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Day 97 – Nyngan to Peak Hill

Once again we woke to a rather chilly morning which evolved into a beautiful clear and sunny day with temperatures in the mid-to-high teens.

After a slow start we packed up Bertha and went for a quick walk down to the river.  The pelicans look so regal!

Peaceful pelicans

We then headed into Nyngan for another walk around and stopped for coffee at the Daily Grind coffee shop.  Sitting outside in the sun with our coffees we were briefly joined by Bob and Anne, who were also having a walk around town.

It was soon time for us to make a move so we headed back to the Mitchell Highway and crossed over the railway line that went through town.  There was another side to Nyngan that we hadn’t seen before.

The “other” side of Nyngan

Soon we were out in the country-side, and it was not long before we were confronted by roadworks.  Traffic was actually stopped in both directions for a while and was eventually let through one lane at a time.

Scenes along the highway


Once through the roadworks we came to the interestingly named town of ‘Nevertire’.  By now we were clearly in grain country with the major features in Nevertire being grain silos and grain handling equipment.  It appeared that a very long string of railway cars were being filled with grain as we passed.

Grain handling infrastructure in Nevertire

Trangie was the next town along the highway so we pulled off the highway to have a look around and decided that it must be lunch time.  Trangie is a small country town which has a quaint bakery – we bought rolls and takeaway coffees and ate our lunch in the Bicentennial Park opposite the Bakery.  The streets are very wide and there is a good assortment of shops including, of course, several old hotels.  There are some very nice community areas and gardens around the town.

Views around Trangie

Scenes around Trangie

Scenes around Trangie

From Trangie it was back on the Mitchell Highway and through more grain country and also some indications of water irrigation channels and water spraying equipment.  A large complex of buildings turned out to be a cotton processing facility, further confirming our idea that we are in irrigation country (we didn’t watch 4 Corners last night but I wonder if this area was discussed?).

Cotton Gin

Narromine was our next stop.  This is another nice country town with a great mix of heritage buildings, and it’s a lot bigger than we expected.  There are also indications that this is something of a citrus area.

Perhaps not surprisingly Ann found a craft shop and spent a bit of time exploring.

Scenes around Narromine

Scenes around Narromine

During that time I found a statue of Australian cricketer Glen McGrath, who was born in Narromine and is obviously regarded as a local hero.  Reading the plaques on the statue he definitely had a very distinguished cricketing career.  When he retired in 2007 he held the world record for the highest number of test wickets by a fast bowler (I’m not a great cricket fan so this did come as a bit of a surprise to me).

Glenn McGrath statue

I also found a War Memorial honouring Narromine’s war dead, and there were a lot of names on the list.  Very sad.

War Memorial at Narromine

From Narromine we diverted from the highway and took a lesser road towards Parkes.  Road quality was actually quite good and we drove down very nice tree lined sections of road.  There were signs of irrigated crops at times, and cattle grazing at other times.

Scenes along the highway

Some 40 kilometres along the road we drove through Tomingley.  There’s not much here other than the historic Cross Roads Hotel which was apparently established in 1880.  However there is some huge mining activity in Tomingley.  A quick search on Google tells us that the Tomingley Gold Project consists of 4 exploration licenses covering some 270 square kilometres from Tomingley down to Parkes in the South.  The project includes the Peak Hill Gold Mine.  Population at the 2011 census was 330.

Not a lot to the Tomingley township

Mining activity in Tomingley

At Tomingley we turned onto the Newell Highway and it was less than 20 kilometres to our destination – Peak Hill Caravan Park.

Scenes along the highway

We have stopped in Peak Hill for coffee or lunch on several occasions, but had never actually stayed here.  Caravan park owner Leighton showed us to our site and gave us a sheaf of information about the town.  Frosty – Leighton says Hi!  When we first arrived there were only a couple of other vans and motorhomes here, but once we set up there was a continuous stream of new arrivals.  There are 34 sites here and I don’t think that many will be vacant overnight.

We got Bertha organized and then went for a walk around town.  According to Leighton it is 324 steps from the caravan park to the services club, and that seemed about right.  We walked from one end of town to the other but will come back for a better look in the morning.  Peak Hill hasn’t survived quite as well as other small country towns we have visited and there are far too many empty shops.  Never-the-less the community is certainly working hard to keep the town clean and tidy, and welcoming to visitors.

Scenes around Peak Hill

Scenes around Peak Hill

Scenes around Peak Hill

Back at the caravan park Ann sussed out the camp kitchen and later cooked our dinner out there.

Peak Hill Caravan Park

It does get dark very quickly and quite early, so we were soon settled in Bertha for the night.

Still living the dream!

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Day 96 – Cobar to Nyngan

We woke again to a rather chilly morning which evolved into a beautiful clear and sunny day with temperatures in the mid-teens.

Not really in too much of a hurry this morning until the heater had done its job, we eventually got going and headed back into Cobar.  Ann made a ‘quick’ visit to the quilt shop and we went back to ‘Caffe Forenze’ for a great coffee.  Then a short stop at IGA for supplies and we were off down the Barrier Highway.

Couldn’t miss this photo opportunity at Cobar!

This was a generally uneventful drive – the road surface was very good, and there was very little roadkill.  We did note some work being done to strengthen water courses under the railway line through floodways, but didn’t encounter any roadworks.  Most of the roadside was lined with healthy trees and vegetation although there were patches of canola and a few sheep.  As usual, we encountered a couple of oversize loads.

Scenes along the highway

Scenes along the highway

After about 130 kilometres we reached Nyngan in Bogan Shire.  We turned off the Barrier Highway onto the Mitchell Highway and crossed the Bogan River where we saw a sign we had never seen before.

Coming into Nyngan over the Bogan River

A quick drive through town revealed some nice heritage buildings, and a metal sculpture of ‘The Big Bogan’, which shows that the Shire has a sense of humour.

Views around Nyngan

The Big Bogan and other views of Nyngan

Bogan Lollyshop and Beancounters House in Nyngan

For lunch we stopped at Nyngan Rotary Park, which was a great spot for a picnic lunch.  There are plenty of places to park, there are BBQs and toilets, seats and benches, and plenty of walking paths.  As it was on the banks of the river, there were some great views along the river as well.

We had a picnic lunch at Rotary Park

We had a picnic lunch at Rotary Park

Once we had finished lunch it was back on the Mitchell Highway then onto the Barrier Highway for a few hundred metres until we reached the entrance to the Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park.

Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park

The Office/Reception area gives an immediate hint that things might be a bit different here.

There are two caravan/motorhome parking areas – there are about 10 gravel drive-through sites situated amongst a collection of cabins, and a separate large camping area without designated sites.  It was a bit like a showgrounds or something similar as there was plenty of space with power and water points situated at almost random locations around the place.  Still, somehow it worked out and we found a great site overlooking the river.  Plenty of other vans came in after us and they all seemed pretty happy as well.

We had a great chat with our neighbours Bob and Anne, and Anne even took a photo of us.

Ann & Shorty enjoying the river views at Nyngan Tourist Park

After settling in we went for a good walk around the park.  There are some very nice cabins here and there is even a camp kitchen with a gas pizza oven.

Cabins and a camp kitchen with a pizza oven

There is also a function area which has an interesting décor.

Interesting function area and decor

The amenities block at ‘our’ end of the caravan park also has a distinctive rustic ‘shearing shed’ décor.

Interesting “Shearing shed” decor at the amenities block

The caravan park also supplies half 44 gallon drums on legs and firewood, so there are several fires around the camping area.  It was a little unusual to see one of the campers with a wheel-barrow full of firewood.

Camper with a wheel-barrow of firewood

Back at Bertha we set up the BBQ and Ann cooked up a feast outside.  The temperature stayed a bit milder than we experienced the last few days so we even ate our dinner outside as well.

Ann cooking up a storm!

After dinner we packed away the BBQ and chairs and settled down in Bertha (with the heater on) for the evening.

We only travelled about 130 kms today and we are getting quite used to this slower pace.

Still living the dream!

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