Thursday, 11 June 2009
Road Trip, Day 6: Taroom to Biloela
From Taroom to Biloela via Chain Lagoon, Isla Gorge and Theodore. It's not a long run, so I tried to stretch it out as much as possible by stopping in rest areas, national parks, service station forecourts, people's driveways etc etc. Still, I arrived at Biloela well before 2 pm. Tomorrow will be a longer day.
No more standing water at the edge of the roads. I've left the Mediterranean winter-wet climate of southern Australia and am now in the part of country that experiences almost all of its rain over summer. Although much of the natural vegetation has been cleared for agriculture, there are still bottle trees (Brachychiton rupestris) in paddocks and cabbage palms (Livistona) along creek banks. You know you're in central Queensland when you see that combination.
Not much else of note apart from the sign outside a school that said all students who had been to Victoria were to report in. I wanted to stop and take a photo of it, but thought better of it and kept driving.
New birds: pale-headed rosellas and grey-crowned babblers.
Tomorrow to Eungella.