Our visits to Orange and Wellington
Trip Start Nov 29, 2008
1Trip End Dec 02, 2008
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Colour City Caravan Park & Wellington Caves Holiday Park
Yes the sun is shining on us now. We have had great weather since arriving in orange - terrific! Orange is a sizable town, bigger than Mudgee and Bathurst with a population of around 38 000. The drive from Bathurst was a real pleasure, both the scenery and roads were great.
We arrived full of expectations of picking our own fruit at one of the many orchards that invites the public in to do so, but alas we were too early. Cherries are only just starting to be picked and as for apples, pears and stone fruit, they are not harvested until February. Oh well, we just went to Aldi instead. Just a note - there is an Aldi and Bunnings at Mudgee, Bathurst and Orange - quite surprising.
We stayed in Orange for only 2 nights, with the day we arrived including a visit to the Orange Botanic Gardens (okay) and the adjoining 'Adventure Playground' so Jacob could let off some steam (fantastic). The following day we set off on an adventure to Ophir Gold Fields, the site of the first payable gold find in Australia in 1851. It is all dirt road (track) in the gold fields and so we did our first bit of off roading in the Rodeo - Cherie at the wheel, a little scary - but not that off road that we needed to put it into 4WD. We did a short walk and came across some abandoned caves and tunnels that are still safe enough to enter.
During our stay we also took a drive out to Lake Cananbolas, a picturesque lake, but that's about it.
Now for Wellington. We were wooed here buy a great brochure promising impressive caves, gardens, lakes and a quaint town - and it was on the way to Dubbo. We stayed at the "Caves Complex" about 10km out of town - just as well. Wellington is not a place we would recommend as a place to stay and certainly not a place to go out in at night. However we did take a tour of the Phosphate Mine (the only one we could do with the pram), there are 2 other caves aswell. It was interesting to step back in time to see the old mining practices. A trip out to Lake Burrendong was planned for the next morning but given the impressiveness of the rest of what we had seen we decided to skip it and go straigt on to Dubbo. We did come across the absolute mother of all windchimes, just outside the "Caves Complex" - weird and interesting and two words that come to mind.
So onwards we go, Dubbo is our next stop.