Outback Camping Trip Day 14 and 15 - Winton to Blackwater to Home

October 21, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Thursday 17 and Friday 18 Sep 2015

This is a bit late but we have been rather busy for the last week or so.

We decided to drive home via Blackwater and Biloela instead of the shorter route retracing our steps.

I couldn't resist the machinery on display at Ilfracombe even though we didn't have time to see it all. A large number of machinery is displayed alongside the highway. The 1917 Ruston crawler was interesting.

1917 Ruston Kerosene Tractor1917 Ruston Kerosene TractorIlfracombe Museum

Description of 1917 Ruston TractorDescription of 1917 Ruston TractorIlfracombe Museum 1917 Ruston Kerosene Tractor1917 Ruston Kerosene TractorIlfracombe Museum 1917 Ruston Kerosene Tractor Cylinders1917 Ruston Kerosene Tractor CylindersIlfracombe Museum

The drive appears to be by this massive chain. 1917 Ruston Kerosene Tractor1917 Ruston Kerosene TractorIlfracombe Museum

Details of a Southern Cross Boring Rig.

Weatherd Timber and axleWeatherd Timber and axleIlfracombe Museum

Detail of Southern Cross Boring rigDetail of Southern Cross Boring rigIlfracombe Museum Detail of Southern Cross Boring rigDetail of Southern Cross Boring rigIlfracombe Museum Detail of Southern Cross Boring rigDetail of Southern Cross Boring rigIlfracombe Museum

A Furphy Water Cart that includes sentences in Pitman's shorthand.

Furphy Water CartFurphy Water CartIlfracombe Museum. Note shorthand in centre. Furphy Water CartFurphy Water CartIlfracombe Museum

Signs from the water cart. The lower one is the decoded shorthand.

Signs on Furphy Water CartSigns on Furphy Water CartIlfracombe Museum

I think Bev was pleased to get away from here. We stayed the night at a motel in Blackwater and this was the only night we didn't sleep in the tent.

We didn't see a single wedge-tailed eagle on the trip until just past Monto when we saw one standing at a road-kill as we drove past. There were two of them but this was the only half-decent photo I managed to get.

Wedge-tailed EagleWedge-tailed Eaglenear Monto


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