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Camping Adventure – Part 5

As in all the previous times that we’d camped, the rain eventually caught up with us. It started raining on our last night at Riverwood Downs, and was still going when we woke up the next morning. That meant not much of a breakfast and another wet pack-up. Soon we were on the road back to Sydney. What a contrast from the hot and dry landscape of the previous few days!

Rainy day

One lady who was happy was Bridie. She relishes getting her nose out of the window no matter what the weather.

Rainy day

She really enjoyed having the wind in her hair ears.

Rainy day

Camping Adventure – Part 4

We took a drive to the nearby town of Dungog, about 25km away. To get there we had to navigate the gravel ‘main road’ over the forested Monkerai Nature Reserve.

Drive to Dungog

And then across the pastured valley leading up to the town.

Drive to Dungog

Dungog seemed to be the hub of the district, with the usual amenities, and the local high school too. We were there at 3pm when school ended for the day, and the line of school buses were endless. There was even one to Monkerai, near Riverwood Downs.

Back on the main street, there was the usual cross-road cairn and selection of quaint pubs. This pub was located, as you would expect, opposite the oldest bank in town. Unusually, in this age of bank conversions, it was still a bank.

Drive to Dungog

The arts/crafts/antiques set had also arrived, but hadn’t totally dominated the main street like in other towns.

Drive to Dungog

And there was an assortment of cute cottages about too.

Drive to Dungog

Dungog was perhaps how the Hunter Valley used to be before viticulture took over; laid-back, quiet but still with a good supermarket and a few cosmopolitan cafes (the one we went to for lunch served a good vegetarian selection and was dog-friendly).