10-10-2010, 03:51 AM
Joined: Oct 2008
Location: Adelaide South Australia
Day 6 Arkaroola to Yunta
Up early and a bit of checking of the bikes before we left was in order
Mmm this looks interesting (bloody night creek crossings)
When we were in at Arkaroola Village the day before we found the place swarming with people, many of whom were part of the Lightning Ridge Police Bush Safari. Around 150 people in over 50 four wheel drives were taking part and were very keen to fuel up and get out before they hit the road. Luckily for us they were just ‘mustering’ the troops as we filled up our water and fuel and headed south towards Balcanoona.
Fueling up at Arkaroola for the 300km run to Yunta
Once past Balcanoona we turned onto the Yunta road and headed south. Back in the 1980’s this road was not much more than a graded sandy track but today with mining in the area is a highway!
Just watch those road trains!
It’s pretty flat and uninteresting for the most part, although we did find a small creek to take a break in.
The only real bit of excitement was passing the road gang with a bit of fishtail through the recently watered section of roadworks.
Then it was on past yet more ruins, (this time the remains of the Waukaringa Mine and Waukaringa Hotel about 34km out from Yunta)
Before we arrived at Yunta where we fuelled up and then checked out the pub to wash away a little dust.
The place was devoid of any customers but the publican assured us that they’d put on a feed for us that night. So after stocking up the esky we headed out to find a suitable campsite before coming back in for a meal at the pub that night. The only real camping option was in Yunta Creek, and after a bit of searching we came upon a pretty good spot to set up.
The Sherpa had its late afternoon nap once more
Once camp was setup it was an easy drive back to town that night and the meal at the Yunta pub was worth the wait.