Day 83 – Cowra to Canberra

This morning was probably the coldest day of this adventure to date. The thermometer was showing 4 degrees when I first got up, but the van soon warmed up with the heater on. We took our time packing up and preparing to leave, by which time the sun was out, the sky was clear and blue, and it was starting to warm up.

The drive from Cowra to Yass along the Lachlan Valley Way is a tremendous driver’s drive. It is basically a series of sweeping curves through rolling countryside on a well maintained road with a few straight stretches thrown in for fun. This drive is interesting for the driver and offers the occasional challenge at whatever speed suits. Importantly the countryside is also interesting, with green fields incorporating slashes of yellow, plenty of cattle and sheep grazing with a few alpacas and goats for good measure. There are a few smaller villages and some very interesting buildings and properties along the highway.

Scenery along the Lachlan Valley Way

Scenery along the Lachlan Valley Way

Morning coffee was at Boorowa. We’ve stopped here several times before for coffee or lunch and visited several cafes and pubs. Today we had coffee at “The Pantry on Pudman”. The coffee was superb and the muffins were fresh from the oven, tasty and not horrendously oversized! Décor was “quirky” with antique furniture, books and magazines, light fittings, paintings, etc everywhere. I’m sure that if I had mentioned to the waitress that I liked the cup and saucer my coffee was served in then it would be immediately for sale! Our friend Diana would love to see this place.

Arriving at Boorowa and Pantry on Pudman cafe

Arriving at Boorowa and Pantry on Pudman cafe

From Boorowa we continued down the Lachlan Valley Way to near Yass, where we turned onto the Hume for a little while and then onto the Barton Highway to Canberra. This stretch is not nearly as enjoyable as our morning drive, although the countryside is still quite interesting.

From the Barton Highway we changed to the Federal Highway and we soon arrived at our favourite place to stay in Canberra, Capital Country Holiday Park, which is actually just over the border in NSW at Sutton. This is a clean and tidy caravan park with plenty of large drive through, level sites and good amenities. There is also a range of cabins and facilities for school groups. Although most of the occupants of caravans and RVs we have ever seen here are in the grey nomad’s age group, there is a jumping pillow, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool and mini-golf, so the younger patrons are catered for as well. Although actually in NSW, it is still only 15 minutes into the centre of Canberra. At this time of year the park is almost deserted, and we have the place pretty much to ourselves.

Capital Country Holiday Park is almost deserted apart from us!

Capital Country Holiday Park is almost deserted apart from us!

Jumping pillow, tennis court, swimming pool and cabins at Capital Country Holiday Park

Jumping pillow, tennis court, swimming pool and cabins at Capital Country Holiday Park

We will be spending several days in Canberra with our daughter Katie who has been living here for a few years, and we won’t be posting daily blog posts during that time.

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