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Saturday, August 25, 2018


After visiting the Qantas Founders Museum we were taken for a sunset cruise on the Thomson River. The river flows by Longreach, a small town in Western Queensland. Even though it is a very dry part of the country the river always has water flowing from the wetter northern parts of Queensland.

We were going to have a BBQ dinner at an open air campsite on the banks of the river. So we rugged up well because it gets very cold at night. It was a relaxing cruise down the river and we had a commentary  telling us about the wildlife and birds in the area.

Before we went on the cruise we had lunch at another lovely old homestead called Rosebank. It was owned by the tour company's owner, Alan Smith. In its heyday it was owned by a grazier who entertained locals and dignitaries including royalty.
 Alan's wife made lunch for all of us in the ballroom. Alan told us the history of the place.

After a short rest in our motel we were off again to the Thomson River.

 Dinner at Smithy's campsite on the river with country music entertainment.
 It was a nice evening but a bit cold. There were fires to keep us warm but "smoke got in our eyes."

The next morning we were off to Winton to see the dinosaurs, Bill tells me they are dead. It was a two hour drive to Winton.


  1. No photos? We didn't do this cruise though plenty of people around us did.

    1. Computer playing up. Photos didn’t publish I’ll try again tomorrow

  2. Hello, the cruise sounds nice. NO photos? Enjoy your day!

    1. Computer playing up. Will try again tomorrow

  3. It sounds like a pretty good tour. I suppose the Thomson River eventually contributes to Lake Eyre. What a stunning sunset.

  4. What a great trip, we did a similar trip about 5 years ago but with our caravan. Your meal at Smithy's campsite looked really good except for the cold night and campfire smoke, it always follows me too. The meal in the ballroom would have been lovely too. I am enjoying your posts. You might like to follow mine and compare!

  5. That sunset is fabulous. Looks like a good time was had by all. Have a good week, t'other Diane

  6. It's a pretty good way to spend your time. I'd be very happy.

  7. A fantastic trip you had there Diane. Loved the photos. The colors in that sunset were magical! Bill has a great sense of humor.

  8. That has to be the best tour company in the world, with the owner and his wife cooking meals and providing such a great overlook of the history. What fun. Looking forward to the post about the dinosaurs, so that I'll know for sure that (your) Bill was right. (Mine agrees with him.)

  9. I knew if I came back there would be photos! And wow, that sky, that sunset!! Even though it was cold and a bit smoky, the dinner al fresco with music really looks like fun.

  10. Glad to have come back and found the photos. The sunset over the river is stunning.
    I love the Mitchell Grass plans between Longreach and Winton.


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