horses standing besides a roadside fence seemingly in the middle of nowhere. A short distance later we reached the turnoff to Soudan Cattle Station.
At lunchtime we reached Avon Downs Rest area but even after a long chat to a fellow traveller and watching the eagles soaring low above the vehicles Mike decided he was happy to drive on to Camooweal the first Queensland town over the border.
The caravan park is on the main road behind the Post Office hotel and comfortable enough. The town was founded in 1884 as a service centre for the cattle stations of the Barkly Tablelands.
The droving history of the region is commemorated with a large mural on the old store. The population of the town is 310 and, by the sound of the barking in the night, they must all have at least one dog! We were woken in the morning as the sun rose by someone with a loudspeaker in the field close by getting the weekend rodeo on the way. As we drove out we saw the field was full of caravans and animal trailers from the surrounding areas swelling the population of small Camooweal for the weekend. Not all of the animals were there, however, as along the road to Mt Isa every now and again we saw big herds of cattle and horses. Dotting the horizon were bigger than usual windmills - seems everything is big in Queensland just like Texas!