Wednesday, February 11, 2015

1st to 10th Bingara to Ashford

               Spent the last couple days relaxing, but readying for a move.

Finally on Wednesday 4th we departed Bingara, heading for Inverell via the Copeton Dam road.

Departing Bingara
      I couldn't resist a last picture of the Bridge over the Gwydir river which  we crossed many times in the Jimny and our bus as we headed off for the last time from Bingara.

Copeton Dam
     Didn't take long to reach the Copeton dam where we stopped to have a gander and take a few photo's. The dam is only about 20% full at present and it still is impressive, would love to see it when it is choka's full, awesome I reckon!!

We sped on to Inverell where we firstly picked up a new solar controller which Jim had organised from Jaycar and made our way to the Inverell caravan park. Booked in for 2 nights at $30.00 per night. spent the next couple of days shopping and some business and house chores.

fountain of the Macintyre river at
Early reflections on Macintyre
river at Inverell

      Did some  walking with Dot and Yip in the morning and afternoon and these 2 photo's,  the first on the right, of the fountain in the Lions park on the day we got there, the second of  the reflection of the bridge over the Macintyre river in the early morning sunrise.

             Friday 6th

Ashford's main street
     Travelled all of 70km today ending up at Ashford caravan park, another little country town which is, sadly, slowly dying. The pub has closed down and the main street has mostly empty shops. There is no industry here but a nice bowling club, swimming pool, medical centre, Ambulance, fire services and a police station. Only a population of about 300 or so residents. A lovely town, pity there isn't much here to keep it going. I took a picturesque photo of the main street and the rose gardens which run down the middle of the street.

          Saturday 7th
    Drove out to the Pindari Dam this morning in the Jimny to have a look, taking time on the way to check out a free camp at Wells Crossing, only 7km from Ashford. The camp site looks very nice and we will probably move out there this afternoon. Pindari dam is another which is suffering the long dry in these parts and there isn't much water in it. Still enough to attract heaps of campers with small boats, doing their own thing, skiing, fishing and just having fun.

Pindari Dam New England region NSW

     We had a drive around then went back to Ashford to pack up the bus and move to Wells crossing.

        Sunday 7th + Monday 8th

The river at Wells Crossing

     After a cool start to the day it couldn't get any better, weather wise, spent the day in and out of the river swimming with the pup's and having a ball.

     On Monday I tried my luck at catching one of the illusive cod that I know are in the river, but to no avail, no fish for dinner (AGAIN!!)

This photo of the river is not bad, the camping area is on the bank to the right of the picture.

     Tuesday 10th
     Decided to move back to the van park at Ashford today, with the price only $13.00 for a powered site we will enjoy some time at civilisation. May hang a round for few days, catch the next instalment when I know what's going on myself.

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