2015.08.22 Newcastle to Armidale

A beautiful morning at Belmont – just a shame about my croaky voice

No plans to look around the Hunter Region where David’s  Pead, and my Waters, McDonald, Robinson, Barden, Tulloch, McCosker, Weatherstone, Avard, Callcott, Harmer, Broadhead, Hicks and McEwen ancestors and relatives had lived back in the 19th Century – some were even there in the late 1830’s. That’s quite a few family branches in the Hunter but then the area was opened up to European settlement much earlier than the Illawarra. We still have family in the area.

Then a cracked windscreen heading out of Maitland.


Stopped at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while sorting out the windscreen repair at Muswellbrook  –   that crack strated slowly and kept growing until we could fix it in Toowoomba 3 days later.

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Now there’s no time on this trip to stop at WillowTree and nor to check out our First and Second Fleeters at the Wallabadah First Fleet / Second Fleet Park.

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Off to Tamworth and then onto cold, cold Armidale up on the New England for the night. Nice old buildings in Armidale, and Dad’s cousin Doug Adams had a pub there, Tattersall’s but we’ll visit that on another trip.


Day 58 – 61 – Inverell to Mudgee to Home

A drive from Inverell to Mudgee

First a look at Bingara when some of my family lived.

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Then onto Barraba – dodging a “few cows” – and more family lived there too.

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Then Manilla – more in the extended family network up this way – and the olives were nice too.

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4. Onto Gunnedah – Hicks family were there and not all on the coast it seems.

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A few days of fossicking and wine tasting in and around Mudgee

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The last morning of the trip and pack up of the camper trailer at Mudgeee

Past Lake Windemere

A quick stop at Lithgow and then lunch at Leura in the Blue Mountains where Spring is breaking out.

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Finally after two months, looking down from Bulli Tops over the NSW South Coast.

Back home, we made it 13,000 kilometres to the tip and back – and around some of the Gulf.

Now the great unpacking and clean-up. And a few fixes for the Green Machine !