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Thargo to Quilpie via Eromanga

Day 24 - Monday 3 June 2013

We were up early this morning for our longish (for us) trip of 395 kms from Thargomindah to Quilpie via Eromanga. The road forms part of the Natural Sciences Loop Road from Cunnamulla to Charleville via Thargo, Eromanga and Quilpie. While the road is sealed all the way, much of it is a single sealed lane with wide gravel verges.

Natural Sciences Loop Road

Natural Sciences Loop Road

Quilpie via Eromanga 395 kms

Quilpie via Eromanga 395 kms

All roads are open

All roads are open

While all the roads in Queensland are open, the roads south and west of Innamincka in South Australia are closed as they have had more than 100 mm of rain. There was not too much traffic on the road today - we passed a couple of caravans, three camper trailers, one light truck and half a dozen cars going the other way - and we were overtaken by two caravans and a couple of cars. There were no large trucks or road-trains on the road today - perhaps they have Monday off?

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

Cattle on the road

Cattle on the road

Our first stop was at the Jackson Oilfield Rest Area at the intersection of the Cooper Development Road and the Adventure Way. Back on the road again after our morning coffee we noticed that there was less road kill than on previous days. But there were a lot more animals on and near the road - cattle, horses, emus, kites and eagles feeding on road kill, and two feral cats who were also feasting on the road kill.

Eagles on the road side

Eagles on the road side

Eagle close-up - magnificent

Eagle close-up - magnificent

We stopped for fuel at Eromanga - would you believe that it was only $1.559 at a credit card only un-manned fuel outlet. Eromanga has two claims to fame - firstly that it is the furthest town from the sea, and secondly the recent discovery of large dinosaur bones that are yet to be put on display. After refuelling we continued on and stopped for lunch further up the road.

Eromanga - farthest town from the sea

Eromanga - farthest town from the sea

A lunch stop on the side of the road

A lunch stop on the side of the road

We arrived at Quilpie at about 3:15 pm and booked into the Channel Country Caravan Park for one night. Being a fifth-wheeler we were given the largest site in the park and were able to remain hitched up for the night. After connecting power and water we went for a walk around the town stopping at the newsagent for the first papers we have seen for about five days, and the Information Centre and Museum.

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