Without it, you'll be most uncomfortable.
In summer, it gets to 40 degrees or more.
In winter, it gets to 3 or 4 degrees. A filter lens.
The sun can be so glaring, a good filter lens will give you clearer pictures and delete the mirage that can sometimes dull the shot.
Even further off the Beaten Path
You're already there so why not go a bit further.
From Dalby, you can take a train or bus further west to Tara and eventually to Roma on the "Roma Line".
Roma is the location of Queensland's major oil reserves.
Another line takes you through Chinchilla and the vast sheep and cattle properties.
Most "graziers" (a grazier grows animals, a "farmer" grows grain) will welcome you to stay for a small price or maybe for free if you offer to help around the "station" or help in the "homestead" for a day or 2.
From these western towns, the next stop is "beyond the black stump", a fictitious place indicating the "real bush".
The Americans say "go west", Australians say "go bush".
Beyond the back stump you have such fascinating places as Bollon (capital of the cotton area. Toompine, the last roadside hotel in Austrlia. Betoota, Windorah and Birdsville signal the beginnings of the most beautiful deserts in the world.
For the really adventurous, THIS is where it all happens.
This is the area of my teen years where my father had a small sheep and cattle property.
Capital of the Darling Downs
"Capital of the Australian "Wheat Belt""
Dalby is a small town of less than 100,000 people, about 350km due west of Brisbane, Queensland.
It is situated on the "Darling Downs", an area named after the English explorer, Darling who discovered the rich plains of black volcanic soil west of the "Great Dividing Range" that runs from the far north to the southern tip of Australia.
The area has for centuries, been the largest wheat and other grain growing area of Australia.
Further west of Dalby, the sheep growing area of Queensland begins, which we Queenslanders are forced to admit is second to the western parts of New South wales in the number of sheep and the quantity of mutton and whool grown in Australia.
Further west again (about another 250km) but a bit further north, is the cattle growing area.
There are not too many tourists in this part of Queensland.
Roads are good, hotels and motels are cheap, but the land is F L A T.
Rolling plains as far the horizon.
If you're travelling to the dead centre of Australia (the desert), you will travel through this direction.
The tourist's way of getting to the desert is by plane but the traveller will drive or bus it.
My original home town (of 12 people) where i grew up is in this area (see Hannaford).
Actually, this is the real Australia, not Sydney or Melbourne.
Trouble is, you need a few weeks just to drive there. Distances are so huge.
Texas, the biggest of everything, fits into Queensland about 10 times.
This is a must see for the genuine traveller.
For the tourist, keep away from this area.