Day 4 - Artimore to the Gammon Ranges (Idninha Ck)
With camp packed away the PAR was soon completed and the road north to Narrina Station was in great condition having recently been graded after the heavy rains.
Having previously visited Narrina Station in 4x4’s we reacquainted ourselves with the landowner Alan,having been in touch re permission some weeks prior. Alan told us that he was still having a hard time with the dingo population that has bred up south of the dingo fence. Sheep numbers on Narrina were very low and the adjacent pastoral lease at Mulga View had destocked sheep completely.
Catching up with Allan at Narrina
As we said our goodbyes and took a station track north towards Mulga View and Natawarrina I asked Allan what the track condition was like ‘Yeah.. pretty slow’ he replied. He was right! No sign of any type of traffic for some time with the track pretty well overgrown after the last big rains.
Lots of Sturt’s Desert Pea about
With lots of gutters and creeks crossings we were glad for a break at bore near Pinda Springs.
Soon we came to the boundary gate for Natawarrina, Australia’s first Indigenous Protected Area. Previously organised permits from Nepabunna Aboriginal community were required to pass through ($25 a head but better than the 8k fine!).
The old homestead and tank have long since been abandoned.
With a stop for lunch called we found a nice little creek bed and ventured in off the track for several hundred meters. Having just started to munch on some mettwurst (and bbq shapes!) we heard a 4x4 pass by. Soon after it was back and stopped at where our tracks had headed off to the creek. After poking around for a bit we decided to it would be better to let them know we were there. It was the boss Ian Johnson from the Nepabunna community who had no idea we were on the lands (so much for communication). He was very friendly (once he knew we had a permit) just annoyed that he hadn’t been told we were around.
Lunch in the creek
After lunch more creek crossings
and then out onto main road that runs from Copley to Balcanoona at The John Crossing. We headed west on this road past Nepabunna and Iga Warta until taking a track that runs north again past Mt Serle station. This track passes by the deserted homestead at Yankaninna before passing into the Gammon Ranges National Park near the also deserted Yadinna (more recently known as Idninha)
By now it was quite late in the day so we found a nice campsite on Idninha Creek.
Dinner on this night was not quite as salubrious with tins and pasta the order of the day
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