Stanthorpe to Armidale

Yesterday (Monday) we woke up to more rain. As we had already packed away table, chairs and awning the previous night, it didn’t take much to top up the water tanks, hook up and be on our way. We had decided to head for the Dumaresq Dam near Armidale. Southwards and hopefully away from the rain. We had mixed weather as we were driving south along the New England Highway. When the sun was out we could enjoy the beautiful scenery.

I was surprised how mountainous the terrain is on this route. Up and down we went to reach sea levels above 1300 meters. This played havoc with fuel economy. I haven’t done the calculation yet but our scangauge often showed momentary consumption of 60litres/100km.

We stopped in Glen Innes for a spot of lunch at the Pot Belly Pies Glen Innes. Nice pies. We even decided to take away a couple of frozen pies for a meal some other time.

In Guyra we passed a caravan park that proclaimed to be the highest caravan park in Australia. At 1335 meters above sea level I can easily believe that. It was all down hill from there to Armidale.

We arrived at the Dumaresq Dam before 2pm, got a nice spot overlooking the dam. The first person to greet us was a fellow Kedron owner we had met  in Nyah, Victoria, almost a year ago. We had a bit of a chat and inspected their rig. What a small world it is.

Opposite from our caravan is a couple in a campervan. Quite a few people were under their awning enjoying a good laugh. We were invited along and soon we joined them with our chairs. Unfortunately the rain started to belt down and we retreated to the van.

What a pretty place this campsite is. Deep blue water with many trees surrounding the camping area. No time restriction I understand and quite close to Armidale with all its facilities.

The rain eased overnight but the wind kept on blowing.

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