White Cliffs to Cobar, heading for Bourke

After a spectacular thunder and lightning storm last night, it’s still raining this morning. With an average rainfall of just 8″, it’s welcome here!¬† All the dirt roads are closed so we adjust our route and set off along the tarmac.

We pass kangaroos, one with a joey in-pouch. The scrub here is more lush, with some waist-high shrubs and dwarf trees.

We come across some bush melons, yellow fist-size fruits protected by long thorns. The story is that these were planted by Afghan camel drivers for their camels to eat back in the 1800s gold rushes, and now they grow unchecked save for the feral camels, the only creatures which eat them.

Saturday afternoon, Cobar to Bourke

The land is much more fertile now. The silver and green low shrubs threaded across the red and purple desert soils of this morning have given way to green carpets either side of tussocky grasses, white flowers, creeping purple plants and 10meter-tall stands of trees, the dark trunks black against the soft greens.

We pass some big red cattle, half-hidden amongst the vegetation. For the past two days, every few hours¬† we’ve driven across cattle-grids in the dual-lane tarmac road, as we cross from one station into another. Stations here run to several thousand acres. In the Northern Territory they can be even bigger. There’s a new hit tv series out here just started called “Keeping Up with the Joneses” about a family farming 1.2m acres – maybe you can take a look online for it

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