This trip has been characterized with a struggle to find new and interesting places to describe since I have generally found myself in a familiar purlieu or in small communities that had become mediocre in my opinion. It was refreshing therefore to stumble upon Bogantungan a now minuscule speck on the Capricorn Highway about 930k west of Brisbane.
When the railway headed west from Rockhampton, there was a need to establish towns at the head of line.These towns were only intended to service the work of the crews laying the rails, but some have lasted over a century, Bogantungan was one of these. A Post Office opened on 8 July 1881 and it grew to become a town of some thousands of people, with around 30 hotels. Most of the town disappeared after the line moved on, and the Post Office closed in 1982. Today all that remains are a few houses, only one of which is now occupied, as far as I know and the old railway station beside which basic free camping is allowed.
with the other fatalities being three train crewmen.