Winton, Queensland. Worth the meditative drive to get there.

Winton. On the map, for anyone doing the ‘lap’ of Australia. On the flat country of outback western Queensland, Australia. Pleasant, even cool weather in the Winter, very hot in the Summer months. Rain is less common, although torrential rain and devastating floods experienced to the near north east in early 2019, after an extended period of drought.
Approaching Winton after some rain earlier in 2019.

So Winton is about long roads, flat lands and the big sky. Many vantage points for sunset and sunrise viewing.

However, there is so much more on a visit to Winton. Accommodation is good, the food served at Tattersalls pub is superb, there is the Waltzing Matilda Centre worth a visit, and of course the dinosaur site a short distance from town. Worth a stopover for whatever direction you are headed. It is also the real home town of the world famous QANTAS, founded here, and ‘pinched’ by Longreach some years later.

Winton is also constructing its own geo-thermal power plant, due to come online in the next 12 months. Just when you might thing this is just a small country town, think again. The people are friendly and dedicated, the farmers hardy and the facilities in town quite significant. Look out for its music events, the writers festival and the up-coming Outback festival. Lots going on in tourist season through late Autumn to early Spring (May to September).

There is also the musical fence with a visit with your family or percussion inclined mates for an impromptu drumming session. A good place to watch the sunset on the plains too. Of course, that is my abiding recent memory of Winton, with some images below, in addition to the fine people I have met there. Drop by soon and support this fine town.

Sunset looking west from the Musical Fence.
Leaving Winton early morning, heading south. Plenty of road-trains on this patch of bitumen.
Enjoy the drive to Winton, on these long stretches of road.
Sunset, approaching Winton.

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