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Mungo Run 2017 – Day 8 – Kinchega to Cobar

The morning didn’t start off too great when we managed to not put a stabiliser leg up correctly resulting in a very cracked stabiliser leg needing to be removed from the van before we’d even left the campsite *Sigh*.

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The offending leg

After fixing our little ‘issue’ and getting on the road, we headed back to the fuel stop in town to fill up and grab another of those ice cold chocolate milks.

It was then onto the Menindee-Wilcannia Rd to start the homeward trek. The track across to Wilcannia was one of the more difficult we encountered, lots of different roads, sandy, loose gravel, corrugated, hard dirt with about 150km taking us nearly 3 hours.

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Hard Red top road
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The landscape changed almost as much as the road.

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The boys are not very clean!
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The rains from about 4 weeks ago has painted some lovely greens across the plains.
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Chunky gravel is always fun – or not so much!
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A very dry Bonley Creek, creek bed.
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The rains have collected in the little streams but haven’t made their way to the creek, creating a little green oasis along the roadside.
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Spoonies!

Oh my goodness i love these little guys. We found them hanging out on one of the floodplains by the roadside. Of course they were hanging out where the water was still pooled, which also meant the road had suffered when the rains went through and the road crew had ‘fixed’ the road with a few inches of slippery, boggy sand – not so good for pulling over with a truck and trailer.

After pulling a few U-Turns we managed to find an edge hard enough to pull over on and attempted to get some shots, unfortunately all the little skittish birds scared them off before i get any decent photos.

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Needed waders and camouflage to get any closer, oh and no little skittish birdies.
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Black necked stilts
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Ducks flying away
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Ducks landing
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More ducks

We arrived into Wilcannia and conducted the always glamorous task of emptying and cleaning the porta-pottie. There are some totally stunning, and absolutely unexpected sandstone buildings. An unexpected spot to put on the “return to” list.

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Historic sandstone building possibly used by merchants trading on the Darling River
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Police Station

From Wilcannia we were headed for our stop for the night – Cobar. We arrived at Newey Reserve, a gorgeous free camp site right next to the reservoir.

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The Newey was built in 1910 as a 150,000 cubic yard reservoir in an attempt to combat the lack of water Cobar suffers.
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In times of rain, the reservoir is big enough for recreational power boats to use.
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Yay more Spoonies!

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… and there they go again LOL
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A great little spot for kids to fish and play.
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Pop the Top and we’re done for the night.
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Cooking dinner by sunset.
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Sunset over the Reservoir.

 

 

2 thoughts on “Mungo Run 2017 – Day 8 – Kinchega to Cobar

  1. Hahaha … Cougar did the same thing to our van. Had the leg down and decided to move the van a touch and snap. Awesome photos . Man it must of been hot !

    1. Haha yeah we weren’t laughing at the time LOL … one of the days was a stinker and one night was bad but otherwise it wasn’t too bad probably no worse than being at home I reckon.

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