Di and Pete's 2014 Oz Adventure travel blog

Roadside grass

Darling River - Wilcannia

Wilcannia Post Office

Camp spot near Cobar

Pete feeding birds at our camp

Cheeky bird near Pete

Along our journey

More lush grass growing along roadside

Heading toward Coonabarabran

Our two day route

A roadside rest stop


We left Broken Hill and hit the road running, after driving about 200 kilometres we stopped in Wilcannia for lunch. I'd been told so many bad things about Wilcannia and the locals that I just wanted to drive through the town without stopping but Pete had other ideas. We didn't have any trouble and there were some lovely old buildings in the town plus some not so nice ones. We also saw the Darling River which had some water in it but they are expecting a lot more water to flow in about three weeks as there has been rain up stream.

As we drove another 200 kilometres we saw lots of goats and on two occasions we had to slow down, blow the horn and hope they got off the road in time, luckily they were pretty quick and we didn't hit any.

The grass growing along the sides of the road was really green, in fact the whole of the central west we passed through looked amazingly lush. Apparently they have had lots of rain in the past few weeks.

We pulled in to a bushy rest area and camped the night, we were the only ones there and we have noticed a drop in the number of campers using free camp spots. I spoke to the council worker the next morning and he said in the winter there can be thirty caravans there, so we are out of season so it's time to go home.

The following day we travelled another 575 kilometres which ranked amongst our highest, calling in at Cobar, Nyngan, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran before stopping at Gunnedah for the night. There were lots of road trains on the road and one got a little to close for comfort overtaking us over double lines whilst going around a bend, it wasn't pleasant. We have been with lots of road trains on our trip without any dramas and one cowboy could have caused a nasty accident, luckily that didn't happen but it wasn't a pleasant situation.

We missed some very heavy storm activity which we could see in the distance in front of us, it left the road wet. Walgett which was north of where we were travelling has been in draught for three years and in desperate need of rain, the weather forecast was saying they may get some rain soon, we hope so.



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