I left Spalding headed for Jamestown – TomTom has taken me on another adventure – up a gravel road towards Belalie East – then across onto the bitumen. The countryside is very pretty and at times tinged with green which is a nice change from the golden wheat fields. I am fascinated by the carrying capacity of this country – very different to where I grew up. Shearing sheds litter the landscape.
Before I arrive in Jamestown, which is situated in the Mid North agricultural region, I want to explore the Bundaleer Forest and do the Sugar Gum Loop Walk. Bundaleer Forest became the first forest planted by the Australian Government, and pioneered the propagating of plants in small tubes (originally made of bamboo). I drive the trail and find that the forest has been subject to a recent bushfire and not really suitable for walking today. The road takes me through farms, ruins and burnt out forestry till I get to a place where I felt I should turn around and go to Jamestown to explore other options.
Jamestown was founded in 1871 and has four standout features for me – the very wide streetscape, the Murals, Belalie Creek and the RM Williams Story. The main street, with its historic shopfronts has two lanes each side divided by a median strip which is about 30 metres wide. Parking in the centre of the median strip is under Pepperina trees so I park and have lunch.
The beautiful murals dotted around the town and depict life as it was in pioneering days. The artist John Whitney and students from Jamestown and Peterborough created these murals in 1993. They even have a mural festival, where artists spend five days creating themed murals and the public then votes. Belalie Creek runs through the town, complete with walking paths, is very relaxing (The stunning River Red Gums are lit at night, which would be spectacular). I wandered around the town and photographed the murals then set out to visit another feature – the RM Williams Tribute Story. His story is portrayed in sections and is very interesting. The bust of ”RM” is carved in wood, and a good likeness.
I am heading for Peterborough via Yongala, a small hamlet on the way. Yongala has a couple of massive silos and an historic streetscape.
I love the trains at each entrance to Peterborough and the one on the Jamestown road doesn’t disappoint. I got some shopping done in Peterborough and travelled to Black Rock Campsite to catch up on the washing and maybe blog if I can get coverage for the internet.

Belalie East Gravel Road

Belalie East Gravel Road

Bundaleer Forest Turnoff

Bundaleer Forest Turnoff

Burnt Bundaleer

Burnt Bundaleer

Bundaleer Ruins

Bundaleer Ruins

Bundaleer Olives

Bundaleer Olives

Bundaleer devastation

Bundaleer devastation

Never Never Track Bundaleer ForestNever Never Track Bundaleer Forest

Jamestown Anglican Church

Jamestown Anglican Church

Bank SA Jamestown

Bank SA Jamestown

Jamestown Footbridge

Jamestown Footbridge

Jamestown street sign

Jamestown Roundabout

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

Jamestown Mural

RM Williams Wooden Bust

RM Williams Wooden Bust

RM Williams Story

RM Williams Story

Outback Challenges

Outback Challenges

RM Williams Way

RM Williams Way

First Pair of Boots

First Pair of Boots

A Unique Australian

A Unique Australian

Jamestown Country

Jamestown Country

Yongala Streetscape

Yongala Streetscape

Wind farm and Cattle

Wind farm and Cattle

Peterborough Entrance Train from Yongala

Peterborough Entrance Train from Yongala

Heading North

Heading North

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