Easter was fast approaching and with 4 days off we were determined to get away in the camper and do some exploring. We headed off two other families to Gundy about 2 hrs west of Newcastle, just outside Scone in the upper Hunter Valley.
We set up camp at the local campground which has great amenities right next to it, so were somewhat glamping it, what with running water, hot showers and flushing loos 🙂
After getting all the kids and adults organised on Saturday morning we decided to head up the road a little to Burning Mountain Nature Reserve. It takes its name from a smouldering coal seam running underground through the sandstone.
The underground fire is estimated to be at a depth of around 30 m (98 ft). The scientific estimate is that the fire has burned for approximately 6,000 years and is the oldest known coal fire.
European explorers and settlers to the area believed the smoke, coming from the ground, was volcanic in origin. It was not until 1829 that geologist C.P.N. Wilton identified it as a coal seam fire.
The fire is generally moving in a southerly direction at a rate of about 1 m (3 ft) per year. The combustion has caused soil discolouration and an uneven ground surface in the area.
Given how far away from the citylights we were and the clear crisp night we decided to do some night shots up on the hill
Sunday we went 4 wheel driving up through the mountains, farms and along the river streams it was so nice to be out in the country just taking in the sights.