This trip will take us from home to near Jameison, Vic to Canberra, Sydney and back home. We intend to travel the western roads after a week stopover in Brisbane.
  • Day73

    End of trip

    May 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 23 °C

    The Skipworth Trip ended on 23 May. After travelling via Tenterfield, Casino, Brisbane, Urangan and up the cost we were home to prep for out next "short" trip.

    From Casino had taken about another week visiting friends and Family. We did not bother with photos for the travel blog as we have travelled that part many times.

    We always get asked what our favourite part of the trip was. This is such a hard question since over a couple of months there are so many moments.

    Scariest. The monster downpour of rail that near flattened out camper tent at Mount Hope. Also the many times watching a granddaughter climb a terr hanging out over a 29 foot bank.

    Touching. Finishing the time at Skipworth when the girls painted rocks. Everyone had a different image.

    Prettiest. There were a few. Usually there was water and often birds.

    Strangest. The Gold nugget throwing at Jameison. Not real nuggets

    Tastiest. Beechworth Bakery, honey tasting and the Berry farm.. Also camp oven cooking. Damper. Vegetable stews.

    Narure moments. King parrots landing on us to take an almond. A visiting wallaby and her baby visiting our camp and coming right up for a pat. Blue wrens flitting around our camp..

    Nervous. Driving around the side of a hill with a 200m drop straight down.

    Annoying. The kookaburra who stole my lunch and shared it with his mates. Some of the impatient drivers.
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  • Day63

    Tareelaroi Weir

    May 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Getting here was a bit tricky. We ended up on the wrong side of the river, courtesy of the GPS. The side we ended up getting to did offer a good view of the weir and the river.

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    May 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Collarenebri is another town that's has declined over the recent years. The Barwon River flows through the town a d is backed up by a weir. At the moment the river is very low due to upstream water usage for irrigation. Dry years also don't help.

    This town is a base for the many farms Iin the are. Today there is one supermarket, a butcher, bowls club, service station., Cafe and hotel as well as a few other service businesses.
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  • Day58

    Pilliga Wetlands

    May 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Pilliga is a small town well beyond its halcyon time of hustle and bustle. A few people call this home and there is a Cafe and community clinic. Any needs beyond the basics as well as fuel would require a trip to Narrabri.

    Two kilometres out of town is the old artesian bore with a camping area alongside. Visitors can camp here and enjoy the artesian baths at a comfortable 37 degrees. Said to have wonderful therapeutic value this is a nice relaxing experience.

    The water flows from the baths from the artesian bore then exits to the nearby wetlands. This always has some water but after rain is quite extensive.

    Many birds can ba seen here foraging for food in the lagoons and along the edges.
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  • Day57

    Who'd A Thought It Lookout

    May 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    On top of the hill at Quirindi (pronounced quir-in-die), there is supposed to be an old man koala. Reports of his huge self sleeping in one of the trees abound, but he was in his secret hideout on this day. The views were spectacular looking back over the town and the other way over the Plains.
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  • Day57

    Bob's Shed

    May 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    To describe the contents hidden in Bob's Shed would take an entire book. He has built a vintage shop complete with unopened foods from mid last century. This alone is interesting but there is more, much more. A bar recreation with shelves of beer bottles and cans, barber shop railway station and more.

    Bob is a bit of a Brock fan and that shows in the next two sheds. Torana cars in full race trim and his prized Brock Commodore. Metres of Brock memorabilia. A few old classic cars, some classic motorbikes, workshops and then the Brock rooms as well. Two large rooms filled with all things Brock.

    The layout and attention to detail has to be seen to be believed. This wonderful stop has a very modest $6 entry fee and Bob himself will usually give you a guided tour.
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