ANZAC Trip 2015...homeward trip

Clicking the map to the right will give you some idea of our route home.

 

Boorowa...click photo to start slide show

ANZAC Trip 2015

 

'Home Leg'.

Our trip home from Canberra would take us through central west New South Wales, it is a route that we have often travelled. As usual we endevour to avoid major highways where ever we can, this will sometime slow us down a bit...but who is in a hurry?. Click on the map below for a bigger look at our route home..click then scroll down to the photo of Boorowa to start a slide show...use the arrows to navigate.

 
Boorowa
Boorowa

About 100km north of Canberra, sitting in the very fertile Lachlan Valley travelers will come upon the small town of Boorowa. (pop 1200) A neat, well maintained place, a sign proudly proclaims Boorowa as winner of the Tidy Towns award, some years ago perhaps but it still looks good. The streets are wide, each year they have a sheep parade up the main street. See link below for more info on this popular event.

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Boorowa trees
Boorowa trees

At the time of our visit to Boorowa, early Autumn, the trees were a mixture of colours, the local parks and river banks a profusion of oranges, yellows, purples, browns and greens.

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Time to hook up...
Time to hook up...

From Boorowa we moved on around 230km to a small caravan park near Wellington NSW..to come with us..click the link below.

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Boorowa
Boorowa

About 100km north of Canberra, sitting in the very fertile Lachlan Valley travelers will come upon the small town of Boorowa. (pop 1200) A neat, well maintained place, a sign proudly proclaims Boorowa as winner of the Tidy Towns award, some years ago perhaps but it still looks good. The streets are wide, each year they have a sheep parade up the main street. See link below for more info on this popular event.

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Boorowa....click photo to start slide show

 
Wellington Caves
Wellington Caves

Just near the NSW town of Wellington there is a favourite stop for us..Wellington Caves and Caravan Park. Some ancient caves here attract visitors from around the world, we have ben here a number of time and wont be going underground but I'll add a link to the bottom of this page should you be interested. This photo is of our most favorite small bird..Apostle Birds, so called because they are usually in groups of 12+

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Apostle Bird
Apostle Bird

These cute little things seem to be restricted to west of the Great Dividing Range, a range of mountains stretching almost the full length of the east coast....they are a busy little bird, they get in their large groups and chatter their heads off, not a particularly attractive, bird with feather colouring ranging from silver grey to black, its their shape that we like, lovely little beak and proud. almost eagle shaped head.

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Moving on...
Moving on...

From Wellington we move on to Binnaway...for us a drive of about 200km, for you its just a click on the link below..

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Wellington Caves
Wellington Caves

Just near the NSW town of Wellington there is a favourite stop for us..Wellington Caves and Caravan Park. Some ancient caves here attract visitors from around the world, we have ben here a number of time and wont be going underground but I'll add a link to the bottom of this page should you be interested. This photo is of our most favorite small bird..Apostle Birds, so called because they are usually in groups of 12+

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Wellington...click photo to start slide show

 
Binnaway- Pumphouse Reserve
Binnaway- Pumphouse Reserve

Binnaway, pop 500, nestles beside the Castlereagh River. Its about 35km south east of Coonabarabran, Binnaway claims fame to have been the area where the Australian classic movie 'The Shiralee' with Peter Finch was filmed in the '50's. It is also the site of the Pumphouse Reserve, our home site for a couple of days.

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Binnaway- Pumphouse Reserve
Binnaway- Pumphouse Reserve

Binnaway Pumphouse Reserve is presented and maintained by a number of local businesses. it has 8 powered sites and a large grassy area for camping without power, there is a modern amenity block including coin operated showers ($2 - 5mins).

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Move on to the next stop?
Move on to the next stop?

Once again, time to hook on...Click link below

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Binnaway- Pumphouse Reserve
Binnaway- Pumphouse Reserve

Binnaway, pop 500, nestles beside the Castlereagh River. Its about 35km south east of Coonabarabran, Binnaway claims fame to have been the area where the Australian classic movie 'The Shiralee' with Peter Finch was filmed in the '50's. It is also the site of the Pumphouse Reserve, our home site for a couple of days.

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Binnaway...click photo to start slide show

 
Gunnedah.
Gunnedah.

On this return trip we again stopped at Gunnedah RV Park...photos of Gunnedah have appeared a number of times on our website..I only took one during this visit...Instead I thought it appropriate to post a few random and miscellaneous photos taken during our run home...enjoy

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Lachlan Way
Lachlan Way

This photo, taken on The Lachlan Valley Way, a little south of Boorowa does give some idea of the quality of roads in this part of the country....designated a tourist route the authorities do what they can to ensure tourists come...

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Canowindra smoko
Canowindra smoko

Another 'smoko' stop, this time Canowindra, on the Lachlan Valley Way, between Cowra and Wellington. The pronunciation of the town catches visitors...its not Cano-windra as you might think, its Ca-noun-dra. I found out the hard way..lol...to travel on to our next stop...click the link below

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Gunnedah.
Gunnedah.

On this return trip we again stopped at Gunnedah RV Park...photos of Gunnedah have appeared a number of times on our website..I only took one during this visit...Instead I thought it appropriate to post a few random and miscellaneous photos taken during our run home...enjoy

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Gunnedah...click photo to start slide show

 
Glen Riddle Reserve
Glen Riddle Reserve

Of all the places that we stopped on this ANZAC Trip we fell that Glen Riddle Reserve was the best!. The reserve is on the banks of Ironbark Ck (What a name!) which runs into Split Rock Dam, its some 18km south of Barraba just off the Fossickers Way. A huge grassed area, very popular, we counted 21 RV's one night...we stayed 3 nights and could easily have stayed longer.

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Glen Riddle Reserve
Glen Riddle Reserve

Glen Riddle Reserve is maintained by Tamworth Regional Council, the small amenities block (no showers) was cleaned and the rubbish collected while we were there. Water is available but not for drinking. Shops etc can be found in Barraba about 18km away, a dump point there too.

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Glen Riddle
Glen Riddle

As the sun sinks in the west we say farewell to Glen Riddle Reserve, and we thank the people at Tamworth regional Council and the township of Barraba for making this place available, free of charge...we shall return..click the link to move on..

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Glen Riddle Reserve
Glen Riddle Reserve

Of all the places that we stopped on this ANZAC Trip we fell that Glen Riddle Reserve was the best!. The reserve is on the banks of Ironbark Ck (What a name!) which runs into Split Rock Dam, its some 18km south of Barraba just off the Fossickers Way. A huge grassed area, very popular, we counted 21 RV's one night...we stayed 3 nights and could easily have stayed longer.

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Glen Riddle...click photo to start slide show

 
Yetman.
Yetman.

Our next stop, just for one night was Yetman...a tiny town on the Bruxner highway, about 100km north of Warialda. Yetman is a stones throw from the Queensland/New South Wales state border. Many cotton fields surround Yetman. The town itself consists of a hotel, small general store and a service station...the kind where someone comes out to pump the diesel for you!.

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Yetman Caravan Park
Yetman Caravan Park

The caravan park belongs to Warialda Shire and offers good value at $10 per night and a free washing machine. It has all the necessary facilities but no dump point.

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Head 'em up....
Head 'em up....

Time again to hitch up..link is below..

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Yetman.
Yetman.

Our next stop, just for one night was Yetman...a tiny town on the Bruxner highway, about 100km north of Warialda. Yetman is a stones throw from the Queensland/New South Wales state border. Many cotton fields surround Yetman. The town itself consists of a hotel, small general store and a service station...the kind where someone comes out to pump the diesel for you!.

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Yetman...click photo to start slide show

 
Yelarbon
Yelarbon

Yelarbon, pop abt 500, is on the Cunningham Highway some 50km north east of Goondiwindi....visitors to this website will know that Yelarbon is a regular stop over for us on our trips into south central Queensland

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Yelarbon Lagoon
Yelarbon Lagoon

This lagoon is where the town got its name from, Large Lagoon is Yelarbon in the dialect of the traditional owners of this land. A lovely spot with picnic facilities. It is right across the road from the Recreation Grounds.

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Yelarbon Township
Yelarbon Township

Yelarbon township, like many towns out here, has seen better days, unfortunately all that is there now is a pub, a servo/shop and a cafe "open 7 days a week' but shut for the two days we were there...to move on to our next camp click the link below.

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Yelarbon
Yelarbon

Yelarbon, pop abt 500, is on the Cunningham Highway some 50km north east of Goondiwindi....visitors to this website will know that Yelarbon is a regular stop over for us on our trips into south central Queensland

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Yelarbon...click photo to start slide show

 
Leyburn
Leyburn

On a back road some 120km north of Yelarbon you will find the town of Leyburn, pop abt 400. A laidback town and the location of the Leyburn Sports Ground, where travelers can spend a night or two, we stayed just the one but will probably return some day.

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Leyburn
Leyburn

Canal Creek runs through Leyburn but on our visit it was more a billabong, a delightful spot indeed.

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Leyburn Sports Ground
Leyburn Sports Ground

The area set aside for RV's is good, flat sites alongside the creek, there is a clean flush toilet, potable water but not a lot else, campers can walk to town to a small shop and hotel. To travel on to our next stop click the link below.

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Leyburn
Leyburn

On a back road some 120km north of Yelarbon you will find the town of Leyburn, pop abt 400. A laidback town and the location of the Leyburn Sports Ground, where travelers can spend a night or two, we stayed just the one but will probably return some day.

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Leyburn...click photo to start slide show

 
Laidley Showgrounds
Laidley Showgrounds

Our final stop on this ANZAC Trip home was at Laidley...just 80km from home!..Why would we not just keep going? I hear you thinking. At Laidley I planned to wash the awning as I can have difficulty doing this at home due to space restrictions, if the backyard is soft as it probably will due to the rain there has been I am unable to get the van back there, I may not be able to erect the awning.

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Laidley Showgrounds
Laidley Showgrounds

The showgrounds are quite a nice spot to stay actually...huge area, level grass. The amenities are typical for a showgrounds, very basic, there is no laundry. The site fee is $18. Town is a bit far to walk to but not impossible, maybe 2 km. There is a dump point in town.

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Laidley Church
Laidley Church

Laidley Catholic Church is an odd design...with what appear to be portholes along the sides...lol This photo is the last one for this ANZAC Trip 2015..thank you for looking...to return to our home page click the link below.

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Laidley Showgrounds
Laidley Showgrounds

Our final stop on this ANZAC Trip home was at Laidley...just 80km from home!..Why would we not just keep going? I hear you thinking. At Laidley I planned to wash the awning as I can have difficulty doing this at home due to space restrictions, if the backyard is soft as it probably will due to the rain there has been I am unable to get the van back there, I may not be able to erect the awning.

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Laidley...click photo to start slide show

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