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Bourke to Charleville

Saturday 3 June 2017

Last night David sent a text message to Nick Tall to find out where they were - they had been on the Spirit 4 days after us and were also heading for Queensland. Nick rang a few minutes later to advise that they were also in the Kidmans Camp Caravan Park at Bourke. We spent an hour or so catching up on our travels to date and also future plans. At Cunnamulla we met up again as we had both chosen the same service station to refuel.

About 30 km south of Charleville we passed the Angellala Bridge Memorial. On 5 September 2014 a road-train carrying more than 50 tonnes of ammonium nitrate crashed and rolled near the bridge. The subsequent explosion destroyed the road bridge and the nearby heritage rail bridge. At the time of the explosion emergency crews were in attendance, but amazingly no-one died. The replacement bridge was opened in October 2015. The memorial was created using the remains of the rail bridge.

We arrived at the Bailey Bar Caravan Park in Charleville at 3:45 pm and checked in for one night. Having told them in advance that we were a fifth-wheeler we were given a large site that enabled us to stay hitched up for the night.

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Angellala Creek Bridge after the explosion.

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New Angallala Creek Bridge.

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Angellala Creek Memorial using the remains of the rail bridge.

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A Couple of Lazy Days in Bourke.

Wednesday 31 May to 3 June 2017.

Fine and sunny every day in Bourke with maximum temperatures around 18 degrees, although cool overnight at 3 degrees.

This is such a nice spot we decided to stay an extra night. Apart from a trip to the IGA Supermarket which boasts Sydney prices, a trip to the servo for fuel and a daily visit to the newsagent, we spent our time relaxing in the sun reading the papers. It is important to fill up with fuel in Bourke as there is no fuel available for 250 km until you get to Cunnamulla.

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A nice large drive-through site at Kidmans Camp.

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Another shot of our site at Bourke.

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No Fuel for 250 km until Cunnamulla.

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Bridge over the Darling River at North Bourke.

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Nice Gardens at Kidmans Camp in Bourke.

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Wilcannia to Bourke

Wednesday 31 May 2017

Another fine day with a cool south-westerly breeze.

Prior to leaving Wilcannia we back-tracked to the BP servo for fuel at $1.339, which is still cheaper the Hobart - go figure!

Today's trip was the longest so far at 419 km. First stop was at the Bulla Park Rest Area for a morning coffee, followed by a stop for fuel and papers at Cobar, followed by another break at a truck stop about 80 km south of Bourke.

We arrived at the Kidman Camp at Bourke where we checked in for 2 nights. We ended up on a large drive through grassy site.

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Truck Stop on the edge of the Bourke Shire.

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Entrance to Kidmans Camp at Bourke.

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Broken Hill to Wilcannia

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Fine today with a cool south westerly wind.

We were on the road by 10:30 am after quick visits to Woollies, BWS, a Pharmacy and the Dump Point at the Information Centre.

The trip today was 196 km and we arrived at Victory Park Caravan Park at Wilcannia soon after lunch. The good news was that it was a lovely grassy Council owned caravan park, however the bad news was that the Broken Hill Forensic Police were in attendance giving a couple of vehicles and a couple of caravans the once over for fingerprints and DNA evidence. We paid up for two nights as the plan was to leave the van at Wilcannia tomorrow while we drove to White Cliffs which is another of Australia's Opal Fields located about 100 km to the north.

Apparently there had been two visits by the less desirable elements of the Wilcannia community, the first at about 12:30 am and the second at about 2:30 am. As well as breaking into a couple of vehicles they also broke into several caravans while people were sleeping inside. An Engel fridge full of food was stolen along with a handbag and purse with credit cards and mobile phones, and a camera. Chairs and BarBQs were not of interest. Vehicle doors and caravan doors had been jemmied open, however the thieves fled with their booty once they had been disturbed.

The longer that we thought about these events the less comfortable we became about staying at the park that night let alone staying on for another night. We decided that we would only stay one night as it was now too late to continue on to Cobar - another 250 km. David was talking to a truckie who came in just on dark to stay the night. He was an interstate truck-driver on holidays and told David that Wilcannia had a bad reputation with the trucking community with most drivers not willing to stop anywhere near the place. As the truckie had not had the chance to set up he moved on when told about the previous night's activities!! Enough said!!

We spent a nervous night with all the lights outside on for the night. Next morning we packed up early and moved on. It was very disappointing as the caravan park is located in a very picturesque location on the Darling River.

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Set up at Victory Park in Wilcannia.

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Victory Park Caravan Park in Wilcannia.

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Broken Hill Miners Memorial

Monday 29 May 2017

Fine and mainly sunny with a temperature range of 7 to 16 degrees.

The Line of Lode Lookout and Miner's Memorial is a dramatic, iconic structure on the edge of the mullock heap that dissects Broken Hill. The memorial names the 800+ miners who lost their lives working on the Broken Hill mines. The Lookout provides spectacular views of Broken Hill.

In more than 125 years of mining, Broken hill has generated more than $100 billion, and still generates $400 million annually and employs more than 500 miners.

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The Broken Hill Miner's Memorial.

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Nearby mullock heaps.

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Another view of the mullock heaps.

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Nearby Mine Workings.

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A view across Broken Hill.

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Broken Hill from the Lookout.

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Di at the Miner's Memorial Lookout.

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Miner's Memorial Plaques.

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Some of the Plaques on the Memorial - Lead poisoning a recurring theme.

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Those Brodribbs are every-where.

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Information Centre and Restaurant, but Don't Come Monday - its closed.

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