On the first day of our trip to Sydney earlier this year we stopped for the night at Narrandera in the mid-west of NSW. It was dark by the time we arrived because it was in the middle of winter. We booked into our pre-booked cabin, unpacked the essentials and then headed down to the main shopping area to get something to eat. Were tired after the long journey, so we settled on a takeaway pizza instead of a restaurant meal.
Our cabin was cosy without being luxurious. The bed was really comfortable and that is the most important factor. We had a good night’s sleep and in the morning we were ready to tackle the last leg to Sydney. After packing the car (see photo below) I had a few spare moments to get the camera out and take a few shots of the tourist park and the adjacent lake. It is a place I’d like to return someday soon with the purpose of exploring a little further than just the main street in the dark!
On the second day of our 2008 Road Trip to Sydney we travelled from Hay to Narrandera before stopping for fuel and morning tea. We found a lovely spot in a park near an oval (see photos above and below). It was a much more pleasant day than the day before; the cooler change had come through overnight.
We had a lovely cup of tea with a few home made biscuits we’d brought with us. We quite often also take a thermos with for picnics.
Again, we were disturbed by the excessive use of water. In the middle of the day the evaporation rate is enormous, yet the large sprinklers were pounding out volumes of water on to the nearby oval, as shown in the photo below. Narrandera, like Hay, draws its water from the Murrumbidgee River, a tributary of the Murray River. In South Australia we have been unable to use sprinklers in gardens for several years, and many sporting ovals are dry and dying grass.
I find the lack of restrictions to be environmental vandalism. The lower lakes in South Australia are almost dead, yet here water is being used as if we are not in the biggest drought on record.