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Back to Brisbane 2020 – The Final Leg

by Aug 3, 2020Post0 comments

Top and left: Jaron Park, Ilford
August 1, 2020
Finally, after leaving the Brisbane area to head out on our first main journey with the new caravan, and to spend at least a year in Tasmania, we are back. From the week spent at Cowra we decide on a trip via Sofala as an area we had not traversed and a quick visit to friends at Glen Davis then a return run via Mudgee, Coolah, Gunnedah to Tamworth and up the New England HIghway.


Cowra to Bathurst and up the valley to Sofala saw us check out two of the campsites nearby which were pretty neglected so we opted for a spot in the bush above the river gorge for a quick overnight then North to the end of the road onto the Castlereagh Highway and a couple of nights at a little community camping area at the village of Ilford.


In to Glen Davis on the Saturday morning we still had dry weather but cloudy, but that changed by afternoon and the rain arrived. This time Capertee Gorge was not at it’s sunny best as on our previous visits but nevertheless it never fails in it’s attraction.


From Glen Davis the road follows the valley North through Glen Alice to Mudgee; for over two days before leaving we had almost constant rain and drizzle and so the road out was in a very muddy state to which our rig can testify; the most mud we have ever got on the cruiser and right over the caravan!

From Glen Davis a quick run to Coolah and the local Caravan Park for two nights to catch up on Laundry and groceries before the final run to Queensland. Along the way to Coolah we stopped at the Rest Area at Cassilis for lunch and found this toilet of which the top was destroyed in the Summer bushfires but the pan remains – gives a whole new meaning to Public Toilet

From here North to Mullaley and into Gunnedah, on to Tamworth and through to Uralla for the night and a chance to catch up with friends Chris and Tracy. Friday morning another 290km to a rest stop at the tiny town of Dalveen, about 20km North of Stanthorpe and the final run on Saturday to Zoe’s house at Moggill…..our Tasmanian odyssey over complete with COVID interruptions in Eden.


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