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Mungo Run – Day 6 – Mungo to Menindee

Well, the time to leave Mungo had finally arrived. We packed up and headed out of the park via top hat road, our destination Menindee.

We hadn’t had any service in the park and i wasn’t sure at what point we might get service, so before we left i punched in the we survived text to our folks and hit send so whenever we did hit a service spot it would zing its way to them. It felt a little strange exiting the park after nearly 4 days of no service, papers, news etc, a little like entering the unknown.

Pooncarie

As we arrived into Pooncarie we also hit mobile service, and that’s when the notifications started. I decided to pull into the rest area and let the phone catch up, whilst we stretched our legs and checked out the Darling River. We really do need the equivalent of Ctrl Alt Delete on phones!

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Short stop at Pooncarie
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Darling River at Pooncarie
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Darling River at Pooncarie

From Pooncarie it was back to the dirt roads and barren landscapes until we hit Menindee.

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Wide dusty roads
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Very barren Mallee scrub
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Very harsh environments out this way
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Noooo, dont run away again. Damn Emu’s. They were sitting in the water, never seen them sit in water before!

Menindee

The return to black top signaled we weren’t too far away from Menindee. Once in Menindee we refueled the truck and jerry cans, and grabbed the coldest, yummiest chocolate milk from the servo – it was like heaven!

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We found black top again.

Kinchega National Park

The entrance to Kinchega National Park is only a few kms from the centre of town.

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Kinchega National Park – Menindee
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Back to dirt roads in the National Park

We stopped at the park info rotunda, grabbed our camping slip and map and headed off down river drive to find a campsite. We settled on campsite 9.

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The Darling River at Kinchega NP, and the view upstream from our campsite.
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The Darling River at Kinchega NP, and the view downstream from our campsite.
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All set up on site number 9.
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It was a hot and muggy work, with no breeze hence the somewhat pained face.
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There are about 34 sites in the NP, all along the river, all have drive in, drive out access, but are different shapes and sizes.

With the trailer all set up, we headed off for a short drive down to Weir 32.

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Weir 32
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Kind of like fishing in a barrel for pelicans ?
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They were big buggers, but no idea what they were.
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How long is that tail! Haven’t noticed the different colours in the tail before.
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Lazy fishing as the water falls over the weir.
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It’s clearly an accepted behaviour though 🙂

From the Weir we made a last minute decision to duck across to the Shearer’s quarters for a quick shower – albeit minus towels and toiletries LOL .. thank goodness we had some old towels in the car. Clean water was better than nothing, after a very muggy hot day.

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