Its April 2012, and how lucky were we to see the River Darling in flood, better still, to see the Darling flood plains located before reaching Wilcannia, covered in hundreds of acres of water. What an amazing sight it was, one I will remember for a long time.
This came about because of heavy rains, resulting in floods higher up the 2,700 km long Darling River. Slowly the floodwaters moved downstream, spreading out onto the floodplains, filling local lakes and wetlands.
Where there is water, there is Birds, some how, they know where to come and to breed.
Photos don't do justice, to big an area for a photo.
When arriving in Wilcannia, we passed over the Darling River on a new river bridge.
Located beside it, is the old steel one, which later I walked across to get a view of the River.
The Bridge, built in 1896, is known as a centre lift bridge and is classified by the National Trust.
When a Paddlesteamer came along, the middle part would lift to allow it pass through.
When we were here in 2012, the River Darling was in flood, a sight that isn't seen too often.
St James Church of England built in 1883, is another beautiful sandstone building. It is located at the corner of Myers St and Woore St.
Further along Woore St is the Roman Catholic Convent (1894), now a private residence that looked like restoration may have been taking place.
There were more buildings I have photos of, but can't put name to photo.
If you come to Wilcannia, drive around and have a look at these beautiful sandstone buildings.
It is not a large busy town to navigate.
I usually go walking around towns, and Wilcannia was no different.
In saying this, most people do not feel safe in this town, so I would only walk if I felt confident and not scared.
Just be aware of your surroundings, be in the open, and keep away from fights if you see any.
The old sandstone buildings are in good repair and worth looking at. They are some of the best preserved in Australia
On the Barrier Highway from Cobar heading to Wilcannia, is a blue road sign warning "you" to eat what ever fruit you have with you within the next 450kms, or else you will have to dispose of it later in the bin at a Fruit Fly point.
If you don't do this, and do get caught, the fine can be $11,000.
Fruit fly is a pest, which turns nice fruit to a centre full of eggs and maggots. It costs Australia millions of $'s.
South Australia hasn't got it, and they don't want it, so do the right thing, and put it in the bin.
Once past Wilcannia, you will see the bin and notice.
We ate our fruit, so no problem for us!