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Published: September 25th 2023

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Our neighbours across The Long Waterhole enjoying a fire

Our first two nights in Winton we spent about 4klms out of town at the Long Waterhole which was a lovely spot right on the edge of the waterhole. Lots of other campers but pretty well spread out so no one was on top of each other. Sunday we moved right into town to the showgrounds which is where a lot of people are coming for the festival which commences on Tuesday. Moved the van into town on Sunday as we had paid for 7 day park at the showgrounds, well set up with power and water and all facilities, showers and toilets etc but she is windy and dusty! Walked down to the North Gregory Hotel for dinner on Sunday night and it was better than the basic pub grub, we both thoroughly enjoyed our meals, a beautiful old pub with a huge beer garden as well but unfortunately we had to leave that area as the singer they had on was tone deaf….a shocker! Winton is a lovely town and well worth visiting. On our second morning John and I were walking to the main street from our van and this old guy pulls up beside us asking if

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The Long Waterhole

we wanted a lift, soooo sweet, then extends his hand “pleased to meet you I am Bodgie” and Bodgie was an old shearer and looked pretty fit! Could not ever imagine this happening closer to home! Everyone loves the tourists here as they bring money to the town, we have overwhelmingly felt very, very welcome! Camping next to us are a couple from Mackay and a guy from Little River in Vic….Dasher, a real card and loves a chat! Well its all been happening here in Winton, there have been loads of events on everyday, the real old fashioned stuff like cow pat throwing, egg catching, haybale rolling, throwing the swag and team events with all different sports, pool, golf, marbles, basketball etc. Went to the Johnny Cash Tribute show on Tuesday night and that was great and the town hall which is quite large was full, great night after dinner at the Winton Hotel another good pub in town, there are four of them. Its been flat out, so much on every single day and night. Wednesday, Thurs and Friday were stinking hot in the high 30’s…. a bit windy too! We managed to get to most things and

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The Long Waterhole a great camp

attended the Bush Poets Breakfast and show at the shire hall on Thursday morning at 7am….I know it was big for us to get up that early… and I was a bit sceptical about POETRY but it was a fantastic event, clever, funny and heaps of laughs with a big hearty cooked breakfast. Friday was a highlight of the week with the Dunny Can Regatta and then Ben Ramson and his band followed by Dragon….. another fabulous day. The Dunny Can Regatta is certainly quirky, 200 metre course with the jockeys racing to their thunderbox before the team (two pushing and two pulling) takes off and the jockey has about 3-4 obstacles to either pick up or put down along the way….hiliarious and so many people put a lot into it…. lots of toilet humour and crazy names of their carts! If you have never been to an Outback Festival at Winton you need to go, it is every two years! A population of under 1000 people Winton swells to over 5000 for the festival week. We met a lovely couple at the breakfast on Thursday am and we had drinks and pizzas at our van on Thursday night…great night!

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Sunset at The Long Waterhole

So nice to meet like minded people on your travels that you just click with ….. as there are plenty of bogans on the road too! To end the festival was the whip cracking comps on Saturday, the grand parade at 11a.m. and then at night fireworks at the Rec Oval with three different bands on one being the Australian Eagles Show which turned out to be a very good show. Late nights and early mornings are taking their toll…..we need a few days rest!!! So off we go Sunday to Jericho, then onto Emerald and Biloela.






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