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Adam

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The trips in this section all seem pretty epic.
Hope it's OK that I toss in an easy one that's close to home for anyone in or around Sydney.

We spent Easter in a caravan park at Dubbo. Two days at Western Plains Zoo, one day at Old Dubbo Gaol, and one day at Wellington Caves.
Kids loved it. Adults thought it was kinda OK too.

We then drove to Orange, north to Ophir, cross the Macquarie River at Long Point on the way to Hill End, stayed a few nights at First Crossing Camp Ground - 6km east of Sofala on the Turon River. From there we headed home, but you can follow the Turon east to Capertee, then Lithgow. Or you can turn south before Capertee and head down through Turon National Park or Sunny Corner to the Great Western Highway.

Ophir (sign says No Swimming)
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Macquarie River at Long Point on the way to Hill End
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First Crossing Camp Ground - 6km east of Sofala on the Turon River
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It was an easy trip, but very enjoyable. Quite dusty in parts, and a steep drop/climb either side of the Macquarie River. Nothing you can't handle with a 4WD and UEV. The crossing is a rock causeway. A bit bumpy, but check the depth and take it slow.
We really enjoyed it. I'd happily do it again, with a bit more time so we can take it slower and finish off the Turon River sections that we had to skip.

We got the trip out of this book...
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We have a few of their books and have found them very helpful.
The trips are easy to follow, and most of them are easy driving.

Looking forward to dragging the 490 all over Fraser Island in December. It is, however, nice to have some easy, scenic trips close to home.

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Hi Adam ...

Great shots of your trip. Did you take along a gold pan? Perhaps when the kids are a little older they'd get a great thrill panning up some colour, I know I always do/did. Ophir looks nice, that's where it all began back in 1850.

I'll definately get a copy of that book. Thanks for sharing. (incidentally, looks like a good place to store your maxtrax, might steal that idea).
 
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Looks like a nice trip, I love those in land river side camps.

Did you have a fish ?
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We didn't plan on doing any prospecting. There were others at First crossing who were fairly well set up with prospecting gear.
Kylie explained the quartz/gold relationship to the kids. Then she spent the next hour cracking open every piece of quartz the kids could find, just to prove to them that there wasn't any gold hiding in that piece either.

Did I have a fish?
I think you may have me confused with someone else.
I did have fish yesterday though. Battered and fried. It was delicious.
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