THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER RAWNSLEY PARK TO BROKEN HILL 460kms
We were away fairly early, again.
Took the unsealed Martins Well track, to the east, then continued on to intersect the Yunta-Balcanoona track, north of Curnamona Station. Then turned south for Yunta.
This route had us on unsealed tracks for over 200kms. We saw very little other traffic. Signs of habitation were few and far between. Signposts were far enough apart to have us wondering at times if we were on the tracks intended! However, the road surface was reasonable, and the spare fuel in the jerry can a reassurance. For once, my navigation, from just the Road Atlas, was accurate.
Stopped for a break and had a wander around the Waukaringa ruins, not far from Yunta. This was the site of a gold find and resultant mine and small township, from the 1870’s.
Refuelled at Yunta – $1.31cpl. Had travelled 421kms, since last fuel at Leigh Creek.
Now we were back on a sealed highway, with only 200kms to go to Broken Hill. Lost half an hour of time just crossing the border!
Booked into the Broken Hill Caravan Park – $19.80 a night, after discount. Initially booked in for two nights. Thought that would give John a bit of a break from driving, and allow us a day of sight seeing. This was not our first visit to Broken Hill.
After setting up, paid a quick visit to the shops to stock up on a few items.
July 8, 2022 at 11:07 am
Hi. Is the Balcanoona Yunta road ok for my Outlander, provided of course heavy rain has not made it impassable?
July 9, 2022 at 4:43 am
We used that road several times on our travels, but have not been on it in recent years. It was always our experience that it was a good, firm, unsealed road. I currently have a Rav 4 and would take it on that road, provided I had tyres suitable for a gravel surface. As always, one should drive with caution on roads that do not have much signage – if any – for things like dips and bends. There has been a lot of recent rain up that way and it is a road where dips and hollows might hold water, even if the road is officially open.