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Cunnamulla to Thargomindah

Day 22 - Saturday 1 June 2013

Today is the first day of winter and the forecast maximum for Thargomindah is 27 degrees - this is why we do not stay in Hobart for the winter. As we had stayed hitched up last night it was a quick pack up and we were on the road by 9:30 am. Our trip today is a relatively short 195 kms to Thargomindah on sealed roads. There was not a lot of traffic about and we cruised along between 80 and 85 kph as the road is quite rough and bouncy in places. Any faster and the contents of our cupboards get bounced all over the place.

About half way we stopped at a truck stop for a morning coffee. The Bulloo Development Road is being repaired and upgraded and eventually will be sealed all the way to Innamincka in South Australia, at present there are only 2 relatively short sections that are yet to be sealed. The Cooper oil and gas basin lies between Thargomindah and Innamincka. We have passed lots of road kill - hundreds of kangaroos, a few emus, a fox and a pig.

Bulloo Development Road

Bulloo Development Road

Parked in a truck stop for morning coffee

Parked in a truck stop for morning coffee

On the way in to Thargomindah we stopped at the Visitor Centre for maps and tourist information. The Visitor Centre is located in the old hospital.

Thargomindah Visitor Centre at the old hospital

Thargomindah Visitor Centre at the old hospital

At the caravan park we booked in for 2 nights and were told to pick our own site - the sites are mainly drive throughs with power, water, and individual dump points. The park is operated by the local council and the facilities are excellent so we will probably stay an extra night. We did a full set-up with and also set up the satellite dish. TV reception in Thargomindah is limited to 4 analogue stations, however 3G phone reception is excellent.

Later in the afternoon we drove out to the Thargomindah Power Station to see a demonstration of the artesian hydro power station, which is believed to be the oldest working unit in the world. The Thargomindah power station provided electricity for street lights in 1898 and is claimed to be the first in Australia and the third in the world behind London and Paris. Duck Reach in Launceston built in 1895 also claims to be the oldest hydro power station in Australia. At the Power station they have a display of related equipment.

Oil well pump

Oil well pump

Windmill

Windmill

Wind generator

Wind generator

Stationary steam engine

Stationary steam engine

Very hot bore water 84 degrees C

Very hot bore water 84 degrees C

Percussion drilling rig of the type used to drill the bore

Percussion drilling rig of the type used to drill the bore

Pelton wheel driven by the bire water pressure driving a generator

Pelton wheel driven by the bire water pressure driving a generator

Thargomindah Bore at the power station

Thargomindah Bore at the power station

Posted by TwoAces 18:24

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