Winton Traveller's Tales
After lots of cool weather, it was great to spend the day in the warm sunshine! Today we spent the morning in Rubyvale, where we went into an underground sapphire mine and then had some time to fossick for our own. Most of us found some sapphires, but the prize for the largest blue sapphire went to Mr Bartlett - well done!
Off to the coast in the afternoon, the sun setting as we arrived at Kinka beach. Tomorrow, we will visit the Capricorn Caves. Our final activity for the camp is the Outback Factor tomorrow night - our famous talent show. Can't believe camp is almost over for another year!
Today our campers were up early to pack and head to historic Barcaldine. Here we visited the Worker's Heritage Centre to find out a little more about the Great Shearers' strike of the late 1800s, and something about life in general in 19th century outback Queensland.
We also went and sat beneath the monument to the Tree of Knowledge. Tonight's stay is at Emerald. Everyone is looking forward to going to Rubyvale in the morning to fossick for sapphires - we're all hoping to strike it rich!
Days 4 & 5
This weekend we have been in Winton and have had a great time wandering around the town, checking out the shops, visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre and the Age of Dinosaurs museum.
On Sunday morning, we performed in our second concert for the people of Winton and drove out to the Combo Waterhole, part of the inspiration for Banjo Paterson's poem Waltzing Matilda, which has inspired so many Australians.
Tomorrow (Monday), we will break camp and head for Emerald, visiting Barcaldine along the way.
Wow, what a busy day we've had! Our day started at 6am with a morning walk to watch the sun rise over the plains. It was pretty chilly, so we were all rugged up in our jackets and beanies. After bacon and eggs for breakfast, we visited the Longreach School of Distance Education to find out how outback children are educated. We then watched a Stockman's Show and visited the Longreach Stockman's Hall of Fame. While we were there, Mike from the Royal Flying Doctor Service came to see us and gratefully accepted our cheque from the proceeds of the Year 6 Sausage Sizzle. Later in the afternoon, we visited the Qantas Museum to learn all about the origins of our iconic airline, followed by a quick tour of the town centre. The finale to our day was giving our first concert to over 100 Longreach travellers where we were given a rousing cheer. Early to bed tonight, because we break camp tomorrow morning and head to Winton!
Day 2 - Heading to Longreach
After a chilly start at Mitchell this morning, we set off for Longreach. Along the way we stopped at the scenic outback towns of Augathella and Blackall for morning tea and lunch. Highlights of our drive today were seeing so many emus and kangaroos along the way. Already we can see the change in the landscape, it is very flat, dry and treeless. Once we reached Longreach, we all had a crash course in setting up our tents - that was lots of fun! Early night tonight after some hot chocolate, because we have a big day tomorrow at the Qantas Museum, The Stockman's Hall of fame and our first concert of the trip - everyone is very excited!
Great trip to Mitchell today, we made excellent time and managed to get to the Artesian Spa early so the children were able to have a long swim in the warm water - great way to unwind after a day of travel. After dinner and dessert, we unrolled our sleeping bags and set up stretchers and settled in for a well deserved rest. Looking forward to our next destination, Longreach tomorrow.