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  • We follow the Darling River north along the silver highway to Broken Hill. A mining town, in the desert. We’ve now got the driving bug. The roads are dirt so if it rained we could get stuck here for a very long time! The country is healthy and emus are everywhere. We see one father with 17 babies (it must be an emu creche)!

    We drive further to Tibooburra, a tiny town, population 150. I had always wanted to come here ever since I applied for a job as a national park ranger, got it, and then had to wait for them to tell me where in New South Wales I would be posted. I was told Tibooburra was where they sent new rangers to see if they would last! I liked the town but back in those days it would have been a long drive for a cappuccino!

    Tibooburra is the gateway to Sturt National Park where we see the largest marsupials, the red kangaroo, watching us from the Mitchell grass plains. The explorers left their names behind, both Charles Sturt and Thomas Mitchell struggled through this desert country over 150 years ago. Tough travel.

    And here we find the dog fence (the longest fence in the world apparently) and am unsure what to do until more experienced travellers stop and open the gate and drive through — simple really. Lucky for us they turned up!

    We arrive at the corner store (or pub), perched at the corner of three states — New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. It can get up to 54 degrees in summer they tell us. Does anyone come here then, we ask. Oh yes the Germans. They love this country, and the heat. There is nothing much to do once they get here but there is a golf course. We look across at the nine hole golf course. Three holes in each state.

    Just as we are leaving three more people arrive in this remote spot, in the middle of nowhere — Germans.
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