Drive from Cobar, through Nyngan, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran to Moree
Day … 16th September 2019
Day 3 of our drive from Strathalbyn SA to Aspley QLD. We begin today leaving early from Cobar and head towards Nyngan. A drive of 627 km in 6hrs & 44 minutes. A little longer for us.
In Nyngan we stopped for coffee and a quick look at the town.
It’s known as Bogan shire and there is a another of the BIG Aussie icons here, the big Bogan!
I’m not so sure that some of the town people appreciate the title of Boganshire or worse still, having the icon the big bogan in the center of town.
The real reason for the name and iconic statue of the big bogan is because of the Bogan River that runs here, also a street called Bogan Street and Bogan Way not forgetting the Bogan (shire) Council.
The name or meaning of Bogan is used to describe someone of a lower standing, an insulting word for a person whose way of dressing, speaking, and behaving is thought to show their lack of education and low social class. Often dressing in singlets, shorts and thongs!
The old railway station is home to a museum of the history of Nyngan. A full-size helicopter stands aloft just off the main road at the entrance. The reason for this ‘Iroquois 1022’ helicopter being here is because it was donated to the town of Nyngan by the Federal Government to commemorate the evacuation of residents during the tragic 1990 Flood.
The Nyngan Coach House is right next to the Big Bogan statue and worth a look.
There are a few routes that will get you to Moree from Cobar, our drive towards Moree took us through Coonabarabran, where we stopped for coffee.
Onwards to Moree…
After checking into our motel in Moree we were soon in town for a coffee. The only place open was Cafe Omega, a very pleasant lady served but the coffee’s lacked quality.
Luckily for us, Moree has some other cafes with good reviews.
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