Kinchega National Park

Sunrise on Saturday was not as spectacular as the previous night’s sunset – but still pretty good.

We went up to Menindee to explore the area to decide whether it would be worthwhile to come back one day and spend some time there. Menindee itself is rather forgettable. But the Kinchega National Park with it’s various lakes looks quite interesting. Unfortunately, due to high water levels (The January Queensland rains are still making their way south..) many of the tracks are closed. We managed to go to go along the dirt track to the Historic Shearing Shed. The track was corrugated in parts and in other parts there was bulldust covering the track. All the same I decided it was not worthwhile to lower tyre pressure. As a consequence the ride was not that comfortable.

The shearing shed is quite a historical landmark. In it’s heydays the shearing shed had over 60 shearing stations and over it’s lifetime over a million sheep were shorn here. We spent quite some time here exploring the old buildings and paddocks. The ramp leads up to a ‘sweating room’ were the sheep spent some time to cool down so that they could be easier shorn by the shearers.

The sweating room

The ramp up to the sweating room.

The waiting paddocks

Today no sheep in sight – but we saw a couple of Emu’s in the paddocks.

Up in the shearing shed there is not much light – I think this assisted in putting us back into times gone bye.

The bale press.

The outbuildings were interesting too.

The former shearing quarters have been renovated and are utilised for accommodation of the staff of the National Park.

The killing shed provided the meat for the employees of the wool shed.

This photo shows the extend of the shearing shed. On the left is the sweating rooms – extending to the right to the processing area.

On the way back to Broken Hill we checked out an old mining site.

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