June 23rd 2018..Goulburn River NP
Apart from the
minus 4 deg morning we enjoyed our campsite by the Turan River. The friendly
female kangaroo and young greeted us again. Last night they enjoyed our scraps
|Bull Rushes in green Goulburn River|
We travelled NE
to Mudgee where we refilled our water tanks and ate lunch. From there we have
continued in a north easterly direction to the Goulburn River National Park.
You would think that we were in Victoria with a name like that but No, we are
actually north-east of Sydney. The gravel road in was rather slow but we have
settled at the clean and attractive Spring Gully Campground. Hopefully we have
chosen a spot where the early sun will find us after the longest night of the
year. The bush is rather like the Chiltern or Eldorado bush land. To make the
area more familiar we found a signpost to ‘Kelly Gap Track’.
Once again it
was very cold overnight and the morning was overcast with fog and cloud
around the hill tops…yes very cold. However the day was warm enough to dry
washing and towels. We have been about camp all day apart from 2 good walks
along the road which is quite hilly with gravel wash aways.
We are sitting
by a campfire with the sun long gone. It actually set behind the nearby
hilltops about 4.00pm making the shortest day of the year even shorter.
emus are about our camp. An emu actually removed a ball of cotton thread from
the table where I was working as well as my tiny scissors. Pied Butcher birds,
Little Ravens and Currawongs visited from time to time.
This park has
about a dozen very clean camp sites so we have enjoyed our stay. It is quite
remote without phone or internet contact.
continue to move north tomorrow or closer to the coast, with the thought of warmer nights in mind.
Very cold again
probably minus 5 deg with everything very white. We packed and headed for Cessnock. The drive
through bushland and mountains was lovely. Farmlands appeared dry and frosted.
A very long train transporting coal
was an unexpected activity. The mullock heaps from the coal mines were
extensive and high.
We have booked
into the Wine Country Tourist Park a little north of Cessnock for 2 nights. This
will provide us with mains power and a laundry to do a weeks washing.
|Frosted wood pile at minus 5 deg|
expect we will explore the wineries and vineyards of the Hunter Region.
June 24th...a lovely day exploring the Food & Wine of the Hunter Region around Cessnock.
We bought olives, cheeses, honey, several pieces of clothing and we will drink some wine this evening. It is a really great area for the Gourmet Traveller.