The Birdsville Track
by Jocelyn Burt
Rigby, 1973, ISBN 0851792316, colour photographs throughout, illustrated endpapers (maps), hardcover with pictorial covers, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, a little edge and shelf wear, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing, bumping, chipping and small closed tears, (see photographs)
“Bearded stockmen blazed the Birdsville track in the 1880s, when pioneering hopes ran high and the first cattle were brought from Queensland to the south through the new Port Augusta-Oodnadatta railway. The tiny town of Birdsville, in the deep south-west of Queensland, became the focal point for the southern stock routes from the Channel Country, and from Birdsville the great mobs were driven to the railway at Marree.
The Birdsville Track runs along the Diamantina, past Goyder Lagoon, between the Warburton River and Cooper Creek to Kopperamanna, and over the rivers Clayton and Frome. Usually the rivers are dry, but sometimes the floods rush down and swamp the countryside for many miles around. This country has broken many hearts and defeated many ambitions. The ruins of missions and cattle stations stand as sunbleached memorials to those who surrendered, and the foolish or foolhardy can perish in its lonely sands.”