Easter 2016 – Bingara

17th March

As we had plenty of time to get to Finley for the CF UWE over Easter, we were able to take our time stopping at some of our favourite campsites and investigating those that had been recommended by others.

Last year on our way south for Easter, we camped on the Gwydir River at Bingara, choosing the area to the right before the bridge heading south. We had checked out the other camping areas across the river and a few kms along but found them very crowded. So we thought we would return to the same spot as last year where there were only a few vehicles.

But first we headed into town for a look around as it was somewhere Ian and Mary had not visited. We had some very tasty pies at a local cafe and then a wander around looking at the town centre.

Art Deco design seems to be a recurring theme in many of these small country towns.

This diner attached to the old picture theatre was for sale and attracted Mary’s attention as they had recently sold a take away shop on the Gold Coast and she thought it had potential. Ian, now enjoying retirement, was not so keen!

Erich has recently taken up a new interest in Memorials and researches what Memorials are in each area we visit and whether they are listed with photographs on the website MonumentAustralia.org.au. Wherever he can, he submits any missing data and photographs; not just War Memorials but any memorial that fits into one of the listed categories.

Not a memorial but a monument to that great Aussie icon, the country pub!

After buying some meat at the butcher, we set off back to our planned campsite.

Even though it was roughly the same prior to Easter the place was packed making it difficult for us to find a level spot where both vans would fit. We did find a suitable spot but I wasn’t sorry that we had to move on the next day as Ian and Mary had an awning issue necessitating a detour to Tamworth for repairs.

As usual, Erich was out and about with the camera (in this case mine, as his is away for repair).

Red Rump Parrots were in abundance here as well.

Yellow-billed Spoonbills

Sunrise the next morning

Horses roam this area and we heard them sniffing around the van during the night. In the early morning they forded the very shallow river to pastures on the other side.

As Ian and Mary were heading to Tamworth for their awning repair and we had been there before, we arranged to meet at a free camp at Caroona later that afternoon.

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