Wollomombi to Wallabadah
Trip Start Feb 18, 2011
17Trip End Apr 04, 2011
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We then continued down the mountain range to Armidale on the New England Highway. This is a lovely city with beaut buildings that we have visited before so we decided to continue on to Tamworth where we planned to stay for the night. Along the road we stopped by the river at Bendemeer for lunch and as we made such good time we went beyond Tamworth to the small village of Wallabadah where we will meet up with Ineke and Jack tomorrow.
Wallabadah is at the southern entrance to the New England region. The main industry for the district is agriculture.
Wallabadah is home to a memorial to the First Fleet Memorial Gardens and is the only garden memorial to the First Fleet. Carved by stone mason, Ray Collins, the names of all those who came out to Australia on the eleven ships in 1788 are found on tablets along the garden pathway. The stories of those who arrived on the ships, their life, and first encournters with the Australian country are presented throughout the Garden. We found a few "Kings" and many "Wrights" listed as convicts. Next to the memorial is a picnic area and campsite on the banks of Quirindi Creek, the perfect location for us to camp for a couple of nights.
Next morning we headed along the Fossickers Way to Nundle, an historic gold mining town. We were hoping to visit a Patchwork shop but it was closed. Instead we went to the Old Wollen Mill where they still produce their own wool. We then took the road into Tamworth to get some supplies before returning to our campsite.
One of the great things about travelling this way is you meet up with other travellers. Here we chatted to Wilma and Ron who have been caravanning for a long time. They told us that the pub did great meals so that evening the four of us headed up to the Marshall MacMahonn Inn only to find they didn't cook on a Monday evening! We decided to have a cold drink and then head back to the campsite to cook a meal. While we were catching up on news the owner came to say that we could have a meal as he had called in the cook- Country hospitality at its best!