September 7th, 2008 – by: skippyed
Outside the Birdsville Hotel
We awoke after a reasonable nights sleep except Gay who said she was constantly picking burrs out of her sleeping bag! We packed up with care as we wanted to leave these nasty burrs behind. We were so happy to leave this camp site, it had moved into number one position as worst camp site on the trip! We planned to spend the morning exploring Birdsville and getting the wheel nut fixed then after lunch we would head to Cadelga Ruins where we would be camping for the night. The remainder of the racing population were still dwindling out of town and planes were leaving one after the other. I wondered how many of those pilots were still drunk from the night before! The pub certainly had evidence of happy punters given the number of cans lying around. Outside the pub we met our Victorian friends again, they said they had arrived on the Friday but not without hassles.
Funny sign at the Birdsville working museum
They were telling us they had uninvited guests tag along with trailers that they couldn't get rid of. They spent valuable time snatching these guests off the dunes as they kept getting stuck with their trailers. Trailers and the Simpson just don't go together. After our chat, we then moved on to the Birdsville working museum. The museum is a trip down memory lane where you will find all sorts of treasures from yesteryear, like machinery, toys, kitchen gadgets, pottery etc. Outside there are blacksmith and machinery demonstrations as well as a couple of horses. We went back to the bakery for lunch where I purchased my chosen prints then headed to the little gallery in town, it was very small so we were not in there very long! Our last stop was the garage to get the wheel nut fixed, we ended up having a whole new set as they all seem to be worn.
Historical hotel ruins in Birdsville
On the way out of town Vaughan spotted a road sign that he would of liked to of taken home! 'Vaughan St' so I took a photo of him standing underneath it. Outside of town we turned off onto a track to go look at the Burke and Wills Tree. The Burke and Wills Tree was marked as part of the Burke and Wills expedition in the 1800s. We would be seeing more historical sightings from the Burke and Wills expedition as we moved further south.
We continued to head East in Queensland for a while, the scenery was flat and was mainly cattle country. Before long we turned off and headed south back along Cordillo Downs Road into South Australia
where watches had to be put back half an hour.
We reached the ruins early afternoon and found a nice camp spot by the river. There were a couple of other campers but they were a good 800 meters away. Cadelga ruins was once the outstation for extensive pastoral land back in the 1800's and later abandoned in the 1950's, it now offers a good free camp spot. It was quite a hot afternoon so Vaughan and Glen ventured into the river for a swim, it was quite a muddy looking river so Gay and I passed on the swim! We got the fire going and waited for sunset where we could get some good pictures of the ruins. It was a lovely night, we were surprised that the birds were still singing well after dark.