Time is a traveller a Tenterfield Saddler.....

Trip Start Mar 25, 2011
Trip End Nov 11, 2011

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Haltin Site # 8

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, April 8, 2011

The road from Tamworth was as usual great scenery, we passed through a town called Guyra, which has the highest Caravan Park in Australia,we decided to give it a miss as it pretty chilly around these here parts at night time. Passed through Armidale but it was such a "grand soft mornin'" we just had a coffee and kept going...other places of note en-route were Glencoe, Swansea, Kentucky, Bolivia and Dundee. The area is called "New England" and its decidedly Autumnal with the leaves changing colour and the nip in d'evenin's. The road we traveled is called the New England Highway or Thunderbolts Way after the bushranger Cap'n Thunderbolt, most of the bushrangers were Irish or of Irish descent.....except this wee scoundrel, he had lookouts and hideouts everywhere round here.
Well, we did the museums of Tenterfield and of course the Saddle Shop with was owned by Peter Allens grandfather...hence the song, in case ye didn't know...I'm now banned from singing it, as I played it when we left Tamworth and again when we arrived here and of course I've been singing and humming it ever since, its driving Trish crazy (but that's me job, innit?). Just like I did with the "Road to Gundagai"...We covered the sights of Tenterfiled in the afternoon with a nice drive up to Mackenzie Lookout. We decided to hang around another day to check out the National Parks as there are a lot in the area...turned out to be a GREAT idea. Packed a picnic and headed off to Bald Rock for a wee climb today, took us over an hour to get to the top but was well worth the effort, I took heaps of photos but can't find the bleedin stick, hopefully it'll turn up soon. Someone told us about leeches but of course you think they're like snakes, out there but ye never see 'em, WRONG. I felt like a little stick or a stone had gone into my shoe so i stopped and picked out a wee black stick, until it squirmed and i realised it was alive and ... blood was oozing from my foot, well ooze is probably a bit strong as it was only a little bite, but we saw our first leech. We went from there to Boonoo Boonoo National Park to see the water fall, WOW...its an easy walk through the forest (after a 14km drive on dirt roads) but it really was amazing, the water falls 200 metres into a spectacular gorge...again I took heaps of photos but they're on the same stick...bummer ! We had a late lunch by Platypus Water Hole but none of the feckers appeared...back to the haltin site and off to Texas tomorrow, with our next stop at ????
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Graham on

Australia is an awesome place. I just love it. Keep the memories coming.

Dublin Eddie on

Both looking great have a ball.

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