Hmmmm, don't know why that came out so small but you get the idea.
Klr4evr, yes, we also wondered about the cattle. Those that we saw were in pretty good condition, no ribs poking out and so on. This is "channel country", very flat but subject to inundation when the big monsoon rains hit further north .On their website, they say that a quarter of the property goes under water when it floods, thats nearly a million acres. 2012 was a big wet season and there will still be feed for more than a year.
Occasionally we would come across a patch of bitumen with "NO PARKING NEXT 3 KLM" , the road would be wider that normal with a centreline marked and "piano keys" set about a mile apart:
These are emergency landing strips for the RFDS (Royal Flying Doctor Service).
People, especially tourists get into trouble out there way too often. There has been three deaths in that area since we passed through. We carried extra fuel and water and an EPIRB just in case.
We stopped at the homestead for fuel, they were happy to see us, don't get many visitors. They had one of those really old hand powered pumps:
We were hoping to make Birdsville that day but got slowed by the heat,dust, low angle sun, gates, cattle, and the kangaroos. We made it to a lonely spot on the map marked as Betoota which consists of an abandoned pub.
Those tanks contained nothing but dead bugs and dust. We were down to our last couple of litres of water but we were only a hundred miles from Birdsville. We broke out the medicinal whiskey and threw our weary bodies on the ground......