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Jul 10, 2012 - Third Night - Broken Hill

Hi Everybody, Today was an eventful one, beginning with a soggy start to the day. Rained ALLLLL night in Mildura, the camper got saturated (somebody didn’t put the bed-end flies up) and so did the bedding :(. Then some car problems put us behind by a couple of hours, so once again it was a short day. However, it was a good trip and the boys got very excited spotting Emus and wild goats wandering around the bush/scrub or whatever you call that stuff that goes on and on and on...... ;) One advantage of leaving later is that all the Grey...

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May 21, 2012 - Menindee

After spending a fortune on worms trying to catch something better than a stinking carp we gave up and decided to head into Broken Hill, around 116ks away. Lashed out and chose to stay in a 5 star 'top tourist' caravan park arriving early, around 11.30. Turns out it was very lucky we head into town so early as the park has been at 100% capacity every night for the last week or so and if we'd arrived any later they wouldnt have had a site for us. Bit of a strange park, there is different types of areas and all with different prices. Only a...

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Nov 21, 2011 - Day 77 & 78 Broken Hill

We left Port Augusta early enough but were held up by the search for coffee and something to eat. Not much open early on a Sunday morning in smaller towns. We finally found a small coffee shop open next door to an underground car park which was buzzing with people perusing the markets. Now we know why the streets were so empty, they were all car boot shopping.  After the caffeine find we meandered through the foothills if the Flinders Ranges through Horrocks Pass and stopping at Hancocks Lookout which overlooks back to Port Augusta and...

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Sep 7, 2011 - Broken Hill

Episode 7 of 9 – Yeppoon to Port Augusta Cobar to Broken Hill Broken Hill is 3039kms from Dunsborough. The 450kms drive was as boring as all hell and seemed to go on and on forever, through countryside that was almost totally devoid of any characteristics. Flat, dry and featureless, with the only distraction being the number of wild emus and goats that one had to keep one’s eye on, as they all seem to have a death wish and cross the road just as you’re going passed. We refueled midway at a place called Wilcannia and oh my God, what a dump....

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Living the Dream

Jul 26, 2011 - Silvercity

Broken Hill----- roads built to break cars. The roads over here South Aus and NSW are terrible, a local came up to me and said he was looking forward to going over to Western Australia because of the good roads. Took an adventure ride on their roads to Silvercity which was well worth the 50km return trip, could have stayed in the pub all afternoon with an open fire.

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Jul 25, 2011 - New South Wales and Broken Hill

Leisurely morning until 9am when we had the shuttle bus booked to take us up just short of Wangara Lookout out across Wilpena Pound. While loading the car the male kangaroo who had been grazing on the front lawn outside reception ambled on over to our car. He was very interested in what was in there. Obviously he could smell Paul’s packet of cornflakes in the back. He used his front claws to drag a plastic bag of dirty washing out onto the ground and put his head in to further investigate. Not having any luck he hopped on over to the door...

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Jul 7, 2011 - Cobar to Broken Hill

We arrived in Broken Hill on Tuesday at around 2pm and are staying at Lake View Caravan Park. The caravan park is pretty basic and if I was rating it I would give it a 1 star. You need to pick when to have a shower otherwise you will end up running out of hot water. I’m glad we don’t need to use the camp kitchen as it is really basic. The weather is cold and windy. Broken Hill, which has been called the 'Oasis of the West, 'Silver City' and the 'Capital of the Outback', is over 1100 Km west of Sydney and surrounded by semi-desert). Even...

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Jul 6, 2011 - Broken Hill

This is the point where we all burst into song - with selections from the dessert song…. Over the ground there comes a sound It is the drum, drum, drum of hoofbeats in the sand Quiver with fear if you are near It is the thunder of The Shadow and his Band (And all who plunder learn to understand) (To understand the cry of.....) Ho! So we sing as we are riding Ho! It's a time you'd best be hiding Low It means the Riffs are abroad Go Before you've bitten the sword Ho! That's the sound that comes to warn you So! In the night or early morn, you...

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Jul 5, 2011 - Westward Ho....

The run from Cobar to Broken Hill took around 6 hours; it’s a long drive with not much to see. We crossed the Darling River at Wilcannia over the new bridge built alongside the original lift bridge. The Central Darling area around Wilcannia was held by the Barkindji tribe, and many of the Aboriginal people living in Wilcannia today belong to that tribe. In 1835, Major Thomas Mitchell followed the Bogan and Darling rivers down to Menindee, during which trip he named Mt Murchison (later to become Wilcannia) on the Darling. Settlement along...

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Feb 10, 2011 - Australia - Broken Hill

Hi again, So from Port Augusta, it was a day's drive through the Flinders mountain range (made a change to have roads with curves) to the little outback silver mining town of Broken Hill. We decided to stay in Broken Hill a couple of nights to have a break from the driving, and to take advantage of a welcome pool and sunshine combo. It was quite a nice place, with some attractive 19th century buildings and many many pubs – think that might have something to do with its mining heritage... But the highlight was definitely spotting our first...

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Rolene On Tour

Apr 13, 2010 - Days 5 - 8 UPDATE NOTES

Hi All, Well we are on the way and really excited especially after all these months of planning. We are now 1546 kms from home at Broken Hill. Travelling every day for 4 days to get here was not too hard though as we get on the road early, stop for coffee after a couple of hours and if going for more than another couple we tend to have to stop for fuel so have a break again. We like to get to our caravan park for the night by about 1 or 2 at the latest. The trip so far has taken us from dragging up a mountain at Cunningham's Gap near the...

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Round we go 2010

Feb 5, 2010 - Mungo NP & Broken Hill

Greetings from Broken Hill, a former Austalian mining town on the edge of the outback and close to the border of South Australia and New South Wales. I have been hanging out here for a few days enjoying civilisation after about 10 days camping in the Outback. The town has just 20,000 people and is about 200km from anywhere but given its location on the edge of the outback, it really has a feeling of being a quintesential old Outback town with lots of old building with verandahs on main street etc. Some of you may recognise the photos as it...

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