Third Stop – Glen Innes

After packing up the big tent, we took a further little look around the Mann River Nature Reserve and continued to be impressed.

Then we slowly made our way into Glen Innes, a town that doesn’t reveal its true beauty simply by driving through it.

Australian Standing StonesWe toured around for a bit and headed up to the Australian Standing Stones, where we enjoyed a stroll around with a view and a neat little place to eat called Crofters Cottage.

This little gem has just been taken over by new owners, and while they’re still ironing some things out, the place is a great stop for a bite to eat.

The Crofters Cottage has a strong Celtic influence as does Glen Innes which captures your attention as you cruise the streets checking the place out.

After lunch, we had time to kill before checking into our cabin for the night. So, adventure time it was.

We aimlessly headed out of town and happened to come across Kings Plains CastleKings Plains Castle, not far from Kings Plains National Park.

Yip, serious, Castle, a real castle out off a dirt road in what seems like the middle of nowhere.

You really need to check this place out to believe it, and the nearby national park is quiet something too.

The excitement of our discovery put us well and truly past check in time at the Glen Rest Tourist Park where we had a little cabin booked for the night.

Then it was dinner time and into bed ready for tomorrow’s adventures.

Second Stop – Mann River Nature Reserve

After enjoying the company of my parents, it was time to road-trip onto the Mann River Nature Reserve. We borrowed a large tent from the parents and it made for conversation along the way.

Yip, we like the driving, hiking, exploring and staying the night in a cabin at the nearest holiday park. The thought of working which way up and what goes with what at the end of an adventurous day comes with apprehension,  but turns out, setting this big sucker up is a cinch.

In fact, my parents were certain it took at least two to erect the tent. Well, with a bit of bending (me that is), holding my tongue the right way, keeping my big toe on my right foot firmly on the ground and angling the bendable tent pole through the loops – I got the tent up all by myself.

Mann River at the campgroundsAnd the view, this place rocks!!! We were treated to running water through the campgrounds, cut wood of the good quality – you know, the stuff that burns hot and long (check out the time-lapse video) – and great food, even though that was a result of us bringing it and Kelmeny cooking it.

We sat in out comfy camp chairs till late watching the fire, thenChilling out by the campfire at Mann River Nature Reserve retired to the tent, where we watched movies in the laptop.

So, tell the world in the comment section below: Have you checked out the Mann River Nature Reserve and did you like it?

First Stop – Warwick

warwick_townhallIgnore the post date for this post – a little behind in the blogging. However, the three of us have started our 2013/14 Christmas/New Year road-trip.

The trip started at Glass House Mountains where we live, and the first night stay was to be at Warwick with my parents.

To introduce ourselves, I’m Andrew McCarthy-Wood doing the adventure with Kelmeny Fraser and bubby (Aurelia), and we love road-tripping and exploring the places Australia has to offer.

This road-trip will take us down into the NSW hinterland, with a focus on the Bellingen area – Initially for one reason only, we love the movie Danny Deckchair.

Anyway, come along for the adventure with us, and tell the world in the comment section below: What you like about Warwick?