Three stories from the road

The smallest town in Australia

Just a little note about our travelling to the smallest town in Australia. While staying in Charleville we decided to go and see the town of Cooladdi. Cooladdi is a ghost town and in the shire of Murweh QLD. The town is 88 Kilometres west of Charleville on the road to Quilpie. In 2015, the population was 3 (down from 4 in 2013), all of whom lived at the general store. (Wikipedia)

The railway station was originally called Yarronvale after a local pastoral station with the town taking its name from the railway station. However, it was renamed in 1913 to Cooladdi, an Aboriginal word meaning black duck, to avoid confusion with the pastoral station, which was 15 miles away. (Wikipedia)

Cooladdi was a railhead for the local pastoral community. At one time, Cooladdi had a school, post office, and police station with a population of about 270 people. As the railway line extended further west, Cooladdi's role and population declined. (Wikipedia)

The Cooladdi State School originally opened on 19 March 1926 as a Provisional School with 9 students. In 1933 a new school building was constructed and the school redesignated as a State School. The school closed on 3 May 1974.

All the info above (taken mostly from good old Wikipedia) is just to add some historical and geographical flavour to the photos below. However we always say “a picture is like 1000 words”

The Dingo Barrier fence

We decided to travel to the Western Downs region and stay in a town called Dalby.

We set up camp and were ready to explore this region. It turned out to be a grey, windy day but the landscape was beautiful. We stopped off at Jandowae as we heard about the two metre Dingo sculpture created by a Scottish artist. This was the catalyst in learning more about the Dingo Barrier Fence in Queensland on the north side as we had already crossed the Wild Dog Dingo Barrier fence between Queensland and New South Wales in Hungerford last year.

The Dingo Barrier fence starts between Jandowae and Jimbour and extends through thousands of kilometres of arid land, ending west of Eyre Peninsula, on the cliffs of the Nullarbor Plains and above the Great Australian Bight some 5,614 kms away.

All aabout the prickly pears

Whilst travelling this way we noticed prickly pears were scattered around the landscape. We have always liked the sculptural shape of the prickly pear plant but on reading the information sheet we picked up from the information centre we discovered that in 1925, the prickly pear was the greatest example of any noxious plant invasion known to man. It infested 50 million acres of land in Queensland. The most famous example of biological control of weeds is the use of the cactus moth, the Cactoblastis Cactorum to bring an end to farmland devastation. Dalby boasts the only cairn to have been erected in commemoration of an insect.

And some pictures from the road

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