WEDNESDAY JULY 22 WILCANNIA TO COBAR 277kms
Rain set in through last night, but there were only a couple of light showers when we were packing up.
Couey didn’t get a morning walk because the tracks were muddy and I didn’t want her tracking that into Bus.
The rain made it easier, after all yesterday’s angst, to leave here today.
Realized, as we were almost ready to leave, that scones, jam and cream were being served at the camp kitchen, so we joined some of the remaining campers there, and partook. Very nice they were too.
Left Warrawong at 10.20am. Had to drive back into Wilcannia to get fuel, at the cheaper outlet down a side street. As John got out and went to do the fuelling, Couey did her usual jumping around and barking, inside Bus, thinking she might be going to be let out. The servo man asked what breed she was – and then said he was about to go to Qld and get himself a stumpy, because he thinks they are great dogs. We know!
Old buildings in Wilcannia dating from its glory days as a river port
Fuel was $1.435cpl.
Some Wilcannia buildings are in a sorry state
The rain showers continued as we drove east, through the McCullogh Range and mulga country. The rain made the colour contrasts greater – blackened the mulga trunks and turned the red dirt darker. I found it really pretty.
Red, green and black contrasts
Saw many little groups of goats.
About half way to Cobar, the rain became steady.
Stopped at Emadale Roadhouse, where the forecourt was mostly under water. The stop was for a short rest for John and he went in and bought some mints. We did not let dog out. She would have had a lovely time wallowing in all the water.
There seemed to be so many trucks on this highway today.
As we drove along again, spotted a kangaroo beside the road ahead. It began to cross, then turned and bounded off the other way, whilst we were still quite some distance away. We wondered if it was the effect of the Shu-Roo gadgets that John put on the front of Bus. We had these same things on the front of the Landrover too, and they did seem to warn animals of our approach.
Birds of prey circling
Drove past the usually popular Meadow Glen Rest Area – a free camping place – and there was no one there. The country around there appeared very green, but the many more secluded parking areas off in the bush would have been red mud.
There were sheets of water on the sheep paddocks and some very miserable looking sheep.
The unsealed road to the Mt Grenfell Historic Area had a road closed sign up.
There had, clearly, already been substantial rain around Cobar.
We went into the Cobar Caravan Park. I hadn’t thought it necessary to pre-book for this large park, but now thought we were lucky to get in. They put us onto a cemented bus bay area, between the camp kitchen and the amenity block. Actually, a good location! Because it was meant for tour buses, it was a drive through site, so easy for us to park on without having to unhitch the car. The powered site cost $32.50.
The park was, by late afternoon, full – at least on all the formal, hard surfaced sites – and there are a lot of those. They were not using the grassy unpowered area, due to the wetness of the ground. We had stayed here before, and never seen the place this full. I suspected that some people who would usually be bush camping had abandoned the muddy bush and come to firmer ground.
Because of the full state of Cobar, I decided to play it safe and phoned the caravan park in Bourke to book us in for tomorrow night.
In between showers, walked Couey around the park.
Tea was baked beans on toast – John’s choice.
The night was foggy and damp, with a really heavy dew. The cloud stopped it from being really cold.
Damp camps are not fun!