|We spent our day in Lightning Ridge following a number of designated tourist drives, all marked with different coloured car doors; visiting an underground opal mine and a number of the many shops selling opal jewellery. Apart from an opal charm for my bracelet nothing else jumped out and said "buy me".
We have been very surprised at how green the countryside is and I think we're seeing it at its best. Leaving L/Ridge we travelled through Walgett and not far down the road to the outskirts of Brewarrina where we stopped for the night next to the Barwon River where much to John's disgust the fish were literally jumping out of the water, but I think most of them were carp.
Sunday saw us moving on through Bourke where there wasn't a soul to be seen, into Cobar, which we found to be quite a nice,progressive small town and on to Broken Hill. We didn't stay there as we had decided to make our way south to the Menindee Lakes for a few days and then head back to B/Hill for about a week before heading into South Australia.
We have found a great spot on the edge of Pamamaroo Lake where quite a number of others have set up. The road in was bone jarring, teeth rattling corrugated red dirt but it was worth it. John has found a fishing mate so he's happy and has just come home with a couple of yellow belly (fish, for those not in the know). The fish are jumping out of the water here too.
The township of Menindee (pop. 981) doesn't amount to much but the Lake system is spectacular and the Kinchega National Park is close by. We took a drive this morning into the Nat. Park to the Kinchega Woolshed, built in 1875 but it hasn't been in use since 1967. Unfortunately a lot of the other tracks in the park were closed so we didn't get to see much more.
The sunsets over the lake are so beautiful the camera has been working overtime.