Saturday, 30 January 2021

Girraween, Part Five - The Journey Home

 Tuesday 5 October

Our stay outside Girraween National Park had come to an end. The car was packed early, for our 10am  check out. We initially drove 10 mins south, to the Queensland  / New South Wales border at Wallangarra. 


Cheeky Jan, astride the border. 
Permissable here, but there was a border check point nearby which only allowed Queenslanders to return to our state, if they had the required documentation. NSW was deemed a Covid hotspot for several months. The stringent policing of the borders has certainly helped control the spread of this virulent virus.

Unfortunately, many of the residents living in Wallangarra live in QLD, which meant they were unable to frequent the town's only hotel.

Wallangarra Station was built in 1877, as the only connecting line for Brisbane to Sydney passengers.

 Because of our state system, NSW built their line with a 4 ft 8 1/2in gauge and Qld a 3 ft 6in gauge. Passengers had to alight here and change trains. In 1930, a coastal line was built with the 4 ft 8 1/2in gauge, the length of the route. By February 1972 the Wallangarra line was no longer viable and had to be closed.

The old line heading south from Wallangarra.

The station became Heritage Listed in March, 2003, with the local community refurbishing and preserving the station. Sitting at the cafe, on the lovely old platform, one is transported back to yesteryear. The Railway Museum situated in the Station Master's Office, houses many press cuttings, memorabilia and a simulator booth.


The Post Office and many of the homes in Wallangarra, also had that yesteryear look.

The temperature had risen to above 30C, so we were delighted to find this lovely oak tree to sit under, to partake of our late morning tea.

We took the scenic route home, through the black soil plains of the Darling Downs.

We visited the small town of Nobby, a historic town and home to Rudd's Pub, dedicated to the author Steele Rudd. Rudd grew up in the area and found his inspiration here for the stories in his book, On Our Selection. It is a collection of comic tales of life on the land in the late 1800's.

The pub has an extensive display of historic memorabilia and photographs of the area's pioneering past.

Steel Rudd and a print taken from his book.

We didn't have time to enjoy the old Aussie ambiance of the pub, but vowed we would return. 
This return visit was just this past week. Watch this space.

I would love to read your comment.


  1. Rudd’s looks like a great place to look around. The train station is a beauty.

    Australia didn’t do too much wrong when it came to Covid. Good on ya.

  2. I love all your photos and information about your country! Looks like a wonderful trip with your friends.

    1. It was! We are off camping at the beach tomorrow.

  3. Just finished watching "Unfinished Sky" filmed in Beaudesert, QUeensland. Laura won't let me put the subtitles on so I missed a wee bit of the dialog. (hearing isn't what it was, and it always takes me a few minutes to acclimate to the Australian) Thought of you. I like Rudd's bar and wish I were there.

  4. Alas Bill, I'd never heard of "Unfinished Sky". Google has filled me in and I will look for it. Beaudesert is just 27 miles from my doorstep and Boonah not much further. Both lovely agricultural areas.

  5. I feel like I'm back in pioneer days looking through your photos. That soil really does look fertile! Great trip with the hiking gals.

  6. Barb, as I sat having lunch, my eyes wandered around the room and I recognised so many tools that my father owned. I believe our generation has been so very, very fortunate to live as we have.

  7. Australia really has done a great job in controlling COVID-19. It was tough medicine at times I have no doubt but it was worth it.