Lake Windamere has only a small area for walking (compared to other State Parks I have stayed at) and is very hilly which gives great views. I only spent one night there but had a long afternoon to explore for spots to photograph the sunrise and sunset. Had a bit of fun with ICM in the bright light of the afternoon.
Still on the same day, after leaving the Black Stump Way I joined the Castlereagh Highway through to Gulgong an old gold mining town west of the Blue Mountains from Sydney. I would love to stop here one day and walk the streets, there is so much history here (for Australia anyway 1840’s to1860’s there abouts). The streets were very narrow and bendy for 2-way traffic and with The Little House in tow quite a challenge to navigate. Didn’t find the caravan park so pushed on to Mudgee a big wine growing area and very popular with people from Sydney for weekends. It’s only three and a half hours away.
Stayed in Mudgee overnight at the Riverside CP which is right in town and handy to everything including the river walk which Flair thoroughly enjoyed after 8 hours in the car.
The next day was only 50km the long way – through Lue and Rylstone to Cudgegong State Park on Lake Windamere (Windamere Dam).
Still on the Black Stump Way heading through to either Gulgong or Mudgee for the night. The trees stood out against the sky as it appeared as though a whole range of hills or plateau had been burnt, very stark on the sandstone cliffs. Passed some interesting areas that I didn’t find a parking spot in time to stop, maybe next time I come this way.
I though I might try writing a bit more information on my travels after the glossy photos 🙂 This may become a regular thing or not, depending on what time I have.
This day was spent in a long 8 hours drive from Warialda near the Qld. border down The Fossickers Way through Barraba and Manilla to Gunnedah. At Manilla I took the shortcut across by Lake Keepit saving more than 50km than if I’d stayed on the main roads. On the Oxley Highway through Gunnedah heading west until a little roadhouse junction called Mullaley where I turned off and took a road I’d never been on before down through Tambar Springs and Coolar called the Black Stump Way.
Very little traffic and I just cruised along stopping to take photos when I could see a pulling over spot in enough time to actually stop! That’s the one thing I’m still not good at – seeing far enough ahead to stop where I want to take the photos. Some old almost none existent towns along the way, reminders of a slower pace and the smaller communities that thrived.
The rest of NZ will have to wait as I’m off on another journey in The Little House (caravan) with Flair (my Kelpie dog) with no access to my NZ photos. These are shots from this trip through central NSW from the Queensland border to the Blue Mountains and back again.