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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Winton - Roadtrip 2013

Winton - Outback Festival

Hot Dry Winton
TeamBray arrives at Winton

After a great time at Longreach we packed up camp and headed for the town of Winton. Only a few days earlier we realised Winton's population is less than 1000. Ok so we're not going to get a Maccas coffee there.

Winton Showgrounds
Winton Showgrounds

We were booked into the show grounds on a powered site for 7 nights. Already running a few days late we still had 5 nights up our sleeve. With temps in excess of 40 deg and experiencing the heat in Longreach we had our doubts about how long we'd stay.

ActionDad was contacted by Spencer from 612ABC Brisbane for a live chat in Winton. 612ABC were one of the sponsors of Winton's Outback festival currently getting under way. The chat was to take place on Thursday 5.10am .... ouch. With 2 of the 3 TeamBray kids sick with a flu I was starting to think the meet up with Spencer might not happen.

 

We arrived in Winton and were crammed into a powered site which just managed to fit the van with the awning out. "We're not gonna last long here", we said to each other.

Our patch of Winton
Our patch of Winton

After setting up we headed into town to see what was happening. We did the tourist thing and visited a few shops and bought some bits and pieces including a small opal. The kids relaxed with a Snow cone while we watched the towns visitors crawl from one Hotel to the next. After braving the heat for a few hours we discovered the local pool and spent the rest of the day submersed in water.

Ice Cones in Winton
TeamBray kids enjoying Ice Cones in Winton
 
Streets of Winton
Streets of Winton
Poo in a popular theme at the Outback festival
Poo in a popular theme at the Outback festival
The end of our day in Winton
The end of our day in Winton



Australian Age of Dinosaurs

 

TeamBray

After our brief visit to Winton we headed East and called into the AAOG. The dusty track had some corrugations but nothing too serious. We had to ignore the "unhook your caravan here" sign as it was like waving a Red flag to a bull. As it expected it was nothing more than a steep climb which most 4x4s would tackle with a few tonne behind ... no problem.

TeamBray
Ready for a wash
TeamBray
TeamBray explore Dinosaur country

 

TeamBray
Lucky this guy prefers Gluten

 

 

We did the tour and the show which were quite informative. Wow these guys are committed to their love of dinosaurs. The hours spent with small air tools working away small amounts of rock .... mind boggling.

 

Some serious hours are spent here
Another dedicated volunteer
TeamBray - Big Toe

TeamBray Age of Dinosaurs
Lets hope they're right

The land around the Age of Dinosaurs was quite awesome too.

TeamBray
Serious rugged country

 

 

 

 

From here we headed East - fast. That afternoon we rolled into the quiet town of Alpha for a shower and a sleep. We also needed to work out where we head to on the coast as we should have been in Winton for a while longer still.

 

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