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Outback Queensland

The Outback is a state of mind, not simply a line on the map, the more so in western Queensland. This is a land of sprawling cattle stations and sun-baked towns where some of Australia’s most enduring institutions were born, of characters larger than life; of pea-green rivers populated with yellowbelly, yabby and other elusive creatures; of homesteads both hospitable and historic.

Tonight, Windorah’s Western Star Hotel is hosting two rowdy contingents of jackaroos, partying on their day off. Last weekend’s annual yabby (crustacean) race was still a runaway success.

Up the road stands a tiny, weatherbeaten bungalow where an elderly man keeps watch from a rickety verandah. ‘Tarpot’ is a retired station hand, a former cattle ringer who still enjoys a rum. Mark the publican notes matter-of-factly, “we take a feed over to him at night”.

We’re out on Cooper Creek, fishing for yellowbelly. The fish will start biting when the river drops after a flood, says Brian, who musters cattle by helicopter when he’s not fishing. His mate Geoff is a kangaroo shooter, which explains the racks and fittings mounted all over his truck. In these towns whose population never reaches three digits, surnames become irrelevant; nicknames good enough.

These images from a road journey from Longreach out to Isisford, Yaraka, Windorah, Quilpie and Charleville were taken with Nikon D200 (10 mpx) using RAW format, all are available for licensing. Please visit www.travelgame.org.

Thomson River, Longreach, flowing south to join the Barcoo at Cooper Creek
Thomson River, Longreach, flowing south to join the Barcoo at Cooper Creek
Replica of a De Havilland DH61 biplane operated by Qantas in the 1930s
Replica of a De Havilland DH61 biplane operated by Qantas in the 1930s
DC3 at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
DC3 at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Boeing 707 at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Boeing 707 at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Boeing 747 Jumbo jet at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Boeing 747 Jumbo jet at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Jumbo jet Rolls Royce engine, Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Jumbo jet Rolls Royce engine, Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Boeing 747 'wing walk' at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Boeing 747 'wing walk' at the Qantas Founders Museum, Longreach
Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Stockyard at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Stockyard at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Rusty Frame's demonstration at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Rusty Frame's demonstration at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Rusty Frame's demonstration at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Rusty Frame's demonstration at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Dealing with a recalcitrant mule, Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Dealing with a recalcitrant mule, Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Cattledog at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
Cattledog at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, Longreach
LandRover Freelander showing its stuff outside Isisford
LandRover Freelander showing its stuff outside Isisford
Watch out for road trains...
Watch out for road trains...
Clancy's Overflow Hotel, Isisford
Clancy's Overflow Hotel, Isisford
Clancy's Overflow Hotel, Isisford
Clancy's Overflow Hotel, Isisford
Orphan Joey at Clancy's Hotel, Isisford
Orphan Joey at Clancy's Hotel, Isisford
Abandoned grocery store, Isisford
Abandoned grocery store, Isisford
Mother of all crocodiles, Isisford
Mother of all crocodiles, Isisford
Fishing for yellowbelly on the Barcoo
Fishing for yellowbelly on the Barcoo
Fishing on the Barcoo, western Qld
Fishing on the Barcoo, western Qld
Yaraka, a sun-scorched hamlet miles from anywhere
Yaraka, a sun-scorched hamlet miles from anywhere
General store in Yaraka
General store in Yaraka
End of the Line in Yaraka, where trains stopped running some years ago
End of the Line in Yaraka, where trains stopped running some years ago
Yaraka
Yaraka
Traction engine at Yaraka
Traction engine at Yaraka
Australia: Rusting Chevy, outback Qld
Australia: Rusting Chevy, outback Qld
Mount Slocum in the 'jump up' country around Yaraka
Mount Slocum in the 'jump up' country around Yaraka
Windorah
Windorah
Spinifex country near Windorah
Spinifex country near Windorah
Dune crest, outside Windorah
Dune crest, outside Windorah
Tracks in the dunes outside Windorah
Tracks in the dunes outside Windorah
Tracks in the dunes outside Windorah
Tracks in the dunes outside Windorah
Bush sunset, Windorah
Bush sunset, Windorah
Cooper Creek, Windorah
Cooper Creek, Windorah
Fishing in Cooper Creek, western Qld
Fishing in Cooper Creek, western Qld
Australia: Bill Baskett with his restored Leyland truck, Windorah, Qld
Australia: Bill Baskett with his restored Leyland truck, Windorah, Qld
Pastoralists, western Qld
Pastoralists, western Qld
Colac Station homestead, an oasis in the mulga country
Colac Station homestead, an oasis in the mulga country
Solar-powered communications mast
Solar-powered communications mast
Galah, Colac Station
Galah, Colac Station
Galahs, Colac Station
Galahs, Colac Station
LandRover Freelander in 'Jump-up' country on Colac Station
LandRover Freelander in 'Jump-up' country on Colac Station
'Jump-up' country on Colac Station
'Jump-up' country on Colac Station
Jump-up country, Colac Station
Jump-up country, Colac Station
Mulga tree, Colac Station
Mulga tree, Colac Station
Myendetta Homestead (1910), the 'House of a Hundred Doors' near Quilpie
Myendetta Homestead (1910), the 'House of a Hundred Doors' near Quilpie
Myendetta Homestead (1910), outside Charleville
Myendetta Homestead (1910), outside Charleville
Inside the public bar, Corones Hotel, Charleville
Inside the public bar, Corones Hotel, Charleville
Virtual classroom at the School of Distance Education, Charleville
Virtual classroom at the School of Distance Education, Charleville
Save the Bilby Fund is based in Charleville
Save the Bilby Fund is based in Charleville