Alroy Station is a sheep and cattle station on the road from Eulo to Quilpie. Mac and Mary, the owners have set up a bush camping area with fireplaces (wood supplied), water taps, kitchen area, a couple of septic toilets and showers. They also have an artesian spa set up in a cut down fibreglass water tank. Plenty of space but unlikely to be crowded. It was 3 °C inside the caravan this morning so I was glad to have the diesel heater, which I started and opened the shower door so I could have a comfortable shower when I got up.
I have one other camper here and we had a good chat today, he lost is wife 4 years ago, so we had a lot in common. Her name was Margo, but commonly called Margie, so that was a coincidence. He was lovely, empathetic and was more composed than me in discussing our loss that we both feel deeply. He travels alone in a small car, which he sleeps in and is visiting places he has visited before with his wife.
I visited Yowah, an opal town nearby. A complete mess just like every other opal town I have ever visited. Discarded equipment all over the place, junk, rough built houses and lots of places to buy opals. I visited the Bluff, a rocky outcrop 4 Km from town about 50 metres above the plain. It was worth the visit and it provides extensive views over the surrounding country. Nearly hit a kangaroo on the way, just a small bump on his rear end sent him on his way, if I had been towing I definitely would have hit him.
Met a lovely group also staying at Alroy Station, who have just completed a trip up the Canning Stock Route. Not sure I would like to do it with massive corrugations most of the way. Lots of discarded trailers and cars along the way lots with broken chassis from overloading. We had a great time around the fire last night and I was invited to breakfast which they cooked. A camp oven of sausages, bacon, tomato, onion and other vegetables plus 8 eggs. It tasted excellent I even didn’t notice the coriander. A goulash was also supplied, to be followed by pancakes, jam and whipped cream. What a breakfast. Then we sat around chatting.
I took out the drone to the shearing shed, which was small compared to others I have visited on this trip, but interesting nevertheless. The country around is so flat and vast just like most of his part of Australia.
I then showed the group the drone and they were fascinated so I took a photo of us all and of their camp, which I emailed to them.
Tomorrow (Monday) I am off to Currawinya National Park for 3 days where I doubt I will have mobile, it is very weak here and I have to use the antenna on my WiFi modem to get enough signal to use the Internet.