Another splendid 3 days in the Wild Dog Mountains to attend the Dawn Service at Splendour Rock. This time we did it a little different and went Carlons Farm > Black Horse Ridge > Mobbs Swamp > Mount Dingo > Splendour Rock > Wombat Parade (on the east side of Mt Warrigal) > Medlow Gap > Carlons Farm.
Having the missed prime sunflowers in 2015 we headed back again this year armed with more information on the prime time to visit. I highly recommend you can sign up to receive the flowering notifications by following the information on the VisitQuirindi website.
This year there were two locations, Dimby Lane & Blackville Road near Blackville.
The Barrenjoey Head lighthouse, constructed in 1881, is found on the Barrenjoey headland. It’s a short uphill walk from the carpark and definitely worth it for the views alone. Lighthouse tours are available on Sundays, run by friendly and knowledgeable volunteers. Highly recommended!
Fun fact: The outside of the lighthouse has never been washed. The wind keeps it clean.
We decided to detour on our way back from our trip up North to try and see some sunflower fields. We stopped in at Willow Tree visitors centre and they gave us some directions to some fields in bloom at the time we were there.
There are two crops both on Blackville Road, Parraweena. To get there turn off New England Highway onto Merriwa Road just south of Willow Tree. Continue along for 24km then turn right onto Blackville Road. Follow this for 7.8km until you reach you reach McDonald Creek Road on your left. This is where the first crop is. There is apparently a second large crop going up a slope 11km further towards Blackville, however I did not get a chance to visit this one on my trip.
Please remember that sunflowers are the farmers livelihood, don’t jump the fence unless you have permission. Please respect their private property.
Sarah, Andy, Cal & I headed down to the Colo River on the long weekend. Water levels were still quite low (~0.6m at the BOM gauge) despite the recent rain, so we decided to head upstream from the bottom of Bob Turners track to check out Mailes Cave once again. Water levels upstream were more than adequate for the lilo trip upstream.
Andy at the sign at the start of Bob Tuners Track. It was a pleasant walk down to the Colo River before the heat of the day.
There was allot more grass on the sandy section at the bottom of Bob Turners. We had a nice paddle up the river until we came to Mailes Cave (just past the second set of rapids). The obligatory “National Park” sign photo on the way out.