Lake Cargelligo to Menindee
11.06.2015 - 13.06.2015 19 °C
Thursday 11th June 2015. After a very nice stay on the banks of Lake Cargelligo we headed out at 8.45 this morning and drove to Hillston where we stopped for morning tea and a look around the town as well as visiting the Info centre to obtain road conditions ahead. Hillston was a lot bigger and busier that we had imagined.
We continued on for 10km then started on an 84 km gravel road which turned out to be quite dusty and a bit rough. The scenery along the way is very flat dry and uninspiring. We can't imagine why folk would elect to live out here.
We finally arrived at Ivanhoe where we purchased some bread and cold meat for tomorrows lunch then started on a 201 km gravel road towards Menindie. We have camped for the night on the side of the road (There's nothing here at all).
Friday June 12. We had a great open fire last night and we all sat around yarning till quite late. Up this morning after a nice quiet sleep and away a half an hour earlier than lately. We have 190 km of dirt road ahead of us today.
First stop was a a railway siding called Darnick where we had morning tea and took some photos of Hiroe waiting for a train and coffee break.
We only have 137 km of gravel road to Menindee.
We continued on and a decision was n=made to go straight thru and have lunch at Menindee since there was nowhere to pull off on this track.
We arrived at Menindee early afternoon and following lunch a quick walk around town (it didn't take long) and refueling we drove out to the Burke and Wills campsite on the banks of the river for tonights overnight stop.
Saw an echidna so had to take a photo.
Sat June 13 2015. After a nice quiet sleep again at The Burke and Wills rest area we made up morning tea and drove out to the old Kinchega sheep station to have a look around. This station during it's life from the 1870's till the massive flood in 1956 when it was abandoned and subsequently purchased by the State Government in 1967 to form a National Park. It originally spanned an area of over 800,000 hectares. It sheared over 6,000,000 sheep in it's life.
Our first stop was for morning tea on the banks of the Darling River, then on to the Old Kinchega Homestead site. There isn't much left here apart from quite a few signs.
On then to the site of the remains of the Paddle Steamer, PS Providence where the crew had been waiting for water in the river for over 12 months and after a night in the local hotel, fired up the steam boiler with very little water in it and the whole boat exploded killing all but one of the crew.
Continuing on we drove to the site of the Kinchega shearing shed.
We returned to Menindee in time for a late lunch at The Maidens Hotel before going back to our vans via the Main Weir on the darling River at Menindee.
We have had a lovely time around here and will leave in the morning for Broken Hill.