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Published: August 3rd 2019
This morning we packed the car and set off for Dubbo. Now that we live on the northern side of the city we found it very easy to make our way to the Hume Highway via the Western Ring Road. If we still lived in Hallam we would have needed to start an hour earlier!
Our first stop was in Shepparton where we tracked down some of their Moooving Art - a public art exhibition featuring life-sized 3D cows. Moooving Art pays homage to the strength of the dairy industry in Greater Shepparton. The region produces a large percentage of Australia’s dairy exports, making the cow a perfect choice for this exhibition. Moooving Art was initially seen as a unique and innovative way to increase the district’s dairy profile, but it also provides opportunities for established and emerging artists in the region.
A change of drivers and we continued on towards the border. We couldn’t pass up a quick stop at the Big Strawberry at Koonoomoo for a photo! We crossed the Murray River at Tocumwal making a small diversion off the highway to snap a photo of the Big Murray Cod.
We continued up the Newell Highway
to Narrandera where we stopped at the bakery on East Street for lunch. Country bakeries do the best meat pies and pasties. After lunch we had to visit the Visitor Information Centre because it is home to the BIG guitar. Who knew we would be on the trail of so many ‘big’ things so early in our itinerary?! In the building next to the info centre we found a Tiger Moth aircraft on display. Our stop in Narrandera was completed with a short drive to the top of the hill to view the town’s newly painted water tower. This art project has been planned for a number of years and received funding at the beginning of this year that enabled it to be completed.
We had a quick stop in Wyalong to change drivers again. There are some classic old buildings in Wyalong so we took a quick walk along the main drag and took some photos while we stretched our legs. When we reached Forbes it was time for another short break and our final driver changeover for the day.
With the afternoon sun streaming in the passenger side window it was extremely surprising that I managed
to stay awake for the final leg of our journey! We arrived in Dubbo at about quarter to six - about ten and a half hours after we left home. Thank goodness we made it before the roos were out and about. A very big driving day for our first day on the road, but tomorrow will be spent around Dubbo so we won’t be clocking up many Ks tomorrow. Hopefully we will be doing plenty of Sunday walking to make up for being cooped up in the car all day today.
We enjoyed dinner at the pub just down the street from the apartment after which we went for a bit of a walk around town. Earlier today we were viewing painted cows in Shepparton. This evening it was painted Rhinos in Dubbo. Painted animals are quite a ‘thing’ too it seems!
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