At Menindee Lakes there's a lot of bird life.
Unfortunately, for me, my camera has played up the two times I've been out there trying to capture our feathered friends so my pictures aren't quite what I'd hoped to show you but hope you get some idea anyway.
Water birds, not unnaturally, make up a large number of those that are here but there are many more as well, particularly close to the river banks and shores of the lake.
Yunta is the next town on from Mannahill. Yunta was established in 1887 after the discovery of gold at the nearby diggings at Teetulpa and Waukaringa. Once, there were more than 5,000 miners making their way through town, now there isn't much of a town at all.
It was once a busy railway town on the Adelaide to Broken Hill line, now it just serves travellers on the Barrier Highway, and its an alternate route to the Flinders Ranges and beyond.
The hotel does meals and has accommodation, there are two roadhouses, one we stopped at for bite to eat, two fuel stations, post office, police station, air strip and a primary school.
The rest area with public toilets is located opposite the hotel.
A fun annual event is the Yunta Picnic Races and gymkhana held in May.
The scenery has changed, the roads are still mainly straight, but there are more hills and trees, and even some creeks.
Mannahill is the next small town you come to, a little larger than Olary. It had a few more houses, a Police station and Hotel. The Hotel has a Museum, but we didn't go in. The nicest building in town, is the restored Railway Station....very nice. This town has public toilets too and its own dirt air strip.
The area around here is getting a little hilly, we could even see some Mountain ranges in the distance. .
OLARY is the next town we come to on our road trip.
By this time a toilet stop was needed, and here at Olary, are FREE toilets located in the small park which has some shade trees.
Across the road, is the Hotel which does meals for those wanting food. There are a few houses and the water tank used for filling Trains with water, and a small Station.
So, don't blink as you pass through Olary, you might miss the town!
Heading down the Barrier Highway towards South Australia and Adelaide, we find right on the border, a shop that sells fuels and what else the traveller or truckie would need.
The town is "Cockburn," located mosty on the south Australia side.
Pronounciation is Co-burn.
Up to the border, we have seen a few hills, slightly green because of recent good rains, but it's mainly plains with saltbush growing, with some Cattle or Sheep station scattered inbetween.
It is also time to remember to eat any fruit and vegetables you have with you, or else you will have to surrend them at the check point or get a fine if you do not declare them.
It is here, we cross the border into SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
Want to get in the movies? Just head to Silverton. Chances are there's one being filmed while you're there and, so far, Mad Max II is probably the most notable.
In addition, scores of ads have also been conceived here. In fact over 140 ads, TV series or movies have been shot here.
Where is it? It's the original settlement for those seeking their mineral fortunes and is 23 ks north west from the Hill and there are about 25 buildings still there, some almost eerily stuck on their own with seemingly no purpose to their position.
The pub is not-to-be-missed. Even my colourful prose wouldn't do it justice! Walls riddled with memorabilia from film companies and just colourful people who have left their mark. True Aussie culture!
There are also some artists in residence and camel rides.
Pictured here are two Australian legends - the pub and the Aussie ute, that's a car with a table top back, the middle vehicle here being a prime example.
One of the delights of outback travel is the trees. Unique is something they certainly are, especially the river gums. Situated in dried up river beds (except on the rare occasions when it does rain) they reflect a tortured history of searing heat, insect attacks, floods and lightning strikes and will be homes for birds of many varieties and lizards.
I spent heaps of time during my trips trying to get a decent shot but it was only the last time I got a couple I'm partly happy with.
If you're in the outback, make the time to stop, walk up a dried up creek to one and really have a good look at it. They really are a work of art. The late Albert Namitjira spent his lifetime painting them.
Now, as I was told the story, this is a monument to the members of the Broken Hill band who were on the Titanic and valiantly played as the ship went down.
From what I can subsequently gather all the above rings true except the band members weren't from Broken Hill but, you have to admit, it's such an unusual place to find such a memorial.
If you read the inscription it could certainly indicate ambiguity as to whether they were locals or not.
I'll leave reality up to you.
The broken nature of the sculpture is not an act of vandalism but merely an ancient way of indicating a life cut prematurely short.
It's located in the main park (Sturt) in Broken Hill.
It's a bit over an hour to get to this location. An aboriginal cultural site where I first really came to understand how the aborigines link with the land.
Every place is linked to the next part, every hill, waterhole and significant feature is part of a legend. The snake is linked to the frog who is linked to the aborignal women who is linked to the watering hole. Know the legend and you'll never be lost.
Our guide was a Broken Hill man who'd worked in the mines but now had a different career and was loving it.
Gerald had a lovely anecdote to tell about a Sydney woman who was on his tour and was very concerned whether it was acceptable to call him Gerald or not. He smilingly, and somewhat disbelievingly, assured her it was. She had been concerned that it might offend him in some way. Such is out ignorance.
The landscape in Broken Hill is gorgeous...here's a photo taken while on our camel ride... This is the true outback... :) The dirt doesn't quite show as red in the photo as in real life but you will get the idea I'm sure...
We saw a lot of wildlife while we were on our trip...kangaroos, birds, emus etc...
Check out the cheap accommodation in Silverton. According to reliable sources they haven't had many takers of late.
Still, you could hardly expect any different if you're looking after a gaol cell. I sure hope they had something to put on the bed by way of a mattress!
You can indulge yourself in this bit of history as it's open to the public.
In a town of 25 buildings, you won't have any trouble finding it!
This unusual plant is the state emblem of South Australia, just a short drive from Broken Hill.
It was named after a famous Australian explorer of the early 1800's.
I've tried to get a photo but for some bizarre reason my camera plays up so I had to borrow my brother's this time.
After you have a diorama explained to you at the Cultural Centre, you are led out into this sort of country where you will be shown primitive cave paintings, rock etchings and what the plants are used for. This is looking towards the cave we walked to that held the paintings.