Terramungah Grinding Grooves

Trip Start Sep 21, 2012
Trip End Oct 27, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Friday, September 21, 2012

After a sleepless night, (to overexcited to sleep) our trip was finally upon us. Up and out of bed at 5am showered, drinking a cup of tea, waiting for Jay to shower. The caravan was then hooked up ready to leave. It took awhile longer than anticipated but we finally headed off at 6.35am.

5 Minutes down the road Jay realised he had left his phone on his bedside table so we turned around & headed back home to retrieve it.
On the road again excited chatter about anticipated journeys ahead we forgot to turn off down the M7. A detour of 4km along the M7 before we could turn around & head in the right direction. Made it finally to the M4 before we remembered we hadn’t put the fridge on to 12v, so pulled over once again and changed the fridge over.

Finally we made it to Bathurst (without anymore delays). We spotted the Big Gold Panner on the right hand side of the road so we turned the van around to have a “big thing” photo with Braiden. Next spot was Mount Panorama. Stopping beside the statue tribute of Peter Brock we took some photos.

Stopping next at the starting point we had the “Toyota jump photos” before doing the big lap around the circuit. Wow so many turns it makes you wonder how they make it around so quickly.

Back on the road again, our next stop was a toilet break, we actually stopped because of some cute cow statues I had to take a picture of which turned into an interesting toilet story. It was the most fascinating toilet I’ve been to everything was automatic. Green light out front meant free to use, push a button to open door, then a button inside to close door, (outside now flashing red the kids thought I might be about to be blown up) then another button to dispense toilet paper, then I spent ages trying to find the flush only to finally see the sign which read “the toilet flushes automatically when you use the automatic soap, water & dryer station” so you put your hands in the 1st part get soap move to the next part wash hands, toilet then flushes then 3rd bay dries hands. WOW, push button to get back out. Jay, Annabel & Braiden found my story so amazing they all suddenly needed to go.

We filled up with our 1st lot of petrol at Wellington $90.25 (386km), then headed straight to our free camping location. We arrived at 2.30pm to Terramungah Reserve Grinding Grooves. This is a very popular free camping spot right next to a river. We were lucky enough to get a position next to the river bank which was down a hill. We were surrounded by beautiful gum trees providing shade. This is a bird lovers paradise, they are everywhere in the trees. It didn’t take us long to set up camp as we are keeping the caravan hooked up, because we are leaving early again in the morning.
We had a couple of quick ham & salad sandwiches before we headed off to explore the area & find the grinding grooves. Which are just behind the camp. It has a great big information board letting you know all about the grinding grooves.

Terramungamine grinding grooves that were used
by the Aborigine people for sharpening their tools and weapons.
These rock grooves - around one hundred
and fifty (150) can be seen on an outcrop of rock that extends for about one
hundred metres along the bank of the Macquarie River . This practise dates back to 26,000 years the oldest in the world

We had a nice family photo at the sight before Jay quickly headed off to wet his line to see if his new louers work wonders & catch fish. The kids headed back to the van & I wondered around exploring the area taking photos.

Later that afternoon the kids decided to have a hit of tennis, Jay came back to camp with a huge smile of his face, he had success, he had caught a decent size Yellow Belly. He bought it up to the caravan to show us then he let it go again.

When the sun started going down it got a little chilly & the wind was breezy. I sat in a chair, chilling for a while, it was so peaceful watching the sun setting & listening to the birds singing. I took some pictures of the sun setting near the riverside.
Jay put on the BBQ ready to heat up some Lasagne for a quick & easy tea.

Jay & Braiden made a great fire. We spent the rest of the night gazing into the fire relaxing after a long drive & early start. We were all in bed by 8.30am.
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Chris (Nan) Reid on

Now I realy wish we were there, looks great, love the catch of the day & tennis stars full on, have a great time xxxxxx

Ma & Pa on

Excellent first blog

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