The soft colours of the outback

The mitchel grass plains stretch forever

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.

Soft shades of the acacia bush

The few lonely trees

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6 thoughts on “The soft colours of the outback

  1. Thank you again. I am sitting here (home) waiting for my water tanks to be organised so you can imagine the feeling inside. Soon! I too have realised the gift of unloading and have the ‘sale’ charity and dump loads looming. Each time something leaves I feel so much freedom. Happy Travels to you both. Mirri

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    • G’day Mirri, Downsizing is a very satisfactory feeling and has so many benefits. Are the water tanks for your garden or to use in the house?

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  2. It must feel eerily quiet as you drive along.

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  3. Loving your posts of the last couple of days.

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