The single winding, gravel road through Bogie creek leading to the scene of an alleged mass murder is an eerie drive at the best of times, say locals.
Now every time they pass the nondescript turnoff en route to Collinsville from Bowen in the Whitsunday region of northern Queensland, they’ll be reminded of the deaths of Maree and Mervyn Schwarz, along with Maree’s son Graham Tighe.
A lonely bouquet of flowers has been left on the corner of Peter Delemothe Road and Normanby Road – the only way in and out of the isolated locality.
The 77km dirt track is a mobile phone black spot and the vast stretches of space between properties makes for a quiet journey.
Warning signs line the first few properties on the street. They read: ‘Do not enter’, ‘Retreat’, and ‘Entry by invitation only’.
But even those faint signs of civilisation wane within 15 minutes, replaced by the potent smell of manure, herds of cattle and the odd kangaroo.
The single winding, gravel road through Bogie…