Tour to Flinders Ranges

Tuesday, May 31, 2011 at 15:21

Member - Terry E (NSW)

This is a bit late but at the end of last year I managed to get two weeks respite from caring for my mother and with my brother Ken took off on the inaugural journey with my GIC Off Road Camper. We travelled west to Orange, Parkes and Condoblin and stopped the first night at a rest area 15km south of Condoblin at Wallaroi Creek. I had camped here before a few times but on the opposite side to the now established rest area ( just a table) With all the rain the prolific growth of grass , Patersons curse and weed had overgrown the previous spot where I camped and it wasn`t reconisable. Next day we made our way toward Hillston stopping off at Ballyrogan Weir. ( another great camp spot) From Hillston we went to Mossgiel, Ivanhoe and had intended to follow the rail line to Menindee but the road was closed so we continued on to Willcannia. ( petrol $1.58 ltr. dearest we paid)and made camp just west of town. Next day we made our way to Broken Hill, Yunta, Peterborough and on up into the Flinders Ranges where we stopped a few days, camping at Tezona Camp on the Brachina Gorge Road. We left the cam,per set up here and over the next few days toured the Aroona Valley, Brachina Gorge, Moralana Scenic Route, Bunyeroo Valley, Glass Gorge Track. Overall the ranges as always were spectacular , clothed in a mantle of green and purple with other wild flowers such as wild hops. The creek crossings showed signs of the all the damage from recent rain. There were lots of Kangaroos and Emus with their young chicks. At the Kanyaka Homestead Ruins we met Explore Oz member Signman. On the way home we travelled through Hawker, Quorn and the old ghost town of Hammond which always worth a stop. Then on to Jamestown, Burra and a camp in Burra Creek Gorge, a great camp spot off the main road from Burra to Eudunda. I found this spot many years ago when nothing was there but now it is a well established camp site and just a donation as a fee. WE travelled on to Morgan a jem of a town on the Murray and then on to Barmera and Berri where we camped just south of town on the Murray River. That night it bucketed down with rain and was still pooring the next morning. Being in black soil most travellers would know what a mess this can be so I dare not try to leave while it was raining. Late afternoon we agreed to try and get out as we felt the track out had dried sufficient for us to pack up engage 4wd and give it a go. fortunately we made it out. we continued home via Mildura Hay, Narranderra, Coolamon, Junee and made our last camp at Sandy Beach an excellent spot on the Murrumbidgee River near Wantabadgery. This was once just a raw riverside reserve but the Junee Council has done an excellent job erecting sheltered tables, fireplaces, water taps, and new toilets. That night it poored raining once again and never stopped all the way home to Sydney. We even packed up in the rain and was surprised how well we packed away the camper in the conditionss. The camper performed well although it does let the dust in but not a drop of water. We found with the two of us it was easy to erect and fold up. WE never took the enclosed awning with us as there is plenty of room without it. Overall we travelled 3,763km and spent $674 on petrol.
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