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Sunday, June 9, 2013

THE UNIQUE BULLOCK CREEK CAFE

We left our rustic but comfortable cabin in Chillagoe and we were bussed back to the Savannahlander Train to continue our 4 day tour of north west Queensland.


There were only 19 passengers on the train so we could have a seat each. TOH has bought a Savannahlander hat to go with his collection. George our friend is writing up his photo list.

Photo taken looking over the driver's shoulder.
We continued through the savannah country which took us over some narrow bridges and many dry river beds. In the wet season the bridges are under water.

Over dry river beds.

Some still have a little water and looked very pretty.

The train stopped at Bullock Creek for morning tea. All that was there was a telephone box, no station. The drivers/tour guides said we were going to the Bullock Creek Cafe for morning tea. There was no sign of civilisation other than a cattle station/ranch road.

However, in no time the drivers had set up an umbrella and produced hot water, tea , coffee, biscuits and cake on top of a pile of sleepers and then invited us to the 'Bullock Creek Cafe.' It sure was a unique cafe. They gave us a plastic cup to use and keep as a souvenir. The writing on the cup says,"This cup was stolen from the Bullock Creek Cafe." Tourists are asked to take it with them on other tours and photograph it in other places in the world and upload the photo to their website here. Later I had a photo taken with the cup at the northern tip of Australia.

The station manager drove by and stopped to show his granddaughter the train. It only passes twice a week so it causes a bit of excitement with the country kids.

Then it was back in the train to pass more lovely scenery until we stopped for lunch at the Einasleigh Hotel.
Ann and TOH


There were a some locals, real "Crocodile Dundees", having a beer.

After lunch we went for a walk to Copperfield Gorge.

22 comments:

  1. I'm really enjoying your tour!

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  2. I got lost in Brisbane and had to ask 5 people. LOl

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  3. It certainly was a unique cafe Diane. A wonderful tour so far, looking forward to more. I bet the locals at the pub had a character all of their own.

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  4. Diane, this is a really cool tour. The cafe is cute! I loved the river scenes and the people shots! I will look forward to seeing some shots of your traveling cup. Thanks for sharing, have a happy week!

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  5. I am so jealous of this trip, out of all your trips, all over the world, this one is the one i would choose to take. love the river beds dry and wet, the train of course i want to be the 20th seat.. and the cafe is woooo hooo. my kind of eat out. big gulp country pluse Crocodile Dundee whom i dearly love. of course i know he was not there... great post. loved it

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  6. i am just LOVING that impromptu tea set-up! adorable!!! and the cup and photographing idea as well. what a great tour!!!

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  7. thanks for sharing this great tour, diane. it sure looks like a cute cafe. love the river bends and the train.the people shots are wonderful as well.

    great post overall!

    big hugs my dearest!:)

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  8. This is a lovely trip and your photos, as ever, are wonderful.

    I'm quite green with envy.

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  9. Amazed there are so few people on that wonderful train. The scenery is stunning. Love the idea of the cup and can't wait to see where it ends up Diane.

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  10. I like the idea of the pop-up cafe. And the children getting excited to see a train (one goes past the end of my road every 15 minutes!)

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  11. Wow---what countryside!!!!! Those tours certainly work hard to make it a nice trip for you all.. That Bullock Creek Cafe is a 'neat' place --and I'm sure you'll show that cup around in various places from now on!!! ha

    What sort of weather did you have? Looks like it was warm...

    Can you imagine living there? NOT ME...

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  12. Wow! What an adventure .... real rural Australia and I love those Crocodile - Dundees.

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  13. I can just see stolen cups featuring with a bear at a birthday.

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  14. The more I read about this trip the more I want to take it myself

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  15. I' m assuming this tour can only be taken at certain times in the year because of the amount of water in the wet season. I' m enjoying seeing this part of your country.
    Love the locals hanging out in their hats.

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  16. I love your shot of the locals at the pub.

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  17. Now that is our country. Bet you had fun.

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  18. Diane, enjoyed your beautiful pictures. I do like the Bullock creek cafe!

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  19. It is such a nice trip to follow with you. Love the scenery.

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  20. Love everything about this fun trip! Love the little girl all excited about the train! Love that you each got a seat. (Wish planes and trains and buses were always like that, don't you?) Love the scenery. And Bill's hat collection. OK-- I could have quit after the first sentence here!

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  21. Geez, what an adventurous tour !! would have been something for me !!

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  22. I am so loving seeing Australia through your eyes.....I mean through the lens of your camera!

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