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Wednesday 21st June - Julia Creek to Mt ISA
Today we would seek a bit of Australian coloquialism. So we were up about 6:00am, packed and on the road by 8:00am. From Julia Creek, we would head south to the small township of Kynuna, in the Queensland channel country. We arrived before the pub ( The Blue Heeler) opened so had smoko at the Roadhouse where we met Jane, the proprietor. She cooked us a great brekky of bacon & eggs on toast. Filled us with info about the local area and her life since leaving Holland! I love meeting these bush characters.
Kynuna' biggest draw card is approx 14kms south towards Winton, where you turn off to the Combo Waterhole Conservation Park. The Combo Waterhole is in a series of channels where Chinese workers built a series of stone crossings which had the effect of creating permanent waterholes for stock and stockmen alike. The Combo Waterhole is said to be the birthplace of our national iconic song "Waltzing Matilda". It is the Waterhole where the "jolly swagman" or travelling shearer jumped into the billabong to escape the troopers chasing him. A.B.(Banjo) Patterson was visiting nearby Dagworth Station and was "friendly" with the sister of the station owner. The Lady had written and played a catchy tune to which Banjo put the words of "Waltzing Matilda". It's also said that the waterholes were a popular picnic spot for the surrounding properties and towns.
And you know what? As we sat by that billabong and listened to the quiet of the bush, I reckon we could hear that ghost of the Jolly Swagman! Maybe.
From there, we headed back to Kynuna for a quick splash of fuel, the turned north to Cloncurry. In "The Curry" we had a late lunch and got back on the road to Mt ISA. Booked into the Discovery Holiday Park on the banks of the river. Made camp and had hotdogs for dinner while waiting for the State Of Origin footy match to start. Queensland Maroons got up by 2 points. WoooHooo!
Then in too bed.