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30 September & 1 October 2010 – Parkes to Sydney NSW

30 September 2010

This was our last day on the safari.

We shared a cooked breakfast before saying our goodbyes. Unlike other WRVC events, we did not have a hollow feeling as we know we will see a lot of our new friends again either at the Victorian Christmas Party that we will attend . . . → Read More: 30 September & 1 October 2010 – Parkes to Sydney NSW

29 September 2010 – Nyngan to Parkes NSW

We awoke to a very cool morning and shorts were replaced with long pants.

After breakfast we departed with the group being given three different options for the trip to Parkes. The only requirement was that we needed to be in Parkes and ready to depart for a bus trip by 3:30pm We . . . → Read More: 29 September 2010 – Nyngan to Parkes NSW

28 September 2010 – Nyngan NSW

A day of rest. “She” had a trip into town to visit a patchwork shop, “He” spent time catching up on the blog, We walked around the caravan park and took photographs of the area flooded as a result of the high level of the Bogan River. There was a lot of talking done . . . → Read More: 28 September 2010 – Nyngan NSW

27 September 2010 – Emmdale to Nyngan NSW

Much to our surprise we had an excellent night’s sleep bearing in mind that we were free camping in a remote area and that was something we had not done before. We awoke to another brilliant day of clear blue sky.

As has been the practice during the safari, we gathered for a community . . . → Read More: 27 September 2010 – Emmdale to Nyngan NSW

26 September 2010 – White Cliffs to Emmdale NSW

We started the day with another continental breakfast on what appeared to be another perfect outback day. Today we realised that we would be commencing our journey back towards home when we returned to Wilcannia and turn left. We have now reached a point where we know most of the people in the group . . . → Read More: 26 September 2010 – White Cliffs to Emmdale NSW

25 September 2010 – White Cliffs NSW

The sky was overcast early in the morning but cleared to a clear day. Our day started with a delicious breakfast of sausage, bacon and eggs.

Today was a free day with only breakfast and an evening meal forming past of the safari itinerary. One of the safarities was able to organise a tour . . . → Read More: 25 September 2010 – White Cliffs NSW

24 September 2010 – Tilpa to White Cliffs NSW

We awoke to another day of clear blue sky. Prior to breakfast “He” went for a walk to locate the local war memorial where the famous name of Harry Harbord “Breaker” Morant is recorded. Harry at some time was a local of Tilpa.

Our trip plan today saw us heading north before turning west . . . → Read More: 24 September 2010 – Tilpa to White Cliffs NSW

23 September 2010 – Louth to Tilpa NSW

We all slept in today with breakfast scheduled for 8:30am rather than the usual 8:00am. We got up when the alarm sounded at 7:00am and for the first time since leaving home, we were forced to use all the facilities in the motor home.

It is appropriate to record the benefits of travelling . . . → Read More: 23 September 2010 – Louth to Tilpa NSW

22 September 2010 – Bourke to Louth NSW

As predicted and for the first time this trip, “He” dressed in a tee shirt and shorts. As we move west, the temperature has increased with tops of about 28 forecast over coming days. Nights are still relatively cool.

We enjoyed another continental breakfast and during our morning briefing, we agreed to take the . . . → Read More: 22 September 2010 – Bourke to Louth NSW

21 September 2010 – Lightning Ridge to Bourke NSW

It is amazing how quickly the ground dries. Our camp area that was a bog 48 hours earlier is now virtually dry hard dirt. We also have “wall to wall” blue sky.

Whist having breakfast, we learnt that the side trip to a nearby opal field had been cancelled as there was concern with . . . → Read More: 21 September 2010 – Lightning Ridge to Bourke NSW

20 September 2010 – Lightning Ridge NSW

Due to our group going on an early bus tour, we shared an excellent cooked breakfast at 7:30am. Last night was relatively warm but we still managed to have a good sleep. Fortunately the rain stopped during the night.

We departed at 9:30am with Black Opal Tours with Chuck our driver. We recommend this . . . → Read More: 20 September 2010 – Lightning Ridge NSW

19 September 2010 – Moree to Lightning Ridge NSW

It was overcast when we awoke and it started to spit whilst we were sharing a continental breakfast with our fellow safarites. Our drive today was around the 270 kilometre mark so we decided to leave as soon as possible.

We were the fifth motor home to leave and by the time we arrived . . . → Read More: 19 September 2010 – Moree to Lightning Ridge NSW

18 September 2010 – Yarrie Lake to Moree NSW

We awoke to a picture perfect day and were afforded the opportunity to photograph some reflections in Yarrie Lake. We shared a continental breakfast with the group and were ready to depart by 9:30am.

Our instructions indicated that we should travel back to the Newell Highway via the unpaved road that we arrive on . . . → Read More: 18 September 2010 – Yarrie Lake to Moree NSW

17 September 2010 – Yarrie Lake NSW

We awoke just before sunrise and took the opportunity to photograph the lake with the rising sun. This certainly is a beautiful part of the day.

After a cooked breakfast (this was one of the best bacon, egg and sausage meal we have ever had) we invited our friends to travel with us to . . . → Read More: 17 September 2010 – Yarrie Lake NSW

16 September 2010 – Coonabarabran to Yarrie Lake NSW

Breakfast was at 8:00am and prior to that we both had showers in the motor home.

Our trip today was around the 100k mark so we had time to have a look around the town. One of our friends was born in Coonabarabran and lived here for a couple of years. Together with he . . . → Read More: 16 September 2010 – Coonabarabran to Yarrie Lake NSW

15 September 2010 – Mudgee to Coonabarabran NSW

Ten years ago the Sydney Olympic Games opened, today we started the first travel leg of the safari with a drive of just under 200 kilometres.

Our day started just after 6:30am when “He” woke and decided to get up. It never ceases to amaze us that when we are home and going to . . . → Read More: 15 September 2010 – Mudgee to Coonabarabran NSW

14 September 2010 – Mudgee NSW

We awoke to an overcast morning and a prediction of rain. Today was Day 1 of the safari with the participants required to arrive during the day. We had also decreed the day as a “nothing” day. We intended to “veg” out and “He” intended to totally clear his mind of work. This we . . . → Read More: 14 September 2010 – Mudgee NSW

13 September 2010 – Mudgee NSW

Rain was predicted today but it remained fine. Following another visit to a supermarket, we refuelled and then headed back into Mudgee where we had lunch with our best man and his wife who we had not seen for about 30 years.

We returned to the caravan park mid afternoon and met several other . . . → Read More: 13 September 2010 – Mudgee NSW

12 September 2010 – Bathurst to Mudgee NSW

Our trip distance today was around the 120k mark so we had no pressure for an early start. As a result of an early night, we both awoke early, took our time in getting ready but we were still ready to leave at 9:00am.

We took a detour into Bathurst with the intent . . . → Read More: 12 September 2010 – Bathurst to Mudgee NSW

11 September 2010 – Sydney to Bathurst NSW

About 12 months ago we decided to commit to join the 2010 Winnebago Outback Opal Safari. For months now, we have been counting down the days until our chosen departure date,.

After saying a long goodbye to our family, we departed home at 8:20am and headed to Penrith where we visited the Caravan and . . . → Read More: 11 September 2010 – Sydney to Bathurst NSW

Winnebago RV Club Outback Opal Safari 2010 – Preamble

The time is fast approaching for us to prepare to leave home to travel to Mudgee NSW for the start of this event.

In the past 24 hours, NSW outback has experienced significant rain fall with the following road closures posted on the NSW RTA web site today.  We are planning to travel on . . . → Read More: Winnebago RV Club Outback Opal Safari 2010 – Preamble