Trilby Station – Lightning Ridge – Copeton Dam

Saturday, 12 April 2014 – Sunday, 27 April 2014

MEDOWIE – NYNGAN

Where we stayed:  Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park, NSW

Today sees us back in the car heading for Trilby Station for a week and then further on after that. First stop is Nyngan for the night.  We checked into the Nyngan Riverside Tourist Park for the night – nice spot, grassy sites.

Our campsite

Our campsite

Campsites on the River

Caravan Park on the river

NYNGAN – COBAR – TRILBY STATION

Where we stayed:  Trilby Station, Louth, NSW

Up early and set off to Trilby Station with a quick stop at the Cobar sign to get the obligatory pic!

We stopped in Louth at the Pub for lunch and then a short drive to reach our destination – Trilby Station!

Cobar!!

TRILBY STATION

Where we stayed:  Trilby Station, Louth, NSW

Trilby Station is a working sheep station about 25kms from the township of Louth.  Beautiful private campsites right on the Darling River.

Little bit of history:
Once a part of the legendary million acre Dunlop, first in the world to complete a sheep shearing by mechanical means in 1888, Trilby Station is 320,000 acres these days, running approx 24,000 Merino sheep and an extensive goat enterprise. The Murray family trace their settlement on the Darling River near Louth back six generations to 1860 when Andrew Murray, from County Galway, Ireland, purchased 60 acres of land for 60 pounds sterling.; building the Shamrock Inn.

We stayed at Trilby Station for a week and loved every minute – we will definitely be back!  Upon arrival you are provided with a “Mud Map” of the station… there is approximately 90kms of self guided tracks around the station which kept us more than amused!  Dams are dotted around the station and you can try your hand at catching a yabbie – we did get a few, not a meal but a few…

Welcome to Trilby Station

Our campsite – HORA

Tough view of the Darling River from our campsite

Tough view of the Darling River from our campsite

Sheep around the station

Mud Map Touring around the Station.

Mud Map Touring around the Station.

Mud Map Touring around the Station.

Mud Map Touring around the Station.

Mud Map Touring around the Station – the old homestead

Mud Map Touring around the Station – the old homestead

Mud Map Touring around the Station – the old homestead

Mud Map Touring around the Station – the old homestead

Mud Map Touring around the Station

THE QUIRKY LIGHTNING RIDGE

Where we stayed:  Opal Caravan Park

After a very relaxing and fabulous week at Trilby Station it was time to move on and head to Lightning Ridge.  We had friends and my parents joining us for the rest of our trip.  We booked into the Opal Caravan Park at The Ridge for 4 nights.

We have been to the Ridge back in 2010 and loved it and were keen to bring the kids back (Caitlin wasn’t quite 2 when we were here last time).  We did all the tourist things in Lightning Ridge.  The Car Door Tours are fabulous and cover a lot of the attractions the Ridge has to offer. Great for the kids as they can follow the map along.  Lots to see and do!!  We also went out to the Club in the Scrub, Glengarry Hilton and Sheepyard Inn – a must do!

Welcome to Lightning Ridge!!

Amigo’s Castle

Amigo’s Castle

Astronomer’s Castle

Bottle House

Dog House @ the Bottle House

The Double Decker!!

The Club in the Scrub

@ the Glengarry Hilton

The Glengarry Hilton

The Glengarry Hilton

The Sheepyard Inn

@ The Sheepyard Inn

The Sheepyard Inn

Underground Mine Tour

Underground Mine Tour

Underground Mine Tour

Underground Mine Tour

Stanley the Emu!

LET’S GO TO QLD FOR LUNCH!!

Today we popped over the border to QLD for lunch at the Hebel Pub!!

Hebel Pub, QLD

Hebel Pub, QLD

Hebel Pub, QLD

Hebel Pub, QLD

Hebel Pub, QLD

Hebel Pub, QLD

COPETON DAM

Where we stayed:  Copeton Dam

We finished off our trip with a peaceful 4 night stay at Copeton Dam.  Lovely spot with lots of room for camping.

Copeton Dam

Copeton Dam

Copeton Dam

Copeton Dam

Copeton Dam

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