We got off to a timely start from Caroona intending to make Ponto Falls, between Dubbo and Wellington, our next overnight stop.
Travelling west on minor roads we encountered little traffic, passing Premer where we had previously camped a couple of times at the low cost Lions Park. A little further on we turned south for the run down to the pretty town of Coolah where we stopped for a coffee at the Bakery and a quick look at the town.
As it was still too early for lunch we decided to carry on and check out the town of Dunedoo for a suitable lunch stop.
More Art Deco touches.
Once refreshed we carried on to our intended camp spot at Ponto Falls. And what a gem it turned out to be. Situated on the Macquarie River, there are no actual waterfalls though. The camping area is huge and, while a little crowded on the lower level close to the water and near the toilet block, there was plenty of open space with views of the water. The only other facilities besides toilets were bins. We found a lovely, large level area to set up camp and enjoyed a quiet time bird watching and relaxing.
Hundreds of galahs, cockatoos and corellas flocked overhead and roosted in the trees across the river.
And there were more red rump parrots like this pair.
As it was such a lovely, peaceful spot and we still had plenty of time to get to Finley, we decided to stay a second night which allowed Ian and Mary to unhitch and travel in to Dubbo for a look around while we kept an eye on their van.