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After travelling 11,040 kms, in 14 days, from the Gold Coast to Alice Springs, Broome, Darwin and back, the recce is over! Today we travelled the final leg from Longreach to the Gold Coast. We were on the road around 4.30 am in pitch black, but it wasn't long before the pre dawn glow was on the horizon. Today, the landscape started becoming more familiar. The gum trees get taller as you move closer to the coast, as do all the other trees. But the most noticeable difference to the last 11 days was the bright blue sky and absence of heavy cloud cover. I can't remember a day since arriving in Alice Springs, when I haven't been able to see rain falling from a heavy cloud formation in at least one location somewhere in the vast skies which you can see for hundreds of kms in all directions. The skies are magical in big sky country. The trees are smaller, and for the most part, the roads were long, straight and flat, providing a 360 degree view of the horizon. So when the sun finally came up this morning, and there was hardly any cloud around, and absolutely no rain in sight, it certainly stood out. As did the fact that we had changed seasons, from the wet season to the summer! It's quite a shock to see parts of outback Queensland that appear not to have had any rain at all in recent times. The brown grassy fields certainly look thirsty. Yesterday, we started the day in Tenant Creek, which had a 1 in 50 year flood last Friday. Today, we were in central Queensland, approaching Roma, and the landscape looked more like what you would expect of 'the outback' than anywhere else we had driven. As we edged closer and closer towards the Great Dividing Range, the tell tale signs gave away that we were indeed leaving the outback and almost home. Roadworks, many more cars, electricity lines, lower speed limits, and houses dotting the fields and hills was a sure sign that the journey was almost over. And so it is, now over. It's been monumental, with the most amazing scenery. Australia really is a beautiful country. It's just such a shame that our back yard is so BIG, because many of us will never get to see it in person. So I'll sign off for now with the Northern Territory slogan, "You'll never never know, if you never never go!"

Hooroo

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Tonight we have arrived at our final overnight stop before home. We left Tenant Creek bright and early, and made the short trip north to Three Ways where main highway from Queensland meets the road that runs straight through the middle of the Northern Territory. Made the right turn, and we have been driving south-east ever since. Before long, we arrived at the Queensland border then headed for Mt Isa, where the mine well and truly dominates the landscape. When we drove out the other side of Mt Isa, there was an air of familiarity, as the rocky hills carpeted with greenery in every crevice reminded us of the landscape we had travelled though in the Kimberley, and on the way across to Katherine. About half way between Cloncurry and Longreach, there was a perfect hill just off the main road with obvious signs of a 4x4 track up one side and down the other. I couldn't resist the temptation to climb it, and veered left to investigate further. In a jiffy, I was climbing the hill, with at least a 50 percent gradient, then descended down the other side. The Landcruiser surprised me with the way it handled the track with relative ease. Then it was back to the black top headed for Longreach. First stop was almost on sunset, at the Qantas Boeing 707-138 display. This jet was first registered in 1957, and is the first jet handed over to Qantas. After being sold in in 1967, the aircraft had a further 6 owners until it was abandoned in the U.K. When Qantas heard about its fate, it was restored to enable it to make one last journey across the oceans, where it is now on permanent display in Longreach. We also pulled up at the Stockman's Hall of Fame, and watched the beautiful sunset illuminating the clouds and turning the rain in the distance a glowing red colour. Tomorrow, we head for home, down the Queensland interior and in through Toowoomba. It's going to be another long day, but nothing out of the ordinary when one considers how far we have travelled in the last 12 days!

Hooroo

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