I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.
Most of the time the Condamine River looks serene. It flows for 500 kilometres from the Border Ranges in south east Queensland through fertile farmland and dense bush to the northern Darling Downs before joining the Darling River. The river is a vital link in the massive Murray-Darling Basin, which covers one million square kilometres of eastern Australia.
The western Queensland town of Condamine is one of many through which the river passes on its long journey. The height of the bridge over the river on the road into town gives an indication of what happens when it rains.
A flood marker in a park beside the river indicates the highest water levels during the worst floods on record.
A nearby memorial pays tribute to those who have served their community during disastrous floods, and also to those who have been lost to the river.