We popped into Govetts Leap Lookout on our trip back home. It was great to see some regrowth after the recent fires.
The NSW Rail Museum ran a special heritage train trip to the Blue Mountains and onto Lithgow to celebrate 150 years of the railway line to Bowenfels. The Beyer-Garratt 6029 was used which was & is the Southern Hemisphere’s largest operating steam engine.
The Manly Q Station (Quarantine Station) is one steeped in history. We took a guided tour of the station which was a fascinating way to learn about the functions of the station, and its various uses during its time of operation which ranged from quarantine to housing those displaced persons who were impacted by Cyclone Tracey.
The tour took you on the same journey those would have taken on back in the day
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Having the missed prime sunflowers in 2015 we headed back again this year armed with more information on the prime time to visit. I highly recommend you can sign up to receive the flowering notifications by following the information on the VisitQuirindi website.
From Narrabri, we decided to take the hour-ish drive up to the summit of Mount Kaputar National Park. A fantastic lookout and worth the drive out of town.
Majority of the drive out was on a gravel road, but it was in good condition and suitable for a 2wd car. Parking only about a 2-minute walk from the summit.
We decided to detour on our way back from our trip up North to try and see some sunflower fields. We stopped in at Willow Tree visitors centre and they gave us some directions to some fields in bloom at the time we were there.
There are two crops both on Blackville Road, Parraweena. To get there turn off New England Highway onto Merriwa Road just south of Willow Tree. Continue along for 24km then turn right onto Blackville Road. Follow this for 7.8km until you reach you reach McDonald Creek Road on your left. This is where the first crop is. There is apparently a second large crop going up a slope 11km further towards Blackville, however I did not get a chance to visit this one on my trip.
Please remember that sunflowers are the farmers livelihood, don’t jump the fence unless you have permission. Please respect their private property.
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