I can never get enough of the outback scenery. The colours are all shades of soft, misty green. nothing vibrant and demanding. It soothes and calms you as you cruise through a never-ending landscape. This ancient land is flat and this year hides its harsh unforgiving nature under a mantle of golden Mitchel grass. If it was, as now, a time of plenty in the 1800’s when the pioneers arrived, how they must’ve dreamed of a future of milk and honey. But the land was only lulling them into a false dream of riches and security before the drought of the late 1800’s sucked this country dry.
The Landsborough Highway between Longreach and Winton is a pleasure to drive along. Almost empty of all human habitation, just an occasional station homestead in the distance and names of the stations hanging on posts at the side of the road with dirt drives winding into the distance. Pot-holes are easily avoided as not much traffic allows you to swerve from side to side to avoid them.
At convenient intervals rest areas have been created with toilet blocks and picnic tables. Signs urge you to rest, revive and survive. Travellers congregate to share a few minutes of camaraderie and their lunch and cuppa before moving on.