02.11.2012 30 °C
LR has 4 “Car Door” Tours. They are self drive, and for $1 you purchase the route instructions and relevant history.
Today we did the “Red Car Door” tour which culminated in visit to Kangaroo Hill Museum.
This museum is owned and operated by an elderly couple, he is 92 and she wouldn’t be far behind. She provides a personal history of her Welsh Great Grand Parents who migrated to Victoria around 1850, as well as her own.
They have lived in LR for 43 years and amassed a fabulous collection of rocks, gems, and fossils. She operated her own opal mine here while her husband worked another in LR. We worked out she would have been at least 50YO when she started her own mine. Considering she only used a pick and shovel, and a hand operated windlass, she did pretty well.
Most of their married life they have travelled looking for gems and valuable rocks.
For anyone visiting LR, this is a must.
Went to the Opal Cave Shop today and spent some more hooch. This would be the best display we have been to. Pieces ranging from $10 each to $212,000, unmounted.
Of course our purchases were in the low range. The most expensive was unbelievable, and big.
Drove out to the Glengarry, Sheepyard, and Grawin opal fields. It reminded me of the Andamooka opal fields back in 1960’s. Very very basic and rough living. All three had pubs of course and we had lunch at Glengarry Hilton. Food was amazing. I had the tenderest steak ever,
Access to these places from LR is via Cumborah, a one dog town with no pub, and usually a short 15KM drive from there. Because of flooding we had to take the long way, 60KM of rough dirt road. When we were leaving we came to the flooded section but rather than back track we headed North to Goodooga then across to the highway and south to LR. In all it was a 230KM drive but was worth it.