It was freezing when we woke this morning; Bertha’s thermometer showed 3.5 degrees at 8.00am. So, on went the diesel heater until it was warm enough to comfortably start our day. We saw some pelicans on the lake as we got ready to head off.
First stop was McFeeter’s Motor Museum which was only a few hundred metres away from where we had camped. Ann spent a nice quiet time in the sun reading with a cup of coffee while I indulged myself taking photos of some really interesting classic and vintage cars. I have been here before but perhaps I have been suffering classic car withdrawal symptoms as it is a while since I have seen a good collection of restored and well maintained cars.
Back on the Newell Highway we soon turned onto the Lachlan Valley Way. This is a very nice drive through what we might regard as ‘typical Australian bush’. Mature trees, crops, water in dams, sheep and cattle – everything that we imagine and expect from the bush.
We soon drove through the small town of Gooloogong – population 466. This is a neat and tidy place with a very prominent hotel, a unique log cabin style hall, and a caravan park.
From Gooloogong we continued through ‘typical’ country-side although now with more signs of irrigation and even some grapevines. Unlike some areas we have driven through the farm houses and associated sheds etc are visible from the road, and are quite interesting in their own right.
After about 30 kms we turned onto the Mid Western Highway and eventually arrived at our destination – Cowra Van Park. We have been here several times and this is one of our favourite parks. The managers are friendly; the sites are large and includes concrete slabs to park on; the amenities are impeccably clean; and the park is right on the edge of town and on the banks of the Lachlan River. You really can’t get much better than this.
Once Bertha was set up (it doesn’t take long) we went for a walk back across the Lachlan River to the Visitor Information Centre. There are a couple of cafes beside the VIC so we stopped for a coffee before going in.
After collecting a few brochures we spent some time at the Cowra POW display and theatre. There is a brilliant 9 minute hologram feature in the theatre which recounts the story of the Cowra Breakout of Japanese POWs in 1944. The technology is exceptional and the story is enthralling. Once the presentation finishes there are display boards with further details to flesh out the story. There are also books for sale, and a display of artifacts from that time. It is all very moving.
It was starting to get cold as we headed back to Bertha so we settled down with the heater on to watch some TV.
We will be in Cowra for several days so will only do a summary or our time here before we leave.