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  • This was our adventure trip to the Outback of Australia. The cool spring weather was beginning to warm up and spring flowers were starting to appear after the rains. We headed off from Clunes, making our way through various the various country towns and over the dividing range into the flat country beyond. We watched the landscape slowly change as we drove the hundreds of kilometres each day.

    The biggest drive was on our first day when we travelled 825 km from Clunes -> Casino -> Tenterfield -> Glen Innes -> Inverell -> Moree -> Walgett -> Brewarrina. The second day was a little more slow going due to the poor condition of the roads we travelled on, getting us to Bourke -> Wanaaring and then to our second nights camp spot about a 100 ks east of Tibooburra (about 413 ks).

    The third day we made it to Sturt National Park and all the way to Cameron’s Corner before heading back part way back towards Tibooburra.

    The next day got us quickly to Tibooburra and then the long crawl south toward Broken Hill. We turned off just before the town and headed towards Mutawintji National Park, which is of aboriginal significance. This is definitely a detour worth taking for the breathtaking views (about 404ks).

    The fifth day we headed finally to some decent roads, the Barrier Highway and made our way to Wilcannia -> Cobar and Nyngan where we spent the night (about 520 ks).

    The sixth day we headed to Warren -> Gilgandra then to the Warrumbungles National Park. It had great ‘reviews’ but when compared to where we’d just been, it felt a little over-rated. We headed through and ended up in Tamworth where we spent the night (about 441 ks).

    The seventh day was a little more relaxed with a trip to Armidale and then some little detours before spending the night beside the Nymboida river just out of Nymboida (about 270 ks).

    We finally made it home the next day after just over 3000 over kilometres of travel.

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    Our travel route in light blue
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    Our first outback curiosity - someone's rather eccentric front yard
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    Canola - but not under cultivation. There appears to be a problem with seed spread into the environment (West of Moree)
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    Nevertheless, it makes a pretty sight as one drives along
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    A short break to take some photographs (West of Moree)
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    Another 'escapee' from the fields, this time it's cotton (and we have the heads)
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    Heading towards Walgett and the landscape is now mostly flat country
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    Our first nights' campsite - about 4 ks out of Brewarrina on the Barwon River
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    Leaving the campsite in the morning
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    A taste of the flat country
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    We saw many flocks of Cockatiels. This is one small flock we managed to capture with the camera
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    Was shaping up to be a hot day
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    Finally we arrive at Bourke
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    The post office in Bourke
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    Bourke was a major inland port that utilised the Darling River. The old wharf has been rebuilt here for the tourists
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    Heading out literally to the back of Bourke
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    The last of the sealed road from Bourke
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    The start of the unsealed road to nowhere
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    Long straight red dirt roads
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    One of those 'towns' that are made up of just a pub.
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    The first of the red dirt and dead trees from lack of moisture - although it did rain just a few days before we arrived
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    Our first lizard sighting - this is a bearded dragon
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    Vehicles were few and far between.
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    Some desert roadside grasses
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    The desert flowers were just coming into bloom. These are helicrysums
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    A male emu and his chicks. See video of them running
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    The tufts of dead grass provide the quintessential Australian desert look
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    Break for lunch
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    This kangaroo (amongst others) lost its life attempting to get at the last remains of water in this artesian water well
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    The ubiquitous windmill that pumps up bore water - this one wasn't working
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    Not sure what the story is here, but death seemed quite common in the desert
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    Love the red and blue contrast in colours
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    Long straight dirt roads that seem to go on forever
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    These small 'gibber' stones form the many gibber plains in the desert (also creates a very bumpy ride). Gibber stones are the crumbled remains of ancient mountains.
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    Despite the seeming lack of water, there was plenty of bird life and we saw dozens of bird nests. This one belongs to a falcon
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    More pretty desert flowers
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    Lizard tracks
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    Emu tracks
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    Hardened surface of what was once a dam
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    Dead trunk of the Mulga tree - these are the main trees found in the region
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    Young crow just on the verge of leaving the nest. It flew off for the first time that evening
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    The hue of sunset where we camped the second night ... along a dusty lonely road
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    We had a great view of the sunset that evening
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    You can just about see how the aboriginal flag came about
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    My interpretation of the previous image
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    Sunrise the next morning
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    Another one of those nests, but note the two Mulga Parrots to the right
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    Another emu family, this one with younger chicks. I want one!
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    Dad walks, chicks run
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    Large family group of Apostle birds feeding by the side of the road
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    Creek beds were usually dry
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    Not sure why anyone farms sheep in the hot desert
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    Finally we arrive at Sturt National Park where the 'corner country' resides
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    More emus - by now, they were becoming a little 'ho-hum' as we'd seen so many along the way (nearly ploughed into one when it ran in front of the car)
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    Tibooburra - a frontier goldmining town on the edge of the Sturt National Park.
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    Zebra finches near a watering hole
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    Finally, we get to see wild budgerigars up close
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    A big Red male
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    Short billed corellas in a tree
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    and in flight
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    The 'Jump ups' more like falling down - crumbling moutains of a very ancient continent
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    At the top of the Jump Ups
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    People live here!
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    Gate to Queensland - part of the dingo fence that divides NSW from QLD and attempts to keep the dingoes where they belong - in QLD!
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    Dingo fence
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    Another gate through the Dingo fence - this one opens into South Australia
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    Finally, at Cameron's Corner - the post marks the point where the states of New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia meet
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    After a drink at the only pub in the area, we head back into NSW
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    We arrive at more middle of nowhere
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    Sunset on our third night - in a dried out dam this time
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    The camp spot in the morning - the hardened base of the dam was as smooth and hard as concrete (well, almost)
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    We stopped at a dam (this time with water) for breakfast
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    A Pink Eared Duck creates a little ripple as it swims across the pond
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    Crested doves arriving for a morning drink
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    Pointing to nowhere
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    Just plenty of flat treeless land (180° view)
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    After the decay of a moutain, the quartz component of the rocks remain, leaving a white stoned landscape
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    'Ruins' of an early pionner family home at Milparinka
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    A very large salt pan lake that went on for several kilometers - and yes, the 'water' is just a mirage
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    More helicrysums (or better known as paper daisies)
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    Think this was a kangaroo