It’s a hot cloudless day in summer, around 38 degrees, a temperature that is a challenge in a car with no air conditioning. I’m heading back from an exploratory trip beyond Casino to some backwaters that I’ve never checked out before – Piora, and the long run out to Sextonville via Dobies Bight, Dyraaba and Doubtful Creek.
Based on a lead from a photo on the Good Old Days Around Casino NSW Facebook group, a final stop-off is Fogwells Road, a stretch that runs east-west for about ten kilometres between Yorklea and Tatham. It’s a road that I’ve never been down before, and not a shortest route between A and B unless you happen to be a local. Heading from Yorklea, the landmark I’m looking out for is oddball fence art installations.
About eight kilometres down the road, a hallucinatory vision comes into view, involving as assemblage of dummies, tractors, imitation steam engines, soft toys, and quirky metal artworks. These artworks in particular are very well done, witty, imaginative and creative.
On the other side of the road is a sign indicating that we are in a realm known as Queen Issy’s Kingdom, which has a couple of metal stick figures.
Check it out next time you’re passing.