Date: 9th June 2020
Travelled: 281 kms from Bourke to Warren in the North-West Region of New South Wales
Visited: Nyngan and Warren
Stayed: Macquarie Caravan Park $28 with all services. S31.69505, E147.84006
We turn the motorhome southeast taking the Mitchell Highway once again. Filling with diesel on the edge of town, I complain to the attendant about the smell outside. ‘There’s a very dairy farm smell out there’ I say. The old fellow responds ‘the Gidgee trees are in blossom’. He goes on to explain the Gidgee is a low shrubby tree with yellow flowers, they stink, particularly when in blossom. They are common around Bourke and the outback beyond.
Our original plan was to stay the night in Nyngan. However we find the main two attractions the museum and wool shed are both closed as is the caravan park.
So we walk the Main Street for 20 minutes, order a coffee and review our options. It’s another 160 kms to Gilgandra. Warren is a smaller town and it‘s only another 80+ kms. The Macquarie Caravan Park has some good reviews, so Warren it is.
Anyway that was Nyngan, we finish our coffee and continue southwest on the Mitchell still straight as a gun barrel. 60 kms later at Nevertire we turn for Warren along the Oxley Highway.
We find the Macquarie Caravan Park, just over the river. Soon as we are settled, we head off for a walk into Warren. Wandering the Main Street and shops. Pam lingers thinking about some jacket, despite my absolute lack of enthusiasm. Luckily she is just as enthusiastic about the Club House Hotel when I suggest a drink.
Whilst I’m trying to order a couple of drinks Pam suggestS to the Publican that it‘s bloody freezing and suggests he turns on a heater. She may not have been that polite. The drinks are put on hold, the Publican walks over to the fireplace, produces a match and the mood changes (note the cover photo). So we enjoy our drinks chatting to the other patrons about fly strike and the price of cotton.
Warmed by the fire and friendly conversation we wander back home to the camper on dark. We get the campsite BBQ going and cook our dinner as we chat about our day…
Michael + Pam