It is normally a pleasant experience but driving up the blackbutt range we got caught behind roadworks below Benarkin. Benarkin is the gateway to the south burnett from moreton.
|Binjour seems worth exploring but I blinked and missed it. Don't you blink too, or you'll miss this caption. |
Eyesight test. Only on this blog.
|We stopped in Munduberra for lunch and coffee. The royal hotel beckoned but can’t drink and drive, might spill the drink.|
|A motel room. Home for a few weeks.|
While in Banana, we ranged out to Cracow, Theodore, Banana and Biloela our base.
|The Cracow pub is famous for tent boxing. I fronted up one lazy lunchtime, but no one else did. |
So I settled for a glass of milk.
Some of the places we visited in the Gladstone area include:
|Calliope is inland from Gladstone. A great rest stop.|
The peripheral rural land is used mainly for cattle grazing, with some grain growing, fodder cropping, and timber and tropical fruit production.
The Gladstone council is serviced by the Bruce Highway, the Dawson Highway, major Roads and the North Coast Line of the Brisbane to Cairns railway.
This is vaguely familiar. I did do time working on the railways here in Gladstone. That was when I was young, before I dreamt of highways. Now I’m a highwayman again.
Over many long days and longer weeks, we drove through many long and lonesome highways, and many rough and dusty byways.
|From burning bush to burning mountains.|
Across mountain ranges and hill and dale.
|Across rivers creeks and meadow.|
Through barbed wire and electric fences and tall grasses, rocky paddocks and pasturing bullocks, kangaroos and wild dogs, cockatoos and snakes. I will be posting some images of the amazing wildlife that I saw here.
From sunup to sundown, I toiled for pay for my day. One more dollar and I'm goin' home.
|The big orange.|
Amidst some grazing cattle on a green hillside, the sight of three sizeable antlered red deer scampering up a rocky ridge is quite a privilege. I hope they're not feral.
The south Burnett area has some of the richest farmlands in Australia. It now produces 95% of duboisia in the world.The peanut capital of Australia is in Kingaroy.
And so we leave the south burnett for now. Next time i’ll go off the beaten track to places in the region’s west and explore more of the roads less travelled around the bunya mountains through to the western downs in southern queensland. For now we take the turnoff to Esk Valley Highway.
thence Esk, then the quite full Wivenhoe dam, to a fuel stop in Fernvale for the final leg of the trip. So on to the Warrego Highway and the Ipswich Motorway and then the busy freeways to home.
Three weeks and 5,000 kilometres. Good I had some music for company in the country.
I need a break.