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Day 1

Wednesday - 15 June 2011

Had the caravan connected at 10am, but did not set off from home until midday, delayed our start due to the heavy rain over the last few days. Went through heavy rain all the way to Muswellbrook, from there the rain started to ease.

We drove through to Gunnedah and booked into the Gunnedah Tourist Caravan Park for the night.

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Day 2

Thursday - 16 June 2011

Woke to a blue sky, with a forcasted maximum of 18 degrees so we decided to stay an extra night to have a look around the area.

Drove out to Lake Keepit, they are in the process (last 2 years) of raising the catchment by 3.5 metres. Looked at the main wall and then drove around to the camping area. It appears to be a nice caravan park right on the waters edge and only $20 a night for a powered site.

Drove back to Gunnedah, walked around the CBD before going up to the lookout. Went on a short bush walk to a few lookouts.

Drove down to the river, fairly rough dirt track to a rocky beach. The river was low but running quite fast, a nice spot.

Gunnedah's beach

Gunnedah's beach

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Day 3

Friday - 17 June 2011

Left Gunnedah at about 9.30 am for our 87 km drive to Narrabri. Stopped at Boggabri for morning tea, had a walk around the main street before having our cuppa.

At Narrabri we booked into the Big Sky Caravan park which is right in the middle of town. Walked around the CBD before returning to the caravan for lunch.

In the afternoon we visited the CSIRO Australian Telescope, this is an array of six 22 metre radio dish antennas. Five of these are mobile on a 3 km rail track, the six is fixed (75 metre track) located 5 km further to the west. The whole installation is quite impressive.

CSIRO Radio Telescope

CSIRO Radio Telescope

We then drove to Yarrie Lake, a 3 km saucer shaped lake believed to have been formed by a falling meteor.

Finally we completed a loop by visiting Wee Waa before returning to Narrabri.

Had dinner at the local RSL in the Outback Shack, every so often they would turn on the 'special' effect of recorded thunder & rain, as well as water falling from the corrugated roof into a hidden floor drain.

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Day 4

Saturday - 18 June 2011

Today we visited the Pilliga National Park. From the Newell Highway we took a dirt road for about 50 km to the sculptures in the scrub, there are 4 sculptures, all with some aboriginal significance, placed along a 2.3 km walk along Dandry Gorge. This part of the park has only just opened, a lot of work has gone into the paths and other amenities.

Sculptures in the Scrub

Sculptures in the Scrub

We then visited Baradine, looked at the Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre, before diving to Coonabarabran where we had a quick lunch - it was 13 degrees and we where sitting in the local park.

We then went to Sandstone Caves, this is a large sandstone rock which has many caves weathered into it, also some carving and sharpening stones. This has great significance to the local Aboriginal people.

Sandstone Caves

Sandstone Caves

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Day 5

Sunday - 19 June 2011

Visited Mount Kaputar. This park is about 50 km north east of Narrabri, the road up to the summit is about 20 km very narrow and winding but with some spectacular views.

Mt Kaputar

Mt Kaputar

Mt Kaputar

Mt Kaputar

Mt Kaputar

Mt Kaputar

Returned to Narrabri and had a sausage sizzle for lunch. In the afternoon we drove out to Sawn Rocks, when these rocks were formed they cooled in a uniform way causing 'organ piping'.

Sawn Rocks

Sawn Rocks

Sawn Rocks

Sawn Rocks

Sawn Rocks

Sawn Rocks

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Day 6

Monday - 20 June 2011

Headed further north, stopped at Moree for a walk around town, then continued onto Boomi.

Emu's Garah

Emu's Garah

Drove out to the Macintyre River and then the Boomi River to fish, no luck though. went back to the caravan park an had a soak in the artisan spring pool.

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Day 7

Tuesday - 21 Jun 2011

It was a cold at Boomi last night however the day was lovely, clear sky with a temperature of 24 degrees.

After breakfast we set out for Goondiwindi, the road was quite narrow in places with a great deal of flood damage. We were lucky the traffic was light, the only problem was the B-doubles carting cotton from the farms along the road.

We booked into the Gundy Star, were able to get a nice big grassed site. They have hot damper at 5 pm which we will go and try.

Went out again to try and catch a Yellowbelly, luck was as bad as yesterday, however I enjoyed the walk.

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Day 8

Wednesday - 22 June 2011

A change came through last night and today is only 15 degrees with a cold wind. We don't plan on doing a much today, a drive around town and a quick visit to the Botanical Garden, which depicts the arid woodlands of the local area.

Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi

After this we found a sheltered spot in the sun to relax.

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Day 9

Thursday - 23 June 2011

Left Goodiwindi at 9 am for our drive along the Bruxner Highway to Tenderfield. The road had quite a bit of flood damage, this ranged from potholes and broken tar to three concrete bridges that have been washed away. We were lucky that there was very little traffic, over the 200 kms we were overtaken once.

At Tenterfield we walked down the main street and also visited the Tenterfield Saddler.

Tenterfield Saddler

Tenterfield Saddler

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Day 10

Friday - 24 June 2011

Very cold night at Tenterfield, frost this morning which is appropriate as the local tourist centre has Jack Frost as their current logo. Left at 8.30 am as we needed to get past Tabulam by 11.00 am as the bridge is closed between 11 & 2 for maintenance work.

Booked into Lake Ainsworth Holiday park (Lennox Heads) for 3 days, had to set up in the rain.

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Day 11

Saturday - 25 June 2001

As it was raining this morning we decided to go for a drive to Lismore, had a walk around then went on to Bangalow and Byron Bay. The weather has greatly improved, it is now sunny and quite warm, we sat on the beach to have lunch, lots of people on the beach but only a few in the water.

We drove back to Lennox Head, went straight to the headland to see if we could see any whales, we saw a couple, a long way out but quite active.

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Day 12

Sunday - 26 June 2001

Went back to Bangalow for the markets, very large with a great deal of local handicraft and food. We walked around with Kerry O'brien (as well as about 3000 other people). It was a very enjoyable morning, well worth the visit.

Drove back to the caravan via small country lanes, visited Emigran Creek dam and Killen falls.

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Day 13

Monday - 27 June 2011

Quiet day today, nice sunny day. We did a bit of whale watching, the whales we saw were a long way out to sea. Walked the beach, watched some horses being swam in the surf.

In the evening we went out to a restuarant for dinner to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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Day 14

Tuesday - 28 June 2011

Wet day today, we moved down the coast to Urunga for the next three days. First thing we did when arriving wse to pull the awning out to shelter us from the rain, so it was not very pleasant setting up the van.

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Day 15

Wednesday - 19 June 2011

Another wet day, went sightseeing around Urunga and Repton. In the afternoon went down to the lagoon fishing, caught 3 small flathead - through them all back to grow-up.

Went to the Ocean View Hotel for dinner, it was their two for one pizza night, the pizzas were very nice.

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