TWENTY- THREE’S A CROWD IN SMALL SPACE BUSH BAR
YOU can run into Cowboys supporters just about anywhere. There we were driving into remote Western Creek Station and lo and behold the gate and steel fence to the homestead loomed up ahead and they were painted in blue white grey and yellow Cowboys colours. There was even the bull’s horn logo carved out of steel by Western Creek owners Geoff and Shirlee Brown. Even though it’s a six- hour drive to Townsville they get to as many games as they can. But, when it comes to State of Origin it all goes topsy- turvy because Geoff is a Blues supporter. He was born in New South Wales. He can’t help that. It’s in his DNA. But, when it comes to the national competition it’s Cowboys all the way. Go figure. That’s Geoff and Shirlee’s daughter Danni- Lee Brown with her daughters Dakota, 3, and Delainee, 1, at the Cowboys’ gate to Western Creek. IF you are planning an end of season footy tour of the bush, keep in mind that the bar at the Oasis Roadhouse is only 1.37m by 1.42m.
You can’t swing a cat in here, let alone a couple of second rowers.
You could fit two wingers inside and maybe a couple of centres, but forget about prop forwards. They’ll have to go in one at a time.
The roadhouse sits just off the Gregory Development Rd “Three Ways’’, 112km south of Mt Garnet.
It’s 53km north of Greenvale, 270km north of Hughenden, 76km southeast of Einasleigh and 400km northwest of Townsville.
Road train drivers carting cattle to the Townsville meatworks stop there for a meal. Just about anyone travelling past pulls in for fuel or just to see a human face. “They’ve packed the bar out plenty of times, but it’s not hard to pack out. Mostly they sit out the front, “Laurel Royes from The Oasis said.
In 1992, 22 people taking part in a car rally packed into the bar, creating what was then an all- time record.
During Christmas 2004 the record was smashed when 25 members of the Royes family packed into the tiny space. Locals from surrounding stations had a go at cracking the record set by the Royes family when Seven Sunrise rolled up to a do a program there one morning in January 2016, but managed only 23. The official record still stands at 25.
Beat it if you can. Serving behind the bar this week was Codi Edwards from the Atherton Tableland. Codi is having a gap year before heading off to James Cook University to do Occupational Therapy next year.