New South Wales

Day 57 – New England National Park

New England NP

I spent my easter week at the Armidale showgrounds. The weather was poor so I stayed in my car most of that time working on a little project. Finally departing I decided to head to New England National Park. Along the way I stopped in to Wollomombi Falls located in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park. This is quite a beautiful …

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Day 46 – Mount Kaputar National Park

From Dubbo I headed off on the Newell Highway and stoped in to the Sandstone Caves. This is not particularly well signed and is easy to miss. Parks prefer not to advertise it too much to protect the Aboriginal history in the area. Two special sites are located here. In one cave are groove marks where stone axes were sharpened …

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Day 44 – Taronga Western Plains Zoo Dubbo

While camping in the Warrumbungles I discovered there was a zoo in Dubbo. So the decision was made to drive back the 100 odd kilometres to check it out. On my first afternoon in Dubbo I visited the Royal Flying Doctors Service Base, located at the airport. They have a volunteer run guided tour for $3. The tour includes a …

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Day 41 – Warrumbungle National Park

warrumbungle

Leaving Barrington Tops I head off towards Warrumbungle National Park via Scone, the Golden Highway, then Warrumbungles Way, stopping a night at Binnaway Pumphouse Reserve. The landscape changed dramatically with the lush green forests and grasslands now becoming vast plains of dry brown grass with the occasional tree. The Binnaway Pumphouse Reserve was an awesome free campsite provided by the …

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Day 36 – Barrington Tops National Park

The main road through Barrington Tops is gravel and may be seasonally closed due to bad weather. It can be quite steep and my old 200tdi laboured its way up with a whine. Its pretty high up here and the temperature dropped quite a bit by the time I made it to camp at Little Murray campgrounds. A 4wd is …

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Day 35 – Newcastle

Newcastle is another place blessed with beautiful beaches. It even has some old skool Ocean Baths on the coastline. I walked out to the Nobby’s Beach breakwall and up to the lighthouse. This is quite popular with plenty of locals going for their daily walk. The weather was not the greatest with strong wind gusts pushing me around the further …

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Day 28 – Hat Head National Park

Hat Head National Park was the next on my list. First up I tackle the Korogoro walking track in the southern section. This starts off wide like a normal track then turns in to a goat trail. It has some beautiful views of the ocean and beaches. I stayed at the Hungry Gate campground the first couple nights which was …

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Day 27 – Ellenborough Falls

ellenborough falls

While staying in Wauchope I took an afternoon off my study and drove out to Ellenborough Falls. These are said to be the second longest single drop falls in Australia at 200 metres. The road in is gravel in sections with many pot holes and is narrow winding along the mountain side. Had one close call with a car coming …

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Day 22 – Port Macquarie

After a week in the bush I return to civilisation to do my laundry and enjoy a hot shower. I stayed at Flynn’s Beach caravan park in Port Macquarie. This was a nice place nestled in amongst the trees. The staff were friendly and the amenities although a tad out dated were clean. Unfortunately for me the first day was …

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Day 15 – Oxley Wild Rivers and Werrikimbe National Parks

youdales hut

From Tamworth I head to a little town called Walcha where the local NSW national parks office is located. I’ve decided to explore Oxley Wild Rivers national park. I’m told Youdales hut is the most remote campsite in the park, so I must get a special permit and a gate access key. Camping is more expensive at Youdales but there …

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