Australia: Road to Broken Hill NSW

The month of May presented to us the chance to roam around New South Wales and realise a long held dream to drive to Broken Hill.

This outback town located not far from the desert border of South Australia is a bit of an arts and historic mecca. Reason enough I figured to visit.

Our driving plan followed the coastal route from the Queensland border into New South Wales, then veered inland from Port Macquarie, with stops at Walcha and Gunnedah. After that, we headed further west to Gilgandra, Dubbo, Nyngan, Cobar, Wilcannia and White Cliffs to finally reach Broken Hill.

So, with our little Austrak camper trailer hitched to the car, our first stop was the seaside town of Urunga. A caravan park perched right on the river made the ideal stopover for a couple of nights.

Urunga’s claim to fame – its fabulous boardwalk to the ocean
Good long walk from Urunga to Hungry Head Beach
Hubby downed a few good ales here
Boys like these rightly honoured every April 25

Further south, we caught up with friends in their and our favourite NSW coastal camping spot – Hat Head. This little village has a good beach and plenty of hiking around the pictureque headlands.

Hat Head Beach
Hike to O’Connor’s Beach
Headland hike
Getting close to our camper were these friendly roos

Veering slightly inland along Waterfall Way, our next stop was beautiful Bellingen. George Negus and David Helfgott put Bellingen on the map when they bought into this bohemian, laid back area years ago. Landslides have closed the Waterfall Way further north, so be prepared to turn back.

Bellingen
Loads of interesting shops to poke around in. Walked out of Awl Leather with a pair of 70s toe sandals which I love.

A little further west, we arrived in Walcha, finding it much much cooler than our Queensland abode. Summer is officially over, so when the temps here plumetted to -2C, we didn’t hesitate in immersing ourselves in warm fires, hot coffee and plenty of bone warming rums. Waking up to an ice clad camper certainly added a whole ‘nother dimension to our camping experience, though our Arctic sleeping bags did their job admirably.

Our thawed out little camper
Sculptures abound in this delightful town
A bit far from the sea, but this whale sculpture is truly magnificent
Street upon street of autumn hues
A European tilt on the Walcha cafe scene
Opening hours are 9.30 to 12.30 Monday to Friday. Good to see country banks are open for business.
Not far from Walcha is the fabulous Apsley falls hike. Once there were stairs descending to the pool.
The slate rock gorge is stunning

Gunnedah in Dorothea Mackellar country was our next stop. This beautifully painted silo features her well known poem ‘My Country’. I’m betting my first born that there wouldn’t be an Aussie out there who couldn’t recite parts of it and who hasn’t got a flood, drought or bushfire story to tell.

Downtown Gunnedah

Agriculturally rich in wheat, beef, sheep, canola and maize, Gunnedah hosts Australia’s largest agricultural show. The Gunnedah Rural Museum is extensive and goes a long way to telling the district’s ag story.

Sure is a fine Arnotts biscuit tin collection

More coming … couldn’t fit it all in one blog!

4 thoughts on “Australia: Road to Broken Hill NSW

  1. Fabulous Wendy. Pat and I have been to Wilcannia and found a very shmick caravan park out of town on the river. Left hand side of the road heading towards Sydney. It had just been built. The ablutions block was 5 star. Hope it’s still there and kept its standard. I will see if I can find any photos. ❣️

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