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Lloyd Jones Weir, Barcaldine

Monday 5 June to Thursday 8 June 2017

Lovely sunny days with clear skies but a little cool overnight.

Nick and Christine Tall arrived on Monday for two nights - they are on their way to Townsville for the winter.

Lloyd Jones Weir is a free camp supported by the Barcaldine Shire Council. It has flush toilets, hand basins with soap and paper towels. It also has fresh water and a dump point. Some campers come for months on end but most come for a few days before moving on.

There are a lot of Apostlebirds at the camp site, and while they often travel in groups of 12 - hence the name - there are many more here. They are a nuisance - always looking for food. David had one take some corned beef out of his sandwich just as he went to take a bite, As well as the Apostlebirds there are also Kookaburras looking for a feed.

While we we here we tried to run the washing machine on the generator - Di is very pleased, it copes with the washing machine with less fuss than the hair dryer.

Each day we made the 15 km trip into Barcaldine for the Australian which arrives at about 10.30 am each morning. Barcaldine is well served for travellers wishing to stock up with a good IGA supermarket, a butcher, baker, pharmacy, hardware store and several fuel outlets. Barcaldine is a major stop for caravans travelling east-west and north-south

On Thursday the Spirit of the Outback train stopped in Barcaldine for a breather on its way back to Brisbane from Longreach. The train makes the return trip twice a week. The trip is just over 1,300 km, takes just over 25 hours and cost $153 each way.

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Here lies the toilet roll thief.

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Apostle birds snuggling up together.

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A Kookaburra looking for food.

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Looks like the fisho left his chair behind.

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Nick and Chris parked in front of our Fiver.

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Nick and Chris enjoying the fire pot with Di.

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Now that's a sunset.

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Spirit of the Outback having a breather at Barcaldine on its way back to Brisbane from Longreach.

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Tree of Knowledge - now so dead it is held up with wires.

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Shearer's Strike Memorial.

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Caravans lined up in Barcaldine.

Posted by TwoAces 02:10

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