By Emily Warbrick.
As much as I’d like to write a blog without any mention of the Pandemic, with Easter looming I wonder if this holiday period will be the one when we get to travel across borders with confidence that we’ll make it back again without having to quarantine?
It’s time we looked seriously at travel within Queensland. Maybe the Pandemic has not only gifted us with increased levels of hygiene, but it has also turned our travel eyes inward.
Let’s talk about Queensland.
There are the beaches of course. There is no denying their beauty and pull as a tourist destination, but further afield our experiences may be a bit more limited. I know mine are. I have always assumed that I’d get around to the iconic Outback towns when I was retired. It always seemed like a bit of a grey nomad thing to me.
Now I’m reassessing and I think that this could be the time to jump in the car and see for myself just how big and beautiful our state is. Not with a newborn and toddler, but certainly at some stage in 2021 and 2022.
This could be the time to travel through landscape that sustained and nurtured thousands of years of indigenous habitation; land that challenged and sometimes overcame early explorers and pioneering families; land that is at the mercy of the elements, where drought and flood can wreak dramatic change and where the scale and power of the place threatens to overwhelm. The Pandemic has thrown out yet another challenge to outback Queensland and its people. We are in a position to help out and at the same time experience for ourselves the wonders of the land, its people, and its history.
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So, if your knowledge of the Outback was gleaned from your grandfather’s drunken rendition of ‘I’ve Been Everywhere Man’ and the names Birdsville, Cunnamulla, Condamine, Muckadilla, Augathella, Goondiwindi. Wallaville, Wallumbilla, Kumbarilla are just that – names. Think about taking a trip with the kids and finding out why they’re there, these pioneering townships. You’ll be surprised at the scope and variety of adventures waiting for you whether it is finding dinosaur fossils or gemstones, outback glamping, the Qantas Founders Museum, the true Aussie Stockman’s Hall of Fame and so much more.
And when you get there, look up at the stars. Find a sky unlike any you’ve seen before and feel part of a world that is still full of wonder and beauty.