Cunnamulla Main Street

Cunnamulla Fella


Silverton Ritz

Souveniers anyone

Silverton Pub

Burra Bridge

Burra Creek

The fields are alive.....

14th September, 2013

We left Charleville last Tuesday (10th) and headed south.

Our four days with Erin were nice and it also allowed us time to have the car serviced, haircuts and top up grocery items as well as doing a few loads of washing.

I am quite please we are heading south; surely it has to be a bit cooler in the south.

Our first stop was Cunnamulla mid-morning to have a look around as any other time we had been this way time didn’t allow to do the touristy bit.

Cunnamulla originated as a settlement in the 1860’s and the name is derived from an Aboriginal term meaning “long stretch of water” referring to the Warrego River.

Cunnamulla is associated with the “Cunnamulla Fella”, a statue of which is in the park outside the Council Chambers and is in honour of the characters that have passed through the area, set up camp, worked and wandered this country.

The town also boasts one of the biggest schools in rural Queensland with approximately 200 pupils from pre-school to year 12 and employs 30 staff. The school came into being in 1870 in the cellar of the Club Hotel and later moved to its present site.

The fountain in the middle of the intersection was completed in 1919 as a memorial to the soldiers who died at Gallipoli.

After a quick bite to eat and a drink it was on the road again and heading for Bourke.

Arriving in Bourke it almost feels like we are home, it’s been so long since we have been in NSW.

Bourke is on the Darling River and has a population of around 3,000 people and is also the final resting place of Fred Hollows, the eye specialist who devoted much of his time and expertise to the betterment through restoring eyesight of the less privileged people of the world.

Bourke covers an area of 4.3 million hectares.

It is amazing how many kangaroos have been hit by cars and trucks between Cunnamulla and Bourke, it’s like a giant slalom course dodging from one side of the road to the other to miss them. There must have been one fatality every 100 metres.

We stayed overnight at Kidman’s Camp about 9ks north of Bourke and then continued on to Cobar.

Spring isn’t quite in full swing here as it is further north but the countryside is beginning to appear greener and you can see some signs of the little yellow salt bush flowers making an appearance.

Cobar has a population of 5,500 and covers an area of 44,065 sq. klms. Copper was discovered in 1870 and is still mined today.

Rev. Stanley Drummond and his wife Lucy came to Cobar in 1924 and noticed many children suffered from long term illnesses and disease and organised for some of these children to visit Sydney and as a result in 1935 The Far West Children’s Health Scheme was started and the accommodation centre at Manly in Sydney is still running today catering for children from the far west of NSW.

From Cobar it was on to Silverton for an overnight stop to take some pictures as the ones I had previously taken years ago somehow disappeared.

Silverton is where they made the Mad Max movie. There are quite a few things to have a look at, museums, craft shops and of course the Silverton Pub. I would recommend however, staying in Broken Hill and just having a day visit to the little town.

Leaving Broken Hill behind it’s on to Burra in South Australia.

We stopped at Olary on the way over, just before the quarantine station and gave the lettuce and tomatoes to the lady who owns the pub. She does a very good toasted sanga too.

I had cooked all the potatoes, onions and pumpkin the night before as it is only fresh produce that you have to surrender.

Clearing quarantine after a very quick glance in the fridge by the quarantine officer we are off once again.

The further south you come the more noticeable is the change in the landscape.

Rolling green hills, fields of canola, taller trees and very little salt bush. There is still a fair bit of red earth around though.

We arrived in Burra and set up camp at the local showgrounds for a couple of nights.

We then went for a walk into North Burra, just around the corner. What a beautiful little area. The old stone cottages, the bridges across the creek, the old mill, (which I will tell you about in the next episode after I have taken a photo) and more wind turbines on the surrounding hills than I have ever seen in one place before.

Burra is an historic township made famous through the discovery of copper in 1845 and is listed as a State Heritage Area.

I am not going to tell you anymore about Burra at this stage as we will be here for a couple of months and all will be revealed in the next blog update.

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