Heading back to Queensland

We are now starting the trek back to Queensland through far western NSW. First stop near Wilcannia, then Bourke (via Cobar) and after crossing the border at Barringun, Cunnamulla.

 

Shadow of the 1896 centre lift bridge over the Darling River at Wilcannia. The river is very full and yet to peak.

Shadow of the 1896 centre lift bridge over the Darling River at Wilcannia. The river is flooding and yet to peak.

Warrawong on the Darling near Wilcannia

Warrawong on the Darling near Wilcannia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Wilcannia we find the Darling River is flooding and the water level in the river rising. It will take about 2 weeks to reach a peak as the water comes down from Bourke. At our camp ground at Warrawong station the billabong is slowly filling up as water flows in from the river. It is a great place to stop at, large grassy sites overlooking the billabong. The managers put on a camp oven baked dinner, lamb and pork. Rather good. There is plenty of bird life around. The mozzies and flies are also swarming thickly as the summer months loom.  They played havoc with the baked dinner. Not a place to linger long at this time of the year.

 

Some birdlife at Warrawong

Some birdlife at Warrawong

An Emu looking

An Emu looking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We head off the next day for Bourke. Here the river is slowly falling. The restored wharf on the Darling has 3  decks and the 2 lower decks are submerged under the flood waters. The river is  very wide and fast flowing. Quite different to what it was like when we here a few years ago.

The Darling River broken its banks under the old centre lift bridge at North Bourke

The Darling River broken its banks under the old centre lift bridge at North Bourke

The restored wharf at Bourke

The restored wharf at Bourke

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our time at Bourke was short this time, a place to put the legs up and have a good sleep before journeying further north to Cunnamulla.

 

In the camp kitchen at the Mitchell Caravan Park in Bourke

In the camp kitchen at the Mitchell Caravan Park in Bourke

Along the way we cross the border at Burringun. Never been here before. Just a road house and an old pub. We have a cup of tea and coffee here and gaze into Queensland. In the 1800s there used to be a small town here that acted as a customs check point between NSW and Qld. There were 2 police stations, one on either side of the border protecting the interests of the citizens of each state. The remnants of the stations are still here today. There is not much else.

We soon found ourselves in Cunnamulla, like Bourke, an R & R stop on our way back to Brisbane.

 

At rest in Cunnamulla

At rest in Cunnamulla

Roadhouse at Barringun

Roadhouse at Barringun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our 91 days on the road are drawing to a close and Homealone is counting!

About allthegobro

I am a retired accountant who does a bit of consulting work from time to time. Leanne and I enjoy travelling around seeing the world and we are now going to have some fun recording our experiences in this blog

Posted on October 31, 2016, in Western Australia 2016. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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