We started our week leaving Orange NSW after a great stay with Nick and Sam and headed for Cobar.
Lunch was hosted in the town of Trangie NSW, a lovely spot with a great play area for the kids, clean toilets and known for the boiling billy.
Across the playground there was a couple of horses that had some carrots.
Cobar is a great place with plenty to do and see, the park is great for the kids the open cut Gold mine, the gumtree coffee shop, the information centre and lots more. We free camped at Glenhope about 7 klm out of town, ran by sheep farmers you can stay on the property under the shade of a few trees, plenty of wood for a fire however you do need to be self-sufficient. We met Jackie and Phil from Penola and it was great to catch up and chat around the fire.
As I have said before we are coffee snobs so here is our trusty percolator to recharge the batteries and give us a kick start to the morning.
The magnificent sunrise over the plains of Cobar and the boys sitting around the fire.
Leaving Cobar we headed for Cunnamulla via Bourke, whilst we are travelling some big distances we have a couple of dates to meet so we plan to slow down very soon. Whilst having lunch in Bourke we chatted with fellow travelers who recommended we stay at Warrego Riverside Tourist Park just outside of Cunnamulla, a lovely spot and highly recommended.
Luke’s bike suffered from bindy attack back in Cobar so we visited the local general bike store and bought solid tyre infills, no more tubes and no more punctures! Here is my little helper Luke holding the bucket to catch the bindies, there was 100’s of them in the tyres, Dad can you fix my bike about 20 times!!, Bike is all fixed now !!
Cunnamulla is an interesting place, without rain the town is really struggling, people are leaving and walking away from farms, shops are shut and it is a stark reminder, that without rain the outback struggles.
We decided to have a lunch in the local bakery and met Kate, Kate bought the bakery 5 years ago and runs this with her partner Nick who makes up the pastries and is also a carpenter, they produce everything onsite and I must say the pies and sausage rolls are fantastic as well as the coffee. They use a traditional wood fired oven to bake bread and very soon they will move up 4 doors to another shop.
Ensure when in this area drop in to the Cunnamulla Bakery. When in the outback we strongly encourage you to spend some coin to keep the local community going.
Along the way we are driving through Wyandra and there is a sign saying “beach” 400 metres on the left so off we went and we came across this fantastic place, would be a great stop over.The following day we headed for Charleville and stayed at the Cobb and co park, a simple but clean park, we visited the RFDS looked around at the sites, that evening there was the Charleville Fur & Ball 150 year birthday, a street parade followed by a night market and bilby race, this was great to see the town come alive and we all had a great time. That evening Luke and Keera visited the Cosmos Centre Observatory, Charleville. They were able to see 7 clusters of stars 3 planets and learnt a lot. It is highly recommended to visit this centre.
Another great place to stay is Fisherman’s rest about 85klm west of Roma, we had lunch there and enjoyed the scenery whilst chatting to some of the campers.
Our next stop was at the ups and downs farm stay in Roma, what a place, full of character and great hospitality, Luke and Evan had a ride in the Jeep, fed the animals made friends with some travelling kids and played in the dirt, This was whilst we adults sat around the fire talking amongst ourselves having a few alcoholic beverages and being fed homemade damper.
The following day we headed for Rocky and the GPS directed us to take the Fitzroy development road, 50klm of good dirt road, we stopped and taped up the back window just incase, lucky we did as there is now a number of chips on the rear tailgate and a number of stones on the roof of the car!
How now brown cow
Try saying this after a few bevies
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So now we can stop for a week as we do some running repairs and catch up on the sites of Rockhampton
see you all next week !