Update from Mount Isa
02.07.2012 - 03.07.2012
It was an enjoyable few days in Ilfracombe. We arrived fairly early on Tuesday morning and explored the town. It has a number of small museums along the main road, what they call the ‘Machinery Mile’ - old machinery along the road that goes on forever…. Greg loved it. s (As you can see, I still haven't worked out how to rotate the pictures!) Us girls liked it for about 10 meters than we were over it. So we left Greg to his own devices. It also has a ‘warm’ natural mineral spring so of course we had to give it a go. Well…warm…. I think NOT! The girls had a great time, but it was pretty cold. We only lasted about 15 mins in the water and then played on the playground.
Gary Smith had recommended Ilfracombe as a site and yes, if you had no kids and could sit in the shed listening to the yarns all night it would have been great. But alas we didn’t have that luxury. The girls lasted about 15 minutes before they cracked it (even with muffins and Jatz as bribes!)
Tuesday we headed into Longreach, first stop the Stockman’s Hall of Fame. It had loads of information and a collection of different museums dedicated to different periods in Australia’s history. Part of the ticket we purchased also had a show and lunch. The show was made up of one man telling poetry and doing some work with horses, cattle and dogs. It was interesting but again a little too long for the girls. After lunch we decided to go for a drive to find the Thompson river, we found it! But it seems to have shrunk since the GPS was last updated.
Wednesday we packed up and headed towards Winton. Stopped first at the Qantas Museum and saw some interesting information about the beginnings and history of Qantas. Then headed to Winton about 2 hours up the road.