Rushing home via Gulgong, Goolgowi and Gol Gol

A Covid outbreak and the subsequent restrictions cut our trip short and we had to rush home. By coincidence our overnight stops were small towns all starting with G: Gulgong, Goolgowi and Gol Gol! While we were relaxing and enjoying the Myall Lakes area, we were keeping an eye on the news relating to aContinue reading “Rushing home via Gulgong, Goolgowi and Gol Gol”

Scenic Myall Lakes area

A visit to the scenic Myall Lakes area, including day trips, walks and birdwatching. Due to flood damage in March, all of Myall Lakes National Park was closed. Instead, we chose to stay at the Sandbar and Bushland caravan park which was close by, in a nice lakeside setting and close to the coast. ThisContinue reading “Scenic Myall Lakes area”

Rainforest walks, rain and fog in the Gloucester Region

We walk among Antarctic Beech trees and around an old goldmine site which is being reclaimed by the rainforest. Gloucester is the gateway to the Barrington High Tops National Park, which like Springbrook and the Border Ranges is part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. Although we would have preferred to camp in the nationalContinue reading “Rainforest walks, rain and fog in the Gloucester Region”

Limeburners Creek NP, birds and whale watching

A couple of days of camping in Limeburners Creek National Park included some good birdwatching and whale watching. Driving from the Solitary Islands Coast to Limeburners Creek National Park took us through Coffs Harbour, and via a number of popular headland towns: Nambucca Heads, Southwest Rocks, Crescent Head. Charging at Macksville on this trip wasContinue reading “Limeburners Creek NP, birds and whale watching”

The Solitary Islands Coast

The Solitary Islands Coast is a unique and naturally diverse area north of Coffs Harbour. We visited national parks and culturally important sites along the coast. A visit to the Solitary Islands Aquarium at the Southern Cross University in Coffs Harbour exposed us to the diversity of marine life off the coast. The explanations givenContinue reading “The Solitary Islands Coast”

Subtropical rainforests of Springbrook and Border Ranges National Parks

Walking in Springbrook and Border Ranges rainforests which are part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia. The northern-most destination of our trip took us into the SE corner of Queensland, to the Springbrook National Park. From there we drove west to visit the Border Ranges National Park. Both these parks are part of the GondwanaContinue reading “Subtropical rainforests of Springbrook and Border Ranges National Parks”

Waterfall Way: walks and lyrebirds

We travel the Waterfall Way from Armidale to Bellingen with overnight stays in National Parks at Dangars Gorge, Wollomombi, and then a campground at Dorrigo. The Waterfall Way runs between Armidale in the west through to the Pacific Highway in the east. As the name suggests, there are several waterfalls along (or not far offContinue reading “Waterfall Way: walks and lyrebirds”

The Pilliga: scrub, sculptures and sandstone caves

We travel north-west from Coonabarrabran to explore the expansive Pilliga Forest. We read about the Pilliga while charging our car at the fast charger in Coonabarrabran (during our stay in the Warrumbungles) and were attracted to visit there. The Pilliga Forest includes over 5,000 km2 of semi-arid woodland. The native cypress pine (Callitris) growing there hasContinue reading “The Pilliga: scrub, sculptures and sandstone caves”

Wonderful Warrumbungles

Challenging hikes, plants and bird watching in the heritage listed Warrumbungle National Park. Unusually for national park camping, Warrumbungle NP provides some powered campsites, as well as hot showers. For our EV travels, having a powered site meant we could arrive from Dubbo with a low battery charge, and charge overnight to be able toContinue reading “Wonderful Warrumbungles”

Walks near (freezing) Canberra

Lovely short walks in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve and Molonglo Gorge near Canberra With some relatives living in Canberra we visited the sanctuary area at the Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve about 50 km SW of Canberra. In the late afternoon on a chilly day we wandered around the Tidbinbilla Sanctuary. The following morning we woke to severeContinue reading “Walks near (freezing) Canberra”