Coonabarabran & Warrumbungle
Today we started our first big trip in our new camper trailer. We’re heading off on a two week trip from Brisbane to Sydney and back again via the scenic route. We’d promised the kids that we would take them to Sydney, so that’s how we decided upon our final destination. Then each family member got to choose one place that they wanted to visit on the trip and that’s how the rest of the route was decided. Cameron chose the Siding Spring Observatory and Warrumbungle National Park, Amy chose the Taronga Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, Liam chose the Zig Zag Railway at Lithgow and I chose to revisit a childhood trip to the Jenolan Caves.
It was an early start and we were on the road by 4.00am. A long wet day of driving, although it didn’t bother the kids too much as they were too busy enjoying watching the new car DVD player. That DVD player is already worth it’s weight in gold.
We stopped for breakfast in Goondoowindi, lunch in Narrabri and arrived at the Warrumbungle National Park just west of Coonabarabran, NSW about 2.30pm.
We chose a campsite in Camp Blackman and set up went fairly smoothly considering it’s only the second time we’ve done it.
Love the new camper and the new annex floor! Thanks for making us the floor Dad!
The camp site is beautiful, with mountains all around, a creek bed for the kids to explore and lots of kangaroos. It’s so quiet you can hear the insects humming. We’re lucky it’s not school holidays, apparently it gets really busy here in the holidays.
We visited the Siding Spring observatory today. I think Cameron enjoyed finally seeing it close up, after passing it in the distance many times while driving to the snow with his mates. There are amazing views of the Warrumbungle Range from the base of the Observatory.
The kids loved looking at all the science stuff and also had a ball choosing souvenirs from the gift shop. Amy added to her snow globe collection and Liam chose a gold spoon that he was certain pirates would love to steal.
We took a short bushwalk to White Gum lookout on the way back from the Observatory. Beautiful views again and a great little rock wall to jump on.
Spent the afternoon on a nature walk along Wambelong creek. Lots of rocks and a lava flow. The kids finished off with a paddle in the creek. Reminds me of camping adventures from my own childhood. 🙂