12th July - 21st July 2013
12.07.2013 - 21.07.2013 30 °C
We departed for Muttubura on Friday morning, and we were delayed because Ted managed to sell his beloved cut down 200 series the night before! So the mad dash to adjust the lights on his work rig, and a bit more running around, and we hit the road. We had a massive day ahead of us, but it went quick as we chatted our way thru the long drive over the CB radio.
We pulled up for the night just of the side of the road, in a spot that Ted found a few years ago. We were all knackered, so a quick beer, some toast for dinner, and we hit the sack.
Up early the next day to complete the drive, and we pulled into Muttubura late in the arvo and set up camp at ted’s mates house. Teds mate name was Dan, and he is an interesting character to say the least! He is a professional Roo and Pig shooter for human consumption. Both he, his wife Billie and their kids Gypsy and Leena were such amazing people and made us feel so so welcome.
Now I wont lie to you, when we pulled into Muttuburra, I thought to myself, where the bloody hell are we! But I can also honestly say, by the end of the week, we fell in love with the place.
After our night at Dan’s house we headed of to camp by the mighty Thomson River. We got a great spot right on the bank of the river, and about 10 minutes after set up we had our rods in the water.
Basically our days involved having a fish, going for an explore, or dropping into the old country pub for a sneaky gold can. We searched for blue claw for bait, we tried pig hunting (which I have to say, I found pretty tough), we met Dan’s mates from town and we just generally had a ball!
We spent the nights by the campfire, we cooked damper, successfully fished for yellow belly and Jenna even managed to dread Billies hair. It was beautiful country with beautiful sunsets and we got to explore the best of it on Teds quad.
We drove to Longreach where we visited the stockmans hall of fame. We ouldn’t rave about the place and entry wasn’t that chea but we couldn’t come all this way and not visit it. We had lunch out the back of a leather shop which was situated on Longreaches main street . I cant remember the name of it but you pay by honousty system and it was really a awesome little spot.
The week came and went way to fast and before we knew it, we were saying our goodbyes pretty sure that one day we would return to this iconic country town. On the way home we stopped at a free camp, where Ted demonstrated the way to remove dry tree branches from up in a tree. The fellow grey nomads, or Gonads as I call them were not impressed!
We arrived back to Mudgeeraba and spent the next week cleaning and detailing everything. Ted and Narrele really were amazing and made us feel so welcome. We really will be friends for life!
With heavy hearts we said goodbye to Ted and Narrele and his family. We had an absolute ball with them, and even helped them start a tradition, which I hear still, lives on! FAMILY NIGHT!!!!
CAmp Spot Muttaburra
14 hour drive to Muttaburra from Brissy
local wildlife and Ted
Thompsons River where we camped
Billie and Dans house
The local Icon
One of the many camp fires
Longreach lunch stop
Stockmans hall of Fame
Stockmans Hall of FAme
Kicking back at Camp
Leana and Cedar
Billie and DAns House
Bens Home made Damper
Gettin the fire ready