This Devil has gone troppo but hasn’t lost his marbles!

Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn this morning was just the beginning. After lunch, we came to the Devils Marbles. These giant balls of granite have been shaped by, chemical leaching and the physical forces of temperature change in the Red Centre of Australia. David posed to demonstrate his strength.

We bush camped once again on a rail alignment, where the desert put on a display of Sturts Desert Rose, yellow butterfly bush and russet termite mounds amongst the straw-coloured spinifex.

Finally, for Iris and Lily, meet Grandad’s mascot, Koala Lumpur (Lumpu for short). He entertains us by swinging from the shelf.

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Farewell Capricorn, hello Central Highlands Virgin

This morning, we bade farewell to our huge van site with the beautiful tropical tree and took to the Capricorn Highway heading west. Out here, the economy is booming, with huge oversize vehicles, coal trains and grain silos.

It wasn’t till around 4.00pm that we arrived here at Springsure, to a pretty free camp at the base of Virgin Rock. It is on a stock route,where stock have for a century been transported to market along wide tracts of land. An evening walk revealed a full moon and the rock lit up to reveal a virgin and child, which I tried unsuccessfully to photograph.

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