Where are we now?

Where are we now?
Where are we now? Tahmoor, NSW. Updated 7th December 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

Day 8. Finley to Hay

Hit the Hay 'Flood' Plains...

After a yummy breakfast, Scarlett helped Andrew round up the sheep and 'drove' them on the quad bike from one paddock to another, before jumping in the tractor and ploughing the field ready for a new season crop to be sown.

Bec packed the caravan and then finally had her first ride on the quad bike to check the Alpaca's before we said our farewells to Liane and Andrew, who have been the perfect hosts during our 'mini' farm stay. They will both be sorely missed, and Scarlett is already asking us "When are we going back?" Thank you both very much for an unforgetable country experience!

We stopped in Deniliquin for a quick bite and a walk around town, and Scarlett asked to get her photo taken with 'the cool ute over there'. No problems! She was talking about the Deni Ute Muster Mosaic Ute that is now on permanent display in a local park.

Due to the flooding down south in Victoria, we decided to head north up to Hay and try and cross into South Australia from up there. The Cobb Highway has only just been re-opened (due to the flooding), and it still has a fair amount of water over the road. We stopped and checked out the "Long Paddock" at "The Black Swamp" which we discovered only fills with water every twenty or thirty years (which is how we found it). The birdlife alone was an amazing site! Here, we also read the folk story about the two Drovers and the Headless Horseman.

I think the Hay Plains needs to be re-named the Hay 'Flood' Plains, as we were very surprised how much water is still over the road and in the fields. Scarlett wanted us to stop in the middle of the highway so she could go for a swim, but unfortunately there was nowhere to pull over. It would of made an amazing photo!

Tonight we are staying in the Hay Caravan Park (Top Tourist Park), as the free camping sites we were planning at staying at are all closed due to recent flooding. never mind, as the powered site we have only cost $28 and its very close to the town centre. As a bonus, it's just down the road from the Shearing Hall of Fame - where we plan to visit tomorrow.

A hearty BBQ dinner of Andrew and Liane's home grown lamb chops, while enjoying an amazing outback sunset finished the day on a perfect note....

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