01.11.2014 - 01.11.2014 35 °C
A few more items to get cleaned up and we were ready to take a break for a while, so, after lunch we decided to take a local drive tour to see the famous Queen Mary Falls. The round trip was supposed to be about 70+ kilometres, except for an unplanned side trip up a one way gravel road to Mount Colliery! Ooppsss! Sorry about that ute as we now don’t have a lovely clean truck to drive home in! Near the top of a nearby mountain we noted that a bush fire was putting quite a lot of smoke into the mountain air. Hopefully they fire crews managed to put it out in time. The change in farming management compared with recent huge paddocks and arid countryside and although here the paddocks were small there was plenty of evidence of wheat, cattle and general farming taking place here. Dry farming techniques were in evidence everywhere so this must also be a dry spot too but with better soils.
Moving right along we found the village of Killarney at the foothills and took the quite narrow sealed road up the valley to the turn-around point at the Falls. Quite a few other vehicles were already here and we joined them in the car park.
Although it was another very warm day we decided to take the short walk down to the Queen Mary Falls Lookout. It only took a few minutes but seemed longer because of the aggressive fly attacks!! The falls were really a good look, in spite of the dry season low rainfall, so we enjoyed the view. My attempt at using a different camera setting that supposedly gave wonderfully ‘smart’ waterfall photos did not deliver what it promised. Again!
There is a much longer walk down to the base of the Falls but we decided that time was against us so maybe we’ll do hat next time. Returning to the truck we headed back down the roadway to the Dagg Falls and they also looked pretty good for the dry season.
Time to head home and we had an easy run into Warwick in time to organise dinner. But not without a threat of rain – but that didn’t happen until I started to return from having a welcome shower and down came the rain and the wind increased significantly.
After watching some TV we had an early night and had just got to sleep in the heat of the evening when my mobile rang! It was the WA contingent advising progress through the Goldfields. Very pleased to hear that all was well for them on their sightseeing.