Tuesday morning! Normal Business day – hooray! We got up and headed a few streets up to the Dunlop mechanics we had spied on Saturday hoping they would be able to fix the tyre today (and somewhat quickly). We were in luck. We dropped the truck and headed to the cafe for breakfast. Well what else were we supposed to do !!!!
With a little bit of shopping under our belt – an array of odds and ends that would make you laugh, we got the text to say the truck was ready.
So with Charlie looking a little more flash with his proper tyre back on and spare under the rear we headed back to the park to collect Leeroy and get back on our way.
We drove through to Narrabri and stopped at the always helpful and welcoming Visitor Centre to grab some information (and update some old ones). I had sort of forgotten/not realised that it was cotton harvest time, thinking it was later in April. So i was pretty stoked to see this display and hear that the cotton was out and ready to be harvested.
Not too far into our drive our first crop of cotton for the trip was spotted.
With beautiful weather forecast and housework calling we decided to hit the road and take a lovely Sunday drive down the coast to see what we could find.
Our first stop was the small but pretty Japanese Gardens of Gosford Regional Gallery on the Central Coast of NSW. The Gosford/Edogawa Commemorative Garden was a gift to the people of Gosford as a symbol of cultural exchange and friendship, by our Sister City, Edogawa, (near Tokyo in Japan).
The meandering pathways lead to traditional Japanese features including, a Japanese teahouse, raked dry stone garden (Karesansui), stone lanterns and a pond filled with Koi fish. I imagine that when the trees start to flower it would be quite pretty in the garden
From the gardens we headed into Brisbane Water National Park to the Bulgandry Aboriginal Engravings site. Bulgandry is actually the name given to the ancestral hero depicted at this site.
Bulgandry is wearing a headdress, holding a circular object in one hand (a shield?) and an elongated object in the other, while at his waist is a club or woomera. Close to him is an elongated object which may be a canoe, which is rarely seen in engravings. The third unusual object is a spider or octopus (in any case, it has eight legs) next to a kangaroo.
It’s a small but very interesting site. Unfortunately during the middle of the day is not so good for photos (which are allowed).
From Bulgandry we headed to another section of the National Park to the Girrakool loop track, where we located some small but lovely waterfalls – a definite to go back to after some rains !