This is our First week of LGA gathering, we achieved Perenjori, Morowa, Yalgoo, Mount Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra, Wiluna, Sandstone and last on this section is Mount Marshal last night as we came from Paynes Find. The recording didn’t start until Morowa as I didn’t realise that my old iPad 2 doesn’t work offline with HemaExplorer, so this was kicked in form there, and we had planned to stay the night at Peter Denny Lookout, but was so early so we decided too make it to Sandstone, this no recorded data between them.
From Billiburning Rock to home, an amazing journey and heaps of fun with no serious issues at all. Lots of stunning rocks climbed and caches found, some lovely caravan parks and free camps, loads of different discoveries so check out the pics and enjoy, we did.
This road brings you straight to Jerome from Cherry. The beginning is a dirt road that is fairly easy. Once you bear left at the intersection of FR413 and FR493 (past the "road closed 6miles ahead" sign the trail gets very tight, and rocky. There are a couple spots where boulders have fallen and make navigating the trail more difficult. My Silverado 1500 barely fit through the brush and around some of the boulders. I completed most of the trail in 2wd, only turning 4wd on for the last section past the road closed sign.
A last-minute trip to find some lookout points up in the Bellthorpe SF and then explore some of the Kandanga Forest Reserve where I found another Fire Tower had been knocked down - damn shame, then return home via the West Branch Rd following the Brisbane River down to Moore.
We got away from Pilliga NP at 5:45 DST- not bad for our first day across the border away from real time.
Once again, not a lot of traffic. Maybe the trucks are having a week off. Having a 2-way radio paid off several times with warnings of "Flash for Cash" and "patrols"- not that we were wanting to exceed the 110km speed limit. That uses too much fuel.
The road quality is quite variable. I wondered again how they can justify a 110km speed limit- except to be pragmatic.
Had a look at the Coo-ee March Museum in Gilgandra, stopped at Dubbo for a cuppa, had a look at the Radio Telescope in Parkes, lunch in Forbes and checked out Ben Hall's grave.
Stopped for the night at a Truck Stop on the southern outskirts of Marsden.
We got away from Millmerran at 6:15 (Qld time). The drive down through Goondiwindi was quite uneventful. Not much traffic early. None of the shops were open in the towns we went through, even when we got down into NSW. Moree and Narrabri seemed to be celebrating another public holiday. The Newell Highway has a 110km speed limit, but beware of the NSW double demerit points at Christmas. In some places the road surface is quite rough with pot-hole repairs and general building roughness.
We were making good time so went into Dandry Gorge in the Pilliga Scrub to see the Sculptures in the Scrub. This is where we camped for the night.
Left home just before 4 o'clock to get a few k's under our belt. It felt so good to be on the road again- this time heading to Tasmania.
We came a different route to get to Goondiwindi. Rather than going through Warwick, we came up through Toowoomba then to Millmerran. There was a lot less traffic than
We stopped for the night in a small RV-friendly park called Walpole Park- courtesy of WikiCamps.
Leeton to Lake Cargelligo via Griffith
After a great night's sleep, we packed up and headed off. Nindigully will certainly be a future stop on trips to the west.
Just by coincidence we pulled off the highway to a very small town called Bungunya. There wasn't even a shop or service station to be seen. However, they did have free hot showers (donation box), toilets and an area where one could camp- probably only with a self-contained caravan. Might not have been so good with a tent. Philippa took advantage of the shower to wash her hair.
Again, this will go down on the list of future stops.
We had a fairly uneventful drive through to Goondiwindi then on to Coolmunda Dam.
After spending six days stranded in Sydney, w were finally on the road again with the turbo fixed. It was simply a short section of rubber air hose leaking between the turbo blower and the inlet manifold. Hopefully that's has sorted it out.
Camped for the night in the Berry Showgrounds. This was very busy with a great variety of different caravans with some camper-trailers and even tents. It was just a short walk to the Berry pub. This was our first wander into the public bar of a country hotel.
Left our little riverside camp and needed to buy some bottled water. The variety of water supplies had finally caught up with Philippa's tummy and she needed something much more predictable.
We went into St George for a look and out to the Beardmore Dam on the Balonne River.
Free camp tonight at the Nindigully Pub. This is a place that my brother-in-law has spoken highly of many times. Amazing place where you can get to talk to some very interesting fellas. The locals as well as the travellers.
We had way too much to drink talking to some blokes who had just come for a drive out here from Gympie for the weekend. While Nindigully is famous for their huge burgers, we settled for a delicious steak cooked on a plate on a fireplace next to the Moonie River under the coolabahs. What a place- free camping, great beer, steak on the fireplace, a good night's sleep and delightful company.