| Outback Queensland|

Places & Faces

On April 15th I headed out on a road trip to experience the beauty of outback Queensland with @sosarina @andrewtallon @rikerama & @tilmaontour Starting our journey in Mt Isa then heading North West to Adels Grove and Lawn Hill, finishing up in Julia Creek for the Dirt & Dust festival.

| The Crew |

Lake Moondarra Mt Isa

This is Steve, he has worked underground in mines for over 30 years, he took us on a tour down in a mine to see how things work. | Hard Times Mine, Mt Isa |

| Hard Times Mine |

| The road to Adels Grove |

A little off road action

Meet Rod. Rod and his wife Michelle own Adels Grove, a 30 hectare tropical oasis in the middle of the outback. www.adelsgrove.com.au

Harry's Hill Sunset Adels Grove

Adel Grove from the air

| Lawn Hill Gorge |

| Great for a swim |

| A perfect start to the day |

Rod introduced us to this cute little tree snake.

Cute little cattle dog we met at the pub

Sharing the road with these massive road trains, a little scary, especially when you're standing on the side of the road taking pictures 😁 Has anyone ever watched 'Outback Truckers'?

| Tent city |

Julia Creek

Julia Creek We arrived at Julia creek to check out all the activities that are part of the Dirt 'n' Dust festival. - Triathlon - Horse racing - Bull riding & much more It's amazing to see a small country town with around 400 residents rise to over 5000 for the Dirt 'n' Dust festival. www.dirtndust.com.au

First leg of the marathon is a 800m swim in the creek

Fred

Fred is a local "character" of the outback, always up for a good old yarn (chat). He is 70+ and just completed his 14th Julia Creek marathon. 800m swim 25km bike ride 5km run

Meet Sally and her partner Nick, I photographed Sally after she finished the marathon in the morning and then later in the day when I caught up with her at the The BHP Billiton Artesian Express horse racing and then that night I managed to capture her at the bull riding event. No I'm not a stalker, haha, but I just wanted to show how committed the locals are to their community, most of the town of Julia Creek take part or volunteer while the event is on.

| Marathon |

| Fashions on the field |

| Bull riding |

| A delicious outback lunch |

Georgia & Dane, on the way to Sunday lunch ;-)

| Bull riding championships |

| My new mate Skippy|

My Country The love of field and coppice Of green and shaded lanes, Of ordered woods and gardens Is running in your veins. Strong love of grey-blue distance, Brown streams and soft, dim skies I know, but cannot share it, My love is otherwise. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror The wide brown land for me! The stark white ring-barked forests, All tragic to the moon, The sapphire-misted mountains, The hot gold hush of noon, Green tangle of the brushes Where lithe lianas coil, And orchids deck the tree-tops, And ferns the warm dark soil. Core of my heart, my country! Her pitiless blue sky, When, sick at heart, around us We see the cattle die But then the grey clouds gather, And we can bless again The drumming of an army, The steady soaking rain. Core of my heart, my country! Land of the rainbow gold, For flood and fire and famine She pays us back threefold. Over the thirsty paddocks, Watch, after many days, The filmy veil of greenness That thickens as we gaze ... An opal-hearted country, A wilful, lavish land All you who have not loved her, You will not understand though Earth holds many splendours, Wherever I may die, I know to what brown country My homing thoughts will fly. **

DOROTHEA MACKELLAR, My Country

| The road home |

www.outbackqueensland.com.au www.queensland.com www.dirtndust.com.au www.adelsgrove.com.au

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