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  • This album covers our outback trip from Packsaddle along the Silverton Highway (which is made up of sealed and unsealed roads) to home

    We turned off just before Broken Hill 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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    Another one of those one building (the pub) towns - Packsaddle
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    More road side wildflowers
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    A Corella at its' nest hole in the campgrounds of the Mutawintji National Park where we camped the fourth night
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    An Australian Mallee Ringneck parrot just above our tent
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    An Apostle bird feeding its young
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    More Apostle birds
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    Not shown, but there were at least 30 other camping groups in the park - it's the most people we had seen in days
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    Not sure what species of kangaroo this is, but they sure had long ears
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    We went on a very early morning walk to view the red ocre colours of the hills
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    Aboriginal painting (or stencils)
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    Another dry river bed - was great to walk in
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    Aboriginal rock carvings. This is a frog or "Marta mara"
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    Sand Goanna or "Thaakurlu"
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    Not sure what this one is
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    Rock formations
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    More rock carvings? or vandalism?
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    Feral goats were plentiful. If you love mutton and can hunt, you wouldn't starve in the desert
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    An abandoned mine not far from the National Park
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    Our usual morning tea stop
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    Some folk just have to play in the mud
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    This Shingleback lizard hissed at us for taking too many photos of it
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    Wilcannia - slowly becoming a ghost town
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    but still has some nice old buildings
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    Heading out of Wilcannia - aboriginal mission homes in the background
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    Cobar
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    Courthouse at Nyngan
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    We're starting to get into agricultural country now. Fields of new wheat covered the landscape
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    More roadside flowers
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    Canola fields
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    Wild Verbena as far as the eye can see
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    Heading towards the Warrumbungles National Park.
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    The Siding Spring Observatory is visible on the hill
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    Mother and joey in pouch - these roos weren't really afraid of humans
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    The jagged rock formations that characterise the Warrumbungles. We were a tad disappointed with this National Park as we found it too sanitized for the tourists
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    More wild flowers in the National Park
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    Siding Spring Observatory
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    The telescope within - Australia's largest optical telescope
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    We camped by the riverside in Tamworth on our second last night
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    From a lookout just north of Tamworth
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    Bug collection
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    Upper Ebor falls
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    Lower Ebor Falls
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    Upper and Lower Ebor Falls
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    Cluster of postboxes at the village(?) of Billy's Creek
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    The Nymboida river where we camped on our last night