Knocking on Dalby’s Austral Chambers doors. Who's that rapping at my chamber door? 'Tis no visitor' I muttered. Progress there and nothing more.
Highways are the bloodlines of commerce while railways serve the resources industries. They are both vital to agriculture and pastoral farming.
Water supply is usually a little problem out here, but not in the recent two years, where record rainfalls have fallen everywhere.
I met a cartagenan hawking his fluid wares on my way to Chinchilla.
Creeks are filled to overflowing and the normally dry creek beds are proving unnavigable, like in Wambo creek.
Who’s that dragging the chain? Heavy duty giant chains used for land clearing.
Farther downstream, the floodwaters threatened a bridge on the western outskirts of Chinchilla. This bridge flooded a couple of times before in early 2011. This time the waters came up short and we got through to Columboola.
On the way back from Chinchilla to Brisbane, I opted for the backroads through Jandowae, Bunya Mountains, Maidenwell then back on the D'Aguilar Highway.
We stopped at the cafe for directions to Timbuktu. Just follow the road apparently-
and your nose too.
We also lingered on the lookout for a bit of awe-inspiring natural grandeur. Bunya Mountains is home to the world's largest stand of ancient bunya pines. They're now protected under national park status, but who knows what will happen when progress comes knocking, or when the climate change times are a-changing.
Come evening we reluctantly head down one of the steep and winding mountain roads back to civilization and progress.
The pretty tiny town of Maidenwell is home to an astronomical observatory. Will visit here again.
Back on familiar roads, and I still prefer the out of the way mountain roads such as Mt Mee Road.
And Clear Mountain Road overlooking Lake Samsonvale.
Hey, what about Columboola?