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Mungo Run – Day 7 – Kinchega NP

After a very restless and sleepless night due to the temperature and total lack of breeze it was a bit of a slow start to the morning watching the boaties drive on by hoping for a good catch on the river. We managed to get our act together and head off to the other side of the park to check out the historic Kinchega woolshed.

Kinchega Woolshed

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The Killing Shed – the station needed to be self-sufficient to feed the family and workers.
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One of the old engines that would have provided power the station.

There’s lots of old machinery, tools and equipment on the grounds and inside the woolshed giving a really good insight into how the old shed would have functioned.

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The historic Kinchega Woolshed.

Sometime before the 1920’s the western end of the Woolshed was demolished, and the shed would have been twice the size of the current Woolshed.

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Crab Winch and Boom – used to help lift bales of wool onto the bullock wagons, so get them onto the waiting paddle steamers.

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Steam Traction Engine, provided power to the station until about 1920.
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Inside the woolshed’s machine workshop.
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The floor of the woolshed and one of the old wool presses.
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The old “Dust Flocker” – used to shake and beat the dust out of the wool.
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An old hand operated C Koerstz wool press

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Humble & Sons Wool Press
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Old cart
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Full view of the C Koerstz Wool Press.
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The Shearer’s Line.
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The shearer’s Line
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Out the ramp to the sorting pens

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Looking back to the Woolshed from the pens
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The holding pens. The sheep were moved up here for a few hours before being moved into the smaller pens inside to help them cool down, making shearing easier.

From the woolshed we took the river road back to camp

The old Homestead

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The ruins of the old Homestead.
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The brickworks – not a whole lot left of the old homestead anymore unfortunately.
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If you look closely there’s more than bricks to be found.
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The foundations.
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The old chimney is almost the only recognisable feature.

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These little guys are not your friend !!!! and they were everywhere in their millions at the homestead.
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The billabong.
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The old pump and power machinery stills rusting on the hill above the billabong.
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Emu Bush
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Emu Bush
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More of the old machinery around the homestead.
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The natural environment slowly reclaiming the homestead grounds.
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The bend of the Darling River where the Billabong drains into.

From the homestead ruins we drove the remainder of “River Drive” heading out of the park and back out to the main road.

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Flood Height measurements and in 1976 we would have been well under water!

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More wildlife running away from me LOL
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Somebody’s got a  little joey that doesn’t want to leave home.
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Clearly a toolbox meeting going on here.
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There’s always that one that is late!

Menindee Lake System

After exiting the park, we headed off to see if there was any water in Lake Menindee. We managed to find a way to get somewhat close to the water.

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Gates at the Lake Menindee Inlet Regulator.

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Lake Menindee

From Lake Menindee we headed out to Copi Dam and across to Lake Pamamaroo and Main Weir.

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Main Weir at Lake Pamamaroo.
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One of the campsites used by the Burke and Wills expedition between October 1860 to January 1861.
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2nd campsite of the Burke and Wills Expedition
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Lake Pamamaroo – from a distance it seems like dead trees, up close they are still very much alive.
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Lake Pamamaroo
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Lake Pamamaroo

After checking out the lakes we headed back to camp hoping for a breeze, which thankfully we found. We also got a lovely sunset over the river.

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Sunset on the Darling River, Kinchega NP
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