First new stop on our Cape York Adventure
Trip Start Apr 30, 2013
56Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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Where I stayed
Lake Wyangan Free Camp 8k's from Griffith
What I did
Catania Fruit Salad Farm
Today is the day where we leave Bright and start the long journey towards Cape York. We got up at 6.30am and did not go for a walk today as there was too many things to do to leave. After breakfast Sue cooked our dinner for tonight in the Shuttle Chef where it will finish cooking on the way. It was nearly zero degrees this morning and both Dave and I had to use leather gloves whilst packing up because of the cold and ice. We left Bright at 9am and headed through Beechworth to Chiltern then stopped at Rutherglen for morning coffee and a famous Parker Pie. As this was the last Victorian Town we will be in for a while we walked to the Newsagent and collected our winnings on Tattslotto.
Next stop was Morundah on the Newell Highway for a late lunch due to the pie for morning tea break. We arrived at our free camp spot 8k's just out of Griffith in NSW around 4pm and set up the vans for the next 3 nights stay. We lit the fire at 5.30pm and had a couple of drinks before dinner
Tuesday 7th May.
We got up at 6.30am and took some beautiful pictures of the sun coming up over the lake. Dave and Lynne headed out walking just before Sue and I and we all returned about the same time walking about 5k's return. After breakfast it was into town to the Tourist Info then up the main street for coffee and to plan our 2 more days in Griffith. We went back to the van for lunch then out to Catania Fruit Salad Farm for a tour at 1.30pm. It was quite a good tour of a fruit growing Farm followed by sampling of theirs and others produce and wine. From there we drove out to Sir Dudley De Chair Lookout overlooking Griffith and the Riverina Growing District. Just below the lookout there is a Hermits Cave where an Italian guy lived as a hermit during the 1930's and 40's. It is now on the tourist trail as an attraction. From here it was back to the van as the weather was closing in with dark clouds filling the sky. By this time it was close to 5pm so Dave lit the fire as it was getting a bit chilly. Whilst sitting around the fire having dinner it started to rain which was enough for us to retreat to the vans for the night. Tomorrow we will venture to Cocoparra National Park for some trail walking to Mount Brodgen followed by a B.B.Q lunch
Up walking by 7am for about 5k's down the road towards Griffith. After breakfast we headed off to Cocoparra National Park for a 2 hour walk to the top of Mount Brogden followed by a B.B.Q lunch at the picnic ground. The walk was quite hilly but it only took us one and a half hours return. Very nice views over the surrounding countryside with a number of towns visible in the distance. B.B.Q for lunch in the picnic area which hadn't had any maintenance done on the area for a while then we returned back to Griffith to Riverina Grove which produced local produce. We purchased some jam and sauces before heading off to Woollies for some grocery shopping and a fuel docket. With the 4WD fuelled ready for tomorrows trip to Cobar Sue visited Lincraft for some scrapbooking supplies before heading back to the van at Lake Wyangan. Dave and I connected up our 4WD's to the caravans ready to leave about 9am tomorrow. We all then sat around writing journals before dinner before lighting the fire around 5.30pm as it started to get cooler. Dinner and drinks then a visit from the guy in the van behind us for a chat around the fire before retiring to the vans for the night.