Here is one more abandoned shot from my last trip. I have run out of material again and don't know when I will next go wayfaring. In the meanwhile I will be tripping down a Road that Beckons over a Blue Mountains Journal.
Royal Hotle, Murrurundi Royal Hotel, Scone Diane has been on holiday from Queensland down to Tamworth and the Hunter Valley and picked up two Royals which are new to our Royal collection . Thanks Diane! I spotted a wikipedia entry recently which lists all the Royal Hotels and claims there are over 150 of them so we still have a way to go. I am in two minds as to whether to use the list or to stick to my current method which is to just go explore towns to see if there is one there.
Royal Hotel, Mendooran Ah ha, a Royal Hotel. When I was looking up caravan parks in Coolah I stumbled across a reference to the Royal Hotel in Mendooran. It was only 70kms away so I just had to go collect it.
I looked at the map of the town and while the river had an interesting name most of the streets didn't. I swung between on Charles Street in memory of my grandfather or King Street. In the end I decided on King, thinking that perhaps it might reward me with a Royal Hotel. It turned out to be just a typical country street. This garden well at the start of the street had me wondering whether it was real. Back in the old days lots of country homes had wells. There was a well at the bottom of the garden where I was raised and my parents were always warning us of the danger of falling in the well.
We are at the bottom again and not far out of Coolah. About the middle of the shot on the right you can see the avenue of poplars that mark the entrance to the town. It's autumn but we are a little early for them to be putting on a golden display. The Town Well reminds me of the first image in our Road that Beckoned. I will take you on that walk tomorrow.
We burst out of the forest and back in the farmland. By the way there is a waterfall but I was told the walk is steep. Having seen enough waterfalls and done enough steep walks in the Blue Mountains we didn't bother.
We've gone back down the road and are taking another walking track where they reckon there are giant grass trees. I am skeptical about that. But again the track is easy and there are nice things to spot like the interesting bark on this tree.
Diane I am teasing! Before the view I am going to take you on a little longer walk through the forest to the Pinnacle Lookout. I kept saying gosh there is a lot of "firewood" on the forest floor, to which hubby responded "habitat". There were not a lot of flowers out, autumn is not really a flowery time of year, but I did see flowers and shrubs already familiar to me from our block at Whistler's Rest. Like this and this .
Before we hit the trees of the national park I wanted to post one more photo of the rolling hills just to mention how green the grass is at the moment. The rain has made the hills an even more delightful sight than normal this summer. This shot was actually taken on the trip home. The grey sky had lifted by then. Green hills and blue sky .... ahhhh.
We decided to spend a few days at Coolah a small country town (population 800) in the Warrumbungles region. We passed through here last year and planned to return to explore further. Coolah is described as nestled in a picturesque valley of undulating hills and river flats 420 kms north-west of Sydney. Because there are no major regional towns in the area, and no major roads pass through it, the Coolah region is said to be very quiet, safe and bucolic. It's also the gateway to Coolah Tops National Park. In this series you are in for an overdose of rural scenery because I love undulating land. We will walk the Road that Beckoned in the town. But first of all let's go drive to the National Park where it should be no surprise that we will see trees.