The Actual Road Trip – Hunter Valley to Lightning Ridge

WOW! What a trip. While we were optimistic we would take the long 9 day trip, I think deep down we both thought we will barely survive the 5 day adventure. It turns out we did neither.

As we travelled we made minor alterations to our 9 day trip plans but followed through with most. We cut our trip short by two days in favour of enjoying a less packed camping experience at South West Rocks in two week’s time.

Toyota Fortuner driving on dirt road to Lightning Ridge with camper trailer

What we saw on our road trip

Road and sky as far as the eye could see. It was perfect!
We stopped to enjoy smaller attractions like the Black Stump in Coolah, NSW and embraced the big ones like the Warrumbungles. This mountain range was incredible to drive through, you really feel like you are somewhere else.

Warrumbungles National Park camp Blackman campground

This is where we set up camp for our first night at the National Parks campsite Camp Blackman. It was beautiful with gorgeous views and plenty of wildlife.

Lightning Ridge offered heaps for tourists including car door tours to get the most out of your time there, Opal mine tours, Artesian bore baths (hot springs), Art Galleries, Amigo’s Castle and a lot of quirky places to see. It really is a little bit different there.

Amigo's Castle Lightning Ridge NSW
We camped at Goat Rock, Stanthorpe and took in the beauty at Girraween National Park along the way to Wollomombi Falls where we stayed the night. The Wollomombi Falls camping area was the perfect place to spend our last night. It was quiet (with only 10 campsites), wildlife and was the ideal location to sit and listen to the crackling of our campfire.

Wollomombi Falls National Park view at lookout

We headed in the direction of home via Tamworth so we could show the kids the Golden Guitar and finished the last three hours’ drive before we arrived home. Hello shower! Hello bed! Oh how we have missed you.
Big Golden Guitar Tamworth
Make sure you come back because we will be sharing detailed thoughts, experiences and tips on each place we visited on the blog.

Have you been to any of these locations? What did you love the most?

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    • John
      03/01/2018 / 7:45 pm

      How was setting up and pulling down camp? We bought an Alpha a month ago, and just spent a week in Eden. Once set up everything was good. Breaking up camp wasn’t the headache I expected. Everything went as planned. We used a 7x7m tarp between tents so didnt use annex but put up kids room out back, that was a great upgrade. Going to Wollongong for Australia Day without kids room and tarp, but will use annex.
      Just interested in your road trip as we usually go to one destination.

      • 22/07/2018 / 10:09 pm

        Hi John, its not too bad, we do it that often we just got good at it. Still to this day we have never used the annex it just looks like too much effort. We love to explore and are always trying to jam as much into a trip as possible. I’m sure one day we will just set up and stay at one place.
        Cheers, Caleb.

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