Photographer's Note

This photo which I recently took through the window of a bus has many features which are typical of outback Australia.

On the road a caravan or motorhome disappears over the crest of a hill - in all probability in carries a couple of 'grey nomads'. Grey nomads are typically people 55 years of age and older who are taking a longterm holiday travelling around Australia. Their adventure may only last a few weeks but often they will be on the road for years. In some cases grey nomads may sell most of their worldly possessions and buy caravans or motorhomes (RVs) equivalent in value to an average home.

On the right on the road a roadtrain approaches. A roadtrain is a prime-mover pulling up to 3 trailers (triples). They can be up to 54 metres long and pull loads of up to 200 tonnes. They carry all manner of goods but in outback Queensland they are often seen carrying up to 6 decks (2 layers per trailer) of cattle.

On the left beside the road and in a dip a water level indicator can be seen. When it rains this part of the road obviously floods and can be deemed impassable.

On the right in the foreground can be seen an example of roadkill. A kangaroo which has been recently struck by a vehicle can be seen dead beside the road.

The haze which covers this scene is caused by dust and the heat which it is almost impossible to escape from in the dry areas of outback Australia.

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