FRI 16th Oct - walk Beersheba, river dinner
We were late up this morning (one later than the other). Ron managed to have a cuppa and do a bit more journalling before Jan surfaced. We still managed to have breakfast before the scheduled m/tea with the group at 10:00, but not much before mind you! Just the two of us walked to the Arts and Crafts Centre only to find that it was closed - not open for another hour yet. The building is actually the old QATB building (space inside the doors for about 4 vehicles. It is now heritage listed. On we journeyed to the NW end of town at the start of the road to Winton. The map shows a place of interest called Beersheeba. This lake with only a few grasses and trees around was developed in 2017 as a memorial for the 100th Anniv of the Charge of Beersheba in Palestine in WW1. Many men and horses from the Longreach region served with the Australian Light Horse during this time. Unfortunately the horses could not return to Australia because of quarantine regulations and the memorial has a poem at the back at the back of the memorial stone that honours the role taken by those quadrupeds in the conflict.
12:30 and the day is now quite hot, but we ambled along Swan St towards the town centre and picked up some more fruit and called in at the tourist info centre before getting ‘home’ for some lunch, a shower, and a rest in that order.
After a late afternoon cuppa we assembled at 5:45 waiting for an Outback Aussie Tours coach to come pick us up as we were going to the river for a dinner and show at “Smithy’s”, the small area on the Thompson River set up with stage, tables, bar, fire pit, toilets and a landing point for the boat which which was on a river cruise. Once the boat had docked there would have been about 90 of us for dinner.
Surprise, surprise, (well I shouldn’t have been) but who should bowl up to us but Peter and Dana. They hadn’t caught up with Jan so it was a great reunion again. We shared drinks and nibblies together and had a long chat together until it was time to go to our table and enjoy the evenings entertainment with singer Corinne and our two course meal followed by damper and coffee. A really great night by the river under the gums with a lovely atmosphere created with lights and minimal decorations. It’s a “must do” when in Longreach.