It was time once more to attempt to drive down the Condamine River Road. We were en route, in a roundabout fashion, to Maryvale, west of Cunningham's Gap; there hasn't been much rain in months; and I'd checked with Warwick tourist information office, who declared the track open. We made a fairly early start: west along the Ipswich Road; down the 93 to Boonah for coffee; along the Boonah-Rathdowney Road as far as Carney's Creek Road; and then up and over the Main Range. (For more detail, see Off road: Mt Superbus and the source of the Condamine, May 2012.) It was overcast when we left Brisbane, but the further southwest we got, the bluer the sky became.
We were always going to go down the Condamine River Road, no matter what, so the 'road closed' sign had little impact. Hoons had probably dropped down the lower half of the sign, we rationalised. A kookaburra observed knowingly from a roadside post – always a good omen. Or maybe he was thinking, 'Reckless idiots'!
Condamine River Road comes out in North Killarney, from where we took a steep rutted track up towards Mount Colliery for views across the plains to the southwest, before continuing across country north to the Cunningham Highway.
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