Category: Two sheilas in a ute

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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Doing the two fingered salute

I’ve discovered I’m a 2 finger saluter. You can drive in the outback for hours and not see another soul … well, except for those roadtrains, and the odd kangaroo or emu. So out here, drivers are (mostly) very collegiate, and give each other a wave when they pass.

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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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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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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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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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