Still at Isisford

We’re still happily camped at Isisford on the Barcoo River.



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This morning is cool with a breeze blowing through the trees forming a background sound to the hundreds of bird calls.

An early morning sparring match to get the juisces flowing

An early morning sparring match to get the juisces flowing

The sun’s shining without a cloud in the clear blue sky, giving us all the power we need as it strikes the solar panels.

The Barcoo River awakens

The Barcoo River awakens

Two more vans arrived late yesterday.

I’ve not fished much yet nor even bothered to put the Redclaw traps in as we are concentrating on work.

I’m very proud of Kerrie. She’s started to grasp key concepts in the workings of the programmes and has already almost finished her
first custom made application.

I’m hoping to have our first fully web based application on the cloud by the time we leave here.

We had a minor incident yesterday as I unhooked the car from the caravan to go get some fuel for the generator.

I jacked up the jockey wheel to release the van from the car and the mount that holds the jockey wheel to the chassis snapped off bring the van down with a thud.

Thankfully we had the front stabilizer legs still wound down, (something I don’t normally do when releasing the van from the car), and the van came down on these.

I changed the jockey wheel to the second, (more secure), bracket and all was ok but if those stabilizers weren’t down
it could have been quite a mess.

We took a drive out to the Oma fishing hole about 17km out of town. This is a place well known amongst fishermen and is the centre of attraction for the huge annual fishing competition. It’s renowned for it’s abundance of Yellowbelly.

It’s dirt road all the way and once out of the tiny town area you are immediately back in the outback environment and you get to realise just what a little oasis Isisford is.

There‘s free camping at Oma as well but we are pleased with our current spot.

I discovered some old photos of this area and one of them was this photo from 1915 from the Portland Downs station showing a man firing the very same steam engine that was on the roadside museum that we saw a few days ago at Ilfracombe.

This steam engine is on the roadside museaum at Ilfracombe

This steam engine is on the roadside museaum at Ilfracombe

There was also this one of the Barcoo River in flood in 1930 and shows the town as it was then.

The Barcoo in flood in 1930 - Isisford in background

The Barcoo in flood in 1930 – Isisford in background

This one shows an artesian bore on the Portland Downs station in 1919.

An artesian bore on the Portland Downs Station in 1919

An artesian bore on the Portland Downs Station in 1919

The discovery of the Great Artesian Basin, was the saviour of most of the Western Queensland properties around the turn of the century.

The largest and deepest underground water source in the world, the Basin covers 1,711,000 square kilometres and is 3000 metres deep in places. It underlies  23% of Australia.

Over 3200 of these bores were sunk around here, most still exist although many have fallen into disrepair and continue to release tonnes of uncontrolled wasted water into long uninhabited properties.

There is a program currently underway to find and cap these old bores.

We met the people from the motor home parked near us. They have been permanently living on the road for 41/2 years and they love it and have no intentions of stopping.

She’s worked in the local café for the last 2 months but they are now ready for a “coast fix” and will be moving to some seaside location soon.

Later in the day we met a couple passing through who were farmers from Ballarat.

They had a Trayon Camper – so many of them around.

They had travelled over 200,000 km with the Trayon and this trip they’ve stayed on the back roads to explore out of the way places.

They told us they found a similar small town to Isisford at Yaraka about 100km down the road – dirt road.

Looking at their Trayon I couldn’t help thinking of how much Barry and Christine would love exploring this part of the world.

After seeing a Fold a Bote at Theresa Creek Dam we’ve been thinking that maybe we would look at eventually getting one. They are easy to carry, not being as bulky as a canoe or as heavy as a tinny.

Where we are on the Barcoo River would be a great place to fish in one of these sturdy craft using a small electric motor such as the one we saw used at Barcaldine.

I think one of these with a 5hp 4 stroke and electric motor would give us great all round options for taking to the water wherever we go.

We cooked dinner outside on the little portable stove last night and ate outside watching the evening appear bringing all the sights and sounds of night with it.

It was pleasant and peaceful.