Departing Charleville, you'll travel west through an avenue of mulga trees
and on to Quilpie, famous for its magnificent opals.
Fragment 11 and 14, with their dry, baked edges and pale green and white slips thinly brushed over the terracotta base, call to mind not only the surface of Uluru but the delicacy of the mulga trees
and spinifex mounds at the rock's base.
I got off the bike and walked out to the middle of one, marvelling that until 80 years ago this land had been a dustbowl covering these flats, until the Government rescued it from the dead, planting salt-friendly mulga trees
to bind the soil, then gum, until at last it could be turned into wheat farms so productive that they not only supply all of Australia's daily bread, but keep Asia topped up with noodles as well.