Broken Hill Or Bust Pt. 4

Broken Hill to Menindee

Monday we woke to wonder where our sun had gone… it was still warm, but quite overcast and cloudy… as was ‘de rigueur’ of our days we were up, fed, showered, car packed and on the road by 8.30am (bit of a sleep in today).  We were off to Menindee… we had a van booked at the Menindee Lakes Caravan Park.  Menindee is 112kms from Broken Hill so it was going to be a easy run…. we filled the tank before we headed out (driveway service too!  haven’t seen that since 1920!)

Road from Broken Hill to Menindee was excellent, single lane each way, but not a lot of traffic and what little we did see kept to the 110kms.. not a slow caravan in sight.  We were seeing so much Road Kill that we started counting it… if you’re planning a trip from Broken Hill to Menindee – its a 16 RK (RoadKill) trip 🙂  Saw lots of dead roo’s.. seriously its not a busy road cant they wait 2 mins till the car passes… or look left?  came around one corner and came across a dead wild mama big and piglet, two roo’s and a lizard – talk about dead mans bend… hope it wasn’t all one car that collected them!

Loads of flood plain signs along the road as well as depth markers for the water but nary a drop of water in sight….and passed quite a few dry creek beds.

 We arrived around 10am and called in at the general store for bread… “thats delivered after 11am, do you want me to save you a loaf?”.. umm ok… then over to the supermarket… “do you have any fresh meat”?  … “no, thats delivered tomorrow” …. sheesh.. save me from tiny towns!  With directions from the general store with no bread we found our caravan park… unpacked and looked around.. okay.. 5mins that was done….made ourselves lunch with the last of our bread and sliced meat…
We decided to check out the Kichega National Park…. I had heard lots of good things about it… hmmm no…It is definitely a 4wd place only… dirt roads everywhere..even though they said its 2wd…and they are BAD dirt roads… thought we were going the shake the car apart.  We did stop off at the Kichega Woolshed…except for the very friendly flies… .that drove us back to the car pretty quick smart… would have hated it out there in the 1800’s

 

Kichenga Wool Shed

Kichenga Wool Shed

Kichenga Wool Shed

Kichenga Wool Shed

The Kinchega Woolshed is remarkable for its size and design. Built in 1875 it illustrates the huge size of pastoral holdings in the arid areas of inland Australia. Kinchega lies amongst the beautiful Menindee Lakes, fed by the Darling River amid forests of river red gum, coolabah and black box.

Kichenga Wool Shed

Kichenga Wool Shed

Engineers Shed, Kichega

Engineers Shed, Kichega

I had been driving that morning – letting sister take it easy as she still wasnt 100%… but she took over as we left as she wanted to get the hell out of there felt I needed a break and while we drove around in circles for a while (no signs) along shuddering bone jarring dirt roads.. we had visions of our whitened bones being found years from now……eventually we found the exit then back to the general store to claim our bread.. (last loaf, lucky she saved it) and bless you she also had roast chickens so that took care of dinner. to the cabin..and chilled out reading for while… which turned into nana naps for all of us..
Towards sundown, with more directions on the best spot to photograph the lakes we headed off up the road…”go up the bitumen, cross over the channel, turn left at the first dirt road, there’s no sign… drive to the end.. you cant miss it”  sure.. they don’t know us!  we missed it…turned left at the dirt road after the creek, (thinking that was the channel) and took the first dirt road to the end… parked the car, walked across the railway line and to the water… fab spot!  could see where we we meant to be.. but this one was good!
Lake Menindee Twilight

Lake Menindee Twilight

The light was amazing… almost naturally monochromatic… it had been such a dusty day the sky was full of it and it added a total haze across the sun.  Between the side of the channel we were on, and the other side was a weir with water spilling through from the channel into the lakes.. .lined up at the weir was a back row of pelicans…….and a front row of Seagulls… all waiting for the channel to spit out dinner, every few mins a little silvery fish would come through and down the spillway and they would all dive on it… went on for ages.. .was hilarious to watch 🙂
Gradually the light changed as it got darker….and bearing in mind all the road kill we had seen thus far, we packed up and headed back to the cabin before it got totally dark
Pelican Self Serve

Pelican Self Serve

Pelican Self Serve

Pelican Self Serve

Cabin beds were comfy… shower was ‘ok’ (rain tank no water pressure) but we were fed, showered and comfy.. and in bed again lights out by 9.30 …. tomorrow was back to Mildura….
menindee map

Broken Hill to Menindee

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