Day 12 – Bourke

This morning we drove in to the Port of Burke wharf area for a walk and a coffee, and saw the historic Crossley Steam Engine operating. We then drove out to the cemetery for a walk and to visit Fred Hollows’ Grave before heading back to the van for lunch. Travels_3383_Stomped Travels_3394_Stomped 100_0086_Stomped

Fred Hollows' Grave at Bourke

Fred Hollows’ Grave at Bourke

Fred Hollows' Grave at Bourke

Fred Hollows’ Grave at Bourke

After lunch we drove out to the airport to see the Nancy Bird Walton photos and story. Very interesting. This is a very small airport with very small planes.

Bourke Airport

Bourke Airport

Then we drove down to the boat ramp under the old North Burke Bridge, where there are some great photo opportunities. We met up with two other couples from the Caravan Park and we all watched the paddle steamer Jandra travel under the bridge and turnaround and go under again.

North Bourke Bridge

North Bourke Bridge

North Bourke Bridge

North Bourke Bridge

Paddle Steamer Jandra

Paddle Steamer Jandra

We decided to head off to the old Back ‘O’ Burke Hotel for a drink only to find that the pub burnt down 2 years ago, so we came back to Kidmans Camp and socialised with the neighbours. We went for a walk around the park and I met some guys participating in a classic car rally to raise funds for the Flying Doctor Service – the Outback Car Trek – so I plan to get up early tomorrow and meet them in town to take some photos as they head off on the next leg of their rally.

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