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Three Rivers Run – Day 4 – Sandy Point to Balranald

We woke to a little rain and decided to pack up whilst it was only lightly sprinkling before heading into town to the visitor centre.

Shear Outback – the Shearers Hall Of Fame

Armed with a little more regional info we headed to the outskirts of Hay to Shear Outback – the Shearers Hall Of Fame.

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We wandered around the museum for quite awhile. It’s not a big museum but it had a lot interesting artifacts, recorded interviews and photos.

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An old stone wheel used to sharpen the shears and wool press
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Union Tickets
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It’s all in the crimples
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The evolution of Shears

They also do three live shearing demonstrations.  We had missed the first one, so we headed back to camp to hook Leeroy up and come back in time to catch the next one.

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The shearing shed where the demonstration is held is actually an old Murray Downs shearing shed that they dismantled, and transported to Hay for reassembly specifically for the museum – quite amazing really.

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holding pens
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Early style wheel geared shearing mechinisms
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Newer engine powered shearing gear
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Wool Press and Sorting Table
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Wool Press
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The exit pens

We had a quick bite to eat at the cafe attached to the museum, which was obviously also popular with the locals and oh boy did those gluten filled scones look amazing or what!!! Tash is being sympathetic and hasn’t yet indulged in any gluten yumminess, even though I’ve been pointing out the bakeries and cake shops – well someone else might call it scoffing rather than pointing out lol.

Balranald

After lunch we got hack on the road and headed towards Balranald. We weren’t sure how much of the rain they had received so had a few options as to where we might spend the night if the free camps were closed due to wet roads.

It rained reasonably steady all the way to Balranald so we opted for the warm showers and camp kitchen at the Balranald Caravan Park.

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We still had our water views
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Leeroy hiding in among the trees
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Murrumbidgee River

It rained very consistency for the night, so we were thankful to have the camp kitchen to cook in.

 

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