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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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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.