Min Min Encounter
A 10 day trek to the heart of outback Queensland and New South Wales, exploring the beauty of this sunburnt country.
We began our trek by heading north to Mt Kaputar NP. At almost 1,500 m above sea level, the elevation provided a respite from the heat and magnificent views of the surrounding plains. We then ventured further north to the spectacular Carnarvon Gorge in Queensland. Even though recent bushfires had swept through the gorge, most of the attractions were still open, and we hiked to see them all. Ward's Canyon was the highlight, with its narrow, shaded walls and giant ferns.
Heading west, we spent an interesting day seeing the Outback Hall of Fame and Qantas Founder's Museum, tracing back the histories of the early pioneers in this harsh, but beautiful country. After a stop in Winton, famous for the first performance of the bush ballad, Waltzing Matilda, it was south to Boulia, Bedourie and Birdsville. While we did not spot the Min Min lights, we did encounter some of the most spectacular desert scenery on our trek.
Watching the sun set over Big Red, on the edge of the Simpson Desert was both amazing and hot, with temperatures reaching 47 degrees Celsius in the shade! After overnight in an air conditioned villa (far too hot to camp), we began our journey back east, exploring Windorah (home to the biggest steaks that I have seen), Quilpie where we tried (unsucessfully) our luck with opal fossicking, Cunnamulla and Bourke. South of Bourke, we visited Gundabooka NP, then home via Wollemi NP.
Even in the heat of the outback summer, it was a fantastic trip, with scenery that has to be seen to be believed. A trek that will live on in our memories and bright red photos!