After yesterday's shocking weather (35 degrees C and a howling hot wind ) today was much cooler ( about 25C) so we set off on a short road trip to Toowoomba, about an hour's drive west of Brisbane.
It's a two lane highway most of the way and a pleasant drive.
At first we passed through open fields.
There's plenty of grass cover after the good rains we have had over the past two years but with no rain now for 75 days all is dry and brown.
Flat ploughed fields stretch off to the distance ready for potatoes, beetroot, beans, melons,onions and pumpkins.
These huge sprinklers provide irrigation for the newly planted crops.
Further on we are back to scrub.
How's this for a typical Australian vista ?
As usual we encountered huge trucks along the way - most with double trailers fully loaded
and passing us at speeds over 100kph even though they are not supposed to be able to go that fast !!
It happened several times - very scary !!
(pity they don't stay over in the left lane like they do in the UK !)
From the flat plain we climbed up the range to lovely Toowoomba the "Garden City" and though yesterday's hot wind has cut short the spring flowers, the trees made a lovely green tunnel.