26th November 2020–Taking the Waters

Distance: 154km
Fuel: 42L

It was going to be hot today, in the event it got to over 37’C and looking at the forecast it is not going to get any better next week – 42’ on the weekend.

The morning was fine, about 21’ while I was having breakfast, the trees in the park are alive with birds every morning and evening, Magpies, parrots, honey eaters and Pee Wees in abundance. A pair of these parrots watched me eat breakfast.

Lakeview Caravan Park Lake Cargelligo

First drive of the day was to the supermarket to buy milk but as the morning started to heat up decided to look for water so it was off to Lake Cargelligo Weir about 20km outside town.

Lake Cargelligo WeirLake Cargelligo WeirLake Cargelligo WeirLake Cargelligo Weir

In typical Australian fashion the weir and the water control area was fenced and sign posted to warn of the perils. Unfortunately the ends of the fence were wrapped round a tree near the creek banks and you could just walk round it.

This weir is a regulator that controls the amount of water going to Lake Cargelligo or allows it to flow to the Lachlan River (as I understand it). There seems to be no water shortage here.

Lake Cargelligo WeirLake Cargelligo Weir

Next stop was Curlew Waters, I must admit the water was very inviting so I had a paddle.

Curlew WatersCurlew Waters

The entry road to Curlew Waters was lined with a cluster of letter boxes, common in rural areas where the postman only visits the end of the track.

Deliverance Country

I decided to follow the dirt road to where these properties were.

vlcsnap-2020-11-27-07h12m26s742Curlew Waters

Real Deliverance country. Smile

Back to the caravan park for lunch after which I decided to visit Deadmans Point on the outskirts of town.

Deadmans PointDeadmans Point

This was the site of an Aboriginal Midden and a Sheep Wash – basically the sheep were driven into the water, submerged and made to swim ashore to clean their fleece.

Lake Cargelligo Deadmans PointLake Cargelligo Deadmans Point

The next trip was a complete washout. I had been told that Booberoi Weir was worth a visit so I drove to Euabalong but I just couldn’t find the weir at all.

In the late afternoon re-erected my awning which was done much more efficiently this time.

Lakeview Caravan Park Lake Cargelligo

I think I might start leaving the gazebo at home when I am travelling by myself, this is much lighter and, with practice, easier to put up and take down.

In the evening a branch decided to fall off the tree next to my camp site – a good reason not to have gum trees in your garden they have a habit of shedding branches.

Fallen Branch

I had originally few plans for this trip other than to get out of the house for a bit. I don’t think I have ever travelled this late in the spring. I had intended to go west but the heat coming in from northern and central Australia is likely to continue so tomorrow I am going to Orange where it is a little cooler from there I can decide if I will continue – it will all depend on the weather forecast but that is not looking good.

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