|The Big Bogan|
This is flat country so we soon settled into a steady rhythm and just rolled down the Mitchell Highway until we reached Nyngan and morning tea. We found, by accident, a small stop in the main street which not only hosted a display of a refurbished Cob & Co Coach but also one of the flat drays which were used to transport wheat bales. We also cast our eye over The Big Bogan - a statue in the rest stop.
Cobb & Co started in 1953 when Freeman Cobb established the company after coming to Australia from America. He sold the company in 1861 but it didn’t stop it from leaping ahead. At its height, Cobb & Co’s coaches were travelling 45 000kms every week and pulled by 6 000 horses. The coming of the railways meant the closing of the business.
There didn’t appear to be much else happening in Nyngan apart from the Shearer’s Museum but it was shut and from the outside … well … it would want to be better on the inside.
We changed Highways in Nyngan and picked up the Barrier towards Cobar.
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After booking into our caravan park, we paid a visit to Fort Bourke Hill. It’s a small hill on the edge of town which not only has all of the telecommunication towers and some water reservoirs but it also provides a lookout over the flat surrounds. Of course, the view is completely dominated by the bloody big hole in the ground, the site of the first gold mine in Cobar.
Back in town, I snapped a few shots of some old buildings while Sue checked out the supermarket.