The City of Colour

Trip Start Jan 30, 2010
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Trip End Jul 27, 2011


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Colour City Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Monday, May 3, 2010

Departing Lake Cargelligo the sun is shining and it is a lovely day although there is still quite a chilly nip in the air. Well we headed off towards Condobolin. Quite flat, straight driving this morning and not so many locusts so far.  Walked the township of Condobolin, but it was also an indigenous town and didn't really have friendly energy. Back in the car and headed towards Parkes.  We hit the dreaded locust plague yet again and have splattered critters all over the car and van AGAIN!  They stink and take a mighty effort to scrub off! :-( Stopped in Parkes for some lunch and it was really busy with cars going everywhere!  A bit overwhelming when you come from the bush!  We decided to keep going as neither of us felt we wanted to stay there.  We continued on to Orange.  The terrain changed markedly on our trek today.  Coming into Orange was quite picturesque with the beautiful autumn colours on the trees again.  The colours are spectacular and so vibrant.  They call it the town of colour with good reason.  Quite pretty.  Found a caravan park and managed to get the second last site!  Set up and put in quite a chilly night!  The coldest one we have spent this trip so far! 

Went to the local markets this morning and they were pretty ordinary.  Bit of a waste of time really.  Then into the car to have a bit of a look around and headed south east towards the township of LUCKNOW, Billy’s namesake! Stopped there and had a walk around the township.  Awesome second hand junk shop there.  Not much to the township really but it was quite a significant stop for us today.  From Lucknow, we headed further south to Millthorpe which is a beautiful little old world town with some awesome old buildings.  Walked around and checked out some local shops.  Really quite a nice little town.  Millthorpe was where Bill’s father worked in his very early years on the railway so we checked out the old station and the surrounding areas.  From here, we headed further south to Blayney but this town was a bit bigger and really didn’t appeal to us at all.  We were looking for somewhere to stop for lunch.  From Blayney we headed further south to Carcour which is another old Historic town.  Luckily for us today the only shop that was open was a café so we stopped and had a lovely lunch here. Was quite a treat to dine out in a restaurant type environment.  From here we headed back to Orange via a back road that the local guy from the café told us about.  Was a really nice drive through local farms.  Just beautiful. Certainly beats travelling the main roads!

Once back in Orange, we decided to check out the local Borenore Caves.  They were awesome.  Just natural caves that we were able to walk through out in the bush.  No cost involved and we loved them!  Very dark and very interesting. Dirty great holes through the rocks.  Lovely. 


From here I called an old school friend I haven’t seen for about 30 years, and Billy & I went to her house and caught up with her and her husband for a few hours. Sure was nice after 30 years or so.  Great people… we have good taste!

We spent another really chilly night last night but the sun is shining beautifully today.  Took us a while to get started – we are both feeling rather lazy & a bit chilled today.  Walked Orange township for a bit of a look around.  Very long street and heaps of shops.  Stopped at a pub for lunch $5 each! We sat by the fire and had a couple of drinks.  Quite a nice way to bide some time.  Weather came over rather cloudy and cold in the arvo.  Back to the van to chill and read for the afternoon.  We pretty much filled in the day today and we didn’t really do anything much! 
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Ray Booth on

Sorry I mist you both, I was in Orange on Wednesday and Thursday working with my dealer, I left Thursday arvo and drove home through Forbes and straight down the Newell H/way to Victoria. You are both out in that wild country now. Just keep an eye on all your equipment. Walgett is another wild place in Australia, don't think of stopping there. Had great time with Ian and Michelle, they are looking forward on heading up the centre. I am enjoying your tripping around Australia, It great reading. Love to you both.

Bev and Lyle on

Love the caves, looking forward to catching up.

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