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Tamworth

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Tamworth is a nice town with some interesting museums, with the main focus on C & W of course.

The wax museum at "The Big Guitar" is well worth a visit as is the museum at the Info Centre.

Shopping is good with all the main retailers represented.

Outside Tamworth landmarks and attractions are limited. We drove up to Barraba to see the Horton Falls, not expecting too much action, but apart from a couple of rock pools, bone dry. The area is heavily treed so not even good pics possible without walking through some dry thick grass. Not for this bunny however.

The Woodsreef mining area was recommended by the Info Centre but when we got there is was a disappointment. Gates were locked which meant a walk through long dry grass. Again, not for me.

The interesting feature is the now defunct asbestos mine. A huge pit and tailings dump which of course are fenced off. White asbestos was mined here and as we know this is harmless. The funny aspect of this is that the shire have place signs warning of the dangers of asbestos but there are walk trails around the pit.

Split Rock Dam is a large weir supplying water to the region. There camping and picnic spots all around but in the area we went to, only one old and small ablution block.

Last night (Saturday) we were hit with a severe storm. Heavy rain and high wings for about 4 hours.

Tamworth is a good place to spend some time relaxing.

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Narrabri - Day 5

The Sawn Rocks

semi-overcast 28 °C

What an amazing sight this is. The pics really tell the story here. It is difficult to believe that nature is responsible for the perfect cuts and shapes.

We drove out of the northern end of the NP and the drive is fantastic, towering face one side, sheer drops the other, and so much green which is surprising considering the lack of rain.

I cannot believe this NP is virtually unknown. A cousin's partner used to fly his light plain up the valley here heading to Inverell and says one had to be vigilant because of the eagles swooping from above.

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Narrabri - Day 3

Kaputar National Park

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This is a must for every traveller. The peak of Mt Kaputar is 1510 metres, almost 200 metres higher than Mt Werong in the Blue Mountains. The views are sweeping and the colour changes fabulous. The peak is only 50 KM from Narrabri.

In all it was a 5 hour trip but worth every minute but the visual impact is apparent only a few minutes from Narrabri. The camping and picnic facilities are also very impressive and facilities beautifully maintained. There are numerous opportunities for camping. Everything is spotless. We made the mistake of not taking any food with us so by the time we returned, were starving.

This NP is amongst our top spots.

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Narrabri - Day 1

Australia Telescope Compact Array

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Narrabri is a medium sized town, but very busy with a constant flow of road trains. The road trains come from the east and the north and is virtually non stop. Shopping is good, both Coles and Woolies have stores here.

Today we drove out to the The Australia Telescope Compact Array (ATCA), at the Paul Wild Observatory, operated by CSIRO, 25KM West of Narrabri.

Not having any expectations I was amazed at what was there. There are many displays of obsolete radio telescopes and associated equipment as well as explanations of the universe.

The 5 rail mounted 22 metre telescopes are in plain view. There is also an AV presentation in the theatrette.

For anyone visiting the area this should be a must. There is no charge.

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Lightning Ridge

Gallery of the Black Hand

overcast 30 °C

Another day in Lightning Ridge, and another adventure.

Today we toured “The Gallery of the Black Hand”. This one we had been hanging out for since we started planning the trip.

It is a worked out opal mine and is now the home of owner Ron Canlin’s limestone carvings. He started in 1997, all of the passages and caverns were dug out specifically for his carvings which have been carved underground from the solid limestone layer.

Photos just cannot do them justice, truly amazing work by this untrained artist.

It is worth taking a few minutes to look at the website. http://blackopalsaustralia.com/carvings/

Rain is forecast for today and tomorrow. Sky looks threatening but none yet. Last night was extremely humid.

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