Up early for a nice hot shower and breakfast before heading off again up the Kidman Way.
Our first stop was a quick look at Mount Hope. This is a very small town with a touristy Pub and a big rig parking area.
We pulled over to the free-camp in Gilgunnia Goldfields rest area for lunch. Ann cooked up French toast and coffee for lunch. This is a good spot off the road but forget the toilets and facilities – they are exactly why we have our own in the fifth wheeler! This was just a dusty spot with a big peppercorn tree but in its hay day was a mining town of 1000 people. Amazing! Several other vans stopped and basically ran away once they saw the facilities.
After lunch we headed off and reached Cobar Caravan Park at about 2 pm. Just as well because by 3 pm there was a long queue of vans up the road trying to get in. We got a great site – plenty of room for the van and Ute and near the facilities which are quite good.
The shower units are stainless steel – different but easy to clean I guess. This place is under new management and the manager was telling us what they have done in the last month and what their plans are. Apparently it is owned by the council but it has been leased out to a guy who runs 6 other big Caravan Parks including one at Noosa. Cobar is a bit of a transit town. Travellers come in and head off in different directions. Interesting.
We walked towards town and after a while came to a sign that said that it was 1 km to the Info Centre in town. We turned around and walked back to the van and got in the Ute and drove to the Info Centre. It is in a beautiful old heritage building. We drove around town to get our bearings. The annual Cobar Rodeo is on tomorrow so I think that we will be pleased to be a bit out of town. It was a cold afternoon and the park was filling up so we heated up the left over roast and had an early night as we were both tired after all the driving.
Solid non-stop rain started at 10 pm and did not stop all night.