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Gundagai

sunny 36 °C

Gundagai is a great place. It is quite small but within east driving of other towns.

The town has a long and interesting history, most of which is on display in the local private museum.

I guess the only disappointment is that "The Dog on the Tuckerbox" is not in the town but 6KM north along the Hume Highway, and is much smaller than expected. The precinct though is tastefully developed with cafes and displays.

Surprisingly, the town has a Woolies and a Coles Express, but no Coles.

The town has some fabulous old buildings to see which are still habitable.

Having spent so much time travelling around flat WA, we find the scenery here quite stunning. And, although rainfall has been scarce the major rivers have plenty of water. There are some fantastic camping sites in the area.

The Gundagai Tourist Park is unique because all of the 'van ensuite sites are under cover. This is ideal in hot weather weather but when another van is parked under the same cover, noise is amplified. Fortunately this happened only once so far.

Tomorrow we leave for Tumut, for 8 nights.

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Forbes and Parkes

sunny 28 °C

Forbes is a great small town with lots of history, and only a very short drive to Parkes.

We went looking for some of the Ben Hall haunts and places of significance.
Another nearby town of Eugowra is very old with a bushranger history. Some of the scenery here is quite stunning.
Forbes was also a great place to rest.

The Parkes Visitor Centre Museum is well worth visiting. It includes a collection of Elvis memorabilia, much of it original Elvis stuff.
The collection is owned by Greg Page of Wiggles fame.

There is also a fabulous collection of historic and vintage cars and motor bikes.

Also a collection of historic and vintage tractors, machinery, and railway carriages.

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Lithgow and Katoomba

sunny 31 °C

Drove to Lithgow and Katoomba today. I had been to Katoomba about 45 years ago but cant remember anything about it. Had never been to Lithgow before today.

The drive from Bathurst was great, very scenic, spoilt only by regular stretches of crappy road. Fortunately much of the road is good which made the bumps etc somewhat more bearable.

Katoomba is certainly capitalising on tourism. Parking is at a premium and at Echo Point one piddly little carpark @ $4 per hour. We tried to get parking in the town center but had a better chance of winning lotto.

Further around the scarp parking was easy but KM’s away from Echo Point. It was good to get a different angle on the features on show.

We had lunch at Echo Point then walked to the viewing areas. It is a fabulous view for sure. I also saw that there is now access to the first “sister” although other than saying “I’ve been there” we didn’t see much point in the longish walk in the heat. We were there for 2 1/2 hours in all.

We called into Lithgow first to check out any attractions worth seeing. And we are glad we did. While there are several interesting attractions we only went to Hassans Walls. What a treat that was too. The scape is stunning, rugged, dangerous, high, fantastic 240 degree views, and not overcrowded with tourists. It is in the bush just 2 KM from town. The only facilities are seats in the shade.

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Hill End

semi-overcast 25 °C

Spent Saturday here. It's around 85KM north east of Bathurst and at the end of a fabulous drive through the mountains.

The town is "Old World" and unspoiled. Every building is original, which is great to see. There are some great sites around the town but the most impressive is the view from Bald Hill Lookout.

At the local cafe/general store we bought a book written by a local old-timer. The storekeeper took the book across to the pub for the author to sign.

On the way back we stopped off at a magnificent camping spot on the Turon River.

Because it was getting late we called in at Sofilas for a quick look. It's a really lovely back-woods type of place.

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Bathurst

Mt Panorama

semi-overcast 27 °C

A lot of people who have never been to Mt Panorama will say "why go there, you see it better on TV". Well I was one of them, and while you may see more of the race, you just don't get it.

Having now been there, and driven around it, albeit sedately, nothing can substitute for being there. TV and pics flatten the terrain, the steepness and tightness just is not perceivable from the TV screen or pictures.

Apart from the racing aspect, the views from the top of the circuit are impressive.

The Motor Racing Museum is very impressive too. Situated at the entry to the circuit it should be a must for everyone. Race cars from all eras as well as a huge array of motor bikes is on display. For such an impressive venue the entry is a modest $10 ($7.50).

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