After setting up at what we thought was the Bogantungan rest area we were joined by some fellow travellers who had made the same mistake as we had.
After setting up at what we thought was the Bogantungan rest area we were joined by some fellow travellers who had made the same mistake as we had. Alan Betteridge

Rest stop turned out to be Bogantungan cemetery car park

SATURDAY dawned with crystal clear skies and just a slight chill in the air as Christine and I packed the final perishable goods into the van in readiness for our departure.

Today would see us head off down the Maryborough-Biggenden road as we started our Outback Odyssey.

By not having a set destination to get to for the day meant there was no pressure on leaving by a certain time and it allowed us to stop and check out the sights and meet the characters the trip was sure to throw up.

The rough plan was to cover about 320km but if something caught our eye then that figure could well change.

A short stop in Biggenden for breakfast and a wander around the streets was in order.

Just how many times have people, including us, just driven through the town on the way to somewhere else we wondered.

It is towns like this that can show the traveller the true heart and soul of the country you are traversing.

After chatting to the locals we headed off to Gayndah via Degilbo.

Although not the main route from Biggenden to Gayndah it does offer a more relaxed trip due to the limited amount of traffic.

Of course, we just had to call in to view the historic Chowey Bridge (as we had done many times before).

It was a remarkable feat of engineering when it was built in the early 1900s.

Even by today's standards it would be stand-out effort.

Off to Gayndah and another stop and wander around.

At this point the target of 320km was looking decidedly shaky.

After further stops at Mundubbera, Eidsvold and Monto, we finally made it to our first free overnight stopover at Lawgi Park, about 30km south of Biloela.

Lawgi Park offers large open grassed areas, toilets and drinking water with spectacular views of the surrounding area.

The next day, being Sunday meant that most shops in the towns we travelled through were closed so Christine had to put her plan of single-handedly rescuing the economy of regional Queensland on hold.

Some 26km north of Dululu we joined the Capricorn Hwy and started to head west.

As normal, we stopped off at a few places and made the discovery that if you happen to live in one of the mining towns then you had better get used to paying much higher prices than at other centres.

It would appear that some retailers are cashing in on the high-income earners from the mines and charging what appeared to be well above what you would expect.

Just how a pensioner or other worker on a basic wage could survive escapes me.

Our second overnight stop was at the Bogantungan rest area - at least we thought it was until the next day when we set off only to discover the Bogantungan rest area was another 1km down the road.

Were we stopped was in fact the parking area of the Bogantungan cemetery!

Luckily for us there were no funerals planned and after all, it was really quiet.



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