We arrived in Charters Towers around midday and were fascinated how the town has protected its past to ensure that you get a glimpse of the town’s heyday and brilliant architecture. Modern shops are hiding behind well maintained old fashioned facades.

Northern Miner building, Charters Towers.

In the evening we were able to organise for Carl and Lang to give their short Blokes talking to Blokes address to the local Rotary club prior to their board meeting.

On Tuesday morning we parked Willy down town and went to the newspaper office for an interview with the “Northern Miner”. The extra day also gave Carl and Lang the chance to do some maintenance on both vehicles as well as the trailer.

The Dalrymple Shire is the biggest cattle producing local government area in Australia, and as we were leaving Charters Towers the Wednesday Cattle sales were in full swing. It was quite an experience to see all the livestock going under the hammer, and it gave the boys plenty of opportunity to hand out pamphlets.

Dalrymple Cattle sales.

On entering Hughenden we were met by Hughie, the seven-metre Muttaburrasaurus and we had lunch in the FJ Holden Cafe . As usual all the men gathered around the car and a number of blokes were very keen to get more information.

FJ HOLDEN CAFE.

We also made contact with the community health people who have some great programs in place to cover all kinds of community needs and they were able to give us some brochures relating to mental health while we stocked them up with men’s health information.

Bev