Monday, 29 March 2021

The Journey South

March 9 - 11

Departure for our  journey south to Jindabyne in the Snowy Mts, was 8.30 am. A journey of roughly 1400km, we broke it up into 2 and 1/2 days of travel.

We soon realised we had left the hustle and bustle of city life behind us, once we had climbed the Great Dividing Range at Toowoomba and began to travel the open spaces of the west. Undulating, open, rural  countryside and little traffic. Yes, there were many semi and doubles, but they weren't the villians of the city freeways.

Day 1 - roughly 6 1/2 hours travelling time for 593 kilometres.

Please note the majoirity of these photos were taken with an iphone from a car, usually travelling at speeds of 100 - 110 k/h.

Morning tea was enjoyed in a lovely park in Pittsworth. My thrill of seeing rose blossoms during this trip, began here.

Autumn fields.

Millmerran - I can't discover why the lizard welcomed us.

A series of thunderstorms had passed through this area in the preceding few days. 

 The Macintyre River at Goondiwindi.
[In the past few days it has been in full flood.]

This photo was taken by resident Jayne Reithmuller, the daughter of a friend.

We crossed the border into New South Wales, soon after Goondiwindi. 

The Wobbly Boot Hotel at Boggabilla, amused us.

Hopefully there are some very happy farmers.


First flooded road, but quite safe to enter.

Second flooded road. It was reassuring to have another vehicle in front of us.

The top photo below has a huge water storage tank. [middle, on horizon]
Below - Mehi River

Crossing the plains to the south of Moree, I was captivated by the clouds hovering over the Kaputar National Park. It has been added to my list of parks to explore.

Approaching our destination of Narrabri, a storm cloud filled the horizon. We were fortunate not cross its path.

Thankfully, this brochure clearly informed us of the agricultural use of the area.

Sunflower escapees were often seen on the road edges.

The Namoi River at Narrabri.

Day 2 - 7 hours, 590 kilometres.

Much further south, near Coonabarrabran, the Warrumbungle Range and National Park, beckoned.

It was not to be on this occasion. We had our destination and our car kept cruising across the rolling plains.

The view from the back of our motel at Yass.

Autumn tones of poplar trees in a local park.

We explored Yass before dining at the local RSL. Driving home at 8pm, the sun was beginning to set in the distance. Back at the motel, it was a mad dash for the camera, before it sank. To my delight, even though I was freezing cold, it took over half an hour to dramatically sink in the west.

Day 3 - 3 hours, 250 km.

And the road kept rolling across the plains.

A sign outside Canberra. We were getting closer!

Rain welcomed us to Jinabyne. A quick check of the local forecast, reassurred me that the following day would be clear, for day one of my Ten Peaks hiking.

I would love to read your comment.


  1. Lovely with much-needed rain!

  2. I love the sound of the place names. They roll off the tongue. Besides, who wouldn’t want to stay at the Wobbly Boot?

    Such beautiful open countryside and an incredible sunset.

    Glad you weren’t impeded by the rain.

    1. The names of the towns are unusual and lovely. Each state seems to have its own variety.
      I was taken with Wantabadgery, a tiny village famous for Captain Moonlight, one of the bushrangers of the late 1800's.

  3. That's a long drive but I imagine we'll worth it! So funny that you are heading into fall.

    1. Autocorrect! Well worth it.

    2. It most certainly was worth it, but it is the always the same if you want to go anywhere in OZ.

  4. The pictures are great--- amazing what iPhones through a car windwo can do. A most enjoyable post.

    1. Thanks, Bill. I was very grateful for the Iphone as my camera was giving me grief.

  5. Great journey through beautiful country, Helen. I really envy that you are able to travel like this. Just as we seem to be getting a little relief from COVID, cases flare up again and we go right back into restrictive lockdown. It really is discouraging.

    1. Finally an advantage for living far away from the rest of the world, David.
      Sadly though, once we can travel, the cost is going to be prohibitive.

  6. Thanks for sharing the planting/harvest brochure. Wow! Those sunset skies were spectacular. I also liked the fluffy white clouds in the bright blue sky. Both look very familiar - even halfway around the world.

    1. I thought you would enjoy the rural scenes, Kim.

  7. A long trip but well worth the drive. I love the lone tree pic and the sunset photos. It looks like you barely had any traffic. I'm glad the flooding didn't prevent you from reaching your destination (and getting back home....)

    1. Barb, if we had been on the coastal road south, it would have been very different.

  8. A wonderful post!
    Happy Easter, dear Helen!