I stayed at Boggabilla last night in a very downmarket motel,although it was clean and the owner very hospitable.,. Boggabbilla is one of NSW poorest towns and has the second highest crime rate n the state. Its population is 58% aboriginal. Although I was quite keen to show my support for the locals, it was a bit depressing and I spent half the night awake expecting to hear my car being knocked off.
I then drove to Inglewood, where the recent floods were still very much in evidence. From there I drove to Warrick, in the granite belt. It was much drier and the scenery very appealing to an orienteer. Lovely open forest in undulating terrain with lots of wildflowers. Hopefully Stanthorpe is like that. After Warrick I drove off the map, arriving at Beaudesert with the help of Google maps. BD is another impoverished town. Poverty and deprivation seem rife in northern NSW and southern Qld. And of course the poorest of these live at the caravan park, where I now have my tent pitched. Fortunately the view is nice, that is, apart from the middle aged lady next door walking about in her underpants..
Interesting sign today. A warning that the fine for keeping a pet rabbit in Qld is $44,000 !!!