Port Augusta to Home
09.09.2015 - 13.09.2015 26 °C
Wed Sep 9 Day 94
It was still raining when we left Port Augusta this morning. We turned off the Eyre Highway and had a look at Crystal Brook before continuing on to the lovely old town of Burra which was an old copper mining town. The chimneys at mine infrastructure were all built about the 1850's.
In addition there are a lot of terrace housing built for the miners. There are many street of them and they have been well preserved.
Thurs 10th Sep Day 95
We had a long trip today so we started early and reached Renmark at about 9am. We took a few photos of the Murray River here and some sculpture and fountains.
On then to Mildura where we had lunch next to Lock 11 on the Murray. There was maintenance work going on so we couldn't get into the park there so we ate lunch in the vans.
It was onwards again to tonights rest stop at Balranald and a free camp behind the Information centre in the centre of town.
Fri 11th Sep Day 96
After a nice quiet sleep last night we left Balranald and drove to Hay where we refuelled and had morning tea in front of the lovely old Court House there.
We then drove on to Naranderra. The whole of todays 309km drive was VERY boring. This must be one of the worst roads in Australia - boring,and very bumpy. When we arrived in Naranderra we booked into the Showground for the night. Glenn and Yvonne will be staying here for 3 nights as Yvonne has a lifelong friend living here. We will continue on to home.
Sat 12th Sep Day 97
We said goodbye to Glenn and Yvonne and headed for home on our own. This is the first time for 97 days we have been alone. First stop was a quick drive around Coolamon. We have been here many times before so we were just acquainting ourselves.
Next stop was at Junee to have a look at the Chocolate and Licorice factory and to have morning tea there.
Back on the road and we drove to Cootamundra and had a good look around this fairly large town. We had lunch here before heading for our overnight stop in the Jugiong Rest Area. All along the way today there has been a lot of Canola and cereal grains growing as well a sheep and cattle grazing.
Sun 13th Sep Day 98
Leaving Jugiong we called in to have a look at the very small village of Bowning. We didn't stop. On then to Gunning where we walked around the town which didn't take to long. Next stop was at Goulburn where we had a good look around this inland city and especially it's magnificent Court House.
We had lunch then continued on to the new bridge over the Shoalhaven River at Oallen. It is much better that the old ford and should be OK even when the river is in flood.
We then completed our winter escape holiday by driving home arriving there at about 4.15 pm.
It has been a wonderful trip this year especially having Rodney and Alyssa with us for 6 weeks or more.