Alpha trip 2013

After a day back home to do the washing, we were off again. This time to Alpha, in Queensland. It’s a bit of a hike at 1150km from home, so we broke the trip in Rockhampton. We stayed in a motel on Williams Street, right next to the Harley Davidson dealership. We arrived just in time for dinner at the pub a couple of blocks away. We were too exhausted to go exploring, so had an early night. The next morning we had breakfast at the Cafe next door, right inside the Harley Davidson dealership!

Rocky Harley Davidson

Rocky Harley Davidson

Rocky Harley Davidson

Rocky Harley Davidson

My friend’s got the T-shirt!

Then it was time for the final leg of the trip to Alpha. This is a place I’ve been to many times before, to visit friends I made on my travels in 1984. Alpha is located about half way between Emerald and Longreach. It’s barely even on the map because it’s so small. And the mines have been ‘gonna start’ operating for about 30 years… My friends own cattle and land in the region and were very happy to see us because we brought the rain with us.

There’s quite a few murals in the town, which I photographed last time I was there. My album from my trip to Alpha, Barcaldine and Aramac in 2010 is here:

After lunch at the bakery, we followed my friend home and settled in. It was a bit of a shock to the system for my German friend! The bugs everywhere and the frogs in the toilets. Certainly not something that city-girl was used to (nor me really!).

I didn’t take many pictures this time, except of my friend’s pets – movie star good looks has Smokey:
Smokey at The Grove, Alpha

and an old ruin of a house they bought with a parcel of land. The house will be torn down some time to make way for a new one, but I loved the look of it to photograph:

Across the creek from The Grove, Alpha

Across the creek from The Grove, Alpha

Across the creek from The Grove, Alpha

My friend took us for a drive to Aramac. We stopped in Jericho to see the World’s smallest drive-in and the Crystal Trumpeters statues.
Jericho drive in

Crystal Trumpeters Statue

Crystal Trumpeters Statue
The drive from Barcaldine to Aramac is a bit monotonous with straight roads and flat land on either side of it for miles and miles. This time, however, there were mobs of kangaroos under nearly every shady tree! It was amazing to see so many. They’re a bit of a plague for the cockies, of course, but for us tourists, it was a great photo-opp!
Kangaroos along the Barcaldine-Aramac Road

Kangaroos along the Barcaldine-Aramac Road

Kangaroos along the Barcaldine-Aramac Road

There was even a kangaroo in the gardens of the hospital in Aramac.

Kangaroos in Aramac Hospital

The dry had brought the emus into town, too:
Emus come to town in Aramac

Emus come to town in Aramac

By the time we got back to my friend’s place, it was time to feed the animals. The pigs and piglets:
Piglets at The Grove in Alpha
and take a last couple of irresistible sunset shots:
The Grove in Alpha

The Grove in Alpha
My friend and I left at 7am (not too early, because of the wildlife!). We took the more inland route this time – via Springsure and Moura and Gayndah to the Motorway just north of Gympie. It was a nice drive that was more interesting than the coast road, and also much less traffic and construction site waiting! We didn’t get home until about 10.30pm, but we wanted to get there without delay, since my friend was flying home on Friday and we still had things to see!

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