Day 14 – White Cliffs – Paroo-Darling NP

We got up this morning, and as it’s pretty cold. Went to put the fan heater on, nope nothing.  We realised there’s no 240v power.  Liam said he saw the microwave (that needs 240) clock 20 or 30 mins ago, but it’s out now.   We overhear some other people talking about a power outage, so it’s not just us. Fortunately, like most places, its warmer out in the sun than inside the van in the morning,

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Day 12, Cameron Corner run (oh, and someone’s birthday!)

Alarm set for 7, but after being awake since 6, I’m up just after 6:30.   It’s a really fresh morning in the van as we’ve got no power for either the electric or diesel heater.  No one wants to get out from under the blankets.   Eventually we all get going.  Justine packs food just in case we can’t cross.  I get the car ready.   Just before we leave we talk to the park supervisor to see what options we have for power.  She says we can use the generator during the day and without much conviction, says she will let us know if she can allocate a powered site if someone else leaves.

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Day 11 Wanaaring to Tibooburra

While I wake several times during the early morning,  at about 7 I wake to the sound of rain, it’s not heavy, but given we’re on this muddy river bank and the road out is a steep track back to the roadway I figure we shouldn’t hang around.   As it turns out after about 15mins the rain stops, so the urgency is gone, but we’re up now, so while we’ll go we can afford to wash and pack up properly.  Our shoes now have literally 2cm of mud stuck to the bottom of them, this is mud like I’ve never seen before.  It is like glue.  It is the literal shit on a stick.  A stick will not get it off!  I need to change shoes to get in the car to drive off.

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Day 10 – Brewarrina to Wanaaring

Fresh, but at least it’s not raining.  Oddly it still seems to take us nearly and hour and a half to get up, feed, and packed ready to go.  The track out is pretty easy in the end, and we drive back to town to visit the Brewarrina Fish Traps at the Aboriginal Cultural Museum.  I’d read about these while researching the trip.  Considered the oldest man-made structures in the world.

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