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Broken Hill to Spring Hill

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Sunday 19th

Broken Hill to Spring Hill (C 6 #1071)

Ensuring full water tanks and feeling somewhat sleepy we continued through Broken Hill and the Barrier Highway. The rocky landscape contained few real vegetation aspects and we wondered what we would see during this leg of our trip.

We were about one kilometre from the city boundary when I noted a very dark outline of a mid-sized kangaroo adjacent to a road sign. I was impressed with the detail of this sculpted artwork, when, about 20 meters from reaching it the ‘artwork’ suddenly jumped onto the highway immediately in front of us! Emergency braking paid off and we all passed peacefully on our respective ways! Mary had also thought that the image was simply clever artwork – until it jumped out.

This even probably emphasises why so many thousands of kangaroos and wallabies become ‘road-kill’ casualties throughout Australia very year, and in the meantime cause vehicular accidents and many casualties.

Throughout today’s trip we saw many emus including several family groups, and we observed that we had sighted over a hundred emus during our journey.

One point of interest was that, although we were now in NSW, Broken Hill remained on the Central Australia time zone. Perhaps the Queensland government could consider moving the moaners in Mount Isa into the Central Time Zone also!! Just a thought!

We arrived at Spring Hill Rest Area about lunch time and managed to obtain a slightly shady spot to camp in the red dust and rocks. Later we were joined by two or three other rigs as they also planned to stay the night. The overnight traffic noise was pretty acceptable so that was a good free night on the road!

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Yunta RA to Broken Hill

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Saturday 18th

Yunta to Broken Hill.

When departing Broken Hill our plan was to overnight on the SA/NSW border at the small roadside village of Cockburn, however, on arrival the facilities were sub-basic and we headed on the few extra kilometers to Broken Hill. Initially to a budget van park there and highlighted in the Camps 6 book – however, after bouncing over some poorly prepared streets we were unable to find this place so opted to return a bit and ended up at the Top Tourist park for the night.

We had a nice drive-through site on a level gravel surface with the usual power and water available. We located the nearest shopping centre and bought grocery supplies, and miraculously, Mary managed to find another Millers shop there too!! Back to camp and we had yet to finalise our next stop but in the end decided another relatively expensive night here was not required.

We spent the afternoon (it had heated up to above 35C) out at the former mining town of Silverton. The old Gaol had a fascinating museum with heaps of interesting stuff and history and we were glad to have come to see this. (Thanks for the tip Arthur!!).

Several off-beat galleries made for more interest as well as the old stone buildings that remained, mostly but not all in good condition. A contingent of Rally Cars fundraising for CANTEEN (the children’s cancer fundraiser) were here with their garishly decorated vehicles.

We had passed through Broken Hill on a charter bus several years ago so I did not expect to see much of interest here, especially as we been to various mining towns previously. The original Broken Hill mine is now the largest mining companies in the world with tentacles in almost every country!
The evening proving hot made sleep more difficult especially as, only a very few weeks prior we had been wearing two sets of winter pyjamas, a beanie and extra doonas to keep warm for the night! The warmth was not helped by the very noisy late arrivals back at the park from partygoers who had had sufficient lubrication to initiate and carry on a heated and noisy battle over some slight – real or imagined!!!

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Rawnsley Park to Peterborough & Yunta Rest Area

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Firstly and apology for the sometime delays in updating on our journey, however, on many days we have no internet connection and now that we face very warm weather our first priority has been to use the sole 12V plug to power our fan!! It's good to be cool.....

Friday 17th

Rawnsley to Yunta Rest Stop (C 6 #290 SA).
We sadly departed from Rawnsley Station and headed back onto the highway towards Peterborough again. The original plan was to go a little further than Peterborough and overnight at Terowie but the extra distance and a good report on the Yunta stop made Yunta the preferred option. This increased today’s travel a little but reduced tomorrow by quite a bit so that became the final plan.

The wind was basically a modest tail wind so we easily cruised along at over 90 Kph for most of the journey to Peterborough. Lots of emus were sighted and the odd kangaroo but not a lot of variety today. The seemingly endless brown ridges with very sparse eating for sheep or cattle highlighted the difficulties of farming in arid regions. We stopped in Peterborough for a potion to help with Mary’s neck pain and walked around for some exercise as today was to be a bit longer than usual.

Taking the Barrier Highway from Peterborough we experienced similar brown ridges with little distinguishing features other than low level brush and scrub – ideal camouflage for emus and kangaroos!

Arriving at the small roadside village of Yunta we fuelled up and settled for a level sight, on a gravel surface, nicely tucked between the Barrier Highway and the main railway line to Broken Hill. A peaceful night did not look promising, especially as the Indian Pacific train passed by and later some lengthy freight trains The evening cooled a little and we had a chat with some temporary neighbours from WA enroute to Armidale for a daughter’s graduation

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Rawnsley Park - a hike

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Thursday 16th

A bit more on the clothes wash front and Mary I went for a relatively short hike to a nearby ridge for some photos. A steep climb to the summit was rewarded briefly with a family of kangaroos or euros (similar to kangaroos) and some good views of the surrounding ranges.
As we were leaving on Friday there were a few maintenance jobs done and a quiet evening as the jazz group were having a break. A chance to have a chat with several of the ‘musos’ and their spouses was most enjoyable.

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Rawnsley Park - Blinman, Parachilna and Offroad!

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Wednesday 15th

Today was set aside for our side trip around the Wilpena Pound Range in our ute. Setting out just after 9 am we drove on the nice road up to the small settlement of Blinman. There were many mountain views along the way and a lot of emu groups too. Stopping from time to time to get some photos, although we did see a wedgetail eagle we did not manage to get the desired photo.

Blinman had been a mining town many years ago and retained one or two features as a reminder, however, we decided not to enjoy a meal break there and decided to continue on to Parachilna some 30 odd kilometres west. The gravel road was pretty good in most parts and we enjoyed the scenery, such as it was. However, the highlight of this part of the journey was when we came around a bend in the road to see Dad emu, with several youngsters in attendance, start to cross over the road in front of us and also another vehicle coming toward us! We stopped and watched as Dad managed to get across the road and most of his family had almost made it across too when he suddenly decided to reverse and run back with family all trailing behind. Unfortunately Rob’s road-cam had not restarted and so we did not get the action on tape!

Several quite spectacular sights as we ventured through the gorge kept us enjoying the changing scenery until
we arrived at Parachilna township, famous for its ‘feral-burger’ menus! Some expensive kangaroo, emu and camel meats were included in the menu selection, but were too much for us.
While avoided some of the welcoming hordes of flies we heard a train approaching from Adelaide. This regular train was three kilometres long with empty coal wagons that were on their way back to the Leigh Creek coal mine some 60 kilometres north for refilling and return to power the Adelaide electricity grid.

Turning south on the good highway we soon found our cross-country trip back to camp through another rocky gorge. The road was rather rough so we travelled slowly but enjoyed the views.

Back at camp for a hot shower and another great evening of jazz again!

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