Friday, October 12, 2012

Fri 12 Oct - Broken Hill NSW

A lazy start at the Crossroads Motel (no Robert Johnson in sight).
Heads out into an overcast windy and cold morning to do the Cobar Heritage trail and checkout a few local attractions.

First up the old Cobar railway station - looks deserted.
Next to the railway station was this lovely old building with its old gasolin pump.

Then on to the "gateway" to Cobar.

Then to Fort Bourke lookout over a working copper open cut mine. Very interesting - they are still mining lots of copper, zinc and silver here, and right up to the edge of town.

The Heritage trail was a bit ordinary - as Cobar does not have a really old history - mining started here in 1889 and most houses were not build until 1930's or later.

Really cold so we went for a coffee at Gecko cafe where a macchiato was advertised but served as a latte - I think we were expecting too much of Sydney 800km away. Part of its interior below...

On the road for a longish drive to Broken Hill - and the Barrier Highway has big big stretches of nothing but scrub, feral goats, emus and long straigh roads.

Easy to get carried away with the "racing camper" and find yourself doing 130km/hr. Yes, a right lead foot does run in Di's family.

We did NOT stop at Wilcannia (sorry, it did look like the dump we expected it to look like) but we kept on driving until the next rest area and took a break for lunch.

We paid attention to the fruit fly zone warnings and about 20km outside Broken Hill said goodbye to lemons, apples, mandarins and tomatoes. The inevitable comedians had put their marks on the bin...

Arrived in Broken Hill around 3pm SA time and checked into our van park. A quiet afternoon with some reading of local brochures for things to do in next few days.

Mexican "a la camp stove" and red wine for dinner.

The wind died down and the evening was very pleasant, sitting in the dark and writing this blog...

No rain is expected for at least 5 days with gradually higher temperatures predicted, 37 degrees in a week's time, but we will be gone from here by then.


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