I have just taken up a new job in St George, out back Queensland.
Now I am over 500kms from the coast and 1000kms form the Bellingen Shire in northern NSW.
What a contrast! It is hot, dry flat and desolate. The opposite the landscape the lush sub-tropical rain forest I have become used to.
I went to Cunnamulla last week end, a further 300kms west of St George to explore Bowra Station.
Bowra Station is a former cattle station now managed by the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and is home to over 200 bird species.
It is a birding and endangered wildlife hotspot on the edge of the desert and an amazing place.
While I was there by complete coincidence I ran into a group of bird banders collecting data on arid dwelling birds for the AWC.
Dr Jon Coleman was one of them, by day he is an IT worker in Brisbane on the weekend he applies his PHD in ecology to studying birds.
Already I am planning my next trip, most parts of South-West Queensland is in drought and they are doing it hard but the birding is amazing.