Outback Drive…Birdsville Track to Jundah via Windorah

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It started from a property called Clifton Hills, the largest cattle property in Australia, where a drilling team worked for 3 months to drill a new bore. The first bore had a problem when they reached either a cave or soft sand when the bore could not be stabilized, and an error of judgement dropped the drill and they had to pull it all up again and move to another site a mile away. The drilling time was thus doubled and the team stayed there in the Stony Desert for another month.

Then when the job was finally done and boiling bore water gushed forth, the whole operation was packed onto 6 Road Trains, and along with 2 4WD’s,  transported to the next job at Jundah. I asked if I could ride in a Road train and I did..

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Road Trains in a convey travel along the outback roads

Clifton Hills Station is 132 kms south of Birdsville on the Birdsville Track. Flat tyres slowed the journey. and we arrived at Birdsville in the evening where the convoy camped in the area near the Birdsville Racecourse for the night.

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Tracks made by the Road trains
Tracks made by the Road trains

After overnighting at Birdsville, and drinking the end of the job at Birdsville Hotel, next day we drove as far as Jundah, 480 kms, along the Birdsville Developmental Road and camped overnight there on the Sporting Reserve where I booked into the Hotel to enjoy a night. The next day the convoy drove to the next job where they set up, and then a 4WD took us back to Brisbane and home with another stop at Mitchell.

Here are some of the photos from the Road…and a video of the photos…

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Published by ladymaggic

Artist, Traveller, Researcher and Writer, currently living on the waterfront, Ooncooncoon Bay, Russell Island., where I photograph daily sunrises, sunsets and the Moon, as well as the changing colours and lights of the Bay and those who use it...the ferries, yachts, boats and the wild life... Travel photos and videos about many places in Australia​

One thought on “Outback Drive…Birdsville Track to Jundah via Windorah

  1. Dear Maggi, How are you these days? I hope everything is OK for you? Now where do you live and still engage with work then?? Nice day Thanh

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