We woke to yet another chilly morning, although again the sky was clear blue and the sun was, eventually, shining. In fact at times we actually felt hot!
From Cowra we headed up highway B81 (forget the name) to Canowindra, which is the home of the Age of Fishes Museum. Apparently this is one of only two fish fossil museums in the world and is a National Heritage site with international scientific significance. Apart from the museum Canowindra also features a beautiful heritage town centre which is well worth a look.
The next town we went through was Eugowra, which also had some very nice old buildings, including the Central Hotel.
For lunch we stopped at Cooke Park at Parkes. This is a nice area with quite a few families enjoying the sunshine and having lunch at picnic tables. Plus there are a couple of fountains, nice grassed areas and a clean toilet block. Ann cooked a nice hot omelette in Bertha and we then went for a bit of a scenic tour around Parkes. Previously our focus when visiting Parkes has been around visiting “The Dish” so this time we saw a very different side of the town.
From Parkes we headed up the Newell Highway (A39) to Peak Hill and decided to stop when we saw a sign promoting an art and craft show. It was actually quite interesting and one exhibitor had come from as far away as Cobar. I also popped in for a look around Cossors Diecast Collectibles in an old bank building, which for a car person is an incredible collection of car related models, posters, books, and so on, and its right in the middle of nowhere (so to speak). We also checked out the local antique shop, which included a Lolly Shop and a cafe. Being good grey nomads we further contributed to the economy of Peak Hill by filling up with fuel.
Continuing along the Newell we were slowed down for several kilometres of roadworks, before arriving at Dubbo. We have never really been attracted to Dubbo for some reason so we didn’t stop, although we did see an interesting motorhome.
After a stop for coffee at a rest area outside Dubbo we continued on to the Gilgandra Caravan Park. We’ve been here several times before and love the fact that there just seems to be so much space. We arrived a bit later in the day than we had anticipated, but we were shown to a nice flat site overlooking the happy hour camp fire, by the camp kitchen. Unfortunately it was a while before they lit the camp fire by which time it was getting cold so we decided to forgo the fire and enjoy dinner in Bertha instead.
We’re a bit further north but it’s still cold so hopefully we can get somewhere warmer tomorrow.