Left Tibooburra early for the relatively short drive to Cameron Corner, we wanted to arrive early and set up camp before it got too hot.
The roads today were more red and sandy than the last few days as we headed closer to the Strzlecki Desert.
Today saw us drive through the Sturt National Park and along the dog fence, passing through the dog fence at Cameron Corner.
We arrived at Cameron Corner around 11am (but gained an hour as the store is located in Qld so it was only l0am!).
We arrived and went to the corner store to pay for our camping and have a quick drink at the bar. Camping was $10 per night, with $5 of that going to the Royal Flying Doctors Service.
With the $5, they rolled it up with a tack in it and you have to throw it up for it to stick on the roof! Between our three groups we all had a go at it and only George and Ben managed to get them to stick!
After setting up camp we went for a drive around the property and then took a drive back to Fort Grey campground and had some lunch there, while Mark and Ben and the kids went for a mini bushwalk.
We headed back to Cameron Corner via Queensland side and the Fortville Gate
Today's temperature was 31 degrees at 9.30am today! Daytime temperatures were around the low-mid 40's for most of the day. These temperatures were alot lower than what we were expecting and prepared for. We had been told to expect around 50 degrees at this time of year.
Luckily there was a breeze at night which kept things more comfortable.
After lunch we drove through an area which was completely filled with kangaroos and lots of babies aswell. Some of these guys were huge and although we have seen so many kangaroos the last few days, we haven't seen this many together. When we got back to camp, we were talking to the owners and they said that there is absolutely no water around and most of these poor guys will be dead in the next few months. It's just part of outback life, but very sad nonetheless.
Up early this morning to pack up camp ready for our next move to Tibooburra.
Today saw us travel through Packsaddle and Milparinka. During the days of coach and camel travel, a horse exchange and hotel were located and named 'Packsaddle Hotel'. Nothing else is there today other than a pub/roadhouse. Worth a visit though, nice little roadhouse and the food is great! Awesome chips and gravy!
We found the "tool tree" and also a lake which we took a drive down to. The green lake was quite large and had a swan and other birds residing in it. Also saw a guy kite surfing down there .... in the middle of the outback!!
Milparinka was once a thriving town, when gold was discovered in the 1870's a rush to the corner country began, but gold was never found at Milparinka. Instead, they found water. Nowadays there is nothing left, other than a few old buildings which have been restored. We had a look around the buildings, George flushed a frog down the toilet!, and we had a beer in the pub.
We took a drive out to James Pooles grave and had a bit of a history lesson! From Milparinka it was a fairly short drive to Tibooburra. We were all pulled over by the local cop for breath testing on the way in!
We settled in to our bush camp for the night at Dead Horse Gully in the Sturt National Park. Such a nice spot, only a km or two out of town, but so nice and quiet. There was only 2 other people staying there.
It's 14 days until we head off on our next trip. This one will be a short outback trip to Cameron Corner for New Year's Eve. Cameron Corner is located at the border of NSW, SA & QLD. This unique location means that we can celebrate NYE three times due to the differing time zones!
We will leave on boxing day and our itinerary is as follows:
-Broken Hill / Silverton
This will be the new car's first trip so will be interesting to see how it goes. Kylie & Ben will be taking our old car and Mark & Virginia and their kids, Mariann and Anthony, will be coming along aswell. Although only a very quick trip, will be great to get out of Sydney during such a busy time of the year. Just not looking forward to the 45-50 degree heat and thousands of flies!