Travelling Australia - Journal 2015c
|19 May 2015
Gilgandra to Warren
A little light rain fell as we were preparing to leave Gilgandra this morning. Rain continued, mostly intermittently while we drove to Warren less than a hundred kilometres away on the Oxley Highway.
The road initially runs through nearly flat cropland which slowly gives way to grazing, mostly beef cattle with some sheep. The land is not completely flat but is very nearly so. Reference to the GPS confirmed there was a very gentle downward slope towards Warren but the gradient was negligible. A number of different bird species were seen, many of them perched on fences or soaring overhead.
The Oxley Highway between Gilgandra and Warren is extremely variable. For the first thirty of forty kilometres it has an unpleasant bitumen surface and appears to be the highway nobody looks after. This uncomfortable section is followed by stretches of replaced, more comfortable road surface and eventually the road enters what appears to be rebuilt section which are quite reasonable.
Few buildings were seen from the road which passed near, but not through, the village of Collie which appears to comprise no more than ten buildings; the Collie Hotel is on the Oxley highway while the other buildings are set back.
As we approached Warren we could see a very large, dark, cloud mass over the town and heard comments on the UHF radio about heavy showers of rain. We were already being pushed along by a gusty wind and the weather appeared to be deteriorating. But, although there was some rain as we entered Warren it was not particularly heavy.
After checking in to the caravan park we went to have a look at the township which is remarkably neat and tidy. During the afternoon strong and gusty wind came up and there was a sprinkle of light rain. Later in the afternoon thunder could be regularly heard and at least one thunderstorm dumped heavy rain on us at about sunset.