We left home on Tuesday 8th March on our way to the Australian Motorhome Tourist park located just north of Raymond Terrace. We were having problems with our HF radio and needed to have this rectified by Lake Macquarie Communications in Newcastle. Lucky for us just a loose connection.
Wednesday 9th March was a 09:30 start out through Maitland with a morning tea stop at Jerry's Plains that also has a lovely free camp. Lunch at Cassilis before arriving at Mendooran for a free camp on the banks of the Castlereagh River east of Gilgandra.
Thursday 10th March we left Mendooran with light rain falling. We stopped at Warren for morning tea and to empty our toilet cassette before continuing on through Nyngan and Cobar. Tonights camp was beside the Emmdale Roadhouse about 100 kilometres east of Wilcannia.
Friday 11th March off at 08:30 after a very noisy night with our sleep broken many times with trucks coming and going. About 15 kilometres east of Wilcannia the normally dry flood plains were covered with water and large flocks of water birds. Our biggest surprise was the fast flowing Darling River at Wilcannia just below the height of the bridge. Stopped to briefly fill the 4wd with expensive fuel then drove to a rest area 16 kilometres west for morning tea. We planned to stay at Penrose Park at Silverton about 25 kilometres from Broken Hill. This park was set up in 1937 as a recreational reserve for miners and their families who worked in Broken Hill.
Saturday 12th March was an 08:30 start. Into Broken Hill to shop before heading off to camp at the caravan park at Peterborough to catch up on washing and fill the van water tanks.
Tuesday 15th March turned out to be a beautiful day. We drove to Streaky Bay were we shopped and filled water tanks had a coffee then off to view Murphy's Haystacks before camping at CoodliePark. We left the van here and drove to view the Talia Caves passing a Bushtracker on the road in. Unfortunately they had their UHF turned off.
What a difference a day makes with the weather.
We spent 2 nights camped at Lipson Cove before moving north and camping at Lowly Point about 20 kilometres north-east of Whyalla. Next morning off to Whyalla and with the help of the nuvi 1490T we found a laundromat within a shopping centre so we killed 2 birds with one stone. We had checked the internet and the road to Mt Ive was now open to 4wd and heavy vehicles so we drove north to Iron Knob before stopping to reduce tyre pressures.
Land speed records are run each year on Lake Gairdner which forms the northern boundary of the station. We had hoped to be there for these and also to meet up with some friends who were there for the same reason but unfortunately they had already moved on because the races had been cancelled. The rains received earlier in the month were now covering part of the lake. The lake measures 160 kilometres long and 48 kilometres wide with salt 1.2 metres thick in places and is the 4th largest salt lake in Australia.
Little Emu beach:
Mamre Brook House the original home of William Salter the founder of Saltram Wines.