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Curlwaa to Broken Hill

Saturday 27 May 2017

Mainly sunny today with a persistent northerly breeze of 5 to 8 knots which did not help with the fuel economy.

We got away at about 9:30 am for the 285 km drive to Broken Hill, stopping at Coombah Roadhouse for fuel and again shortly after for a morning coffee. We arrived at the Broken Hill Top Tourist Park and checked in for 3 nights. Broken Hill is in drought and there are no grassy sights to be seen. Most sites in the park are covered in wood-chips but we were not so lucky getting a sand/gravel site. Broken Hill has water restrictions which means that washing cars and caravans is banned.

Broken Hill faces the prospect of running out of water in April next year, and a promised pipeline means it would no longer have to rely on the nearby Menindee Lakes for its water supply. The city has been supplied with water from the Menindee Lakes system for about 50 years, but in the last decade it has almost dried up on two occasions. The 270 km pipeline will run from Wentworth, on the Victorian border, to the Broken Hill water treatment plant, and will cost in the order of $500 million.

No photos today.

Posted by TwoAces 04:04

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