29.10.2014 - 29.10.2014 40 °C
Dirranbandi to Talwood
We awoke to a lovely sunny day and slightly cooler than recent days so that seemed to be a good start. The showers here were very serviceable and we did enjoy the cooling overnight with electricity supply and at only $25 for a serviced site we felt pleased. As usual in country areas the major noise comes from neighbouring dog owners who lack competence in dog training so a few barkers overnight took some of the shine of things.
As we did not need to leave early today we were just finishing breakfast in the van when Mary called out “There’s a snake!” A 1.4M brown snake was cruising past our van on its way to somewhere else. I jumped out with camera and it gave me a ‘do not get closer’ look, which I was happy to comply with but still got my photos.
Getting the various outside items all set for departure was done with a little more attention to potential for our snake’s relatives or friends not to interfere with our preparations!
Back on the road and the flat landscape continued with many farms along the road although everything looked very dry. A lot of big money has been spent in the region improving irrigation and suchlike to improve productivity and more jobs perhaps?
The trip to St George was uneventful and we spent some time enjoying a cuppa in the shade beside the Balonne River – and a walk around the town. No Millers here though!
As we travelled we enjoyed seeing some serious farming activity for quite some time with more earthworks than we recall from our last visit about two years ago. A nice little town (famous quite recently as the home town of now Federal Minister Barnaby Joyce) and unlike some of the smaller villages it seems to generate a positive ‘vibe’.
After departure from St George we decided to revisit the historic and unique Nindigully Pub for lunch. We met another couple, from the Sunshine Coast who also arrived for lunch, and chatted as we waited for ages for our burger – a local speciality! Fortunately we had only ordered the one burger (the other couple had ordered one each – little did they know!) and had some difficulty in eating our half burger. Delicious it certainly was and beautifully presented and absolutely superior to any attempt by Macca’s to match in any way.
As we travelled we saw many very large paddocks ready to have wheat harvested and we wondered just how many loaves of bread each paddock would provide. The figure must be huge – which is encouraging. Some paddocks had already been a harvested and we soon saw many giant wheat silos waiting to be filled and often surrounded by massive football field sized mounds of covered wheat. A big business out here providing many jobs.
We soon reached the small village of Talwood and headed for the Sports Ground (C 6 # 822) for the night. Just prior to the Sports Ground was the obligatory set giant silos and piles of wheat and the noise of workers taking care of business. We found a shady site and settled down with the flies and enjoyed the evening. Several other campers worked as harvest time wheat workers and looked forward to a long shower to remove the day’s sweat and grime!
Apart from one or two road train trucks arriving or departing it was a very pleasant spot we had and all that it cost was a small donation to the Sports Ground. Our second visit and we would happily stay again.