3rd November 2022
Distance: 247 Km
Fuel: 27 L
Went for a walk early just for the exercise, it was a lovely sunny morning and there was no need to set off early as we only had about 250km to drive to get to Wauchope.
The drive was mostly back down the route we travelled up on but instead of heading east toward Port Macquarie we drove inland to Wauchope.
Checked into the motel early and went for a walk into the town, quite a nice shopping centre with an IGA where we bought some snacks. It is a fairly typical small Australian town of about 7000 people.
In the evening strolled down to Wauchope Country Club for a meal and a couple of beers.
The town has an RSL Club too but the Country Club was only a few minutes walk away.
1st November 2022
Distance: 248 Km
The highway has changed a lot since I last drove it maybe 30 years ago. It is a road that I have avoided like the plague preferring to go through New England and the inland routes. Now it bypasses every town on the way so is just like driving on the Hume Highway fast but pretty uninteresting.
Made a stop at a rest area to stretch the legs and have a sandwich.
Arrived in Grafton too early to check in at the motel so went for a walk to the shopping mall which is virtually opposite to stock up with a few odds and ends. By the time the shopping was complete we were able to check in, fortunately have a room on the ground floor coincidentally right where the car was parked. If I stay at motels in future must remember to always ask for a ground floor room when booking, stairs are becoming a bit of an issue. The room was fine but pretty expensive.
After settling in drove to See Park which offers the best view of the Jacarandas in flower. It was just a quick drive round the tree lined streets, will spend more time on it tomorrow.
In the evening discovered a nice looking Indian Restaurant within walking distance of the motel so visited and had a really good meal there.
Left Murrurundi at about 9am driving north on the New England Highway to Tamworth then on to Armadale.
Stopped at Uralla to look at the grave of Captain Thunderbolt the bushranger who was shot nearby in 1870.
At Armadale followed the B78 to Grafton a narrow and winding road but less traffic than the appalling and equally winding Gwydir Highway. There is no way you can get anywhere near the 100kph speed limit for (at a guess) half of its length.
Arrived in Grafton and found the caravan park after a couple of wrong turns which involved lengthy detours to get back on track.