Gilgandra, Parkes to Temora

This part of the trip is basically caravan touring because I have had waitlist success and will be on the Ferry to Tasmania on the 21st August.  This means getting to Melbourne by then.  Of course I could just hit the road and drive long distances each day  – but given the timeframe there is no need.

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Armidale – still up on the Tablelands

The drive to Armidale was made more interesting by a side trip to Captain Thunderbolt’s Cave.  Little did I know when I pulled off the highway that the way to the cave was by an ever narrowing and ever rougher dirt road.  Mrs GPS reckoned the track would eventually rejoin the New England Highway but at times that looked like wishful thinking!

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Glen Innes – New England Tablelands

I escaped the sugar cane burning smoke of Yamba and went to Glen Innes and into rain.  How unusual.  The countryside around here is extremely brown as the last decent rain was some years ago.  Oh well, the caravan needed another leak.

Glen Innes.  Altitude 1,135 metres = cool to cold in winter.  District settled mainly by Scottish (newspeak for pinched from the Narabal people) in 1838.  The original name was Gindaaydjin which means “plenty of big round stones on clear plains” and there still are.

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