of rivers and rocks…

Finally, a number of years after our last outback road trip, we had the opportunity to head out west for an outback tour and to road test our new camper.

This map shows our final route for the trip, adapted to allow us to visit Caloundra to have a couple of items added to our new camper.

to Gum Bend Lake on the Lachlan River

We left home under leaden skies accompanied by intermittent rain and squally winds as we climbed over the Blue Mountains and ticked off the regional centres of Bathurst, Orange and Parkes. Arriving at Condobolin mid-afternoon, we headed out to nearby Gum Bend Lake.

Gum Bend is a man-made recreational lake, fed by overflow from the Lachlan River. A pleasant camping area lies beside the lake hidden from a view of the water by a levee bank and it was here that we set up camp with space for two more camper trailers to join us next day.

After a cold night and a late breakfast we drove back into town to browse around the shops and tourist information and scout a place for dinner. Our travelling companions, Jeff, Carolyn, John and Debbie, arrived mid-afternoon with the weather still bleak. We walked the 3 kilometre circumference of the lake before gathering for happy hour. Dinner was at the Royal Hotel in a typical country pub dining room.

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