WEDNESDAY 3 JULY BROKEN HILL TO COPI HOLLOW 110kms
We got up earlier than usual, to pack up. That went smoothly, and we were out of the park by 9.30am.
Started off driving the two vehicles separately, because John was going to the local caravan repair place to see if they could fix the grey water drainage.
This business had not been open for the last two days (I wonder how the guy with the damaged wheel fared?). Today, they said they couldn’t do anything to help us until next Friday week! John booked a slot for then, in case, but we really did not want to still be hanging around these parts by then.
Fuelled up both vehicles. Diesel was $1.499 cpl.
Went to Home Hardware, where a very helpful young man got John some hose fittings and pipe lengths, suitable for the Bus drainage system, including a very small diameter piece that could be used to poke into hoses to try to unblock same. I bought a small piece of flyscreen mesh, so I could make a basic sink strainer, to try to reduce food particles heading for the grey water tank.
In the hardware shop car park, hitched up Terios to Bus. Great service at that shop – a very big contrast to the caravan place.
Bought a pull apart loaf for lunch, at the Woolworths centre.
At midday we left Broken Hill. It was a pleasant drive SE towards Menindee, through slightly hilly country initially.
We drove straight to the Copi Hollow Caravan Park, which was rather like entering a time warp. It resembled what I remembered of coastal caravan parks of about the 1960’s, with streets of old vans with attached solid annexe structures.
But there was also a very nice, grassy, lakefront camping area. with power, if wanted, but only untreated lake water available. Knowing how much farming, cotton growing and hence chemical use occurred further upstream on the Darling, I wouldn’t be using this water supply for anything other than washing dishes.
We found a great spot, railed off on one side, so unlikely to have anyone else park close by. There were only three other rigs, spaced around the water front area. Our powered choice cost $25 per night. It was some distance from the amenities block, but the lakefront position more than made up for that inconvenience.
There seemed to be few other people occupying the park, which belonged to the Broken Hill Speedboat Club. In summer, I don’t think it would be a great place for the casual tourist, because there would be much boat activity on the lake, but at this time of year it was very quiet.
The lake – Copi Hollow – was quite extensive, and full. Not always the case – in times of drought and with the way the man made water storages are managed, the lakes system can dry up. That would impact heavily on the way the Menindee Lakes are used as a playground for Broken Hill residents.
After setting up, and a late lunch, we sat for a while enjoying the view across the water and the sound of little waves lapping the banks in front of us. Really serene and peaceful.
Took Couey for a walk along the channel that linked Copi Hollow to the main Menindee Lake. The banks were raised up, levee style, so there was a clear walk route in the scrubby area. Dog could free range and had a great time following all the new scents, though she never ventures very far from us. We walked about 3kms.
Back at camp, I took photos of the dusk and sunset across the lake – absolutely beautiful, and alone worth coming here for.
After our late lunch, tea was tomato soup, bread and cheese rolls, and yoghurt.
John discovered he could only get one channel on the TV, but it was the ABC, so could be worse.
Since there is only lake water available here, we would have to be careful with our water usage from the Bus tank.
I was ready for bed by 8.30pm! My internal time clock certainly changes when we travel. I think it relates to spending much more time in the open air, and in natural light.