Warrumbungle National Park

After stopping at Coonabarabran for some fresh grocery supplies, we arrived in the Warrumbungles just before the Information Centre closes at 4pm. We camped at Blackman Camp #2 (refer to Camps 6: 921), which is about 120m from the amenities block which includes flushing toilets, nice hot showers and a big laundry area without any washing machine. A covered gas BBQ area is in the centre of the camp grounds. (There was also a closer toilet block in our own camp area.) There is a creek just 25m away from our van and the views of the mountains just out the door as shown below. It is a delight to sit outdoors and watch the kangaroos grazing nearby and the numerous birds flying or ‘wandering’ through the grass too.

The view from our doorway
The next day we went on one of the numerous walking tracks. We chose the Burbil Canyon walk, which was a nice enough walk, but nothing spectacular at the time of year or day that we chose.
We had the first meal cooked on our new portable wood BBQ that Bob made up. It is a nifty little thing made mostly of stainless steel that folds up flat. It is about the size of a laptop only much lighter.

A side view of Bob's nifty BBQ
The following day we went to the Siding Springs Observatory, which was very interesting. I think I remember that it houses something like the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere. Also as a matter of interest maybe to some of you is that on 6th June this year we have the opportunity to see Venus cross Earth in front of the sun. I wonder what we will be able to see with our naked eyes. Seeing God’s handiwork and just how complex and immense this universe is totally awe inspiring.

On the way back to the Robbiebago, we went on another ‘walk’, though to call it a walk is a bit much as it is only 500m and all on a bitumen track. Still the White Gum Lookout offers a wonderful view of the craggy peaks and spires of the Warrumbungle mountains. We were much too early but I reckon it would be glorious to be there at sunset!

Another cookout on Bob’s nifty BBQ finished off a fantastic day!

Bushfires Postscript:
The Warrumbungles suffered badly in the bushfires of January 2113.

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