It was a long weekend here in our part of Oz, and seriously who doesnt love a long weekend! unfortunately we only realised about two weeks ago. So we hastily made plans to get away camping for the weekend, just us and our camper trailer. We decided on the Midwest of New South Wales – Mudgee.
After a late arrival to the caravan park on Friday night – given the lateness of our decision we were glamping it this weekend – and thankfully the late night drive was reasonably uneventful.
Saturday morning we were ready to hit the tracks and see what we could find. We headed to the information for some current maps and local info and one of the staffers was a local photographer – so that was a real score.
We decided to head out to the old town loop and check out the historic villages of Hill End and Sofala. The loop got us off the main roads and even on to some dirt – just where we like to be 🙂
Both these towns go back to the gold rush of the mid to late 1800’s. Hill End is now a historical site run by the National Parks
We had a great day exploring these little towns and some great little spots around them like the old Valentine gold mine and the Cornish Quartz roasting pits. This a picture of the old gold battery stampers/crushers:
Hill End in particular is a wonderful spot, there are so many old buildings that have been beautifully maintained and retain that old world feel and charm, its a real testament not just to the national parks but in particular the residents that live there.
We then headed down to Capertee for a little lookout the lovely tourist office man had directed us to for amazing views over the valley towards the brilliant sheer sandstone cliffs.
We attempted a sunset but unfortunately it wasn’t a great sunset nor a great spot.
On the Sunday we headed to Gulgong, another historic village with beautifully restored buildings and a fabulous museum that we spent a considerable amount of time in and one that we would highly recommend.
It was then time for some bonding with nature so we headed to Goulburn National Park to The Drip, a fantastic park with sandstone cliffs and one in particular where the water as the name suggests drips through the rock. The walk in is very pretty and the stream/river meanders its way alongside below the track.
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