A Travellerspoint blog

May 2017

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.

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A lazy day at Curlwaa

Friday 26 May 2017

Sunny with a temperature of 9 to 21 degrees.

This is such a lovely spot and the weather was so good that we decided to stay another day. After a relaxing morning sitting in the sun we drove into Mildura - about 25 kms - for a bit of shopping before we move on to Broken Hill.

Back at camp we cooked a barbeque on the fire-pot and enjoyed the balmy weather,

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Di could not work out why her leg was feeling a bit warm.

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David enjoying the fire-pot.

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Hay to Curlwaa near Wentworth

Thursday 25 May 2017

Forecast today was partly sunny with temperatures of 7 to 20 degrees.

We were on the road at 9:30 am after filling up with fuel including our two jerry cans as the price of fuel was $1.249. Between Hay and Balranald we had to slow down because a large mob of cattle were being driven along the road.

We stopped for a late morning coffee at the Sunraysia quarantine bins, where we ate our tomatoes and mandarins and threw out a lemon and the banana skins from breakfast.

After re-fueling on the way into Mildura we went looking for the Merbein Common free camp, however the entrances to the area were very muddy so we continued on to the Curlwaa Caravan Park just out of Wentworth.

As we approached the caravan park we came upon a large double articulated over-width and over-length vehicle trying to turn around because he was too big to negotiate the bridge back over the Murray River.

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Cattle on the road between Hay and Balranald.

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Sign at the quarantine stop.

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Large over-length and over-width trying to turn around.

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Site 5 Curlwaa Caravan Park.

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Hay - Day 1

Wednesday 24 May 2017

Forecast for today is fine with a temperature range of 7 to 19 degrees.

We spent the morning catching up on the washing - no vibration from the washing machine - yippee its fixed.

After lunch we did the tourist thing and visited the Shearer's Hall of Fame, the Hay Gaol and the Hay Court House.

Our visit to the Hall of Fame included a shearing demonstration in a shearing shed that had been relocated from the Murray Downs Station on the Murray River near Swan Hill.

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Entrance gate at the Shearer's Hall of Fame.

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Australian Shearer's Hall of Fame at Hay.

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Typical shearer's diet of over 29,000 Kj.

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Wool Wagon built on 1925 and able to carry 20 tonnes.

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Murray Downs Shearing Shed built 1925 and moved to the Hall of Fame in 1998.

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A shearing demo - well done no red stuff.

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Inside the shearing shed.

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Shaun the Sheep with friends.

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Champion shearer Kevin Sarre who once sheared a record 346 sheep in 1965.

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Hay Gaol.

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Inside the Hay Gaol.

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Hay Court Building.

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Coat of Arms on the Hay Court Building.

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Echuca to Hay

Tuesday 23 May 2017

The forecast for today was mainly fine and sunny with temperatures of 18 degrees.

We were on the road by 9:30 am for a 200 km trip to Hay in NSW. We stopped for fuel at Deniliquin before continuing on to Hay. We were lucky as the bad weather ahead of us moved away to the east as we approached Hay. While the raods were wet we missed all the rain.

Di had an interest in visiting Hay because some of her Corrigan relatives came to Hay in the 1850s.

After setting up at the Hay Plains Big 4 Caravan Park for 2 nights we went for a drive around Hay before heading to the local Cemetery to search for old Corrigan bones.

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Site 3 at the Hay Big 4 Caravan Park.

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Murrumbidgee River at Hay.

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Di looking for Corrigan bones at the Hay Cemetery.

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