A fairly lengthy trip over the Australia Day long weekend: Friday 25th - Monday 28th January, in a loop around NSW and southern QLD to Brisbane and back ....in my usual, winding, non-direct route. No real destination in mind, just wanted to wander for a bit.
Crossing the River Murray from Victoria into NSW on the Newell Highway just south of Tocumwal, NSW.
Heading north on the Kidman Way outside Coleambally, 70km south of Griffith, Riverina district, NSW
Heading west on Tipper Way between Mount Hope and Euabalong, central NSW (about 42deg outside at the time)
Looking out over the Peak gold mine from Fort Bourke Hill lookout, 3km south of Cobar, northern NSW (about 45deg outside at the time)
Welcome to Cobar and its mining industry, in northern NSW, with the panelvan outside the town's southern gateway (still around 45deg outside at the time)
Your usual outback road: heading east along Cooneybah Road, 35km west of Coolabah, northern NSW (about 43deg at the time)
Main street of Brewarrina, far northern NSW
A pic of the old girl at the motel in Brewarrina, NSW (just too hot to camp in the back, needed the air-con and a decent shower)
Heading north on Goodooga Road, halfway between Brewarrina and Goodooga, far northern NSW
Greetings from Lightning Ridge, opal mining capital of northern NSW
Driving along the main street of Dirranbandi, southern QLD
Silo murals in Thallon, southern QLD
Greetings from Texas!....well, at least the one in southern QLD
Heading east along the Bruxner Highway through the Dumaresq Valley towards the Great Dividing Range, northeastern NSW
Crossing the border over Mount Lindesay from NSW into QLD on the Mount Lindesay Road about 20km north of Woodenbong (yes, that's a genuine name!), QLD.
Woolloongabba stadium from the Wellington Road/Stanley Street intersection, South Brisbane
Crossing the Storey Bridge over the Brisbane River, central Brisbane
Driving through Kyogle on Summerland Way, northeastern NSW
Prince Street through the centre of Grafton, northeastern NSW
Cudgery Street through central Dorrigo, Northern Tablelands, northeastern NSW
Crossing the Great Dividing Range on the Thunderbolts Way, 20km north of Gloucester, North Coast NSW
Bolaro Street through central Dunedoo, central NSW
Topping up with power steering fluid in Wellington, central NSW (must've been all those twisting mountain roads crossing the Great Dividing Range)
Main Street through West Wyalong, western central NSW
Hello.....er, Hitler is it? A car with an noteable numberplate In the truckstop at Narrandera, southern NSW
Another border crossing: leaving NSW into Victoria over the river Murray by the Tocumwal Bridge onto the Goulburn Valley Highway again, just south of Tocumwal, NSW
Melbourne - Griffith - Euabalong - Cobar - Brewarrina - Goodooga - Lightning Ridge - Dirranbandi - Mungindi - Goondiwindi - Texas - Tenterfield - Beaudesert - Brisbane - Casino - Grafton - Coffs Harbour - Dorrigo - Walcha - Gloucester - Sydney - Dunedoo - Wellingotn - Parkes - West Wyalong - Narrandera - Melbourne
none (apart from camping in the back of a panelvan on super-warm humid evenings which made for some uncomfortable sleep at times)
Notes of interest: - Extreme weather (mid-40s in northern NSW) I thought might do the old girl in, but like last time I was in the area, she just kept going on, barely crossing the halfway mark on the temperature gauge despite hot northerly head-winds at times, running on LPG and with the air-con constantly on (you'd better believe it with those temperatures). LPG availability became an issue in the west and north of NSW, but thankfully not too much of an issue for a dual-fuel vehicle (still, $1/lt for LPG? ouch).The front-end still needs looking at, with all those outback tracks and gravel roads: still needs a realignment next time I get it serviced (steering wheel still shudders under heavy braking, a sure sign something in the front-end needs looking at). Should have looked at it before I left, to be honest.
- And not forgetting half of a 1lt bottle of power steering fluid. Very hot days, lots of twisting mountain roads up and then back down the hills.....I knew what that familiar screech was once I descended down from the Blue Mountains for fuel in Wellington. Something else to keep an eye on, hope I don't have a hose leak somewhere.
Final tally: around 4,750km