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St George to Lightning Ridge

Day 75 - Wednesday 10 Sep 2014

Fine and clear with a temperature of 27 degrees in St George, and a temperature of 25 degrees in Lightning Ridge.

Before leaving St George we visited the Public Dump Point to empty and clean out both holding tanks. Then into town for milk, rolls for lunch and newspapers. We eventually hit the road about 10:30 am for our 230 kms trip to Lightning Ridge. Not much traffic today - mainly cars and caravans with only a handful of road-trains. We stopped for a morning coffee and a lamington from the café at Dirranbandi, and sat in the park for half an hour before moving on. Dirranbandi appears to be dying with many empty shops - not that there were too many to start with. Not much stock around and only a few scrawny recently shorn sheep on the sides of the road. Not sure how they survive as the is very little for them to eat.

Dirranbandi rail yards

Dirranbandi rail yards

Old steam engine in Dirranbandi

Old steam engine in Dirranbandi

Coffee break in Dirranbandi

Coffee break in Dirranbandi

The Dirranbandi Dandy

The Dirranbandi Dandy

After our coffee we continued on to Lightning Ridge arriving at about 1:45 pm. We checked into the Opal Top Tourist Park for 2 days. All the sites are drive through sites on gravel with not a blade of grass to be seen. If you want to put out an awning or erect an annexe the Office will lend you a an electric drill with a masonry bit to drill holes for the tent pegs - we have not bothered with the awning.

After setting up camp we drove back into town and checked out a couple of Opal shops, so far so good, nothing purchased yet. Lightning Ridge has a number of tourist drives all signposted with coloured car doors. We did the Blue car-door tour, which took us past a number of mines and other businesses out in the bush.

Welcome to Lightning Ridge

Welcome to Lightning Ridge

Opal Caravan Park, Lightning Ridge

Opal Caravan Park, Lightning Ridge

Coopers Cottage, Lightning Ridge

Coopers Cottage, Lightning Ridge

Blue Car Door Tour marker

Blue Car Door Tour marker

Joe's Cactus Garden

Joe's Cactus Garden

Posted by TwoAces 19:22

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