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Miles to Miles

Miles, Queensland was first known as Dogwood Crossing but was renamed after William Miles, a local station owner and Member of Parliament in 1878. Miles is now the commercial centre of the Western Darling Downs. It is located at the crossroads of the Leichardt Highway, 219km Nth of Goondiwindi and the Warrego Highway 45km from Chinchilla.

It was this last measurement that captured our interest. As you would know, Chinchilla is famous for its petrified wood, palm & agate but mostly for it’s wood.

Why stop at Miles? Chris & Erica Baulch had told us about a petrified wood and other items collection located in the Historical Centre. It was a must see if you are in the area. This information influenced our decision to stop over at Miles so we could zip down to Chinchilla, select a couple of chunks of wood and comeback and visit the Tourist Historical Village taking in the collection.

Two of the petrified wood locations are 16km on the Miles side of Chinchilla – 16km from 45km left 29km, an easy drive and given the amount of wood in the area, no problem. Setting up the Navman for Cameby Rd we had no trouble in finding the locations. Finding some good wood was a different matter. One of the sites was shut to the public and off limits. However, all was not lost. A high voltage Telecom Tower had bee installed in the property opposite and a fair bit of earth disturbance had occurred, there were pieces of wood everywhere. We were very selective only picking up a few pieces. Still, it was hard to stop, a 10lt bucket was filled in no time at all.

Back to Miles, a quick shower at the caravan park and we proceeded to the Historical Village. We can only endorse Chris & Erica’s remarks, this is a must see if you are in the area. There are some very inspiring pieces of petrified palm, fern & woods. Just magnificent. It was interesting to see some of Trudy Hattink’s work on display. Trudy has come third in our Gemini International Competition this past two years. The collection was donated by Mr. Norman Donpon and has a reputation as being world class.

Miles, to us was a friendly town with most services including LPG, two caravan parks. We felt it was worth a two night stopover.


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