Day 22

Saturday 22nd February
Slept well, muggy though and overcast. It’s only 7.30 am, hope we get some rain. We all packed up after breaky and headed for Bingara, Sandy was ready earlier than us so we just met up with her at Bingara. Got a few supplies and had lunch in the Roxy Cafe, it was the old Roxy Theatre, they have restored it to it’s original condition. Arrived at Bonshaw Weir at 3.30 pm, was sad to see the toilet block has gone, I was told that they had big floods last year. Got set up and while Don was putting the annex up I was steadying one of the poles and the side pool dropped and hit me across the wrist, wow, it was instant golf ball size and very sore, so iced it every 20 min intervals. Was a bit sore during the night so wasn’t the greatest of sleeps. lovely and cool and windy, such a nice change. We are camping with some stock-man and there cattle while they feed along the long paddocks. They have no feed back at their farm, they have traveled from Goondawindi and heading for Ashford. Did some star trails, sky to dark.
IMG_8440-2  From our camp site the Dumaresq River, flowing beautifully.IMG_8441-2  Don setting up camp.IMG_8449-2  Looking across the Bonshaw Weir.IMG_8451-2  Looking up the river from the banks of the weir.  This is what I sat and had my cuppa looking at, pre dawn, how awesome.IMG_8493-2  This is the camping area, lovely and big, no facilities left now.IMG_8510-2  Bonshaw Weir, lovely standing under the weir and cooling off.IMG_8511-2 Looking back up to camp from the Weir.IMG_8512-2  Another view, very big area. You can actually see where and what the floods have moved and changed it all.IMG_8543-2  The bridge down from the weir, the chaps caught a Murray Cod off this bridge, big one to.IMG_8548-2  Looking across from the other side of river.

Day 20

Thursday 20th February 
Got up early, packed the last of our stuff into the cub and wagon as Garry will be coming home soon to sleep. I have been using the flat down stairs and this is where Garry sleeps as its the coolest room in the house.
Left at 9.30 am heading for Lake Yarrie, which is over by Narrabri, Sandy arrived before us as she left from Quirindi. We got to Narrabri and filled the wagon up, I asked as to where Lake Yarrie turn off was, the girl told me, but we took a wrong turn, ended up 50 km out of our way heading to Coonabarraban, on our way back I kept trying to ring Sandy but no coverage until nearly at Narrabri, finally Sandy got the call and she is heading out of Lake Yarrie, the place is plagued by midges, so we said that’s it, meet us at the servo and we’ll decide where to from here. Had lunch and a break, decided we’ll head off to Rocky Creek, not far from Bingara. Called into the Sawn Rocks, found that the walk was to far at this time of day and also very hot. Could not find any Rocky Creek camping spot, so we finally found a spot called Glacier Historical Site, so this will do us all, as it was already getting later than we like to be on the road. With a look around, it’s very nice, rock pools and amazing rock formations. Once we were all set up, Sandy got the bus level we all had a cuppa and tea was soon on the go. There are a few midges here but not to bad, just got to keep using the repellents.
IMG_8089  Silo’s and store sheds at Willow tree heading north from Murrurundi.IMG_8093  Dry flat country side here, I really hope that dark sky has rain for these farmers. Between Quirindi and Narrabri. NSWIMG_8103  This is a very sad site, the image below tells the story.IMG_8106IMG_8109  Taken from the car.IMG_8112  Cattle on the road side feeding, had to be very mindful of what maybe around each corner.IMG_8117  Kapitar National Park. Heading to Sawn Rocks.IMG_8148 Set up for a stop over.