In my last post I mentioned that we were in Eromanga. From there we went to Thargomindah via the pub at Noccundra for lunch.
If you are not sure where these places are, you are not alone. My knowledge was hazy at best until we started planning this trip.
Here is a map to give a bit of context.
The population of Noccundra appears to be 3 – the people who run the pub. It is a beautiful old sandstone building which is pretty much in the middle of nowhere.
Then it was on to Thargomindah, the administrative centre of Bulloo Shire. Don’t let that fancy description fool you into thinking it is anything other than a small country town. The population of 270 makes up the majority of the population of the entire shire which is 350. The area of the shire is 73,724 square km and is only slightly smaller than Scotland.
In terms of interest to the tourist, Thargomindah definitely punches well above its weight. We bought a pass to visit the 3 main attractions – the old hospital, old jail and hydro power plant. These are well-maintained and have displays as well as audio-visual presentations to tell their stories.
Inside what was the main (8 bed) ward of the hospital.
The hydro power plant which was the third in the world (after London and Paris) to produce electricity for street lighting began in 1898 and continued until 1951.
It was powered from bore water from the Great Artesian Basin.
Thargomindah lies beside the Bulloo River and the Pelican Point picnic area features some spectacular trees.
As you can see from the map we have now turned eastward and are on our way home.
There will be a couple more posts as we visit more of south-west Queensland.