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Friday, July 1, 2016

25 MILLION YEARS OLD (Savannah Way 7)

After Lunch we left Leichhardt Falls and continued our long drive to Adels Grove near Lawn Hill National Park. (see map)

 We drove across more plains, rivers and cattle stations.

 Due to the late rains this year some of the roads were closed. We had to detour through Burketown. The only thing of interest here was the bore, which was drilled by the government in 1897 for stock and irrigation. However, it was found to be unsuitable for drinking or for crops. It has been bubbling hot water ever since. During the early 1900's a shower was built for weary, dusty travellers.

After another detour through a mining site we eventually arrived at Adels Grove, which is a beautiful holiday park with cabins, permanent tents, a camping area, a store and repair shop. This is the restaurant. Adels Grove was originally a station homestead and then an experimental Botanic Garden set up in 1939  by Albert de Lestang, hence the name Adels. He planted over 1000 species and supplied the worlds botanic gardens with seeds.

The next day we went on excursions. George and I are waiting for the coach. Our cabins are behind us. Ann took the photo.
The morning tour took us 52k south to Riversleigh. Riversleigh is a world heritage fossil site. There are over 200 sites but only one open to tourists. Riversleigh is famous because the fossils are 25 million years old and extremely well preserved because of the calcium rich water and limestone that they are formed in. Not only that but the fossils spread over a 20 million year span and so they show the evolution of the species that were in this area.

 We climbed this hill shrouded by Kite birds flying overhead. Ann and I enjoy the view. (Photo by George)

The gulf Plains stretch for miles.

Our local guide shows us where fossils are embedded in the rocks This one is part of a huge bird.

 This is a fossilised stromatolite, millions of years old.

On the way back to Adels Grove we stopped for morning tea by a river which, covered the road.

Our little 4 wheel drive coach ploughs through the river. After lunch we went on a cruise through a beautiful gorge. (The subject of next post, which maybe in a few weeks time because we are going to Melbourne to see the grandchildren and their parents)

24 comments:

  1. i just love that coach and would like to ride in it.. also would like to stay at the old homestead place... the fossils are amazing and something i have never seen except for photos...

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  2. fossils areamazing I saw hem in Germany have a great time at your family

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  3. Hello, another cool place. The cabins and park look nice. The fossil is interesting and I like the views. Enjoy your trip and family time! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  4. Those fossils are amazing old, interesting. Have a nice time with the family.

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  5. Beautiful photos! It looks like you are having a total blast!

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  6. Stromalites are amazing. I think my niece found one. Not sure. I have certainly looked at them before.

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  7. I am enjoying being with you on this trip. It gives a real insight into an Australia that I am very unlikely to see.

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  8. The views alone would make a visit to the fossil beds fantastic.

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  9. Another series of beautiful photos, Diane, on what looks like a fun trip once again. I have enjoyed these past several posts and agree with Sandra that the little motor coach would be fun to travel in. Hope you have a fun time with your family in Melbourne.

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  10. Amazing to think of holding something that old! I'm loving this adventure -- the real Outback!

    Have fun visiting the kids (both generations of them).

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  11. Wow, fantastic photos of a terrific journey. Sure wish we had some of that rain.
    So good to see you having such a wonderful time. Enjoy!

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  12. I caught up on your posts and must say that was a wonderful trip and what a beautiful landscape. So there is still more to come, have a nice trip to Melbourne !

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  13. What a lovely trip. I especially love the fossils The past frozen in time. Very special

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  14. What an amazing trip Diane.. so impressed by the way you handle that camera of yours, brilliant images. Blimey, imagine bumping into Krys. the crock, he was a horrific size! Could be more out there I guess!

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  15. What an amazing trip Diane.. so impressed by the way you handle that camera of yours, brilliant images. Blimey, imagine bumping into Krys. the crock, he was a horrific size! Could be more out there I guess!

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  16. Thank you for sharing this trip with us, I have enjoyed it a lot

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  17. Nice post! The round fossil looks like a Coffee Scroll!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  18. I read your link to the info about stromatolites. Absolutely fascinating - and I had never heard of them. You got to hold something millions of years old in your hands! How amazing.

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  19. Interesting Diane. A long way though.

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  20. Passando pela net encontrei o seu blog, estive a folhear achei-o muito bom, feito com muito bom gosto,sim , gostei do que vi e li.
    Tenho um blog que gostava que conhecesse. O Peregrino E Servo.
    PS. Se desejar fazer parte dos meus amigos virtuais faça-o de forma a que eu possa encontrar o seu blog para o seguir também.
    Que haja paz e saúde no seu lar.
    Sou António Batalha.
    http://peregrinoeservoantoniobatalha.blogspot.pt/

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  21. Those fossils are amazing! Great pictures Diane! Looks like another incredible trip.

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  22. I LOVE that picture of the gulf plains stretching for miles...

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  23. Beautiful landscapes ! What an enormous fossile !

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  24. Riversleigh is on hubby's bucket list. I am not that much into fossils.

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