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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.

Posted by TwoAces 02:21

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hi David and Di,
We have only ever stopped for fuel at Wilcannia, as we were told about the locals.
Frosty.
PS: Keep safe, see you soon.

by snowman3195

Very disappointing Frosty, as the Council Caravan Park is well appointed and located in a lovely spot on the Darling River. But if the truckies wont stay there they have a problem!

by TwoAces

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