Burren Junction & Bingara

Free camping at Burren Junction

This is not our first time here but it is a convenient stop on our way as we head west and north towards Brisbane for Rob to catch his flight back to Sydney to have some specialist tests.

New walls partly protect the pool
Both camp grounds are quite crowded as it is always popular here in winter.

Of course we availed ourselves of the hot  bore pool here. It is not quite as hot as the one at Lightening Ridge and the walls of the pool are slimy which takes away from some of the pleasure in my opinion, though the warmth is always a welcome soothing element to tired aching bodies.

There's been quite few cosmetic changes here, chiefly in the wall that has been constructed on the western side which protects the pool from westerly winds and casts it late afternoon shade on the edge of the pool a bit.

Free camping at Bingara Riverside Camping

This campground was new to us. The approach was half flat driving and half very steep driving with quite a few hairpins which rather took us by surprise.

Free camped along the Gwydir River

Rob building up the fire
Still the camp alongside the Gwydir River was very pleasant. We camped overlooking the river directly. There are a lot of wonderful spots up and down the river where one can camp. We were lucky to get such a great spot straight off. We didn't have neighbours too close, maybe 100m away from our nearest.

Sit back and enjoy the bird life
We went for a drive around many of the camp spots on the second day. I think we had one of the best spots. It was lovely and quiet and we could have fished from our door almost. You definitely need to have your fishing license here as it gets checked frequently. No traps allowed either. So instead we lit up a fire and enjoyed this as it had been a while since we had a fire going.

Be aware of the fishing laws
We would have loved to stay here for quite a few more days but three nights was all we could safely allocate to ensure Rob didn't miss his flight.

Nothing better at the end of a beautiful day than a marvelous sunset

A while since I've posted

It is raining today and I was all set to bury my nose in my sock doll craft but Rob gently reminded me that I'm falling behind with posting here. It's been well over a month since a travel post.

My sock pup poking his nose out of my craft bag

Many of the places we stop at have no Internet access and then when I do go through a town that has coverage, I really don't have much motivation or inclination to stop and write up a post.

My grand daughter loves the rain

In addition, I don't seem to get many people leaving comments, mainly just from one faithful friend here and a loyal blogger friend from America.

Now if the reason is because people don't find this blog interesting, well fair enough, that's that.

BUT it would be nice if those who are interested were to just drop a couple of words in the comments to let me know that they are at least reading the blog. It would mean so much to me. It can be rather hard to remain enthusiastic about keeping the blog upto date if one wonders if it is a waste of time.

Sorry for the rant. I've got that out of my system and now I feel so much better. Hopefully it will encourage you to pop a word in the comments below. You don't have to join anything at all to leave a comment, so PLEASE leave me a comment at least every few visits!

Cheesy Salmon Quesadilla

Finding quick and healthy lunches aside from a variation of sandwiches can be a challenge for me. So this fits the bill perfectly. Just put the quesadillas together, place them in the frypan, and almost before you know it, it is done! I like this so much I also cook it at home in the kitchen at times.

They are so simple they make a great snack, lunch or an easy light dinner. This recipe uses just 4 ingredients I always have on hand: tinned salmon, grated apple, cheese and some mayo inside a tortilla and it works every time and anytime.


  • 1 can (170 g) pink salmon, drained well (I keep the bones and crush them with my fingers - added calcium and it is easily digested - I promise that fussy eaters wont even notice them!)
  • ¾ cup grated tasty cheese
  • 1 apple peeled and grated
  • ¾ cup low fat mayonnaise
  • 4 x 10-inch whole-wheat flour tortillas


  1. Preheat barbecue or fry pan to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, stir together salmon, apple, cheese and mayonnaise.
  3. Spread a generous serving of mixture on half of each tortilla. Fold into a half-moon shape.
  4. Place on your frypan or a piece of tin foil large enough to cover the folded quesadilla but leave the ends open so it doesn't sweat and you can easily check on it. 
  5. Grill/fry about 4 minutes per side, or until cheese has melted and tortilla is golden brown.
  6. Cut tortillas into wedges and serve immediately.

Best eaten hot!

This mixture is also lovely as a topping on open bread roll and placed under a griller until top melts and turns golden brown. It is fabulous in jaffle iron sandwich on a wonderful camp fire.