Hi! Welcome back to Maryde's Aussie road trip.
It's day 5 and we leave peaceful Copeton Dam late morning and continue our trip further inland to Bingara - Aboriginal word for *creek*.
Bingara is a lovely Australian country town on the Gwydir River.
Funny, when I'm travelling the great open roads, I don't think too much of where-about we are, because I'm more interested in the scenery all around. It's not until we stop that I sit and check out the area on a Map. That's when I found out Bingara is 600Kms north of Sydney & 500Kms SW of Brisbane. It surprised me that we were so close to the Queensland boarder. Whilst driving, I had the impression we were much farther south. :)
As we drove into the quaint town we
saw it had the same wide main road of most country towns. I really love that. It was Sunday morning, so other than a cafe or 2 nothing was opened. We drove to where the map said there was a free camping area for Self-contained RV's & campers only, that meant there were no showers toilets etc. You had to have your own *everything*
The water was cold and I was *told* that's why there was no fish in it. hmmmm.
|Looking East, downstream|
of the Gwydir River
|Upstream West, of the Gwydir River.|
Visitors still come to Bingara to *fossik* for gold at the edge of the river. There is a lovely modern Camping/caravan Tourist Park. A Sports Club or 2 and even a Hospital. For a holiday destination with everything you'd need for a great escape away from the hustle and bustle of City life
GOSH, I'm starting to sound like a tourist agent ... hahahhaha
Next time we pass this way I might even try my hand at fossiking ... who knows - I may discover my fortune :)
|Afternoon GOLD :)|
So here we have the *Obligatory* evening fire by the river. Once the temperature got below 10deg C, we let the fire die down and went inside for the night.
And in the morning, I was up by sunrise to catch the first rays of the day.The temperature was around 5deg, so not too bad. But I did notice there were no other occupants around up with me at sparrows - an Aussie term for being up very early with the birds.
Click here for more info on the township of Bingara
Come join me soon on Day #6. The final day of my 1st Aussie Road Trip.