Outback Beds meeting in Cobar 2010

March 6, 2010


The New South Wales and Queensland border fence, taken at Hamilton Gate
The New South Wales and Queensland border fence, taken at Hamilton Gate

On Sunday the 28th February I set off on my own for Cobar traveling the long way around through Hamilton Gate, Wanaaring, Bourke then Cobar.  Big rain was predicted for our area and the rivers and creeks were already up from rain the previous week so I could not go by the most direct route through Hungerford – the Paroo was still .8 meter over the causeway.

Cardenyabba Creek running over the causeway in Northern NSW, also known as Kilcowera Creek.

We had a caretaker lined up to look after Kilcowera so we could both attend the meeting, but he got crook and couldn’t make it and I was determined to not miss another of these once a year get togethers of OBB members.  We are a group of accommodation providers in outback NSW and QLD and a terrific bunch of people. I got to Cobar ok on the Sunday night and went out to tea with the other early birds. 

This beautiful little Splendid Fairy Wren was snapped by Raoul Slater on his last visit to Kilcowera.

The beautiful little Splendid Fairy Wren a resident of Kilcowera Station.

First day of the meeting went well, we had facilitators there helping us work through issues such as governance and organisation, marketing and development, decision making and communications.  As we are all so widely spread we only meet once a year so there is a lot to get through in the 2 days.  

Spoke to the hubby that evening and he tells me about all the rain that’s still on it’s way – he’s making me very nervous about the likelihood of me getting home again.  Now I did consider this before I left home, but I did want to get to that meeting………… However I wasn’t prepared to get stuck somewhere like Bourke, Hungerford, Cunnamulla or Wanaaring depending on which way I thought I might get home.  I could get stuck for a month if I couldn’t get home.

The road through Moombidary Station going toward Hamilton Gate.

Tuesday morning the rain had started to fall in QLD and the rivers were on the way up again.  I decided to leave the meeting early about 2 o’clock, so I missed a few hours and the AGM.  I didn’t miss out on getting a job though!  I’m the website person!  Sakes!!! 

The copper in Hungerford had gone to Brisbane ( he wasn’t going to be stuck ) so I ended up speaking to one in Cunnamulla who really didn’t know what the river was doing in Hungerford but the publican of The Royal Mail Hotel did and he said the bloody thing was still uncrossable.  It hadn’t actually rained much in NSW up till then, so after contacting Moc and Sherree at the Outback Inn, Wanaaring, I decided to go Cobar, Louth, Wanaaring, Hamilton Gate then home.

No dramas at all, the drive from Cobar to Louth is really nice and the Darling River at Louth is fantastic, so photogenic.  Unfortunately I was in a bit of a hurry so no photos taken there. Made it into W just on dark and enjoyed the hospitality there for the night.  Carried on the next morning and made it home about lunch time.  It started to rain about an hour after I got home.  Lucky, lucky me.  

Wildflowers after rain at Kilcowera Station.

We ended up getting 59 mls out of that weather event.  Thank goodness we didn’t get the 10 to 15 inches that places like South Galway, Windorah, Quilpie, Charleville and Roma had.  But all that rain makes its way down the river systems and isolates communities and properties for weeks at a time.  The damage to homes, businesses,roads and infrastructure around and in those towns is enormous and the poor people there have a big job ahead of them in the cleanup and just getting their lives back on track.

Outback Beds

Heard this little observation while away.  So true, I tried it out on my hubby and it does happen, sort of like couples shorthand.

 Couples who have lived together a long time have their own way of communicating.

A woman overheard her aunt and uncle one day, “What are you looking for in that wardrobe?” she asked.

“Nothing,” he snapped.

“Well, it’s not in there. Look under the bed.”


2 Responses to “Outback Beds meeting in Cobar 2010”

  1. Katdaughter said

    Glad you got home safe! I don’t get the last bit, but there you go – not being married might make a difference there 🙂 Is that your photo of the superblue?

    • zenonie said

      Hi Katherine, glad to see your keeping an eye on my little blog 🙂 The cute little superblue was given to me by a visiting photographer and I should have given him credit. I will do that. And thre little joke is simply a reference that we know what the other is thinking a lot of the time. BUT NOT ALL THE TIME!!

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