Well not exactly home but on very familiar turf and getting closer to home. This is Mudgee where the vineyards were still winter bare. That's the end of this trip. Not sure how long it will be before the next one.
Isn't this magical! Down below in the creek bed there are tumble down organ pipes and markings on the creek bed where other pipes have been worn down by glaciers or something. I didn't know this place existed and am enchanted by it.
It's nearly spring and some of the wildflowers are doing their thing. We were not towing the van so I could ask the driver to stop to let me take closer look. I was surprised to find the fields of white flowers were paper daisies.
In the morning we went out to see the radio telescope 20 or so kms out of town. On another wayfaring trip we visited the radio telescope at Parkes but this one is an array of dishes on a long track that can act like one big dish.
As we near Narrabri, mountains seem to pop out of the acres and acres of farmland. The cotton fields are empty (apparently they are planted in September) and the canola is coming into flower. We are surprised to find Narrabri is quite a large town. I guess I was expecting it to be about the size of Gilgandra (4,000 people) but it has around 12,000. This is another town on the Newell Highway which I passed through back in the old days and didn't notice. It's on the Namoi River. We are going to spend a day or so here.
The rather nice cotton town of Wee Waa was an essential stop, not just because it has a name that just makes me want to see it. I knew it had a Royal Hotel … but it looks rather shut. Cream buns at the local bakery with Queensland style mock cream instead of fresh cream which is usually used in NSW … yum.
No trip is complete without finding at least one big thing, so meet Stanley the emu. He really is very big, that is a VW making up his body. We are on our way back to Walgett then, to take a different road home, onto Narrabri.
Up to road from Lightning Ridge towards the Queensland border is the near ghost town of Angledool. The old town hall theatre and a church as some of the few buildings that remain of what was once quite a decent sized town.
Out at the end of the green car door tour there is a nice wide view of the surrounding countryside. They say sunsets are good out here but we weren't keen on driving those crazy dirt roads at night after the sun has gone down. Someone has built a maze out here too. ≈