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Day 11 - Birdsville

Big Red and Tour of the Town

Up nice and early for some breaky before we head of to tackle Big Red. We stop in at the information centre first and grab some souviners and information on the towns history...

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Leaving town we make the 35km trip out to Big Red... Had fun hitting the sand dunes and getting the balance of tyre pressure and speed to finally make it back up Little Red to get back to the right side of the road.... Then hit Big Red, up first time... Great fun...

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Tour of the town next, Birdsville Court House..

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Artesian Bore, Birdsville’s water supply comes from an Artesian bore sunk in 1961 (into the great Artesian Basin) to a depth of 1292 meters. Water comes to the surface under immense pressure, with a surface temperature of 98º Celsius. and the Waddi trees... Roughly 12 kilometers north of Birdsville, you'll come across the Waddi Trees on the Birdsville-Bedourie road. They're an extremely rare, slow-growing desert tree, found in only three locations in Australia. The timber is so hard that it's said to be extremely difficult to cut and the trees are now protected.

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The old Geothermal Power Station... The Birdsville geothermal power station is one of the few low-temperature power stations in existence world wide! The plant derives its energy from the water flowing out of the town's Artesian Bore at 98 °C (surface temperature). The steam from this water is collected and used to power the generator that provides electricity for the town

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The Bourke and Wills Tree, On the 20th of August 1860, Robert O’Hara Burke and William John Wills set out from Melbourne to chart a course to the Gulf of Carpentaria, which was the first south-north crossing of Australia. The team of 13 men and 20 camels carried over 20 tonnes of provisions. Though successful in their quest, both Burke and Wills perished on their return journey. Seeds from a Waddi Tree found in the diary of Wills verify their passage through the Birdsville region. The Burke and Wills Tree is located approximately three kilometers from Birdsville and is said to mark one of their final campsites before they reached the Innamincka area, where the famous Dig Tree stands.

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Stop into the Pub for a cold beer before dinner...

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Back to camp and cook up some chicken and pasta before we pack up and hit the sack ready for a big day tomorrow...

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