No leave, no life, right? It’s time for a couple of weeks break with my partner Helen and my dad. Dad, who is a sprightly 83, wants to see Longreach, and Helen would like to see Carnarvon Gorge. And I was told that Hungerford on the NSW, Qld border was a great spot to visit.
There’s no doubt about Queensland in the winter months. What a great place to escape to! I was back into shorts and feeling relaxed within a day of crossing the border.
Can you imagine working on a cattle station in 51 degree heat? That’s what Toni and Greg Sherwin had to deal with last summer. We met them in much more pleasant conditions when we shared a meal whilst staying at their Shearer’s quarters accommodation at Kilcowera station.
One of the revelations that came to me as we were driving along in the channel country was the amount of innovation that has occurred out in this wide open area.
I thought the museum at Longreach was going to be about the history of Qantas across the years, but in fact it is a not-for-profit museum about the founders of Qantas.
Age is not a barrier to the enjoyment of Carnarvon Gorge. Having said that, you do need to be mobile and a bit fit to see the entire Gorge. Most folks aim to go to what is called the Art Gallery.
When thinking about organising our trip, we realised that when we’d ticked off our main goals – Hungerford for me, Longreach for dad, and Carnarvon Gorge for Helen – we’d be 1,400kms from home. It’d be a crook end to the trip if we just hightailed it home.