Saturday 31st March
Graeme and I were all packed up waiting at the corner of Mitchell Line
and Jerry’s Plains road at 10.00am for the Newcastle members
(consisting of Robyn and Richard Lynch, Peter Dwyer, Nicole and Andrew
Haigh, Robyn and Steve Lilly, Sue and John McAlpine) to arrive at
10.30am. When they arrived we motored onto Jerry’s Plains for morning
tea in the park. We left at 11:25am heading towards Merriwa where we
stopped for lunch and met up with Jan, April and Ian Hissey. At 1.30pm
we were off again for Dubbo where we stayed the night arriving at
3.40pm. The motel was very nice and some of us went for a quick stroll
around the streets before heading to the Bowling Club for dinner.
Graeme and I wanted to call at Trangie to see Stewart and Rachel (ex members of the club) so when we got talking Ian said there
was a guy who lived there who bought Greg Jones' XJS so we rang Stewart
to arrange a meet and suggested we have a morning tea break at their
home and the rest of the crew come too.
Sunday 1st April - Cobar
At 9.15am we departed
and headed for Trangie with us in the
lead arriving at 10.15am and decided to take them up through the town
and show them where Stewart, Rachel and the kids go to school. When we turned the
corner of their street ahead of us was a car display of Jensens,
Jaguars, a Mini Cooper S (Don Ways ex car), an MG, Austin Healeys and an
A90 as well as members of the local
Car Club with a delicious morning tea on the verandah. The boys were in
their element at such a display and it took a while to get them moving.
Finally leaving at 11.40am and travelling towards Nyngan, we stopped at a
large rural property where another member called
Bomber resided and he showed us his E Type 3.8 litre Coupe 1963 and
XK120 Roadster which this also delighted the boys. From here we then
stopped at Nyngan at 1.15pm for lunch in the park.
We were just about to depart when Andrew lifted his bonnet and John,
Peter, Ian and Steve went over to see what was happening, with
everything ok we headed off at 2.00pm for Cobar arriving at 3.30pm.
After booking into our motel we strolled over to the Museum. Then
Richard and Robyn in their car and Andrew, Nicole and I in the MK9, in which
I felt like Queen Mary in the back, went to the lookout overlooking the
mine. The view was quite impressive looking down on the entrance to the
mine. Back to the motel we then strolled over to the RSL for dinner
where we were wondering if we could get days like we had today which was
The unexpected things are often the most enjoyable, It was a
pleasure to be welcomed by such friendly members of the Trangie Club.
Hopefully we can repay their gesture in the future. Some of us were up
early enough for a walk around the town of Cobar, we were rewarded with
a spectacular sunrise over the old mining equipment.
Monday 2nd April - White Cliffs
were waiting in front of the
motel for the others to appear before
heading off at 9.05am. The road was so straight with little hills and we
were watching for wildlife and goats on the side of the road. We had morning tea at
Emmdale Roadhouse at 10.45am then headed to Wilcannia arriving at 12.20,
where we continued straight through. The land was like a desert, very dry and
very flat as far as you could see. We arrived at White Cliffs at 1.15pm
and parked the cars under cover while we had lunch and registered. The
motel is quite different, as it is underground but it was very well lit up
and we had maps to show us to our rooms, bathrooms and dining room.
Steve, Robynne, April, Graeme and I travelled together back down to the
little town and walked around sight seeing.
we saw the dirt tennis court with
the net laying on the ground and the broken racquet and ball around the
court. Then the dirt golf course with a rubber mat used to tee off. From
here we went to Jocks Place for a underground tour of an opal mine where
he lives. He was yelling at us while he spoke and didn’t draw breath
and when we drove back up to the main road I spotted John at the local
hotel so we joined all for a drink and a laugh before
heading back to
the motel. After a rest we then went to the dining room for a 3 course
meal which was delicious and then retired for the night.
a tour of the Solar Power station we set off to explore the opal digging
area to the north of the town. Then further north to check out the towns
water supply. The Mk IX doesn't get to go off road that often and looked
quite striking in the late afternoon sun.
Tuesday 3rd April - Broken Hill
Alarm off at 7.00am, we headed down to the dining room for a cooked
breakfast before heading off at 8.40am. Andrew (Mc Duff) is leading the
way back to Wilcannia for petrol. The lady serving petrol obviously hadn’t
seen Jaguars or maybe not so many at one time so she took photos before
we left. Next stop was Little Topar Roadhouse for morning tea. Departing
at 11.40am and heading towards Broken Hill, arriving 12.30pm. After
booking in at the Caravan Park where we were to stay in cabins, we had lunch
at Andrew and Nicole’s cabin. After lunch Richard and Robyn toured the
city taking in a lot of churches. The Hisseys also went their own way and
the rest of us (Peter went with John and Sue, Graeme and I went with Steve and Robynne and
Andrew and Nicole on their own) went to Silverton for a look
around the what there was of the town and saw where Mad Max II was made.
here we went back into town and visited the Pro Hart Gallery then to
John Keenan Lookout. From here the others made their way around the city
and we went to Woolworths to stock up again, then off we went past the
railway station where we saw the Indian Pacific train pulled in at the
station. Then we headed back to the caravan park. We went to dinner at the
Democratic Club then retired for the night.
It was my second visit to Pro Harts Gallery, last time he was
stood out the front polishing his Rolls Royces and signing autographs.
Wednesday 4th April - Barossa Valley
Some of the others met up with Lindsay Smith before leaving the park
at 8.00am. The Hisseys said their goodbyes as they were going straight
to Adelaide. All filled up with petrol and we were ready to leave at 8.25am.
Now we have 6 cars in tow. About 9.00am we went across the border (our
first time so this was exciting) and we stopped for morning tea at 10.30
at Yunta and departed at 10.55am.
Not sure where we were, but we were standing near a gallery on the side
of a hill overlooking a town when John looked to the hills and commented
about the trees looking like Indians waiting to attack just like in the
We went through a fruit and vegetable checkpoint where we had to declare
them. We all got through but Peter had to pass up his capsicum, onion,
carrot but he could keep his lettuce. We arrived at Burra for lunch at
12.20pm. We then took a stroll down the main street before heading off
Turning off in Saddleworth heading for Kapunda, Greenock,
and Tanunda. This was a pretty drive passing all the vineyards which was
what I wanted to see and arriving at the Novatel Resort around 4.00pm.
could see another vineyard looking out our room window. There was wine
tasting at 5.00pm which the girls went too while the boys were assisting
Andrew under the front wheel with a dried up bearing.
While wine tasting we met up with Denis and Fran who were also staying
at the Novatel. At 6.30pm we all went for dinner which was a bit expensive but at
least we didn’t have to drive back to the town. Afterwards some of the
members met at Robyn and Richards’s room for a nightcap.
Thursday 5th April - Glenelg
a leisurely time and taking in the views and walks around the
resort everybody was heading in different directions to get to Adelaide.
We (Peter, Sue, John, Nicole, Andrew, Graeme and I) waited for Andrew to
repair his bearing and departed the resort going through Lyndoch to the
Whispering Wall which Ian Hissey’s grandfather built. This was amazing.
Standing at one end of the dam wall you could hear every word that
people said at the other end without them shouting. We were about to leave when the Lilley’s arrived. We then
travelled to Williamstown and onto Birdwood arriving at 12.15pm where we
had lunch then went across to the Museum. Silly me dropped my camera while
walking around and bent the lenses. I was so upset as the trip had
barely begun and there was plenty more to see so I bought a disposable
one and met up with Robynne and Steve who came back to the Museum with me
and caught up with Graeme and I showed him what I’d done. What a great
guy as he mended my camera and I was able to go photo shooting again. We
then left around 3.00pm.
We then drove into Adelaide, to a suburb called Hilton. Graeme and I
had our little Navman Lady and got us to the address where Andrew was
purchasing some bearings. By this time it was 4.40pm and we waited while
Andrew and John had to go to another location to get them. We then
headed on our way to the Motel at Glenelg with the help of our little
Navman lady and we arrived around 6.00pm. We said quick hello to the
others who arrived earlier, unpacked and headed for the bistro at the
motel around 7.00pm where we caught up with Brian who had flown down.