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Fourth Stop – Jackadgery NSW

On the fourth day of our road-trip adventure we headed for Jackadgery, a pretty camping spot in the NSW hinterland.

But not before getting a coffee made by CLOWNS (follow the link to see what we’re talking about). With fresh ice in the esky and all coffeed up, it was the open road for us.

The road to Jackadgery started by heading up the hill – leaving behind the Australian Standing Stones – and through some harsh countryside before coming to a crest that marked the change from dry grass paddocks to a lush, green NSW hinterland bush-land.

We made a number of stops along the way to take in the beauty of the area and snuck a couple of walks in.

The first stop we thought was going to be for a Police highway patrol, Boundary Falls, NSWbut the car accelerated passed with its thrashing engine to pursue a 4WD in front of us. So, the first stop was Boundary Falls.

This place was initially unassuming, until climbing down a number of stairs where a sensational waterfall and swimming hole were revealed.

Raspberry Lookout, NSWSome happy snaps, back up the steep stairs and onto Raspberry Lookout. Yip, the name suggests it all, a view it has!

We took turns at checking the view out while leaving the car running for the air conditioning so bubby could continue to sleep in comfort.

Andrew dipping Aurelia's toes in the water at Coomadjha CBack on the road for what seemed a few hundred metres and we were presented with Coombadjha Creek. Kelmeny suggested this was one of the prettiest walks we had ever done, I’m not that full on about it.

But the place is definitely worth being a stop everytime one road-trips in that area.

Aurelia in the Mann River at JackadgeryAfter Coombadjha Creek, the next stop was the Mann River Caravan Park for the night. Jackadgery has the Mann River running through the middle of it, and while the locals said it is the lowest they have seen it for a long time, Kelmeny and bubby had an enjoyable swim.

After having been the one to sole-handedly erect the tent last time, it was time to see how Kelmeny would go with it. I ended up helping, and it turned out others around the camp site were about to jump in to help – thinking I was bludging… Well, the cold Saxbys ginger beer and sitting back at the time was enjoyable.

That evening was exciting, because we were treated to a lightning and thunder show, but very little rain. I spent a lot of the time during all this reading a book that had captivated my attention, Three Crooked Kings while Kelmeny and Aurelia stepped outside the tent to listen to the caravan park host, Lee, play his guitar and sing some of his original folk songs inspired by the area.

We enjoyed soup with buttered bread, then into bed to watch movies on the laptop.

The Mann River at JackadgeryHave you been to Jackadgery? Tell the world in the comment section below what you thought of it.

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?