Cobar Mining Town

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Saturday, September 22, 2012

Cobar Day 2

After a peaceful early night sleep my alarm woke us up at 5.15am. I could hear the birds tweeting & the Kookaburras laughing in the gum trees near our caravan. The sun had just made an appearance in the sky. I did the long trek to the loos then came back & put the kettle on, got dressed then tried to drag everyone out of bed which took me to 5.40am. We had coffee, coco pops then I made the beds put everything away in the van whilst everyone was getting dressed & washed the dishes. Jay packed away the outside things. We were on the road by 6.30am.

Heading towards Cobar the roads were long with beautiful golden fields of canola lining the roads. There were plenty of things I could of taken photos of but I was too slow. (must have been the early mornings) I saw sheep drinking out of a dam, about 12 galahs sitting on a fence. We came upon a huge area full of bails of cotton, this area must have been 1km square full of cotton bails. The highway runs beside the railway line, along the train line were yellow melons everywhere. There were huge Silos for grain here & there. We went thru a few small towns all of course with lovely old pubs.

Our biggest excitement came when we spotted our 1st lot of emus in canola fields. I yelled out to Jay “STOP” which amazingly going at 100km/h he was able to pull up so quickly. Wondering why I had yelled out  I jumped out of the car with my camera in hand pointing out to the emus in the field opposite.

50km before we came into Cobar we stretched our legs at a rest stop. Took some photos on the train line, of a bird & some poses in amongst the long grass.

Along the road I spotted a Shingle Back Lizard in the middle of the road but at 100km/h we flew past him before my brain kicked in to what it was, it was then too late to turn around for a photo. I hope we spot more along the way or I will be very disappointed we didn’t turn around.

30mins later we spotted the huge Cobar sign. We arrived at 10.30am. You definitely couldn’t miss this at the beginning of town. We pulled the caravan out the front of the sign & took some family pictures.

We headed to the caravan park, unhooked our caravan before quickly heading out  to explore the area once again. We filled up with petrol 1st $96.00 (386km $1.539/l 16.16L/100km bit more thirsty than I anticipated)

Our 1st stop was at the Cobar Miner's Memorial Park. The park was completed in August 2002 to commemorate the miners who lost their lives in Cobar mines.Some of the objects which can be viewed at the park are: a two metre bronze sculpture of a miner, a restored stamper battery from the Mount Boppy Mine, a fifteen metre high poppet-head from the New Cobar Mine, a loader from the CSA Mine and the headframe and winder from the Old Chesney Mine

We took plenty of photos & read the information signs all about the mining equipment. We then headed on towards to open cut mine. I hadn’t realised that this mine was still in use. Its huge & the ute & people below look like small ants. We watched for awhile before going for a short 4wd thru the rocky bush. Plenty of wild flowers everywhere took a few photos of these with wild bees having a feast on nectar. Then we headed back into town & had a bite to eat at Subway.

Fort Bourke Hill Lookout & New Cobar Open Cut Gold MineJust minutes from town. Take a sealed road up to Fort Bourke Lookout and view Cobar and its surroundings. See the open pit and entrance to the underground mine from a well constructed viewing platform.The rich Cobar mineral belt is clearly visible in a straight line from North to South (line up the head-frames). Cobar's water comes from Burrendong Dam 400 km away and is pumped from Nyngan via a 135 km pipeline into storage tanks on top of Fort Bourke hill.Fort Bourke Hill stands to the east of the Cobar township and rising to 300 metres above sea level, it affords the visitor a wonderful vista of the Cobar landscape. To get to Fort Bourke Hill, turn off the Kidman Way, 2kms south of Cobar. Drive up past the water tanks to the radio towers for one of the best views of Cobar, particularly at sunset.Fort Bourke Hill is the historical site of Cobar's first gold Mine, the New Cobar Gold Mine. Peak Gold Mines operates an underground mine at Fort Bourke and the visitor can gain a spectacular view of the pit from the viewing platform.

We are having a relaxing time back at the caravan park. Did a load of washing (huge $5 a load) & catching up with my stories. Kids are playing with the tennis again. & Jays relaxing chilling with a coldie.
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Another good read. The "yellow mushrooms" were probably paddy melons beside the railway line.

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