Camping on the Turon River

December 10th, 2016

We recently went on a fantastic trip along the Turon River and ended up, by luck and Annette's good tent-spotting, in a great camping spot. Just to give you some perspective on where we were, have a look at the map.

 We actually drove a couple KMs past the site before we decided, upon the advice of a local on a 4x4 buggie, to turn around before we got into trouble.

Camping on the Turon River
Not where we turned around, but similar

The road was quite rough in places and rather washed out. So, on our return Annette spied a tent through the trees, down a very steep hill.

Camping on the Turon River
Annette spying

After a bit of further exploration on foot, we decided that our little 4x4 Mazda was up to the challenge, and over the edge we went, down to the river itself.

Camping on the Turon River
Over the hill and down in the valley

Camping on the Turon River
Over the hill and down in the valley

Camping on the Turon River
Over the hill and down in the valley

The scenery along the river was spectacular.

Camping on the Turon River
Views along the river

Camping on the Turon River
Views along the river

Camping on the Turon River
Views along the river

Camping on the Turon River
Views along the river

Camping on the Turon River
Views along the river

 

After surveying the area for a flat space ...

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Flat space

We got our tent set up ...

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The tent

And established a zone of operations.

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Home base

We then did some exploring along the river. 

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In the river

We came across a herd of feral goats, who were quite skittish and ran away before we could photograph them. We also saw a lone kangaroo bouncing along. I did not get a shot of him either, although while driving we did spy a wallaby and got a shot of him from the roadside.

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Wallaby

We came across yet another spectacular camping spot. There is a trail to the site from where we were camping, but the river crossing seemed just a bit too difficult for our Mazda so we did not make the attempt to drive here.

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Beautiful camping spot - space for several tents

The area is full of flowers and and so many NOISY birds, you can hardly hear yourself think.

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Peas?

 

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Thistles

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Bugs on thistles

After all that, it was time for refreshments, a turn in the camping chair and a good book to relax for a couple hours before cooking supper.

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Back to base camp

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Relax!

Our only real concern was that a wombat would come out of one of the wombat holes and run into our tent.

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Wombat hole

Apparently, they are very single minded and develop trails from their lairs to food supplies. If you happen to set your tent up on one of their trails, they will walk right into the tent.

The next day, we were up, cooked breakfast, and on the road. We were hours and hours from home.

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Turon River Road

 

We passed a number of old farms and a few still in operation.

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Farm land

Camping on the Turon River
Farm

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Old machinery

There are still active sheep and cattle farms, and so we had open and close a number of gates.

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Open and close the gates

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The gate

 On the way, there are some fantastic views of other valleys.

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Looking toward Newnes

On a previous trip to the area, we went up on the ridge of one of the mountains in the distance in our 4x4 to find the glow worm tunnel. Very interesting! The glow worms lure flies in with their glowing wormy tail and the flies then get stuck in the sticky webs they dangle around their bodies.

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Glow worm

Location: New South Wales, Australia

Birds on the deck

November 26th, 2016

We have put several feeders and two bird baths on our little deck. As a result, we are now thoroughly entertained everyday by a variety of birds that come to avail of the food and services.

I am surprised at how much bathing the birds actually do. I guess flying around is a sweaty and dirty task. 

 We have three main types of birds. I believe they are three families that live nearby. The various types of lorikeets, parrots, parrakeets and cockatoos generally bond for life, which can be a long time. The Galahs, for example can live up to 80 years in captivity and more than 40 in the wild.

One family is the Crested Pigeon. They make the most unusual squeeking noise with their wings when they take off. They usually stop on the tree first and have a look at us.

Birds on the deck
The crested pigeon

We also have a family of Galahs. They are rather more timid than the other birds, despite being several sizes larger than some of the other visitors.

Birds on the deck
Galah

 

Birds on the deck
Galah

 

Birds on the deck
Galah

 

Another regular set of visitors are the Rainbow Lorikeets. They tend to shoo off the other birds and keep the food for themselves.

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeets and a Galah

 

As their name suggests, they are spectacularly coloured birds.

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeets - they bond for life

 

Birds on the deck
Rainbow Lorikeet

 

Location: Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia