Archive for February, 2008

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Found Little… Buts where is Big?

Unhitching the van at the old windmill we headed into Birdsville for fuel and in hunt of Big Red – the legendary huge sand dune featured on every 4WD magazine at some stage. Some quick directions from the friendly local store and we headed out of town.  “Head out of town, you will come across [...]

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Monday, February 11th, 2008

Birdsville or bust

This morning I woke in a state of panic… on the roof I could hear what sounded like rain… the skies were clear last night surely this cannot be rain. After trying to kick start my brain into a functional capacity and listening carefully, I confirmed it was indeed rain, very scattered, very spasmodic but [...]

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Sunday, February 10th, 2008

Past the Dog Fence

After studying the maps and road condition websites we charted our route from Tibooburra. The plan as it stands is Cameron Corner over the border to SA, towards Merty Merty homestead turning right onto the Strzelecki Track, into Innamincka to refuel and camp. We pulled off from Tibooburra not quite sure what to expect. The [...]

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Saturday, February 9th, 2008

Onto the dirt

Today we hit the dirt and headed towards Tibooburra, the last of the tarmac for several days. Studying the road closures and weather forecasts we were worried that we might find ourselves stranded for a few days if the rain fell and the road turned to slush.There is a lot of nothing around this area, [...]

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Friday, February 8th, 2008

Silverton

After returning the Living Desert Gate key to the visitor information centre we headed out towards Silverton to go on the Daydream Mine Underground Tour. Daydream Mine is an old silver mine which opened before mining began in Broken Hill. Mark would never have made it as a miner in those days – he’s way [...]

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Broken Hill – Living Desert

We left the Meadow Glen Rest Area this morning and traveled the remaining 420km to Broken Hill. We drove around the town of Wilcannia on the way for a bit of a look. We were going to need more fuel but we decided to continue on and use what we had in the Jerry Cans [...]

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Wednesday, February 6th, 2008

Back o’ Bourke

After a slippery start to the day thanks to consistent overnight rain turning the fairly firm camp site into a mud pan, we headed back to Nevertire, Nyngan and onto Bourke. They make the roads fairly straight around these parts, just black tarmac into the distance. The area looks very flat out to the horizon [...]

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Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

The life of an Elephant

When in Dubbo a visit to the Western Plains Zoo was on our must do list. So after arriving at the Zoo we were required to unhitch the van in the designated area. Not really sure exactly what the purpose is to being able to ‘drive’ around the park – most exhibitions require parking the [...]

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Monday, February 4th, 2008

Blue then Orange

After a midday rising we gathered our belongings, thanked our hosts (cheers C & L for the hospitality), repacked the caravan and made tracks out of Sydney suburbia towards the Blue Mountains. After avoiding the toll roads on the way out we stumbled upon a Krispy Kreme and succumbed to purchasing an assortment of tasty [...]

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Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Opera Bridge

Today we caught the bus into the city for some general sight seeing – while there was still light showers it was quite enjoyable to wander around the streets – the rain kept some of the ‘other’ tourists home keeping the bussle to a minimum. We stopped in at the Marietime Museam which is a [...]

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