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Pressing on we came across some old water tanks that had been used in the days when stockmen drove sheep and cattle along "stock routes" across Australia. Droving stock was still being done up until the mid to late 50s before cattle transporting by trucks came into being.

Here is the big roof providing catchment of rain that runs off into holding tanks for the stockmen when it's needed.


The water flowed into troughs for the stock


We saw Quandong trees ("wild peaches") along the roadside occasionally. We picked the fruit to stew it and make jam and/or dessert for eating on our trip


Nowadays sheep are shepherded by motorbike. Horses are rarely used, although on a couple of Cattle Stations today, horses are coming back because they quieten the cattle more than noisy motorbikes as cattle are apt to "rush" (stampede) over the spookiest thing in the bush


in the heat of the day, you pull up and take what little shade is available


the road to Kingoonya


Kingoonya has died over the past few years since the old dirt road to the Northern Territory was diverted. It now is sealed by bitumen and runs 50 kms / 30 miles to the east. There is only a pub left in town nowadays, but the railway line goes through town. This train had two locos and pulled anything up to 80 to 90 trucks.


We travelled along the last 50 kms of dirt road to Glendambo which is situated on the main Adelaide to Darwin (Northern Territory) highway. The locals from the surrounding stations were holding their yearly Gymkhana, featuring horse races and dirt-bike events among other events.


even the kids learn how to ride in races


horse racing around barrels



Today, cattle stations have motor bikes to do lots of work and these boys can ride . . .



With A$100 on the table and a carton of beer to win, any bloke has to have a go.

Competitor number 1 to beat . . . .


Competitor number 2 to beat . . .


They ended up competing the last few blokes late into the evening when most had had a few beers. I was back in my caravan at that stage, so never got to have a further go at winning the carton of beer! (sob)

Anyhow, even the kids from the stations from 100 miles / 150 kms around turned up with mum and dad and put in for some fun time


and a drink race to see who could run up to the drink flask and drink it quickest . . .


the 100 yard "dash"


Somebody was enjoying the races . . .


Inside the shed on one end was the 'canteen' where we got pies, pasties, tea, coffee and sandwiches.

The sign says "No Tag . . No Tucker"


The other end of the shed is the pub. The sign there says "No tag . . . No Booze"


Aussies like to park their cars around the football (or cricket) oval to watch the event and this race meeting is no different


The dirt bikes showed us how far they could go down the straight (and even around the track!) on their back wheels doing "Monos"


Of course, we have to have a "ladies event". This one is seeing how far they could chuck a cow's tail



I reckon she means business . . .


The sheep race has Aussies betting on which sheep will reach the end of the straight first . . .


The evening draws in and this shot is a peaceful one behind the shed with all the station hands bring their cars and "utes" (bakkies) to the races . . .


kicking on, after dark, to a band and having a few beers and a dance


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