FRIDAY 28 APRIL HAY TO BOURKE 622kms
Refuelled at South Hay, after a reasonably early start. 87cpl.
I posted K’s birthday card and cheque in Hay.
The weather was getting warmer as we went north.
We travelled NE to Goolgowi, then north to Hillston. My road atlas showed that the route north from there, through Cobar to Bourke, was not sealed, but we decided to try that way as being the most direct for where we were aiming. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the newly named Kidman Way was also fairly newly sealed – all the way. It was a very good road, with very little traffic. So much better than battling with truck traffic on the Newell Highway.
We had a lunch stop by the Lachlan River, just north of Hillston.
After the flat Hay Plains, the country north of Hillston became more wooded and interesting to drive through. It was quite green, with much grass and surface water lying about.
We did not stop to explore Cobar, being focussed on getting to Qld. It was obviously a mining town but seemed to be rather languishing, from the little we saw as we drove through and stopped briefly for fuel – 93cpl.
After Cobar we were in mulga scrub country.
In Bourke, checked into the Bourke Caravan Park, taking an ensuite site, for $18. We did a basic set up. The site was quite adequate.
We had not been very impressed by Bourke as we’d driven through to the caravan park. There were numbers of indigenous people wandering about, battered and graffitied houses, with boarded up window spaces. I was shocked to see how many businesses had bars over their windows.
We drove to get the night’s fish and chip tea, having been advised to do so by the caravan park lady, rather than walk the relatively short distance. Given what we’d seen already, we certainly did not feel like walking for exercise, here.
The fish and chips were alright.
Later in the evening, there were two green frogs on the partition outside the van. I thought they may have come out of the hollow upright poles, and were feeding on insects attracted by the nearby bright light. Very cute – I love frogs!
J phoned K. The tenant had found the tools. K would bundle them up and parcel post them to Rubyvale.
So, here we were at the legendary Bourke. I would have to say it was a let down, because of the obvious issues of the place.