Lightning Ridge

The track from Trilby Station to Louth was mainly bull dust. This is very fine soft talculm powder like dust and it kicks up a big dust cloud that you can see for several kilometres. The occasional vehicle coming from the other direction leaves you unable to see for several seconds until you eventually emerge from their dust cloud. Sadly for us we didn't realise that the tailgate on our campervan wasn't properly closed. It was only when we stopped several hours later that we found the back of the campervan and all our bedding completely coated in a thick layer of bull dust. Getting rid of it took days. We also had a mechanical problem in as much as our air con belt broke. Not serious in its self but when the temperature is in the high 30's it is pretty uncomfortable. We stopped at Brewarrina and although there were 2 small garages there they didn't have the correct air con belt. The only place in this area where we would be sure to get one was Lightning Ridge.

We have visited Lightning Ridge before and it is similar to Coober Pedy. Again a whacky place where they mine opals. In this case black opals. There is every conceivable repair shop here and every spare part for almost every vehicle can be found in Lightning Ridge and sure enough they had our air con belt and fixed it for us the next day. As we said, we have spent time in this unusual place before and one of our favourite Australian artists resides and has an art gallery here. John Murray paints outback Australian scenes, wildlife and rusting 'utes' with some humour attached. The mural in the second photo is one of his pieces.

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