Day 67 Monday Aug 11th 2014 Winton to Ilfracombe
The clouds haven’t been given back to us yet. The long straight road is flanked by the railway line and Mitchell grass to the horizon. The road is littered with kangaroo carcasses, the most we’ve ever seen. Eagles and crows lift from the road as a flock as we approach each ‘freshie’.
About 30kms out of Longreach the landscape changes to red soil and scrubby trees. We cross the Thomson River and are surprised to see water. The flood plain and bridges stretch for about a kilometre. This must be quite a sight in the wet.
It is exciting to be in Longreach and the town is busy and vibrant. Ah, a large town at last!
It is only 27kms east to the tiny hamlet of Ilfracombe and its famous caravan park. We put up our feet for the afternoon and enjoy the peace of this little spot. In the evening the owner Cathy and her young son entertain the guests in the old tin shed. They have us in stitches with their bush poetry and yarns. Yes, Cathy is an authentic bushie having grown up on a property of a million acres out west of Winton.
Cathy’s explanation of the Min Min Lights: an emu with a torch up its bum.
Towing Kms: 207Kms
2021 Note: Longreach is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn. The Ilfracombe Caravan Park is a little beauty, so welcoming and friendly that we returned again in 2018.
Min Min Lights: a strange light phenomenon sometimes seen in the outback.