DAY 8. Town 11: Today I can only offer a brief report for three reasons. Firstly after driving over 1,100km I’m bushed. Secondly most of the driving was in the outback on long straight (and very hot) roads where not too much happened and thirdly I’ve got to write my Christmas cards!

I did see a cow on the road.

I did see a cow on the road.

I started off from Boulia and headed north for Mount Isa before heading east for Cloncurry. Cloncurry failed to impress. I was looking forward to visiting the Flying Doctor museum as Cloncurry is the birthplace to this service with the first flight taking off on 15 May 1928. However, upon arrival I was faced with a locked gate and a sign declaring the museum closed through December and January. I’ll just pop back in February!

Cloncurry

Cloncurry

The temperature today was hovering at around 42 degrees which is not that far from the Cloncurry record for the highest temperature recorded in Australia at 53.1 °C on 16 January 1889. However, investigations have revealed that this temperature was measured in an improvised screen made from a beer crate and that it equated to 47–49 °C.

The closed RFDS Museum

The closed RFDS Museum