Darling River Run

Submitted: Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 15:44
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Just returned from trip which included the Darling River Run.
Just a warning for people like us who don't do enough research, Pooncarie does not have fuel, even though our map says it does, they have not had any for 12 months according to a local gent there.
Mungo National Park drive can be closed for more than a week after rain, even though the visitor centre does not tell you when you pay for the day pass.
Menindee Lakes Drive should be called the Menindee Dust Bowl Drive.
It gets cold at nights.
I'll get there someday, or die wanting to.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 16:37

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 16:37
Thanks for that, Ian. Wife and I will be doing the Darling run shortly.
We were at Mungo last year and were looking forward to seeing some of the ancient sites and were bitterly disappointed when we got there to discover that the guides are only there during school holidays. We usually get off the road during school hols, and so wasted a trip visiting something that, without the guide, really had nothing to offer.
Agree iob Menindee, but I love Kinchega, so will spin by the dust bowl again.
The hurrieder I go, the behinder I get. (Lewis Carroll-Alice In Wonderland)

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Follow Up By: Sand Man (SA) - Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 18:00

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 18:00
Ah Jack,

You too did not prepare enough in advance methinks.

You should have accessed and printed down the treknotes for Mungo National Park on this site, like we have. It gives you all the information you need, including the fact that no fuel is available at Pooncarie.

The map and accompanying treknotes give you complete driving directions. Who needs a guide??? That is for bus bound tourists.

We are heading there for the June long weekend and are confident that we are fully "armed" for a great weekend.


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Reply By: brushmarx - Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:40

Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:40
Hi Bill
I agree partly to your reply to Jack, but have found that too much time researching places can reduce he impact of the area. Seen the pictures, read the info, may as well not go there.
We have a more of a "suck it and see" principal, if we manage to find the place, and it's open, we see things we have not seen in detail before. Spare fuel gets us to the next safe supply, or has so far anyway.
Sure, some disapointments are hit, but the surprises are more meaningful.
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