Monday, July 22, 2013

Aussie Road Trip Day #3

Welcome back to Maryde's Road trip in and around our Great Country Of Australia...

It's Day #3 We spent a leisurely morning at the dam fishing, walking and relaxing, before deciding to leave Dumaresq Dam after lunch and headed further north mid-afternoon. We arrived at Glenn Innes late and spent the night in a tourist park about 10 minute walk out of town.
  The following morning we walked into Glen Innes known as the Scottish Capital of Australia. We had driven through this Historic town twice before on our way to Brisbane but we'd never taken the time to stop and scout around. 
  The township of Glen Innes came about in 1852, after the sale of the first lots of land. By 1858 there was a post office and court house.
Crofters Cottage
On both sides of the wide streets are wonderful buildings from the turn of the nineteenth century. Glen Innes is twin town to Pitlochry in Scotland.  Among the many heritage buildings there is also a crofter's cottage I loved the old buildings.

Town Hall
Standing Stones
 The Australian Standing Stones are a modern day tribute to the early Celtic settlers. The megalithic circle of stones is similar to those once used in ancient times and are the venue for the annual Celtic Festival held in Glen Innes on the first weekend in May.
The Standing stones are based
on the Ring_of_Brodgar in Orkney

I'd like to hear from anyone who may have Scottish relatives or family ties to Glen Innes.

Lovely old Houses
After strolling the streets and picking up necessary supplies for morning tea from the local Bakery, we left Glen Innes behind and drove further west. We passed through the town of Inverell, but this time we did not stop, as we were on our way to Copeton Dam.

 By Lunchtime we were driving across the dam wall and into Copeton Waters State Park. There were dozens of camping areas of varying degrees of comfortability. From delux cabins to basic amenities for those visitors who are self-contained, all you had to do was drive in and find your own spot. So we did ...
The National Park is so spacious that no-one needs to camp on anyone's doorstep, unless travelling together.
And for our overseas visitors there was an abundance of Aussie residents.
Afternoon visitors
We weren't without company of the human ... and animal kind

Still no fish in the dam - AGAIN -  so BBQ it was for tea. And as the afternoon waned the curious natives of the park came out in their droves to forage for dinner and pose for pictures. Even when we walked late in the evening the kangaroos were nibbling grass quite close to our van.
A fire was a relaxing way to end the day and we sat around till it died out. In the morning after breakfast, we packed up and left the park heading for the small town of Bingara on the Gwydir River, just a few hours drive away.


Maggi Andersen said...

Great, thanks Mary, these are places I've never visited, I'm ashamed to say.

Anonymous said...

I know what you mean Maggi.
Alas, we may have NO castles or Roman Walls (cry- cry) but we do have a large beautiful & scenic Country with it's own charismatic charm and infant past.