Leaving Moura we didn’t travel very far to find the 150th Meridian markers, the intangible line that measures Eastern Standard Time. Two large hollowed rocks (courtesy of the mining industry) are lined up side by side. You can look through the hole and line up the direct path of the meridian. Twice a year, on the 22 March and the 22nd September the sun rises at exactly 6am and sets at exactly 6pm.
A little further along we drove past the huge open cut mines which have been integral to the town for over six decades. Later this year a platform will open to allow a viewing space.
The next town we arrived in is called Banana. Now you might wonder about this name, and it has nothing to do with the fruit.
A dun-coloured bullock is responsible for that.
A favourite of local stockmen in the 1860’s, Banana the bullock, so named for his yellowish colouring, would help herd wild cattle into holding yards. When Banana died, the gully was given the name in honour of his feats.
A replica of Banana proudly stands in the town, a warm reminder of his legacy to those pioneering days.
Driving on we headed for Biloela and our morning tea stop, before again hitting the road. We had previously visited Biloela on our trip to Longreach and Winton so our stop was short this time. We entered the Bruce Highway at Calliope and very quickly approached the turnoff to Tannum Sands. We found the caravan park easily and checked in for three nights. Being Discovery Park members, we received a good discount and our three nights are only costing $102.50. It was a little windy with a few showers so we are hoping for better weather tomorrow. The park is located across from the beach along Millenium Esplanade. This map will give you an idea of where we are just south of Gladstone.