Darling River Run

After leaving Broken Hill we arrived in Wilcannia at lunchtime. We refuelled and topped up with supplies and here picked up an outback track that runs alongside the Darling river for over 300km. It is actually a shortcut as the main highway goes a long way round but it will probably take us longer as we can only travel at slow speeds. It also has the advantage of sending us through a place called Tilpa where only a handful of people live and the only service is a pub. It is an excellent outback pub which we visited last year. It rained heavily whilst we were there and we were stuck for 3 days. The locals looked after us well and even cooked us breakfast. All tracks that lead to Tilpa are closed after rain.

Driving on the outback tracks is one of our favourite bits about visiting Australia although they can be slow, bumpy and dusty. Definately the best parts are the early morning and late evening. When travelling the track at sunset the bush takes on a softer golden glow and more wildlife appear. Emus, which other years we’ve only seen in ones and twos were crossing the track in larger groups and most had babies. Herds of wild goats scatter, kangaroos make an appearance, flocks of galahs (grey and pink parrots) fly at the side of us in what appears to be a game and cattle stand their ground and it’s us that have to go round them.

By the time arrived at Tilpa we were ready for a rest and cooling beer.

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