17th March 2018–Cobar

Distance: 294 km
Fuel: 32 L

Left Hillston at just after 9am as is becoming a habit. The weather forecast was for a heat wave all over the state this weekend.

I had intended to stop at the old mining town of Mount Hope but it seemed very disappointing. There was the pub and a few modern metal sheds but no sign at all of the old township so I moved on.

The land was very dry and I saw lots of wild life at the side of the road as I drove; kangaroos resting in the shade of a tree, many goats scuttling across the road ahead  and the occasional emu.

180317 091 Dash Cam180317 093 Dash Cam

I stopped at a rest area about 50km outside Cobar which was once a gold mining area. The rest area had some mementos of that time.

180317 014 Gilgunnia Gold Fields180317 001 Gilgunnia Gold Fields180317 005 Gilgunnia Gold Fields180317 006 Gilgunnia Gold Fields

When I arrived in Cobar itself it was only midday so there was plenty of time to find the caravan park ($38 for a site – by far the most expensive place I have stayed at) and then find the tourist office.

180317 033 Cobar180317 038 Cobar Heritage Centre180317 041 Cobar Heritage Centre180317 045 Cobar Heritage Centre180317 047 Cobar Heritage Centre180317 048 Cobar Heritage Centre

Visited a couple of mine lookouts in the area. Everywhere there was old workings and deeps shafts.

180317 021 Cobar Fort Burke Lookout and New Cobar Open Cut Mine180317 026 Cobar Fort Burke Lookout and New Cobar Open Cut Mine180317 072 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 051 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 052 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 055 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 060 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 065 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 069 Cobar Peak Gold Mine180317 083 Cobar Slag Dump and  Great Cobar  Copper Mine180317 085 Cobar Slag Dump and  Great Cobar  Copper Mine180317 088 Cobar Slag Dump and  Great Cobar  Copper Mine

I also visited a local reservoir; a Mecca for bird watchers – nothing better illustrates the town’s desperate need for water. The islands in the map are high and dry.

180317 079 Cobar Newey Reservoir180317 078 Cobar Newey Reservoir180317 074 Cobar Newey Reservoir180317 080 Cobar Newey Reservoir

It was a very hot day fortunately humidity was only about 15% but even after the sun went down the temperature didn’t drop much.

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