Monday, June 14, 2021

STURT'S STEPS

Sturts Steps 2021

June 17th & 18th

We are preparing the caravan and truck ready to leave late on June 18th. We are hopeful of finding the escape through the border of NSW and Victoria quite simple. Let us hope that Covid restrictions have settled a little by then because the rules have been quite changeable over the last few weeks. 

Our plan is to head to Broken Hill where our friends, Sue and Stuart Read as well as Anne and Steve Kline will be meeting us. From there we plan to follow a new Tourist route which has been set up to follow some of the areas which Captain Charles 'Sturt' explored during the early 1840s. It is very interesting to read the book 'Sturt's Desert Drama' written by Ivan Rudolph. There are a number of properties along the way on which we are able to camp.


This a map of the area, sadly it is a little difficult to read. However, if you search for Sturts Steps on the web you should find a better image. We will roughly follow the marked yellow track. The map shows an area of north western NSW which takes in the stations between Broken Hill and Tibooburra.

I plan to make a blog entry while at each camp. This should make for easier reading.

We are preparing the caravan and truck ready to leave late on June 18th. We are hopeful of escaping through the border of NSW and Victoria. Let us hope that Covid restrictions have settled a little by then. 

 

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Saturday June 19th

I plan to make a blog entry while at each camp. This should make for easier reading.

Our first night was spent at Wood Duck campsite between Taminick and Chesney Vale. The camp site was open forest and very peaceful. We did have a restless night which I put down to the ‘first night out’ and the fact that we got rather cold toward morning. Thankfully we have a wonderful heater in the van.

The laugh of a kookaburra welcomed our day as well as magpies and mud larks.

We left camp at about 9.00am under a clear blue sky. Firstly we travelled north, then turned west at the Boweya school. It was surprising to see Nick Derrick attending a working Bee at the School.

We have had a long day of driving  a total of  527 km, crossing the Murray River at Tocumwal and travelling along the Murray River in NSW through Finley, Deniliquin and Balranald 

 We are now camped near Monak at the Bottle Bend Turn-off. It is a flat and dry area and not far from the Murray River.

The trucks on the Sturt Highway did disturb us a little.

 

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  Sunday, June 20th has been warm and sunny with an enjoyable drive north on the Silver City Highway to Broken Hill. We found our 4 travelling companions already settled into the Broken Hill Tourist Park. It is fully booked so there are people, vans and vehicles everywhere. This afternoon we looked at the Broken Hill Gallery and found a number of Artist’s names and their paintings on  show…including Ian Marr who had magnificent lettering on stone plinths.

This evening we are planning a Chinese meal which will be great change.

 

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 Monday June 21st

The weather was warm which made it most enjoyable for looking around Broken Hill doing washing and generally enjoying the day.

Sue’s friends came for nibbles by the fire but it was so very cold. Anne made a pasta and salmon dish and so we slept!

 

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  Tuesday June 22nd & Wednesday June 23rd

A great visit to Silverton where we spent a long time enjoying the contents of an excellent museum. We enjoyed lunch at Umberumberka Reservoir and then headed north to the Eldee Station. The camping area was clean although showers and toilets left a little to be desired!! We stayed 2 nights. Steven, the owner/manager provided a meal each evening. the drive around the property was interesting but at times the roads were dangerously poor.

 

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 Thursday June 24th & Friday June 25th

 We continued north to Pine View Station Where Jen Lacey hosted us. Our camp was in the bush amongst Eucalypt/Box trees. The following morning we drove west out to the Dog fence then returned to the Station sheds and home where we were given a map and directions out to Yellow Waterhole which is on Flood Creek. Captain Charles Sturt and his men camped in this area while they searched for water which they eventually found after 6 weeks. I felt privileged to have lunch in this area. It was Barren with dry trees and now water while we were there.

Entrance to Pine View Station.

 

 
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  Saturday 26th and Sunday June 27th we camped on Pimpara Lake Station where Ruth Sandou and Jon live. What a beautiful sunset!

One the way here we called at Border Downs Station and met Chis Dempster who is a cousin to Wendy, Tony and Julia Evans who we knew so well as kids in the Hansonville area in NE Victoria.

Sue and Stuart left us to return home. We were sad to see them leave.

 

 Lunch at Yellow Waters where Charles Sturt and his team stayed for 6 weeks. Sue, Stuart, Anne, John and Steve.

 

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  Monday June 28th

A short distance this morning to Pincally Station where we met Matt & Zanna Gale and two of their lovely daughters, Lucy and Millie.

 We were shown to a great place to camp in the bushland on an empty lake. The whole family came down at 5.00pm to enjoy drinks with us. They encouraged us to drive around some of the tracks on their property. The following morning we went up to the house to say our farewells and were immediately invited in for coffee. We found them to be a wonderful family who we would love to welcome them into our own home.

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Tuesday June 29th

 We  travelled to Milparinka then out to Depot Glen to camp the night. A place where Charles Sturt and his band of explorers spent 6 months while they searched for the next 'watered' spot. Poole was buried there. The grave spot is marked with a Hakia tree. We had a peaceful place to camp. The following morning we drove and walked out to Poole and  climbed the small mountain which had a cairn on top in memory of Captain Charles Sturt. Eventually we returned to Milparinka where we lunched and then drove onto Tibooburra.





 

 

 

 

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Wednesday  June 30th 

The  remainder of the day was spent in Tibooburra where we camped in a very crowded Caravan Park. Having said this it was great to have a laundry to do a load of washing. (drying it is another thing!)  It was a short distance from the Family Hotel for dinner. This provided us with a pleasant change.

It was good to be able to fuel our vehicles again and also work on our computers. I have not been able to post my blog because of the lack of internet access.

  

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Thursday  July 1st.

We are currently working on our computers prior to travelling north to Fort Grey to meet Anne and Steve for dinner and our last night of camping together. 

 

Wild flowers near Lake Pinaroo

 

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Friday July 2nd, 2021

We still have our camp set up at Fort Grey Camping Ground on Lake Pinaroo. During late morning we walked out to the peninsular on the lake and returned along the lake’s edge. It is quite a large lake with many birds in and around the waters. Miners, Budgerigars, Cockateels, Spoonbills and ducks. After a good 3km walk we were pleased to return to camp for lunch.

Anne & Steve Kline left us early this morning to return to Milawa after being away for over 3 weeks. We have been on tour for 2 weeks today.

The weather is again very pleasant with a slight breeze. 

The following 3 sculptures are very cleverly made and a delight to see in this north west corner of NSW. 

Western Quoll sculpture from wire netting

 Bandicoot sculpture made from wire netting 

Bilby sculpture also made from wire netting.


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Saturday July 3rd 2021

Another clear sky with a temperature of 2.2 degrees. Again we were glad of the heater in our van. At about 9.00am we set off to visit Cameron Corner which acts as the joint corner for Queensland, South Australia and New South Wales. We have been here a couple of times before…in fact I have a photo of John Yeo, at 7 months sitting on Cameron Corner Post. We visited the shop and took some photos at the corner post and travelled east to Fortville Gate  where we enjoyed our lunch. We had actually camped here in August 2006.

June at the corner post at Camerons Corner

 After arriving back at the Fort Grey Camping Ground we went for  2.8km walk along the lake but in the opposite direction to where we went yesterday. Walks are good for me, but they do make me weary!!

We are now settling in for the 3rd night at this very attractive, treed campsite.

 

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Sunday July 4th 2021

This morning we left our campsite a little early and have travelled south from Fort Grey to Milparinka on a different road which took us through a number of station properties. Waka, Lake Stewart, Hewart Downs, Yandama and Theldarpa. The morning was very cold at minus 1.5 degrees. Hope tonight is a little warmer. We plan to eat in the Milparinka Pub this evening. It is great to have a little internet connection as well as being able to ring with Telstra.

Along the trail of Sturt’s Steps there have been many gates to be opened ..about 90 gates in fact. Luckily I did not have the responsibility of opening all of them. It was good to share the load with Anne & Sue.

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Monday July 5th & Tuesday July 6th 2021

It was cool at Milparinka this morning. We left this tiny town about 10.00am and travelled to Tibooburra where we did a little shopping…not everything is available. We have camped about 2kms out of this town of nearly 200 people at a very pretty camping ground called ‘Dead Horse Gully’ camping ground. There are goats about as well as various types of birds. The day is cool with a little sun and quite a lot of clouds. There are many acacias in bloom as well as cassia bushes.

 

 

 

Flowers in this camping ground around our rig.

The second day  we took the long drive from Tibooburra around the loop road to Mt Wood. In fact we ate our lunch at the area where we gained a full view of this pointy topped mountain/hill. It was quite a distance away. We drove through several creeks, visited old shearing sheds and shearers quarters. In fact it was quite an historic drive.

                                           Mt Wood which looks more like a hill to us!!


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Wednesday July 7th, 2021

 10.00am was our starting time which was a little later than usual. We travelled north on the Silver City Highway up to the Olive Downs Campground. It is quite a pretty place to camp not far from the Queensland border. After lunch we went for a drive to the ‘Jump Up’ Lookout and explored all the Jump Ups. It is interesting to see these land formations. The arid climate of Sturt National Park has contributed to the geological formation of a variety of distinct landscapes. From this point it is possible to see a number of these Granite Jump Ups. They are formed quite distinctly from a variety of different coloured rocks and soil.

The walk we did this evening was very rough and stoney and I wished I had my walking stick with me. It took us across the surrounding hills and returned into the campsite. We were the only people to camp in this site overnight.

 Jump Ups from 'Jump Up Loop Road'


 

 



 

 

 


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Thursday July 8th 2021

We were late leaving camp this morning mainly because John went for a long early morning walk longer than where we went last evening and I daresay just as rough. Luckily we were able to fill up with water and be on our way north.

We crossed into Queensland at 10.45am @ 11.00degrees. The roadside country is remarkably green with water in both large and small dams. Some road signs caused us some consternation but John sorted them out successfully and we were soon going north to Noccundra via the Warri Creek  campsite which John had read about. We enjoyed our lunch under a coolabah tree!! Very appropriate, I thought. Here we are enjoying warmer than usual weather beside the tree lined creek with our washing on the line and an afternoon off from travelling. As yet (mid afternoon) no one else has settled in for the evening. 

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Friday July 9th 2021

Our night was not so cold but we woke with a clear sky. We headed north for about 90 km to Noccundra. The country was flat with many places quite green. Many dams had water in them and we did see cattle yards and a few cattle along the way. There were many dead trees which often had birds’ nests in them.  Finally we came upon the Wilson River which flows by Noccundra.

We have camped on the Wilson River which is a very good stream at present. This river begins out of Grey Range to the east.

We have visited this hotel before, but now the tiny settlement has grown with a tennis court, a hall and other small buildings.

We enjoyed out evening meal at the pub with a few other visitors.

  

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Saturday July 10th

We left at about 9.30am, going north to  Eromanga.  The road was bitumen all the way which was a very pleasant change. The country side showed quite a lot of variety of green, dried and dead trees, quite a few cattle of red, white and black. We stopped at the waterhole the Bellalie Water Hole to have a late morning read of our books as well as lunch. After this we came on to Eromanga where we have booked into a very poor camping park. However I have been fortunate to be able to make several phone calls to friends.

About 2.00pm we drove our to the Eromanga Dinasaur Museum. We found this interesting and joined an hour long tour of the precinct. I am not at all knowledgeable about dinosaurs but certainly learned a little about these huge creatures that roamed our country 90 -100 million years ago. 


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Thursday July 8th 2021

We were late leaving camp this morning mainly because John went for a long early morning walk longer than where we went last evening and I daresay just as rough. Luckily we were able to fill up with water and be on our way north.

We crossed into Queensland at 10.45am @ 11.00degrees. The roadside country is remarkably green with water in both large and small dams. Some road signs caused us some consternation but John sorted them out successfully and we were soon going north to Noccundra via the Warri Creek  campsite which John had read about. We enjoyed our lunch under a coolabah tree!! Very appropriate, I thought. Here we are enjoying warmer than usual weather beside the tree lined creek with our washing on the line and an afternoon off from travelling. As yet (mid afternoon) no one else has settled in for the evening. 

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Friday July 9th 2021

Our night was not so cold but we woke with a clear sky. We headed north for about 90 km to Noccundra. The country was flat with many places quite green. Many dams had water in them and we did see cattle yards and a few cattle along the way. There were many dead trees which often had birds’ nests in them.  Finally we came upon the Wilson River which flows by Noccundra.

We have camped on the Wilson River which is a very good stream at present. This river begins out of Grey Range to the east.

We have visited this hotel before, but now the tiny settlement has grown with a tennis court, a hall and other small buildings.

We enjoyed out evening meal at the pub with a few other visitors.

 

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Saturday July 10th

We left at about 9.30am, going north to  Eromanga.  The road was bitumen all the way which was a very pleasant change. The country side showed quite a lot of variety of green, dried and dead trees, quite a few cattle of red, white and black. We stopped at the waterhole the Bellalie Water Hole to have a late morning read of our books as well as lunch. After this we came on to Eromanga where we have booked into a very poor camping park. However I have been fortunate to be able to make several phone calles to friends.

About 2.00pm we drove our to the Eromanga Dinasaur Museum. We found this interesting and joined an hour long tour of the prescinct. I am not at all knowledgeable about dinasaurs but certainly learned a little about these huge creatures. 

Take note in the photo the size of Cooper's shin bone as well as the size of his toes compared with me. This dinasaur was called Cooper because the bones were found near the Cooper Creek. The young lad who found the first bone was about 14/15 years old. It seems remarkable to me that a young chap would recognize the bone as being unusual.


 

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Sunday July 11th

We spent time here in Eromanga to use the available Internet connect. Lack of Internet in so many places has caused me to be late publishing blog notes. We love being in these remote places but there are disadvantages. 

We camped at the Kyabra Creek Camp where we have camped before. It is by the lovely stream and water lake of Kyabra Creek. There are many birds in the trees and pelicans on the water. Pigeons are the most common.


 
The reflections are remarkable and the evening view is unusually attractive.

 

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Monday July 12th 

We left our camp about 9.30am and had decided to travel on a side road to Windorah. After 20kms we found a sign the conveyed there was a locked gate ahead. The was no alternative but to return to the main bitumen road to Windorah. It was a very busy road with many cars, caravans and trucks. We did see a few animals along the way...sheep and cattle but wondered what they ate. The country was remarkably green and grey with very short grass.

Eventually we went across Cooper's Creek about 5 miles from Windorah. There was a comfortable space for us to camp on the River. The day is warm at 25 degrees. The small town of Windorah is one of only three towns in the shire of Barcoo in Central West Queensland. Population would be about 150 people.

We visited the township and did a little shopping and have made the decision to stay for 2 nights.


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Tuesday July 13th 

Another day, this one has a difference. We went into Windorah to do some washing. Home we came and hung it to dry on this delightful sunny day. The local nature trail attracted us so we drove through the properties and bush. 

The last bit of news we have received we received is that the border into South Australia has been closed  as well as the border into NSW. this is quite restrictive as you will only be allowed through if there is an emergency.

We will stay here in Queensland for awhile as we had originally planned. The change is a challenge for us..however we originally planned to stay a little longer in this state so will bend with the changes as they come. It is a pest but camping on the Cooper's Creek is very pleasant. The weather is warm although the nights are cool/cold. We have plenty of food for the next week so our plans are evolving.

 Charles Stuart visited this area and actually 

named Cooper's Creek. 

Below is a view of the muddy waters

 so close to our caravan door.

 

 

 


 

 

 


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Wednesday July14th  

Back to Windorah  for some shopping and a visit to the info centre. We also caught up with Kathleen who is a sister to Maree Sullivan in Wangaratta.

After filling with water & Petrol etc we headed off for Jundah  which was in a NE direction. We arrived in time to eat our lunch by the Thompson River. We have a very pleasant camp spot but the day is much hotter at 29degrees. Jundah is quite a well kept town with all the necesssties of play areas, schools, hospital etc. We found a small store of goods..groceries, chemist items and an icy pole  for John. 

We are unsure how long we will stay here but our camping spot is shaded by the leaves/ branches of the coolabah tree (pictured below)

 


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Thursday July 15th

The night on the Thompson was peaceful. Firstly we had a trip into Jundah for a little shopping---food, fuel post office etc. We then left and travelled north to Lochern N.P. We have settled here on the Thompson River again but further up stream than last night at Jundah. I do enjoy a pelican on the waters! They are beautiful graceful birds. When I see pelicans I always think of my friend Beth who loves pelicans. We will stay here for a couple of nights. The day is very warm at 30 degrees. It would be good to dive into the river but I am not quite confident to do this. We are booked here for 2 nights which should be peaceful.

 

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Friday July 16th

This is our 2nd day at Lochern . We have found a small spot at the  entry gate where we have internet connection. After this we plan to explore the park a little more.  We drove the Nature Trail and found it very interesting as we could see the country which was once the Lochern Station.
It is very dry as there has been little or no rain of late. We are lucky that our caravan is parked by the  Thompson River. There is a cool change expected, no rain I hope as it will be fun driving through this black soil if it is wet.

This rusty boat was used when the property 

was flooded. No doubt the old truck was used for Station activities.

  

 

 

 

 

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  Saturday July 17th

We enjoy camping on a river but the only disappointment is that all waterways...rivers, creeks and water holes are muddy. Today's target is Isisford where we are camped on the Barcoo River. We drove on gravel roads all morning but they were all very easy to drive on. We arrived at a suitable camping spot on the Barcoo at about 12.30pm. The morning has been interesting. Firstly when I looked out of the van this morning there was the most amazing reflection in the Thompson River. There was even a graceful pelican having an
early morning swim. The reflection was amazingly clear and detailed.

The country we drove through was variable in that there was green grass, bare/dead trees and a few more cattle that we have been observing. Mostly they were in good condition but I did wonder why because the grass was so very short. We could not identify the trees although we named  some of them 'ghost gums because of the beautiful smooth white trunks. Several small flocks of brolgas were feeding. They are really quite tall birds..maybe a metre in height. Also several wild, very wild pigs rushed across in front of us, all displaying quite a mane along their spines. We seem to see many many pigeons as well as whistling hawks, galahs and apostle birds.

After lunch we drove into the small town of Isisford. Of course being Saturday everything was shut and it will be similar tomorrow I expect. The shops are small so they probably do not sell many grocery type items. Hopeful we can inspect them thoroughly on Monday Morning prior to us heading off....

Sunday July 18th....we are still camped in the same spot on the banks of the Barcoo River near Isisford. The land around us is very dry and there are many people camped along the same area. It has been a very quiet Sunday. Luckily we do have internet connection so we spent some time this morning organising our border pass into South Australia from the area of Inamincka. As we are required to remain in Queensland for 6 or 7 more days we will not be leaving this state until July 26th. We can find different/new places to visit in the interim. Covid has certainly changed everyone's plans. We have never seen so many caravans travelling but more than likely their owners have made new plans rather than going overseas. I think travelling in Victoria is not very appealing with the July weather of the NE. Tomorrow we will head for the SW corner of Queensland and explore some new areas on the way. 

The first photo shows the land through  which the Barcoo River flows...very dry with scattered trees.

The second photo shows the view of the Barcoo from our caravan door.

There are many birds..pigeons, whistling kites, apostle birds and a couple of pelicans. to mention a few.


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 Monday July 19th

       We were able to do a little shopping in the small Super  Market in Isisford. This has replenished supplies for the next few days.

             I found it to be a very remote part of Queensland as we passed through Emmet. This is south of Longreach. As we neared Yaraka we decided to eat out lunch at the foot of Mt Slowcombe . This is a small hill with a very steep road to the top. The view of the surrounding areas is wide and interesting as you can see from my photo. The small township of Yaraka can just be seen in the left top corner. The population of Yaraka is 20 people. The population of Emmet is 2 people.


We are camped at the rear of the Yaraka Hotel where we will have a meal this evening. This has been a new and interesting day. The country is dry and shows little evidence of farming activities.


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Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Today has been the very worst day of our trip. Last night I thought that it could rain in the night but no, luckily the day dawned clear with only a few clouds.

We left in reasonable time but unfortunately about 50km down the road, as we stopped to have a look at an Aboriginal Waterhole the left side wheel came rolling off the van. Enough said..what a disaster. There was a young couple pulled up nearby and they stayed with us while John serviced the tyre. We were lucky to have their support. Eventually we found all the bolts to secure the trye and wheel in place. Our new friends went on their way and so did we!

We took the road west, then east,  which will eventually take us to Innamincka. Tonight we are camped on the Arrabury Water Hole which is approximately 150 km from Innamincka. The wind is appalling- blowing very strongly and wildly. Hopefully is will calm down enough this evening to cook some dinner.

Friday July 21st….We are still camped at Arrabury Water Hole. Another fine day..luckily! Again tonight we will remain at this Water Hole. Today is not so windy so we have enjoyed a couple of walks along the water’s edge. I need to carefully manage our food supplies at present. The small Queensland towns do not always have the food stuffs that you would like. In fact they have been ‘out-of’ goods such as gas which we have little of and are  even low in fuel so planning needs to be carefully done.

It has been OK and easy to collect wood here but we have to carry our own firewood to the Dig Tree.

Tomorrow we hope to get as far as the Burke & Wills Dig Tree where we can camp and fill in some time until Monday when we  can go into Innamincka. We have been approved to cross the border into South Australia on Monday July 26th. The long drive after this will be long and quite lonely. Our plans are to travel south and try to cross the SA border into Victoria.

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Thursday July 22nd, 2021

Today has been the very worst day of our trip. Last night I thought that it could rain in the night but no, luckily the day dawned clear with only a few clouds.

We left in reasonable time but unfortunately about 50km down the road, as we stopped to have a look at an Aboriginal Waterhole the left side wheel came rolling off the van. Enough said..what a disaster. There was a young couple pulled up nearby and they stayed with us while John serviced the tyre. We were lucky to have their support. Eventually we found all the bolts to secure the tyre and wheel in place. Our new friends went on their way and so did we!

We took the road west, then east,  which will eventually take us to Innamincka. Tonight we are camped on the Arrabury Water Hole which is approximately 150 km from Innamincka. The wind is appalling- blowing very strongly and wildly. Hopefully is will calm down enough this evening to cook some dinner.

Friday July 21st….

We are still camped at Arrabury Water Hole. Another fine day..luckily! Again tonight we will remain at this Water Hole. Today is not so windy so we have enjoyed a couple of walks along the water’s edge. I need to carefully manage our food supplies at present. The small Queensland towns do not always have the food stuffs that you would like. In fact they have been ‘out-of’ goods such as gas which we have little of and are  even low in fuel so planning needs to be carefully done.

It has been OK and easy to collect wood here but we have to carry our own firewood to the Dig Tree.

Tomorrow we hope to get as far as the Burke & Wills Dig Tree where we can camp and fill in some time until Monday when we  can go into Innamincka. We have been approved to cross the border into South Australia on Monday July 26th. The long drive after this will be long and quite lonely. Our plans are to travel south and try to cross the SA border into Victoria. 


Arabury Water Hole

 

 

Dead trees along Arabury Water hole

       

South Australia has new Covid cases so that state is now in ‘lock down'


We realised today that we camped in this spot when John Yeo was with us in 1997 (and his parents as well as Elaine & Norm Allan) We do not remember the spot at all!! It is a pity John Yeo cannot remember that trip but he was only 7 months old (a beautiful baby too!)

Gradually we are getting closer to home but there is quite a bit of travelling to do yet. Once we cross into Victoria we will feel more positive.

We are extremely hopeful that this very strong wind will slacken off this evening and tomorrow will be calm.

  

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Friday July 23rd, 2021

We have enjoyed the site of Arabury Water Hole and felt sorry to leave it before 10.00am this morning. It is about 200km to The Dig Tree. We arrived about lunch time. The gravel road was OK for some distance but then it became severely rough, stoney and corrugated.

The day has become severely windy. The clothes I washed will dry rapidly.

The dig tree and all the details are situated on a wide grassy area on the property of ‘Nappa Merrie’ which was originally owned by John Conrick and his family. The details of Burke & Wills and his team are very well tabulated. The story is interesting and well worth studying. We have visited here before but the details of the story have now been presented  in a much more detailed manner. The trees with the carvings on them are very close to Cooper Creek.

In 1860-61 expedition met a tragic end when the support team gave up hope and left this location only hours before Burke, Wills and King finally made it back from their expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria. Burke and Wills succumbed, but King survived with help of the local Aborigines and was rescued several months later.


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Sunday July 25th,  2021

We are still camped at the Dig Tree to fill in time before we cross the border into South Australia and  then go into  Innamincka. Hopefully our plan will go smoothly so we can travel south in South Australia. It has been challenging to work out the best plan. My food supply if OK but it will be good if we can buy a few extra things in Innaminka.

This morning we met a young woman who has been living at this property ‘Nappa Maree’ for 17 years. It must have been an extraordinary challenge to live in such a remote place for so many years. Evidently that property takes charge of this camping park so she was here emptying bins etc.


Coopers Creek from the Dig Tree Site.

 

    

 

 

 

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Monday July 26th,  2021

Quite a big pack up at our Dig Tree Camp. Off we went to Innaminka. We have been to this outback town several times before. John was able to buy gas & fuel and I purchased a some food stuffs. We thought we would need to stay a night but it was suggested that we go south on the Strzelecki Track and travel as far as we could toward Lyndhurst. It was a long drive and I am sure john is as tired as I am. He drove 274 km and we have camped on Strezlecki Creek which has little or no water in it. The waterhole and surrounds are attractive with green trees and wild flowers.

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Monday July 26th,  2021

Quite a big pack up at our Dig Tree Camp. Off we went to Innaminka. We have been to this outback town several times before. John was able to buy gas & fuel and I purchased a some food stuffs. We thought we would need to stay a night but it was suggested that we go south on the Strzelecki Track and travel as far as we could toward Lyndhurst. It was long drive and I am sure john is as tired as I am. He drove 274 km ans we have camped on Strezlecki Creek which has little or now water in it. The waterhole and surrounds are attractive with green trees and wild flowers.

Along the way we went by the Moomba gas works and small township. The gas works provide many jobs for guys and I also noticed a young woman driving a truck as well.

We are now in South Australia and hopefully the Covid Restrictions will not handicap us…we will see.

 

 

We found many flowers like this on the sand dunes.

Along the way we went by the Moomba gas works and small township. The gas works provide many jobs for guys and I also noticed a young woman driving a truck as well.

We are now in South Australia and hopefully the Covid Restrictions will not handicap us…we will see.

Buds on the Bloodwood trees. There were many of these trees by the roadside. Sadly the blooms were not quite fully out.


 

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Tuesday July 27th,  2021

Another long day of driving. It has been interesting coming down the Strzelecki Track from Innamincka to Lyndhurst. The country was bare and brown and very poor in appearance. The road was dusty so our van is full of it. The clean up job will need to wait until Milawa. After having a Covid test taken in Leigh Creek we have come on to a the small historic town of Beltana. Again the wind is blowing so hopefully by the time I need to sleep, it will have settled down.

We will work our way down to the SA border into Victoria and hopefully be able to return to our home state. The borders have been a challenge…..NB take note for those who want to travel our country this year. 


 

Sturts Steps Blog

Tuesday July 27th,  2021 

Last nights wind at Beltana was severe but during the night it eased and then rained.

 5mls rain fell and dampened the area,

 The old railway station at Beltana, shown here is now used as a private residence so we could not see inside it.  

It was a long day of travelling so Burra was a welcome sight on the notice board as we drove in.



Sturts Steps Blog

Wednesday July 28th,  2021

I actually think that I have missed a date. It is tricky to keep track of the days and dates.
After being at Beltana, we have traveled more swiftly today because we were on bitumen roads most of the time. Our camp tonight is at the Burra Showgrounds. It is a satisfactory place to camp but very very cold and windy. I always enjoy Burra, in fact it seems different each visit.


Sturts Steps Blog 

Thursday  July 29th,  2021  

We left Burra shortly before 10.00am. We drove for 3 hours straight before  we stopped for lunch at Loxton. It was a good stop right outside Woolworths Super Market where we did a little shopping to see us over the first weekend at Milawa.

This evening we are  in Pinaroo...again very cold and windy. Hopefully we can cross the Victorian border tomorrow morning.

Some part of the country have been very dry while other areas are green. It will be interesting to see how Victoria looks as I think there has been rain.

                                                                                                           


 


 

 

                                                                                                  


 


 

 

                                                                                                           


 


 

 

7 comments:

  1. Lovely June,
    We got into the website very easily but will have to be armchair travellers this time, reading your blog with great interest. Joan and Ken

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  2. Fantastic weather for the start of your trip will look forward to your blog travel safely June and John
    Cheers
    Geoff

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  3. Thanks for the update the Yellow Waterhole would have put a shiver up your back knowing that Charles Sturt took 6 weeks to find water and it was dry when you were there amazing.What does the country side look like.
    Cheers
    Geoff

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  4. Have been reading your blog with interest June Your trip sounds very enjoyable

    Cheers Bronwen

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  5. June
    Thanks for the blog great reading Charles Sturt definitely had problems at Depot Glen 6 months looking for water would have depleted his supplies
    Great blog
    Cheers
    Geoff

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  6. June
    It is the first time the photos have appeared which gives me an appreciation of the baron landscape the the hardy flowers appear Mt Wood is high compared to the rest of the area I presume
    I do remember Cameron’s Corner
    Cheers
    Geoff

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  7. June
    Thanks for the travel log I can remember the Eromanga Museum and the lake where we camped last time with you and John
    Cheers
    Geoff

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