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.
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.
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.
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.