Bourke & Beyond!

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Saturday, 16 October 2010 – Thursday, 4 November 2010


We left home heading for Lightning Ridge!  The closer to The Ridge we got the worse the weather was… we could hardly see the lines on the road!  We arrived in The Ridge later than expected due to the torrential rain.  It was raining heavy on arrival so we decided to get a cabin instead of setting the camper up in the rain.  We vowed never to do that again – from this day on we would always set the camper up… reason = we had to go out in the rain and unpack the camper to get our clothes etc!  We got up the next morning and moved to a site and set up the camper and set off to explore the sights of Lightning Ridge – had a great stay here, we’ll be back!!

Welcome to Lightning Ridge!

Opal Fields

Astronomer’s Castle

Opal Fields


Underground Mine Tour


We left for Bourke and arrived at Kidman Camp.  A great spot to stay, right on the Darling River.  Unfortunately, we couldn’t go on the paddle steamer as the river was in flood.  We visited the Back O’ Bourke Exhibition Centre for some outback history!

The plan was to head to Tibooburra then onto Cameron Corner but due to a substantial amount of rain the dirt roads were closed so we had to rethink our route.  We stayed in Bourke another night and then redirected to Menindee.


Overnight stop at Cobar and a look around the town.


We free camped at Menindee Lakes for the night.  A very pretty spot.

We went to the caravan park first but then decided on free camping right on the lake.  We only had the one night here but would love to go back and spend some more time here on another trip.


Today we skipped across the border to South Australia and had a two night stay in Peterborough before heading up into the Flinders Ranges.

We had a quiet day with a walk around town and a restful day at camp.


We arrived at Rawnsley Park Station after a short trip North from Peterborough.

Rawnsley Park overlooks the southern side of Wilpena Pound and a perfect base to explore the Flinders Ranges.

We took a self guided 4wd trip to the neighbouring Arkapena Station as well as a trip North to Parachilna and Blinman – beautiful scenery all around!!

We walked up into Wilpena Pound – spectacular!

A little history:

The landmark of Wilpena Pound is a remnant valley floor from an ancient range of mountains that have been eroding away over millions of years. The higher walls of the pound are quartzite, a rock which is very resistant to weathering. Wilpena Pound, including the ranges, is approximately 17km long by 8km wide and covers an area of some 100km. The level floor of the Wilpena Pound is approximately 8km long and 4km wide.

This was a great walk… the last bit is fairly well straight up!  

We really enjoyed our time exploring the Flinders!

A big walk into Wilpena Pound with Caitlin asleep on his back most of the way!!

Gorgeous wild flowers

Dancing in Wilpena Pound


After our fabulous week at Rawnsley it was time to start heading in the direction of home!

We back tracked through Peterborough and back into NSW to stay at Broken Hill for two nights.

We went to the Royal Flying Doctor Services and had a tour, visited the Line of Lode Miner’s Memorial and had a trip out to Silverton.


Another quick overnight stop in Cobar and then onto Dubbo.  Caitlin’s 2nd Birthday was on the last day of our holiday so we took her to the zoo and had a lazy few days to end our trip!

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