Archers Crossing

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.

Umm do we overtake or go under????

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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Q – Judds Lagoon

Judds Lagoon – T, B, F, D BR, OR, M, W. 3 km SE of Yuleba, turn W onto Forestry Rd just before the town Cemetery. It’s a largish area next to the lagoon, lot of trees and shade. Area close to the lagoon is on rather a slope. Even though it is 2km from the hwy we were surprised there was still some hwy noise at night. It’s a fairly popular spot. There is not always water in the lagoon. Rating – 4

Judds Lagoon

21/4/14 – We reluctantly left Lake Murphy but it was time to move on and our friends wanted to stop back in at Judds Lagoon for a few nights.

First stop was Taroom, were we filled up water and fuel tanks and had morning tea by the river. It’s a lovely busy little town, RV friendly so dump point and plenty of taps in the local park to fill up with water.

Next we stopped for lunch at a park in Wandoan. Again plenty of taps to fill up with water and a dump point, a nice country town. At the park there was a statue of a Mick the cattle dog. In 1901 an injured stockman scratched a message for help on his tin matchbox, threaded it to his belt and attached it to Mick’s neck and sent him home for help, saving the stockman’s life.

MickMapThe old Wandoan railway station is also set up in the park as well as the Wandoan Windmill which is purely decorative but a mill of this size can pump between 22,700 to 31,800 litres per day. The mill was originally erected at Bungaban station to pump water from a bore.
WindmillAcross from the park is a huge painted mural on one of the water storage tanks, amazing piece of work.

WaterMural-Truck MuralFrom there we took the road to Jackson along the Warrego Hwy to Yuleba then onto Judds Lagoon 3km SE of Yuleba. It’s a largish area next to the lagoon, lot of trees and shade. Area close to the lagoon is on rather a slope. We had trouble finding a spot that didn’t have remnants of a fire with ash. Even though it is 2km from the hwy we were surprised there was still some hwy noise at night. It’s a fairly popular spot. 4 weeks ago the lagoon had very little water in it. Recent rains have mostly filled in the lagoon much to the delight of the local kids. There is a rope swing they come down and use when it’s hot. The water does have a stagnant smell to it, not enough water yet to flush it through. This camping area would very different if there was no water in the lagoon.

Judds-our-camp-spot22/4/14 – The place cleared out this morning and so far it’s not as full as it was last night.

We had a paddle up the creek/lagoon/billabong, it’s always so relaxing and peaceful paddling up a stream.

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