Here we sit …………….

Here we sit, awaiting Balranald’s finest and only mechanic to return from a funeral across the border in Swan Hill, bringing with him the part that Nitro Nellie Nissan requires to restore her to health. As luck would have it, the boot and general shearer’s wardrobe store had a sale on Redback Boots  this was fortuitous as my own ever comfortable and sturdy pair have sat close to one too many campfires and walked one too many miles and are ready for retirement as their blessed but melted soles squeaked with the sound of split soles.

sue was also able to purchase a mighty fine ‘Hilltop Winter’ proof coat – no doubt developed for shearer wear.

Our buddies and loyal comrades have forged a path towards home ( as we are only really 800 km from home on blacktop).
Shades of 2012 with five relaxing but dusty days in Birdsville, but with one important difference – we should be driving out not flying , this time.
This gives us the opportunity to walk Balranald’s street – which we have done – and to learn about the heyday of Balranald. There as a time when the bars were filled with shearers, the wharves filled with Merinos and the Murrumbidgee chocked with paddle Steamers carting wool, livestock, supplies and people throughout the late 1800s and early 1900s. The town was first gazetted in 1851 but has a much longer history as part of the Mutthi Mutthi Nations.
The first telephone to be used in Australia was installed in the nearby Yanga Homestead. James Cromyn, nephew of Alexander Bell installed it with instructions from his uncle, to allow communication between the homestead and the shearer’s quarters.
Burke and Wills crossed the Murrumbidgee here on September 15th 1860 and set up camp XX just outside of (what is now) town. A mere 20 years later, the town was a riotous throng with a population of 400 soimage image image imageuls, 5 stores and 6 hotels.
More later …….. should we remain…………

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10 responses to “Here we sit …………….

  1. Thank goodness for comfortable lodgings and a heater !! At least you are in or near civilization this time. What some do to get an extended holiday !!!
    C U sometime Lv PMS

  2. how’s the elite goulbourne caravan fairing up?

    • Hi Chris – we love it. It travelled well around the Mereenie Loop and the length of the Oodnadatta Track. Tough, comfortable, easy to tow and operate. The gas heating that we installed just prior to this trip was invaluable in the desert as there were some very cool nights. We are currently planning her next big trip to the Kimberley via the Tanami Track and out on the Gibb River Road – absolutely confident that she will take on these with ease (not withstanding the pilot driving to conditions of course 🙂

      • thanks, glad all is going well. I am looking at buying the Goulbourn, did you upgrade your suspension to suit the van ?

      • No need. It came with Cruise Master suspension which is superb. No movement inside the van at all. No dust either (at all) with the forced positive pressure hatch but we were generally travelling in front so may be different travelling behind another van.

  3. sorry I meant your vehicle.

  4. aha – sorry. yes – we put in Old Man Emu heavy duty but more for off road work (Simpson Desert, Cape York etc) when we first purchased the Patrol.

  5. Tracy Sinclair

    We are looking at purchasing a new Elite Goulburn Off Roader We are based in Perth WA and will likely need to travel to VIC to buy one as the price for new in WA is quite a few thousand more dollars than in the East Are you able to provide any feedback please We have a Ford Ranger 2014 tow vehicle

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