Up early this morning to pack up camp ready for our next move to Tibooburra.
Today saw us travel through Packsaddle and Milparinka. During the days of coach and camel travel, a horse exchange and hotel were located and named 'Packsaddle Hotel'. Nothing else is there today other than a pub/roadhouse. Worth a visit though, nice little roadhouse and the food is great! Awesome chips and gravy!
We found the "tool tree" and also a lake which we took a drive down to. The green lake was quite large and had a swan and other birds residing in it. Also saw a guy kite surfing down there .... in the middle of the outback!!
Milparinka was once a thriving town, when gold was discovered in the 1870's a rush to the corner country began, but gold was never found at Milparinka. Instead, they found water. Nowadays there is nothing left, other than a few old buildings which have been restored. We had a look around the buildings, George flushed a frog down the toilet!, and we had a beer in the pub.
We took a drive out to James Pooles grave and had a bit of a history lesson! From Milparinka it was a fairly short drive to Tibooburra. We were all pulled over by the local cop for breath testing on the way in!
We settled in to our bush camp for the night at Dead Horse Gully in the Sturt National Park. Such a nice spot, only a km or two out of town, but so nice and quiet. There was only 2 other people staying there.
Cameron Corner is the most remote location in outback NSW. It is the north western most point of NSW, located beside the Sturt National Park where the borders of Queensland, South Australia and NSW meet.
This morning Kylie and Ben cooked us bacon and egg rolls for breakfast before we headed off to explore Silverton.
Silverton is located in the Far West outback of NSW and was built by miners in search of fortune. Once a busy home to 3,000 people, residents began to leave in the 1880s when the nearby mines of Broken Hill surfaced.
Nowadays less than 50 people call Silverton home and only a handful of buildings remain.
Silverton has featured in many movies, TV shows and commercials, including the most famous one ... Mad Max 2. Of course we couldn't have a visit without a stop at the Mad Max 2 museum.
After leaving Silverton we drove back to Broken Hill to do some more exploring and headed down to Patton Street for a visit to an authentic 1950's milkbar, very cool.
Then it was back to camp for a relax, beer and swim.
Tonight we took a break from cooking and went to one of the local cafes for dinner and then to watch the sunset looking over Broken Hill.
Last night we ate dinner at the hotel and had a great meal and a few drinks and then we watched the sunset. It was a little cloudy, but it was still another amazing outback sunset.
This morning we went for a drive around White Cliffs before heading out to Broken Hill via Mutawintji National Park. A little explore around the park and a stop for lunch and we then made our way to Broken Hill, our home for the next two nights.
Left at 7.30 this morning to drive to White Cliffs, about a 6-7 hour drive. Today saw us take our journey into Outback NSW. White Cliffs is an Opal mining town and opals were discovered in this area as early as 1884. The town's first store and hotel opened around 1892 and the miners soon arrived in town to dig out their fortunes.
Temperatures in this area are high, in summer mid-high 40's are normal, so most people live underground in dugouts to escape the heat. It was therefore only fitting that our accommodation for the night is the Underground Motel.
We arrived in White Cliffs around 4.30pm and had a look around and took some photos before relaxing with a drink, taking in the view.
The White Cliffs Underground Motel was built almost entirely by hand, using jack hammers. No two rooms are the same and the entire complex is the size of a football field underground. It is dug into ‘Poor Mans Hill’ (Smith Hill), so called due to the lack of opal, the first excavations of the site were done by a local opal miner around the early 1900′s.
First day of holidays - Kylie & Ben in our old car, us in our new car and Mark & Virginia (and kiddies) in their car. Today we left home at midday to make our way out to Dubbo, our home for the night. Arrived here at 5.30pm after a relaxing drive.
A quick beer and relax and then it's off to dinner, which ended up being Red Rooster as there was really nothing else open! Then back to the hotel for the kids to have a swim.
It's 14 days until we head off on our next trip. This one will be a short outback trip to Cameron Corner for New Year's Eve. Cameron Corner is located at the border of NSW, SA & QLD. This unique location means that we can celebrate NYE three times due to the differing time zones!
We will leave on boxing day and our itinerary is as follows:
-Broken Hill / Silverton
This will be the new car's first trip so will be interesting to see how it goes. Kylie & Ben will be taking our old car and Mark & Virginia and their kids, Mariann and Anthony, will be coming along aswell. Although only a very quick trip, will be great to get out of Sydney during such a busy time of the year. Just not looking forward to the 45-50 degree heat and thousands of flies!