Sometimes when you are travelling in the Outback you cross many small towns that in your mind you say there is nothing to stop for. So you just camp for the night and carry on. Taroom, a town of about 869 people in Outback QLD is one of these towns. We planned on staying the night and travel to Emerald the day after. But for some reason we stayed one more day. We heard that the locals were gathering to commemorate NAIDOC Week at the local showgrounds.
NAIDOC Week: is an Australian observance lasting from the first Sunday in July until the following Sunday. The acronym NAIDOC stands for ‘National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee’. It has its roots in the 1938 Day of Mourning, becoming a week-long event in 1975. (Wikipedia)
It was an emotional day for the Aboriginal participants in front of a mixed crowd. You couldn’t help being affected by the stories that were being told and the overall emotions around.
More information about NAIDOC week you can find in the following link:
Taroom: is a town in the Shire of Banana and locality split between the Shire of Banana and the Western Downs Region in Queensland. At the 2016 census, Taroom had a population of 869 people. (Wikipedia)
A well-known attraction about 50km north of Taroom is the ‘Isla Gorge National Park’.
More information can be found on the following link:
As always we are adding some random photos from the road. Enjoy…..
And some random photos from the road