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Day 6 - Innamincka to Birdsville

We got up nice and early so we could get to the mechanics and buy a new tire. We had a lady take the tire off the rim. It was quite quick to be over and done with so we were back out on the road by about 9:50am.

We took the Cordillo Downs road north towards Birdsville. The road for most of the trip was quite smooth and comfortable driving but in some parts in was very corrugated and rough. Some parts were even soft and sandy. On the way we saw an old sheep shearing shed which in its peek held the record for the most sheep shorn in one season.

We also stopped at the Cadelga Homestead ruins, the people that lived there had to abandon their property during a really bad drought.

Along this road there were lots of gates – I had to get out heaps of times to open and close them so we could pass. It got very annoying.

When we arrived in Birdsville we met one of dad’s friends from the Land Rover Club, after talking to them for a while Dad and I spent some time walking the river banks taking photos of the hundreds of birds there.

We had dinner at the Birdsville pub with Dad’s friends. I had Steak and chips that was YUMMY :food:

Josh

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Day 5 - An Extra Day in Innamincka

Day 5 was a very unplanned and boring day. :ThD:  The problem was because we blew the tire the day before we now had no spare tires for the trailer and dad and I thought it was too risky to try and keep going without any spares. We tried going to the mechanics in Innamincka but it was shut because it was Sunday. We had to wait ‘till the next day before we could get a new spare. That meant we had a whole day to waste.

We started off by blogging some more as you have probably seen. The only problem was the internet was REALLY, REALLY SLOW. The actual blogging wasn’t so bad but uploading the photos to the gallery was horrendous! It took us nearly 1 hour to upload only 7.4MB! :grrPC:

By that stage it was about 11am so we decided to go for a drive without the trailer. We saw lots of cool things like a memorial to the explorer Wills (second in charge under Bourke), Kings site (another one of Bourke’s men) and the Jolokia 1 geothermal well.

We headed back to the hotel and just decided to bludge for the rest of the day. From about 3pm onwards we fiddled with photos, dad read his book and we both watched some T.V.

We had an early night so we could get going early the next morning.

Josh

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Day 4 - Cameron Corner to Innamincka

On day 4 we drove from Cameron’s Corner to Innamincka via the Bore track. Before we left dad fueled the car up and bought some ice and a Cameron’s Corner cap souvenir for me J (thanks dad). We had met a man the night before in the campsite who was going the same way but was alone. Dad agreed to travel with him as far as Innamincka. The Bore track was a real mix of good smooth road, rocky and hard road and corrugated and bumpy. The drive wasn’t very interesting because we didn’t see any animals or anything but flat plains, sand dunes and plants.

When we arrived we had a look in the trading post (Innamincka’s only shop aside from the Hotel) everything was really expensive. I wanted to buy another hat but they were $25ea so I thought that was a bit too expensive. I bought a fluro green Innamincka stubby holder instead.

We decided to go for a drive to Cullyamurra Waterhole and the grave the famous explorer Robert O’Hara Bourke. He was the leader of the great Victorian expedition (the first European men to cross Australia South to North). Apart from the heat the water hole was great. There was a lot of different birds like pelicans, willy wag tails, pidgeons, cormorants and some eagles (we also found the eagles nests) we took lots of photos.

We also visited the dig tree. This is located at the site of Bourke and Wills 1860 base camp on Cooper Creek. Many people think the dig tree has a face carved into it but it turns out this is not true. The dig tree has words carved into it and about 10 metres away from it another tree to remember Bourke. In that tree there is a face carved.

On the way back from the dig tree about 20km out of Innamincka we blew our second tire on the trailer ( that meant that we had no more spares for the trailer.  :( ) Dad and I were very disappointed.

We got back to Innamincka very annoyed so we decided to book a hotel room just to chill out. It was really nice to sleep in a bed.

Josh

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Arrived in Alice - now we can catch up 5 days blogging!

We finally arrived this evening in Alice Springs…. after a 10 1/2 hour stint behind the wheel and 806 km…. most of it corrugated dirt and sand :drive:

Over the next 24 hours we will catch up the posts and photos. Josh is averaging about 150 photos a day  8O   so we have a little editorial work to do!

The girls join us tomorrow – so plenty to do before they arrive…

We’ll post again soon..

M

Day 3 - Tibooburra to Cameron Corner

DAY 3

On day 3 we drove from Tibooburra to Cameron Corner. Cameron Corner was a place I was really looking forward to going to. Cameron Corner is where the borders of SA, NSW and QLD meet. That basically means that you can stand in SA then take two steps towards the right you can be in NSW then if you take two steps forward you can be in QLD then two steps two steps towards the left puts you back in SA. When we got up I was really excited and we set off just like any other day until approx. 20km down the road we blew our first tire. L.  Dad had to change the tire in the middle of nowhere and after that we had to drive back to Tibooburra to find a mechanic. We found a very helpful mechanic who helped us take the wrecked tire off the rim and put the tire that we had without a rim onto the rim. J.

After that minor problem it was smooth sailing all the way to Fort Gray which is about 25km out of Cameron’s Corner. This is where we decided to have lunch. BIG MISTAKE! The amount of flies at Fort Gray was outrageous! We also decided to go on a walk out of Fort Gray it was very interesting but extraordinarily hot.

After the walk we dragged ourselves to the car, crawled in and put the air conditioner on. We continued driving to Cameron Corner once we arrived we went to the real geographic point of the 3 states meeting. We because the post is sort of high and chained off it was very hard to take pictures of but dad and I still came out with one or two good pics.

After having a can of coke at the Corner store dad and I set up camp. We met some other people in camp site one was guy doing the same sort of trip as us but he was on a trail bike and he was on his OWN! We also met an older man driving to the same place as us so we agreed to drive together the next day.
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Josh

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Day 2 - Pooncarie to Tibooburra

DAY 2!!!

We started the just like the one before long and boring driving until while we were driving from Pooncarie to Menindee lakes we saw  a guy driving an commodore coming towards us. Dad slowed down to let him go past but the commodore started to fishtail and slammed into the edge post of a cattle grate right in front of us. :) It was quite funny but he stopped next to us so I tried not to laugh. Dad got out and helped make sure the car was ok and then we were back on our way.

After we calmed down from that we were back to driving long, straight roads. We stopped on top of a hill to get some photos of what the country side looked like. I took photos of the long straight road, some of the native flora and attempted a panorama (a series of photos joined together to make one big picture) but I failed.

The next town we came to was Menindee. This was one of the places famous explorers Bourke and Wills camped but today they grow lots of grapes there.  We then followed a good tarmac road to Broken Hill. This is where we had lunch. QUICK FACT: Broken Hill was the original of Australia’s huge mining company BHP (Broken Hill Proprietary)

After refueling we headed north to Milparika where we were going to camp at Depot Poole. This is the famous camp site of the explorer Charles Sturt.

The road north was a real mix of short tarmac sessions and gravel, some very rocky, some very corrugated and some soft and sandy.

When we got to Depot Poole all we found was a barren gibber plain so we decided to continue north to the next town called Tibooburra. We stayed at the caravan park. It was very comfortable because we had electricity J! Dad took me to the Tibooburra hotel for dinner we both had a chicken parma. It was DELICIOUS!
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Josh

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Day 1 - Home to Pooncarie

DAY 1!!!

We left off a bit late because of rain the night before. Our first stop was the bank in Mitcham. Dad went to get some money while I stayed in the car. It seemed ok until I leant over to get a puzzle book from my bag to solve the problem of boredom. The alarm went absolutely mental, dad conveniently locked the car and set the alarm <(+_+)>. I sat very still for while so the alarm stopped, I thought maybe I could get away with it this time but… I was wrong, the alarm went mental again but just as it started dad walked around the corner from the bank. Nothing much until we got to Bulleen. We were driving along in pretty heavy traffic so dad decided to take another route but the traffic stopped about 1 metre over the turning lane so it was only about half the normal size. Normal people would just wait for the traffic but nope dad said “WE’VE GOT A 4X4 WE MIGHT AS WELL USE IT!”, and with that drove straight over the nature strip and into the turning lane. The next stop was in Bendigo at the Beachworth Bakery where I had a shepherd’s pie and a caramel slice for desert, dad had a pastie. After that it was pretty boring driving along the freeway and the cool thing that happened was us crossing the Murray river into NSW! About 5km into NSW we decided to stop in Wentworth for dinner at a small fish – n – chip shop called the hot potato café. Dad and I had the 2 best burgers ever they were awesome! :eat:
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Josh

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Yes we are still here!!

We are currently in Innaminka – as you might have guessed the next G coverage for a Prepaid internet has zero :cry:

There is no mobile phome coverage at all here – and the connection I am using here is Satellite — so reminds me of days gone by with Dial up!

We have to spend an extra day here as we last our second spare on the trailer yesterday afternoon – and being sunday today can’t get it replaced until tomorrow.

We are safe and well and having a terrifc adventure – so I’ll try and upload some images and get off here so Josh can post a bit about whats been happening!