I had a great time at Tibooburra. The camp commandant Sophie organised a communal campfire every night and 12-14 people gathered each night for a very enjoyable friendly chat. I was camped next to Rob and Judy, farmers from near Swan Hill and they were a lovely couple and we enjoyed lots of chats.

The road into Sturt national Park was pretty rough in places, so I think the road from Fort Grey to Innamincka will be much the same. At the moment I am the only person in the campground, which is very nice in this remote country. Lots of Coolabah trees in and around the camping area. My solitude did not last as a group of 6 caravans pulled in around 6 pm, but they were quiet, so it was a peaceful night.

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After arriving at Fort Grey I first changed into shorts and then went on a 6 KM walk to see Sturt’s Tree. He made a blaze on the tree in 1845 and it still stands with the help of 3 steel supports, which I left out of the photo. Sturt arrived here in 1844 exactly 100 years before I was born. While he was holed up here, because of the drought, three of his team explored the area and discovered Coopers Creek. As well as bringing a whaleboat to sail the inland sea Sturt also had two sailors in his team, so confident was he in finding a sea. He determined that there would be a sea by watching seabirds leaving Melbourne and Adelaide for Central Australia.

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The walk was over a couple of dunes, which were the classic red colour of central Australia (that stains everything and you can’t ever get it all out).

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After the dunes it was across dry Lake Pinaroo, which was quite a walk as the soil was very fine and it was like walking in sand. But I made it and I had all my safety gear just in case.  The Sturt tree was on the far shore of the lake that you can see faintly in the distance.

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Along the way I passed a log “fence” that the graziers placed to discourage stock from crossing, it saved them from digging holes, etc for proper fences.  But in places they had erected a wire fence and used a tree to save digging a post-hole, but they still had to drill through the hard wood by hand. They were tough people.

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There were some beautiful parrots among the Coolabahs, I think they were Mulga or Blue Winged Parrots, and I couldn’t finish a trip without at least one photo of some wildflowers. As well as the daisies there was the occasional tiny blue flower.

 

20170725-0589 Daisies at Sturt NP Med

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