Thursday, April 7, 2022

Coonabarabran - Wyaga - Millmerran - Toogoolawah

Stopped at the golf course in Coonabarabran.

Sign of the times, no TV signal but Internet access is OK. So got to watch the NRL Sunday game on the PC. Then finally back in Qld on the Gore Hwy and stopping roadside at Wyaga. 

Nice welcome back to Qld: The rivers are overflowing and lots of roads are closed. Snapped a shot of the Road Conditions sign leaving Millmerran saying the road was open but CAUTION. Then, 10km down the road, it closes and I am directed to turn around. Bugger!

I'm stuck in Millmerran as the Condamine River has topped the Gore Hwy at Pampas Bridge. So wait or what? Hmm wait, no hurry.

Did some shopping in town and repaired the bike flat tyre whilst I waited to see what the river would do. Checked the Internet Latest River Heights for North Condamine R at Pampas Br *

Set up camp at the local golf course. Space for about 6 vehicles, but just me here and the coarse is closed because of the resent rain. A lot less noise than a roadside stop or in town. Fast Internet to monitor the river height, read and blog. Got to be somewhere, this will do nicely for tonight.

Next day road still closed so headed south to Inglewood and the Cunningham Hwy. On to Warwick, Gatton, Esk and Toogoolawah.

Toogoolawah is a noisy roadside camp but good enough as I've gone far enough.

Not an uneventful trip as something spiked the left-hand rear outside tyre and it blew out with a bang. Always a lengthy procedure changing a tyre on the MH especially a rear one.

Not for long!

Took their time closing.
Must have been waiting for me 8:30am Tuesday.

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Flood-gate fences

I've been back at Forbes BA for four weeks. A flurry of the slower more time consuming jobs, water crossings, flood ways, floating fences and the like are a sure sign the camp is about to close. The hard ones are always last.

Change is in the air. It's cooler overnight with some cold mornings. Time to go. Time to head north. Time to check the mail. See if there are any eBay purchases that I can't remember ordering. Won't be the first time. Nice surprise. Also be nice if the rain stops before I get there.

The trick - don't get wet!

A steel cable supports the flood gate.

Saturday, March 26, 2022


Driving along the Bedgerabond Road, a quiet country road west of Forbes, passing farm gates and driveways looking very much the same... then Carrawobitty. What da! So out of place and time. Makes you think who built that and when? Had to stop and take a pic. Had to ask Google. Interesting history.

Imposing house.

Imposing Gate and driveway.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Jemalong Weir

Jemalong Weir is west of Forbes on the Lachlan River and a good free camp for a quiet night. Well... most nights.

Heading east to Forbes on the Lachlan Valley Way are roadside Amazing Sculptures. Worth a quick stop and pic. News clipping.

The camp ground overlooks the weir.

Kangaroo's revenge?

Bird in the Hand.

Probably a shortage of chain in town for months?

Thursday, March 10, 2022


Not far north along the Newell Hwy from Narrandera is Mirrool, a one pub town just off the highway. So I stop for morning smoko and take a few photos.

Lots of improvements since being here last. Like hard-stand in the free camp area as well as power available for $10/night. The pub is looking like money has been spent on it as well. Always was a great place to stop for the night.

Its too early today so maybe next time.

Can't resist street art!

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Adelong - Wagga - Narrandera

On the road again, nice.

Left Adelong and went north via Tumblong to the Hume Hwy rather than the usual and more direct Snow Mountains Hwy to the Hume. Via Tumblong is just a few km longer but is not so hilly or busy. Fuelled up in Wagga paying $1.78. Some places $1.85. 

Bunnings for some stuff then provisions at North Wagga Woollies. Wilks Park for the night. Don a BA volunteer who had worked for some time at Forbes BA with me was also camped there. We talked for a while, about BA of course.

Next day onto Narrandera. Free camped at Brewery Flats on the approach to town. Its beside the Newell Highway and road noise can be an issue for the light sleeper. Before setting up for the night I drove around town rubbernecking. 

Having lived in Narrandera and operated the Lake Talbot Caravan Park I was keen to see what had changed since we left, finishing up after 7 years in 2010. Back then a large number of very large London Plain trees were at the end of their life span. Never a horticulturist I agonized about what species and what was the appropriate size to plant. Trees are not cheap and we needed about 20. It appears it all worked out for the best as this photo of some of the trees shows. They were once just saplings.

Shade, grass and hot showers
everything campers want.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Adelong - Forbes - Adelong.

February - March

Had to remind myself what's happened since last posting.

Early in February coming from Gundagui back to Adelong for a week or so. Then Forbes for a week and then back to Adelong for two weeks. Now ticking over to March, home (Cotton Tree Qld) is in my thoughts. Lots of things have happened up north, not just the weather. Destination Fixation can be an issue so taking a convoluted course could help.

One fav past time is studying maps and plotting which roads and what places to see along the way. The Newell is not one of my favourite highways and its been a few years since the MH has been that way. It's the best option for bypassing Sydney, Brisbane and the current intense coastal weather.

First up Wagga for some retail therapy and provisions. Then Narrandera catching up with friends. Then The Newell.

Photos from Adelong


Slashed paddock, sleepy sheep
and neighbours farther up the hill.

Don't want that hedge there?

Monday, February 7, 2022


Following the Murrumbidgee upstream to Gundagai.

I have been here before, its a good free camp and close to the centre of town, so why not. From Wantabadgery its a nice country drive then closer to Gundagai the road is right beside and overlooks the Murrumbidgee river. Duck under the Hume highway bypass and there you are, right in town.

Walked the main and about town then up the hill behind the main street and down to the old railway station. Checking out the rail levellings, tracks long gone, and condemned bridge. The rail bridge is the longest timber truss bridge in Australia at 809m.

Got a nice spot to camp and will be comfortable tonight even with a lot more neighbours. Just shade and grass tonight but that's all I need. The temperature overnight will get down to ~10deg, cool for February I'm thinking, then mid 20s during the day.

The Murrumbidgee 
river span and back.

Rail cutting - well was once.

809 meters long

Over Morleys Creek

My camp looking across
 Morleys creek from town.

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Adelong - Wantabadgery

Been back at Adelong for a few days. Now decided to do some touring.

Driving country roads can be very relaxing. I'm avoiding the Hume Highway and pretty much following the Murrumbidgee River, taking back country roads.

Along the way I answer a phone call. Good timing as I'm approaching a river crossing with an area to pull over. Sitting there talking to a mate it occurs to me that I haven't seen another car in a long time. I've been cruising at about 75k/h enjoying the view, just wandering along.

Stopping at Sandy Beach on the river at Wantabadgery will do for tonight. Well Sandy Beach is not so sandy at the moment as the river is running high and the normal bank is under water. It's been hot today and I'm able to swim and cool off.

Sandy Beach reserve Wantabadgery is in the Junee Shire and it's obvious the council looks after the area. It's a great free camp with plenty of open space, shady trees and lush grass. Also drop toilet facilities, picnic shelters, non potable tap water and a boat ramp.

It's very quiet here except at dusk when large flocks of Little Corellas are getting ready to roost. 

Got this bit all to myself.

And the other way tonight's neighbours.

Murrumbidgee running wide and fast.

Junee Shire billboard.

Wantabadgery street art.

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Barmedman and Wagga

Friday was my last day at Forbes BA. Finished building a new fence. The team stayed back a bit late so I could end on a high, nice.

Got my booster jab at a local pharmacy, no drama, no queue. Not like it was back in Maroochydore with the first and second shot. So yep good to go.

Heading to Wagga as Bunnings has stuff that I need for a MH cabinet project. I also need to cruise the mall for some new linen that needs updating.

The Newell Highway south of Forbes is surrounded by water at the moment. It's an amazing sight. The highway has suffered badly and crews are working at patching and renewing long sections. Lots of stop-goes. So don't use the Newell if you are in a hurry. Hurry, not me, no big deal.

Stopped along the way at Barmedman to swim in the mineral pools there. A fellow tourist advised me that the pool had just reopened, probably been closed because of covid. I should have listened more closely to the bit about 'just reopened' as the water was very cold. The bore was operating, I could see water pumping, but no even lukewarm. But a $1 for a hot shower was ample compensation.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Forbes BA - steam driven pump

The weather here is very changeable, yesterday we were rained off, today we start a new new farm. The back of the property runs along the Lochlan River. A few large trees had fallen on the fence as well as the normal rubbish.

These paddocks had an extensive flood irrigation system of open channels and sluice gates. It's a long time since the system was working but the channels and gates, looking like gravestones every 20 or so meters, are still evident. The water came from the river via a huge pump originally driven by steam, then diesel and finally by electricity. But now it's centre-pivot irrigators using bore-pumps that do that work.

Always interesting to see this old stuff of yesteryear. A benefit of volunteering and working these farms.

Friday, January 14, 2022

Forbes BA - photos

 This blog is best viewed on a PC.

Not all ours. Most from previous floods.

The flood water weakens the roots of trees.

Inquisitive - or expecting a feed of hay. 

Sunrise (no filters)

Friday, January 7, 2022

Forbes BA

The camp has 2 teams going out each day. The weather has been wet. Heavy thunder storm activity several afternoon/nights have stopped us getting on the paddocks every day. But when we do the kms are ticking up. It's flood work so mostly cleaning and standing up old fences. It can be dirty wet work. 

Unusual clouds. More rain coming?


Dirty and damp, yuk!

Tuesday, January 4, 2022


Headed towards Forbes to do some BlazeAid for a bit. Stopped at Grenfell for a break and took advantage of the dump point facility at the free camp near the old railway station.

Just up the road, silos, and like most silos in NSW and Vic covered in art. No complaint from me they look great and if it encourages people to visit the town, all the better.

So yep, had to snap the photo.

To see more silo art click the link "SiloArt" in the DISPLAY BY LABELS in the panel to the right.

Grenfell Silo

Monday, January 3, 2022

Adelong to Jugiong

Just a short drive early in the morning before the traffic gets hectic. It's a warm one and busy around the town of Jugiong.  More people and actively than I've seen here on a Sunday, or for that matter any day, before. 

I've been stopping overnight and camping at Jugiong for several years now and more often than not it's been a Sunday and everything has been closed. First up the pub was permanently closed,  in disrepair. Then closed being renovated. Then open but not Sundays. Now today more than 100 cars in the car park and the street. The camping area of the park busy with caravans and campers.

The public pool in the park has always been here but I've not seen it open and in such good shape. Hot, high thirties, and the pool is crowded. The town is on the up that's plain to see.  And the pub's new owners, having paid $14 million, must be happy with their investment.  At the moment anyway. 

Jugiong Pub (1852)