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Turon Gates

7-9 June, 2014… June Long Weekend

Our original plan for this long weekend was to head north, up to the Barringtons. However some coastal weather meant that we decided to head further west instead of north.

We were traveling again with Trent and Leanne and their boys, who we had recently been to the Yengo National Park with. We set off relatively early on Saturday morning, leaving the showers behind as we made it over the ranges. A quick pit stop (with half of Sydney) at Lithgow McDonalds before we continued west, and up the Castlereagh HWY. Just after Capertee we turned off the bitumen and headed to Turon Gates.

Trent with the CUB all set up. I think the kids must have been absent at this point in time…

This is a nice big camp site along the (you guessed it!) Turon river. Being a long weekend things were pretty busy, but we chose a nice flat site a little away from the river, but with the benefit of being the last site to lose the sun in the afternoons.

Trent had hired a CUB for the weekend, so we go that set up before getting ourselves sorted. The afternoon was spent relaxing, talking 4WD and camping, and making sure the fire was sufficiently prepared for cooking dinner. The kids enjoyed plenty of time on their bikes riding along the ridge.

Campsite getting the last of the afternoon sun, while the kids kept riding… and riding… and…

Sunday dawned very cool and foggy before clearing into another stunning day. We did a bit of a local explore and collected some firewood to keep us warm later that evening. We drove up a local hill and had a great view of the campsite below.

There’s our campsite – that clearing in the middle

Rach and Leanne took the kids to a good bike riding spot while Trent and I did some essential maintenance on my camper, before shifting our focus to ensuring we didn’t carry any unnecessary liquids back to Sydney. A group of 4WDs also entertained us by trying to go up a hill-climb that was clearly marked “horses and walkers only”. Perhaps their reading ability was only slightly better than their 4WDing skills!

The mornings were cooooold…

During the bike riding adventures, Lucas had managed to have a fairly significant “over the bars” moment, taking a bit of skin from his nose in the process. Once cleaned off he was back on the bike again as we enjoyed the last of the sun for the day.

A nice camp oven roast finished off the day before hanging out around the campfire and relaxing.

Some skin and mud… all mixed together! Won’t be the last time!

Monday morning was a carbon copy of Sunday, so a nice leisurely packup gave the sun every chance to dry out wet canvas from overnight dew. A fairly short and uneventful drive back to Sydney after lunch brought us back to reality – even though we now had a short week facing us.

Sun just about to break through and start drying the canvas


Two more nights here, and our total is now 156 nights. Where to next?!


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