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Back of Bourke and Beyond

Before heading out of town we headed out to the weir and old locks. The river is running but its clear its much lower than the ‘old’ days when the lock would have been in use. looking at the lock today i don’t think there would be anyone using it even if the water level did allow it, the banks, trees and grass have taken over at both ends of the lock.

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From the lock we headed out of Bourke and once on the town limits the GPS says straight 250km – that’s when you know you’re getting pretty close to outback Australia. The roads are straighter, the dirt gets redder, the semi trailers become baby road trains and the wildlife likes to play chicken with you!

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The scenery changes regularly from barren expanses of nothing to scrub to grassy tree lands.

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We hit the QLDborder and with no border control in sight we crossed over without incident 🙂


It didn’t take long to realise we were in QLD when we saw camels! they were in a paddock so fair chance they were being farmed for either meat or milk but still camels ! there were also some grumpy cows that didn’t like their photos being taken and decided to upset the camels and scare them away – not happy !

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We passed quite a few more eeemoos (emus) and this time a few were very close to the side of the road without fences so i decided to pull up and try to get a few shots.

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We hit Cunnamulla and it was a very quite Sunday lunchtime with not a soul stirring. We did catch up with the Cunnamulla Fella though.

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We continued on along the straight road which the GPS helpfully advised as we left Cunnamulla turn left in 288Km – yep we can take it from here thanks !

As we got closer to St George the pasture turned greener and it was evident that some decent rains had fallen in the past few weeks across these plain, lush green grass almost unnatural in colour surrounded us.

We have seen 6 or 7 pairs of eagles, 3 times now they have been sitting atop the carcass of roadkill by the roadside, but you do think that they will stay there as we zip by and try to pull up and get a photo! as we left Bollon i cat and moused this little b#$tard up the road and managed to get this shot.


Once we arrived in St George we checked in to the park and headed down to the river to check out the river and weir.

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We did some bird watching on the downside of the weir as one of the gates was slightly up

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Sunset was looking might it do something so we headed back out on the highway where we came in.

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