LR to Home 2021

     As the saying goes " All good things come to an end" and that was the case with the end of our week long stay at Lightning Ridge. The adventure continued for Deb & Col and Pam & Rob but not on the planned route as floodwaters closed roads around the Walgett area. Hence on leaving Walgett we headed south for overnight stay at Coonamble and then onto Warren and Nyngan, the home of the Big Bogan.

   Our journey south from Nyngan to Condobolin passed through the towns of Tottenham which claims to be the centre of NSW, Albert with the memorable Rabbit Trap Pub, Tullamore and Fifield. Gum Bend Lake at Condo was our freecamp for 2 nights and whilst there viewed "The Utes in the Paddock" on a very cold and windy morning and witnessed a great sunset over the lake.

   Onto Lake Cargellico and what a gem....great caravan park, walks around the Lake to a well kept country town. We did short drives to two weirs which control water flow into the Lake. It was sad to leave after five days, however our drive further west to Hillston was picturesque with the mountain ranges in the distance and the passage over the range was enjoyed after such flat landscape of previous days. Hillston was another pleasant town with so much to see, however we enjoyed the High Street Heritage Walk which started by crossing the Swing Bridge over the Lachlan River.

   Continued our journey down the Kidman Highway to Merriwagga home of the Black Stump Hotel ( many towns claim this name ) and memorial to Pioneer Women. After our walk around moved on to Goolgowi for overnight stop at pleasant caravan park.

   After a drive around Griffith we moved onto Leeton which is a smaller town with beautiful Artdeco buildings....particularly The Roxy Theature. We enjoyed an interesting guided tour of the Yanco Agriculture School....this happened by chance as we drove in through the wrong gate....glad we made mistake !

   As the nights were becoming noticeably colder our thoughts of home comforts were prominent however Debbie reminded us"Not going home till 23rd !" At Narrandera we saw the painted Water Tower and had morning tea by the river near The Brewery Flats site. Lunch at Ganmain and of course had Ganmain pie from the Bakery before settling for overnight stay at Coolamon. We visited the Fire Museum and the Up-to-Date store, both highly recommended.

   No one could go to Junee and not visit The Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory and purchases were made. Also enjoyed morning tea at this tastefully restored former flour mill. Our second last night was at Murrumburrah/Harden. We had sunny day to view the recently completed Silo, however poor viewing due to inappropriate tree planting. The Harden showground was great with new amenities and additional sites with power and water for $20. However we experienced our coldest night there - minus 1.3 deg - severe frost and ice in the billy next morning.....b u r r !

   We made our way to Yass via Binalong for a warming coffee as it was still windy and cold. Continued our journey on via Gunning for lunch and then overnight stay at Goulburn. An interesting trip to the Outback regional towns was ending but the memories will linger on. An enjoyable breakfast was had at Trappers prior to the run home.

Report by Pam and Debbie