Date: 22nd May 2021
Travelled: 360 kms from Cloncurry to Winton
Visited: Winton, Outback Queensland.
Stayed: Australia Hotel Car-Park, free, toilets + bin. S22.39123, E143.03764
Budget: 42 days @ $140 per day.
Long drive today. We continue our drive south along the Matilda Way. The first 30 kms or so is interesting enough as we pass old mine tailings, but once we turn onto the Landsborough Highway the countryside flattens out. Becoming somewhat featureless for the next 200 or so kms.
So the most interesting part of the drive is the cirrocumulus cloud that dominates the sky most of the day. Mind you the slower moving road trains add some interest to the drive.
Some four hours later we roll into Winton. It looks a bit dusty and desolate as we drive in but the centre of town has three lovely old pubs and the Australian Hotel has free parking for self contained vehicles. Pam is excited, firstly to avoid any more road trains and secondly a fee stop for the night.
Map of Winton, the icon on our overnight parking spot.
So we settle into the car-park behind the Australian Hotel, have a quick chat with the publican before going off to explore Winton.
With a tourist map in hand we go for a walk around Winton. There is information panels here and there and it‘s obvious both the local council and many of the home owners have pride in how the town presents itself.
Having wandered Winton we return to the Jayco with plans for eating out at the pub. We get a table out the front of The Australia Hotel, in the al fresco dinning area. We chat with some other travellers as we watch the sun slowly set. The food was as good as the view.
So that’s Winton done, another long drive tomorrow so it‘s a relatively early night.
Michael + Pam