So . . . like many Aussies our overseas holiday was cancelled because of the COVID pandemic.
What to do? Where to go? Like the rest of Australia we’ve decided to hit the road in search of a little adventure — to break the boredom at home.
Our destination is outback Broken Hill and we’re driving a bright orange Citroen C5 Aircross (beep if you see us).
Reckon we won’t see another car like this one out there.
Day Eleven, and we’re off from Ivanhoe to Goolgowi, a distance of about 320km (you’ve probably never hear of either place and neither had I).
Along the way we have stops planned at Mossgiel, Hilston, Merriwagga. Not sure how to pronounce the first one and you’ve probably heard of none of them either (I hadn’t).
But first a quick whip around Ivanhoe where we spent the night at the Ivanhoe Hotel.
It confirmed our initial suspicions — there’s not much to see in this one ‘Knight’ stand.
The bangers and mash however are some of the best.
A wrong turn found us doing a little unplanned off-roading and true to form the C5 Aircross never missed a beat, although it could do with a little more ground clearance.
If nothing else this trip has given us a new found respect for the Citroen brand and the car.
Mossgiel the route notes say consists of one house and a community hall.
Afraid we must have been looking the other way, because we missed the town/locality completely.
Between Mossgiel and Hilston we were peppered with flying insects in the final 20km of dirt road (we think grasshoppers).
Hilston is a bustling agricultural community with some 1500 residents.
There’s a few things worth checking out, such as the Swing Bridge and Lake Woorabinda, a man-made lake for water-skiing that is circled by a walking track.
Not sure what happened to the water because the only skiing that is going to be taking place there anytime soon is grass skiing.
This seems to be the case with a lot of the towns that we have passed through because the tourist information predates the drought.
Red Dust and Paddy Melons Gallery is also worth a look where you can find some interesting artwork and banana jam.
More to come tomorrow.
Another rusting truck.
The accommodation at Ivanhoe.
A wind-powered pump.
Ivanhoe railway station.
Ivanhoe General Store.
The swing bridge at Hilston.
Black Stump Hotel.
Black Stump Trading Post.
A jukebox full of CDs.
The barmaid is standing . . . seriously!
Memorial to Pioneer Woman of the Merriwagga District.
The wide open spaces go one forever.
Not sure what this is about.
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