Old Cork Station & Bladensburg Homestead
After leaving Lark Quarry we decided to venture on to Old Cork Station on the banks of the Diamantina River. I had been wanting to visit this river since the outline of this trip began primarily from studying about the river in grade 3 or 4 Social Studies or Geography where we learnt about the great rivers of Australia.
The homestead was in fairly delapidated condition but gave a great perspective on what life was like 140 years ago in this part of the world.
The river had a very nice free camp next to it.
The drive back to Winton took a lot longer than we expected with about 2 hours of 80km/hr dirt roads to get back to the Boulia-Winton Rd and then another 45 mins of highway driving to get back to Winton.
Another great place to visit in the area is Bladensburg Homestead which is now the rangers head quarters for Bladensburg National Park. National Parks have done some restoration works on the Homestead and sitting on the verandah in the late afternoon you couldn’t help but wonder why perople thought they could make a go of farming out here.
The shearing shed is about 1km away from the homestead and was a great thing to be able to show the kids.