Category Archive: rural nsw

Feb 11 2013

Things are a little warm out here

It’s hot. No – it’s bloody hot. I’ve got halfway through blogging this trip without mentioning the weather, so allow me a little leeway.

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Feb 11 2013

On the dirt … and the gravel, and the bulldust

Driving from White Cliffs to Broken Hill we have two choices. Go back towards Wilcannia and out the Barrier Highway and stay on the tar, or go via Mutawintji National Park on 200k of dirt. Naturally, we picked the second route. After all, we’re in the outback we have to drive on the dirt. Perhaps …

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Feb 09 2013

New life returning to the Warrambungles

As promised – photos of the Warrambungles. Burnt out, flooded but returning to life.

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Feb 09 2013

Sleeping underground in the middle of nowhere

Have you ever had a burning desire to sleep underground? No, neither had I. But there it was, a sign just before Wilcannia “Underground motel. The first and still the friendliest”. Even without her glasses on Helen couldn’t miss it.

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Feb 08 2013

Why is everybody so scared of Wilcannia

Stopping at small country towns along the way you get to talk to a lot of people, and obviously you talk about your trip “Where have you come from?” and “Where are you headed next?” are the most common questions. If you’ve just come from where they’re going (or vice versa) you swap stories and …

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Feb 05 2013

First night camping

We’re back on the Macquarie, camped a few kilometres outside Warren. It must be the Macquarie because there’s water in it, though not nearly as much as there was only recently. The banks are still muddy up to a metre and a half above the current water level. And it’s lined with gum trees, and …

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Feb 04 2013

Galahs at Gulargambone

Who would have thought that a small country town like Gulgargambone would have so much of interest? We took a small detour to Gulargambone – why wouldn’t you go to a place with a name like that? Once again we had to cross the Castlereagh, but up here it was still dry – the rivers …

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Feb 04 2013

What a difference a day makes

We arrived in Gilgandra yesterday afternoon (Saturday). It was overcast and miserable looking, and there was not a soul on the main street. I know most country towns tend to be quiet Saturday afternoon, but this was ghostlike. Gil (as the locals call it) is only about an hour from Dubbo, but of course we …

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Feb 02 2013

Banjo Patterson Way

Have you heard of the Banjo Patterson Way? Neither had I. Until we came across it just out of Molong. Picture it – it’s 5pm, we’re 115k from Dubbo where we’re planning on spending the night with relatives of mine. We’ve had a big day driving (including traffic jams and not finding open wineries in …

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Feb 02 2013

And we’re off .. on the great outback adventure

Day one’s about getting away from the city, so it’s mainly just driving (thanks Doc, you’ve taught me well). So drive we did – at least when we got away from the traffic jam that held us up for half an hour 5 minutes from home. At least that was the plan. Forgetting that, as …

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