Day 97 Tuesday 31/8/21 Charleville, hot 31 It was a perfectly warm night with all the windows and hatches open. We’re up early to meet Craig at 8:30 for the farm tour. Craig is by trade a horticulturalist which explains … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 97 – Living haystacks & dry rissoles
Day 96 Monday 30/8/21 Morven to Charleville, hot 31 The smell of the bush out here in the early morning makes you never want to go home. Thankfully our convoy of Christian neighbours leave early and peace returns. It’s a … Continue reading Capricorn Dancers, Day 96 – I’m catching a flight!
Day 77 Thursday Aug 21st2014 Charleville There’s a short walk through the mulga scrub. The soil is red, even redder where it clings to the roots of fallen trees. The sky is a steel grey as the rain clouds move … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 77 – An unforgettable experience
Day 76 Wednesday Aug 20th 2014 Charleville Whoa it was a cold night, it looks like we’re back to double doonas again. It’s a beautiful morning with a light cool breeze. We hitch up, buy some fresh fruit and vegies … Continue reading It’s a long way to the top, Day 76 – Hotel Corones & an Evening Star
We have an unexpected surprise at happy hour when two blokes tear into the camp in an old rusty ute with a couple of dogs in the back. Craig and David are locals and they enthral the boys with their stories of life around Quilpie and Charleville. David’s ancestors bought a mob of cattle in Melbourne and drove them northward following the rivers until they reached Quilpie. These days David has 255,000 acres at Quilpie and his son runs a helicopter mustering business. Seeing a good sized crowd around the fire, Craig of Aboriginal descent, suggests that he give a … Continue reading The Anthropologist
Even when on his deathbed blind and deaf, Harry Corones knew when someone had rung up a ‘no sale’ on the till downstairs. Aviator Amy Johnson touched down at Charleville in Western Queensland on her record breaking flight to London. She asked HC for a champagne bath to celebrate her arrival thus far. Twenty three magnums of the finest champagne went into her bath that night and later while she was downstairs being wooed by the townsfolk of Charleville, the staff rebottled the champagne. Harry got on the phone and sold the lot as “the champagne Amy Johnson had bathed in … Continue reading Harry Corones & The Hotel Corones
Evening Star Tourist Park is a working station and caravan park a mere nine kilometres out of Charleville, Qld and when we call in (winter 2014) it is managed by cheery Neil and Dot. The place is so good we book a second night as soon as we’re set up. It’s as neat as a pin with a real bush feel. There are spacious gravel sites and ensuite amenities surrounded by red dirt and mulga scrub. There is a licensed bar and camp kitchen that is run by Lenny the muso and his wife Annette who is the camp cook. … Continue reading Evening Star