during the day, occasional cool puffs from the NW and westward. The wood of Coxens Acaciais very hard, its heartwood brown, its juice abundant and bitter perhaps a colouring matter; the young very brittle. It wants the scent of the myall. Turnbull found a very singular little insect (Orthopterous) with two
prominent horns on the thorax. - One single call of the glucking bird was heard last night. A great number of Native Dogs were howling round our camp.
the 18th Jan. We camped last night at a fine lagoon which belonged to a watercourse that collected the waters from the hills and carried them one mile farther to the river. I determined our latitude by Procyon to be 25 34 - one and a half mile South of our camp of the field of Everlastings. Today I travelled for 2 miles NNW and came on the river and on our camping place, from there I turned NNE½E and past along Charleys passage but still more to the Eastward over the fine scrub plains and over open silverleaved Ironbark ridges when I met the river again. - Several fine Kangaroos were seen but the dogs were not allowed to run in order to keep them in good condition for our Expedition. The river keeps for some time NNE but turns soon to the N and NbyW. I kept a NNW course which lay through a fine openly timbered country. Boxflats (some swampy) and silverleaved Ironbark ridges, and after 10 miles travelling I turned to the valley and encamped at a fine lagoon, which I suppose to be in lat. 25.44. -
The Valisneria (blue flower) which I collected at Big Hill camp Burdekin, was found in full magnificent blossom in some dry lagoons,the whole bottom of which was covered with them. - The country is by far superior to that near the banks of the river, where Boxtree saplings form frequently most embarrassing thickets. Slight showers of rain came on during the afternoon from NW and I am afraid, that we shall feel some inconvenience from the rainy season