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Menindee Lakes

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Early Saturday morning, we headed off for Menindee Lakes and a bit of free camping. After travelling 100 km on bitumen, we hit the dirt and shook the last 20 km over corrugations on a red dirt road. In the end it was worth the effort, as we set up camp about 10 metres from the lake on a side road. In the afternoon, we spent the time looking at the weirs that control the flow of the Darling River. The lakes were full for the first time in 10 years after the floods in Queensland.The weir was also the place where Burke and Wills set up base camp for their expedition. We enjoyed the sunset over the lake beside an open fire and the boys cooked up a lovely roast beef in the camp oven.

The next morning, after a leisurely start and a cooked breakfast, we went for a walk along the lake shoreline where we meet two couples from Port Augusta who were cooking their pork in a camp oven buried in the sand.They were hoping they had solved the grit problem this time!!! The afternoon was spent looking at the ruins of the Kinchega Station which once covered 1 000 000 acres and ran 143 000 sheep.The woolshed is still standing and at its peak had stands for 26 blade shearers. We also spent time looking for the boiler from the steamer 'T'he Providence- it is supposed to be embedded in the bank of the Darling- after blew it up when the crew came home drunk and forgot to fill the boilers; it was nowhere to be seen. We spent another quiet night beside the lake, enjoying the sunset.

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Broken Hill - Day 5

Today we spent time looking at Broken Hill and it historical past. We did a lap of the main and visited the Regional Art Gallery. After restocking our supplies we returned to the van for lunch. Next it was out to the ghost town of Silverton which has starred in many movies Such as; Mad Max, Priscilla and Dirty Deeds. We did the heritage walk around the few remaining buildings before having a drink at the pub. We then headed out to Mundi Mundi Lookout to view the plains which seem to stretch for an eternity and to enjoy the sunset.

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Day 3 and 4

Dubbo-Cobar-Broken Hill

Left Dubbo early to reach Cobar. Passed through light showers as we travelled through Narromine and Nygnan. We stopped beside the Bogan River for our Nomads lunch of sandwiches and a cup of tea.
As we reached Cobar the rain continued so we decided to stay the night at the camp ground rather than free camp in the red mud. Went for a drink at the Great Western Hotel in Cobar, which was built in 1899 and claims to have the longest pub verandah in Australia.
We headed off early for Broken Hill. Morning tea was at Emmdale a roadhouse in the middle of nowhere. From there we crossed the Darling at Wilcannia and could see why it was recommended that we did not stop as there were a lot of young people hanging around with nothing to do do at 1 pm. It is a shame as the town contained many beautiful buildings.
We arrived in Broken Hill about four and visited the Palace Hotel which was made famous in "Priscilla Queen of the Desert."

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Day 2

Despite the overcast day we headed to Dubbo Zoo. We had a great day and most of the animals put on a good show. During the evening we went to Hog's Breath Cafe for dinner with Sue ,Phil, Abbey and Katie Swaine friends we have made at Yamba. Phil is a farmer at Peak Hill.

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Sydney to Dubbo

Day 1

Eventually, we headed off at 12.03pm after David returned from the doctor and our new washing machine had been installed. We travelled via the M4 and M7 to the Blue Mountains. We then headed out through Bathurst, Orange and Wellington to Dubbo. The roads were good and relatively quiet. We arrived at Dubbo at 6.35 pm.

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