Cross country run

Trip Start Feb 18, 2011
Trip End Apr 04, 2011

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Tuesday, March 1, 2011

St David's Day today and we start heading in land. Firstly we drove to Scone which is known as the horse capital of Australia as there are more than 70 horse studs in the area. We then headed west to Merriwa where we took a break. This lovely rural town is situated on the Golden highway in the Upper Hunter Region. The information centre with its corrugated iron mural was full of arts and crafts for us to look at.
 We then headed south and arrived in Mudgee in time for a late lunch and a bit of shopping before heading out to our bush camp for the night. We were staying at Cudgegong Waters Caravan  Park set on the banks of Lake Windamere. A dam was built on  a grazing property called Windamere in 1984 and provides recreational water activities for the region.There was a beautiful sunset tonight as we cooked our BBQ.

We planned to do a couple of days solid driving so we could get further south and have an extended stay in the Snowy Mountains. So Wednesday morning we were up bright and early to move on with our first stop, the old gold mining town of Sofala for fuel. We had been here before so didn't plan to stay long but they didn't have fuel so we had to wait for assistance to bring some for Jack before we could head on to Bathurst. We walked around the town and were disappointed to see that some of the buildings had been neglected since our previous visit.
We had planned our route through a bush area but after hearing that some of the road was quite rough after recent flooding we changed our route and set off for Cowra. Our break here allowed us to visit a display about the prisoner of war camp and the break out of the Japanese. An excellent and informative display. 

We then traveled down the Lachlan Valley Way to Boorowa  a peaceful country town with a number of buildings with historical interest. The caravan park was right in the centre of town so we walked up to the hotel for dinner. Boorowa hotel has a wonderful display of lattice on its verandah and is well restored.
 The area is the habitat for the Superb Parrot, a bright green  parrot whose name is used throughout the town. On our morning walk before we left the town we visited the Superb bakery as well as  Superb Patchwork and a number of the historic buildings. This included one of the most eccentric newsagents we've ever been in! All in all a great little place and we are glad our plans changed a little so that we visited here. 
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