Chill Dude

24/04/14 – Oh what a glorious morning, oh what a glorious day 🙂 so peaceful, beautiful blue skies, birds chirping hubby by my side what more could a girl ask for 🙂 this is the life.

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How quickly things can change, one minute we have the place to ourselves, go for a walk, come back and there are several other campers with more rolling in. Being the Anzac weekend, locals have come to enjoy the serenity of the bush setting.

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We have gone for a couple of paddles up the brown with green slime river, certainly not suitable to swim in, barely good enough for a paddle. Nevertheless it was still peaceful on the water and a great way to get closer to the birds.

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Kate and our friend Don comparing photos.

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There are lots of Cockatoos, Corellas, galahs and several other varieties of birds and one we had not seen before a Pacific Bazza, nice looking birds.

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We saw 3 goannas on one walk. Not a bad place to chill for a few days.

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The green slime on the top of the water had gathered near the boat ramp, kind of pretty in a yucky sort of way.

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25/4/14 – Well it’s time to head home. Been beaut trip and great to share the time with our friends, great time for us all. We packed up early and headed towards home taking the scenic route. Stopping for morning tea in Dalby and lunch at Esk.


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Now we need to start getting things ready for our big trip of the year. 8 week trip leaving Brisbane heading west to the Kimberly area leaving early June. 🙂

Q – Archers Crossing, South Side

Archers Crossing, South Side – OF, F, B, M, W, BR, D. 24 km S of Chinchilla. Turn onto Hopelands Road 26 km S of Chinchilla for 9 km to the school. Turn right at school for 2 km then right onto Archers Crossing 4 km of dirt to the camping area. Reasonable size area next to the Condamine River, mostly grass. Some tracks lead off to others areas of the river which are only suitable for small vehicles or camping. Popular with the locals on long weekends. Rating – 4

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23/4/14 – Yuleba, pronounced “Yool-Bah” is said to be named after the Aboriginal word meaning “the place of water lilies”. We packed up pretty early this morning then did a run down to Old Yuleba 13kms from Yuleba. The original town of Yuleba was on the main route from Dalby-Condamine-Roma. When the railway line was extended in 1879 a new settlement was formed called “Baltinglass”. Many of the buildings from Yuleba were relocated by bullock wagon. Baltinglass was changed to Yuleba and the old town was referred to as “Old Yuleba”. All that remains is a monument where the town once stood. You can camp and fish in this area. Grass was very long and the river was rather stagnant looking.

Old-Yuleba Old-Yuleba-CampingWe did a quick whiz into Yuleba before heading to Miles for morning tea and then on towards Chinchilla Weir. Met a very friendly local and saw one of the local sites in someone’s yard.

Yuleba-weird-and-wonderfulOn the Hwy we have driven past the township of Chinchilla many times and have never popped into the town area. Looks like a really nice town. We may have to come back into this area and stay a bit longer.

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OversizeChinchilla Weir was officially opened in 1974. Water skiing, canoeing, swimming and fishing are some of the activities people enjoy. As well as free camping, also a great place to stop for a picnic. It is a lovely spot but even at lunch time the place was filling up with vans, motorhomes and campers. Toilet flush water and hand washing water was the colour of the weir water, brown. We decided it wasn’t the place for us this time.

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We have stopped for the last few days of this trip at Archers Crossing, south side. There is a north side camping are as well. It’s a little further south out of Chinchilla, lovely spot on the Condamine River, only one other set of campers set up here so far. No facilities, does have shelter area, small water tank and bins. Area is mostly flat; we have an excellent view over the river, so peaceful and tranquil, our kind of spot and a great way to finish the trip.

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Archers Crossing was the only crossing point on the Condamine River for people living south of the river. All vehicles, stock etc used the crossing until the Banana Bridge was built. The Chinchilla Weir was not built as this time so the water level was much lower.


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