Our travel plans were to stay on minor roads as much as possible – so much more relaxed and pleasant than being rushed along on the highways and seeing very little, so our journey to Gum Bend Lake outside of Condoblin, took us cross country from Wellington, via Yeoval to Parkes and then due west to our destination.
Once again the scenery was typical country grazing and farm land but there was always something interesting about the towns through which we passed and/or the topography.
We arrived in Parkes in good time for lunch and there was plenty on offer; from a cafe with what Ian described as Gold Coast prices to the typical country pub offerings. I’m always a little dubious when an eating establishment offers lunches for $10 but more often than not, when a country pub is involved, they are good value and our choice was no exception. Great roast lamb and fresh vegetables (not the usual frozen offering) for us and lovely battered flathead, chips and salad for Ian and Mary.
Statue of Sir Henry Parkes, former Premier of the Colony of New South Wales and known as the Father of Federation, after whom the town is named. Read more about his climb from humble beginnings in rural England here. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_Parkes
A quick walk up and down the main street, a stock up of wine and beer and a quick trip to what I knew would be the last Aldi I would see for a while and we were mobile once again.
It was an easy run due west to Gum Bend Lake, just outside Condoblin. This is a donation site with showers and toilets, bins and some fire pits as well as undercover picnic tables at the lakeside and there was plenty of room for us to camp together. We stayed here last year which perhaps accounts for the few photos this time.