Coming back, we took the Hay-Goolgowi-Griffith sealed road route. The road was still listed as flood affected, but open to single lane traffic, and we had time to deal with any delays.
It's uncertain what to expect as you approach. But we were about to cross Mirrool Creek.
(midwestern h'way mirrool creek and insect on screen)
Mirrool Creek is no piddly creek. It's a significant 264 Km watercourse, a river in fact, arising near Temora and wending its way to the Lachlan, and outside Griffith it flows into the Barren Box Swamp, which we had unknowingly skirted leaving Griffith on the way down (see link above).
No, it doesn't look much. It is only when you get closer do you appreciate just how much water there is, and the relentlessness of it. It might just look like some water either side of the road, but it is moving, and moving very steadily.
The stench was bad. Rotting organic matter - vegetable and animal no doubt.