Kimba to Canberra: Day 22

Gundagai to Jugiong 12th April, 2019

Another day, another free camping area, just us and about 50 other vans.

Nevertheless we manage to look like we are on our own here.

We’ve been here before, oddly. We dropped in and went to the cafe on our way home from the National Folk Festival in 2014.

The Sir George Cafe area

The garden area outside the Sir George.

After settling in and doing our chores of emptying the cassette and filling up the water tank we sat outside and relaxed. Later we went for a walk around the local area and I bought some sour dough bread from the cafe part of the Sir George.

We have our dinner, listen to podcasts, and have showers and go to bed when we are tired.

Kimba to Canberra: Day 21

Oura Beach Camping Area to Gundagai 11th April, 2019

My dear readers, my apolgies for not posting yesterday. I felt too relaxed! The featured photo shows the view behind our van.

We stayed at Oura until after morning tea, which means we left at about 12.00. During the morning we went for walks and enjoyed a small drama in the trees with a bird crying to another bird to be fed, and the other bird (Sulphur crested cockatoos) giving in occasionally in exasperation. When the feeding bird finally flew off we noted that the crying bird was able to feed itself. We can’t understand why the feeding bird was so patient for so long.

Shaky, unedited video. My apologies.

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Stephen watching bird drama (Sulphur crested Cockatoos)
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Deserted by feeder bird, crying bird watches us
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Morning at Oura Beach
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Morning at Oura Beach

Our drive to Gundagai was on a back road through rolling hills and pastures, very scenic. We are staying at a free camping site near a small creek. We have flushing toilets about 500 metres away and not too much shade. We have a friendly neighbour with one of the Nikon very long lens cameras and he is able to get marvellous bird photos from a long distance away. He needed Stephen to get his book out and identify them for him.

We put out our awning for the first time on this trip and discovered that one of the runners is out of it’s groove on one side. Very annoying as we had this fixed. However, we were still able to use it and Stephen anchored it down for safety. It helped yesterday afternoon when the sun was fierce and we wanted it for our solar, but shade on the van was very nice.

The evening was mild. Stephen went for a walk to the Visitor Centre and bought we a local fridge magnet, as commisioned. We sat outside having cups of tea and admiring the view. Then we went for another short walk up the hill and around the streets. Stephen had wanted to go to the museum yesterday, but it was already shut.

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Evening, Gundagai
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Evening Gundagai
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Gundagai Evening

This morning we are taking it easy, he is at the museum and I am taking the opportunity to blog at a very nice and extremely busy cafe. Our first choice was the art deco cafe next door with lovely booths, but it was cash only. Not only do I not have any cash, I haven’t brought a card with me to get cash from a machine. So, the Coffee Pedelar it is, and when I asked permission to plug in my laptop I was given a very gracious yes.

We stayed at a caravan park when we came here four years ago, which we remembered as being unique in having covered ensuite sites. We were delighted to see them still in operation on our way through to our campsite yesterday. They are well built, like a drive through motel. not just temporary structures. I probably have a photo somewhere.

Gundagai Caravan Park 10_4_2015
Gundagai Caravan Park 10/4/2015