Distance: 318 Km
Fuel: 41 L
A trip to the geographic centre of Queensland (give or take), a little town called Muttaburra where a fossil of a new specie of dinosaur was discovered – the Muttaburrasaurus.
It is one of those places that you have to visit once, unfortunately they had not made the most of their namesake though they are trying to catch up.
The town is about 151km from Barcaldine so it is a fair way to go but this is the only sealed route.
When I entered the town it was the archetypal Australian town with kangaroos hopping down the main street (yes, really).
A fibreglass model of the Muttaburrasaurus is housed in a new ‘Muttaburrasaurus Interpretation Centre’. The interpretation will come in stage 2, at the moment it is just a rather odd building with a fibreglass statue.
The rest of the town was typical; wide empty streets with everybody at work.
Aramac Tram Museum
After looking around the centre of Queensland started on the return journey. Passing once again through the town of Aramac I just happened to see a small sign pointing to Aramac Tram Museum. I did a quick U turn to investigate.
The Tree of Knowledge
Back in Barcaldine no visit to the town would be complete without seeing the Tree of Knowledge. Unfortunately the tree was poisoned in 2006 and now only the dead trunk remains covered my a massive wooden structure that represents its original canopy.
It is not that long since I visited Barcaldine so I didn’t bother with its other attractions other than a walk round town however the railway station remains a working station.
For dinner I decided to have a steak at the place opposite the caravan park. So glad I did it was the best steak I have had for a long time.
The local water supply must be from the artesian bore because it is warm. I haven’t used the hot tap for a shower since I have been here, the temperature from the cold is perfect.