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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth March 6th 2019

Once again Littleflower and Morningbird have spruced up the Freedom Machine, packed all our goods and chattels and have hit the track, bound for Tocumwal and Tassie, for our latest adventure. Late night departure drinks found us tired and hungover come sunrise. Bleary eyed and muddleheaded we set off early arvo, much too late to make any decent miles on day 1. We decided to rediscover our route to Melbourne in 2015, a memorable trip that we have fond memories of. Waving cheery bye to Joey and Rayme as we drove up the back lane to set off for Casino and down to Grafton. Through Casino on the Grafton road, some little niggling thought prompted me do a check that something important wasn't left behind at home. Sure enough shoulderbag with wallet and other essentials, not ... read more
coffee at Ebor falls
Snow gum @ Ebor
Littleflower at Ebor Falls

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth May 28th 2017

We ended up at the Cassilis bowls club camping spot because we drove into a tremendous downpour and the free camp we intended to use was awash, despite being on top of a mountain! Apart from the day that we left Melbourne, this was the first time we had run into any real rain on the trip, so we cannot complain too much. Certainly we have had some very cold mornings and the odd day, but generally the weather has been fairly kind. It was a bit of a surprise however to find the day after arriving in Cassilis that we could do some sightseeing around the area in good weather. Cassilis is a very hospitable hamlet, but has very little else to hold ones attention. We popped into Merriwa, which unlike Cassilis has a larger ... read more
Burning Mountain South of Willow Tree
Quirindi  & Bobs shed
Bobs shed

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth October 17th 2015

Another day of driving through hills and lush grazing country as we descend from the New England highlands sees each day getting easier, a little flatter and a little dryer. The drive did feature an interesting collection of arrester beds on the longer downhill slopes. One had its own lane for almost a kilometre but others left the road at a sharp angle and became almost vertical. You would have to be really desperate to take those. In Tamworth, the country music capital of Australia, it is pretty much obligatory to visit the country music hall of fame. The sign said it was open until 4pm, but when we entered at 2:30 we were told it was closing and we would have to come back tomorrow. We looked puzzled and asked why it was closing so ... read more
We look out over Tamworth
The country music hall of fame
Slim Dusty’s guitar from a charity concert

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth February 4th 2015

A phone call to an auto electrician in Tamworth assures me that the problem with the battery charger in the caravan can be fixed, so we head off to Tamworth to a caravan park recommended by the auto electrician. On arrival we discover that the world famous Tamworth Music Festival begins in one weeks time, intending only to book in long enough to get our electrics fixed we decide to stay for the festival. With a week to wait we get our electrics fixed and we explore the town and surrounds in the relative calm before the crowds gather for the festival. Tamworth city is the hub of the region supporting a population of 55,000 people throughout the area with a huge farming and grazing industry this is real country and is only 574km from Brisbane ... read more
Tamworth

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth July 15th 2014

Wednesday and Thursday night we spent in Byron Bay. The caravan park was a little out of Byron, right on the beach and being away from the main town, was very quiet. We had a relaxing few days, soaking up the vibe of Byron, exploring nearby Bangalow, and spent plenty of time on the beach. We spent a number of hours at the Beach Hotel on Wednesday night, watching the third State of Origin game....cheering loudly when the Maroons belted NSW! On Friday we leisurely made our way back up the coast road to Kingscliff to visit our dear friends Rob and Misa Green and their two girls. On our way up there, we visited the most Easterly point of the Australian mainland at Cape Byron....more whale watching, and some lovely coffees and milkshakes at the ... read more
sunrise at Byron

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth September 23rd 2013

Geo: -31.0915, 150.931First thing this morning I did washing, we had breakfast then visited the information. Centre, right next door to the Park.Outside was a song writers Tribute, The Country Music Association of Australia pays tribute to, around 27 song writers. Smokey and Dot Dawson, had a stone to themselves, one very revered couple in Tamworth. Others were Brian Young, Owen Blundell, Arthur Blanch, and many others. We then spoke to Cindy a lovely lady who advised us to take a drive to Nundle 54 km from Tamworth. We then did a tour of Walk a Country Mile, well worth $4.50, with a Seniors discount. Thanks to Mick they see his card and figure I'm there as well. It was the story of Country Music which was done very well. Then we hit the op shop. ... read more
The Tribute to Song Writers
Lee Kernaghans
One of the Collages- Country Music Walk

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth September 22nd 2013

Geo: -31.0897, 150.927Last night we caught the curtousy bus from the park to Diggers Country Club, had tea in Smokey's Cafe and a play on the doggies and keno. The curtousy bus then picked us up to bring us back to the park at 9.45pm. Big night, the venue had big screens showing the football and rugby, Mick usually barracks for the Stormers but last night the crowd were definitely followers of Newcastle, he was not game enough to say anything. They were pretty vocal, so we stayed quite. We had breakfast this morning and around 10am went to the Tamworth Festival of Woodwork & Woodturning. Very clever the work put into the items on display, some for sale. A nice jewelery box I liked, would have cost me $400. Needless to say I did not ... read more
The Golden Guitar
The Wax Museum
Bradman Memorabilia

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth September 21st 2013

Geo: -31.0905, 150.929Left Belmont at 9am, heading for Scone in the Hunter Valley. Could not believe how dry it was.At Branxton all different second hand cars and utes, about 20, lined up in front of each other, including an old Morrie for sale.Passing through Singleton Heights the same, another lot of cars for sale. No markets which I would be interested in, just cars.After passing through Singleton we saw huge pits that are being mined for Black Coal. We had seen a number of carts hauled by trains heading for NewcastleRavens wood underground mine, bigger than the Latrobe Valley. Bayswater Power Station.Had lunch in Scone, the horse capital of Australia, then after a half hour break, decided to move on to Tamworth, only 129km to go,. Would have been excellent to have made it to Brisbane, ... read more
This is the Hunter Valley Market Day
One of the many Emirates Stud Parks
One of the Black Coal Mines

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth February 5th 2013

Hi everyone, I spend the last 2 weeks of January in Tamworth to see the country music festival, and that was really cool! The country music festival in Tamworth, is one of the top ten music festival in the world and the second biggest country music festival. It started in 1973 and lasted at this time, just the long weekend of Australia Day. It is today 10 days long officially, but the week leading to the festival (known as the countdown week), you can already hear some good bands in the pubs of the town. I didn't really know anything about country music before coming to the festival, so I did a bit of research, but to be honest, I'm not quite sure I did get everything right! The word "Country Music" emerge in the 1920s, ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Tamworth January 9th 2013

Hi everybody, (pour le texte en francais, c'est en dessous) I'm back. Yeah I know, my last post was a long time ago, but I had to work! So not so much time to write, but I'll try to catch up on my last 4 months. First, I wish you all a wonderful new year. I hope that 2013 will bring you happiness and a lot of joy and the will and strength to realize your dreams. So! Last time, I was leaving Perth in Western Australia, to go across the country and work with horses in New South Wales. I did those almost 4000kms hitchhiking and I loved it. I was amazed by how people were nice and generous. I did the trip in 5 and a half days, with the help of: Triin, my ... read more
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