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20 April - 1 May 2011 - Charleville
A very quiet Easter for us at Evening Star Tourist Park eight kilometres out of Charleville along the road to Adavale. The road is sealed from Charleville to past the caravan park and has a good surface. We drove into town a few times, sometimes to do shopping at the Super IGA supermarket which is quite comprehensive.
Charleville Post Office and Bank Charleville Post Office and Bank.


Weather was a bit cloudy for the first few days then settled down into a regular sequence of cold, cloudless and very clear nights when the stars were magnificent until the moon came up, followed by a bright and sunny day becoming hot in the afternoon then cooling again at sunset. This pattern was interrupted by steady rain for one day and one night which gave us cause to check river heights west of here in the area we intend to go into; but rivers were not affected. We have noticed that the level of the Warrego River flowing past Charleville itself is steadily dropping. The Warrego is now a placid, barely flowing river giving no sign of the damage and destruction it can cause in flood although the levee bank several metres high between the river and the town buildings is a clue to what the Warrego can become.
Charleville RFDS Museum Charleville has a Royal Flying Doctor Service base including a museum containing this radio operator station.


We spent many evenings around the campfire talking to other travellers. The park is on Thurlby Station which has a large stock of gidyea fenceposts recovered from sheep yards built about a hundred years ago and which have finally rotted below the ground to the extent they had to be replaced. The timber above the ground is still sound, and gidyea makes excellent firewood, so the regular evening campfire is well stocked.

The park is set in red sandy-loam mulga country and I spent some time wandering around taking photographs of mulga region plants as well as of plants on the grey cracking clay-Mitchell Grass land on the river flats around the Ward River adjacent to the property.

One day we went on the station tour travelling through the red sandy-loam to brigalow-gidyea country set back from the road, then down onto the Mitchell grass plains fronting onto the Ward River. Cattle are fed on mulga, but a fully grown mulga tree is too high for cattle to reach so the trees are knocked over with a bulldozer and then grow as lower shrubs cattle can reach. The brigalow and gidyea are protected.
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Cloud and grassland The Ward River floodplain covered in Mitchell Grass with scattered timber.


Some paddocks have been treated over about twenty years to make them into pasture; this has involved bulldozing the original mulga, burning the residue then ploughing and seeding the ground. Buffel grass is planted widely on the property and some areas have been sown to silky sorghum but that is far too demanding on the poor quality soil to be planted too often so buffel grass remains the main pasture grass.

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