Monday, 11 April 2016

Quirky Structures of Outback Queensland

Over the past week I've been travelling through western Queensland, Australia, hosted by Outback Queensland and Queensland Rail Travel.

It's been a great experience, and one I'll be writing about soon for Fairfax's Traveller section. In the meantime, let me show you some memorable buildings and other structures I've seen on the way...

1. The Tree of Knowledge in Barcaldine; under its branches, the Australian Labor Party was born in the 1890s:



2. The Australian Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach; this light aircraft hanging from the ceiling is an impressive exhibit:


3. This tank and windmill blade at Camden Park cattle station near Longreach make a great photographic subject; there's a touch of Mad Max about them:

4. This is the retro-themed lobby of the North Gregory Hotel in Winton. Country cool:


5. This curious structure on Carisbrooke station, near Winton, was left behind by a TV crew who filmed the French version of Survivor here:


6. Finally, here's the man himself - poet Banjo Paterson. This statue of him stands on Winton's main street, with the words of his famous song Waltzing Matilda on a curved sheet of corrugated iron behind him:


For the record, the song was first performed in 1895 just across the road, at the North Gregory Hotel.