28.10.2014 - 28.10.2014 38 °C
Another fine and warm day, although this morning began about 20C for a change and that felt really pleasant! After the usual shower and breakfast as we did not plan on a long day today we both started on our chores. Today mine included filling the two water tanks and also the two 10L containers of spare water. This task went quite well until I noticed that we had water running out from underneath the van. Turning the main tap off I soon found the cause – one of the water inputs had a rupture in the tubing between the solid input vent and the hose down into the tank. Water had gone all over the interior floor and Mary was not too happy at the mess that was made. Especially as she had just finished cleaning up ready to depart!!
The breeze and sunshine helped to dry everything out before a belated departure.
Stopping at the local IGA in town we stocked up enough supplies for the remaining week and dawdled out to the main highway north towards the Queensland State border.
This half of the Castlereagh Highway was nearly as bad as the section up from Walgett so, as we had time to spare, we took it slowly and enjoyed the sunny day.
The landscape gradually changed with a little less of the arid region and ‘burnt off’ look of recent days with a few more and taller trees. The farming seemed to still consist in mainly cattle stations and little else of agricultural importance.
We reached the State border and immediately arrived at the Queensland border town of Hebel and decided (as our clocks went back one hour to remove Daylight Saving time) to have a break (after all it was almost lunchtime somewhere!).
The local pub served cold drinks amidst a range of clever artworks and so Charlotte, the bar keeper from England on a year off uni studies, included us in her chat about her amazing life in this tiny town where the previous two days temps had been about 43C!! Her folks back in England, she informed us, had absolutely no comprehension of her new life.
Across the road was the Hebel General Store, and they proudly told us that we could enjoy a home-made curry pie and cappuccino for a price a bit above capital city prices. And enjoyable it was too.
Heading on north we soon reached the small and famous outback town of Dirranbandi and eventually found the small caravan park (electricity provides airconditioning!) and decided to overnight here. Dirranbandi is famous (some would say infamous) because nearby is the Cubbie Station cotton (who spotted the deliberate mistake here??) farm that is very large. (Still checking that aspect out).