19.10.2014 - 19.10.2014 39 °C
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!