Date: 5th June 2020
Travelled: 215 kms from Moree to Walgett in the North-West Region of New South Wales
Visited: Collarenebri and Walgett
Stayed: Rotary Park free with services. S30.033604, E148.115921
Heading west on the Gwydir Highway we soon leave Moree behind. We are passed by a Police car 5 kms out of town, it is one of only two car that pass us before we reach Collarenebri some 100 or more kms away. Other than that its the odd piece of farm machinery and 6 or 7 concrete trucks heading the other way.
What we do see is thousands of hectares of cotton. The cotton fields are mainly on the northern side of the Gwydir Highway and we pass huge paddocks for approximately 50 kms. From time to time a sign for a turn off to some companies gin.
We arrive in Collarenebri in time for a late lunch and half an hours rest. It was a lot smaller than we had imagined, just a pub and a general store really. It does have a nice picnic area with restrooms near the river, so we park under a tree and relax.
It’s another 45 minutes on to Walgett. An easy drive, with little traffic. We arrive just after 3 pm and you can already feel the chill. There is a council caravan park at the showgrounds for $25, we drive out for a look. It’s about 3 kms out of town, it looks a little neglected and doesn’t appear to have anyone staying there. There‘s also Rotary Park, a council ’primitive camping area’ on the southern side of town with all facilities other than power, its free. So we take the cheaper option. We are soon joined by two other vehicles.
Pam goes for a walk whilst I finish off yesterday’s blog. There was no where to eat out, so we cooked some fish and enjoyed a drink in the camper. We watched the final episode of Chernobyl, we are not recommending the purchase of a used Russian RBMK Reactor to our friends.
Another quiet night passes. It starts a bit frosty but the camper soon warms up with the heater on and the sun climbing a little higher. We head off to walk the back streets of Walgett and find a coffee.
So that’s Walgett. A convenient rest spot at best. We probably should have pushed on to Lightning Ridge yesterday, but you don’t know if you don’t go. We did manage to get a good coffee at the mini-mart / gun shop before packing up the Winnebago, doing the usual services. Next stop Lightning Ridge.
Michael + Pam