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20 September 2006 - Dalby to Tamborine
Leaving Dalby we drove over the Darling Downs, a flat black-clay plain at an elevation of about 350 metres. Closer to Dalby the most common use was cropping with much sorghum left in the ground after harvesting. Initially the highway was lined on both sides with timber power poles; some were gently leaning over as the black-clay they were in shifted. As we moved away from Dalby, land use became a little more varied with cattle grazing and cattle studs being advertised. There were still some prickly pear trees scattered along the road but not nearly as many as we had passed on previous days. A few vinyards were passed.
Traffic was fairly heavy with a large number of trucks and road trains on the main connection between Brisbane and Toowoomba; cattle road trains were still common
The Warrego Highway passed through Toowoomba on a route which barely avoids the central shopping/ business area. As soon as the road was clear of the main part of Toowoomba it dived down a steep hill to the coastal plain; from 647 metres at Toowoomba down to 277 metres at the bottom. Once down the hill the road improved considerably; Queensland can build good roads when it wants to. Land was more closely settled with horticulture common - probably strawberries.
The selected route to Tamborine went through outer Brisbane on motorways and main roads. The only hiccup was at one intersection where the exit ramp was from the right hand lane (not the usual left lane) so I had to do a last minute lane-change in moderately heavy traffic towing the A'liner. Not clever road design.
Then as we then moved south from Brisbane the road returned to the more usual Queensland standard. Following road signs (and the GPS) we arrived at my sister-in-law's five acre farmlet among the gum trees at Tamborine and set up on a sloping surface which tested the collection of blocks carried in the van for dealing with sloping sites.