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Just being a bit nostalgic.  This is one of my first posts.  All the goodwill and kindness.  No sniping. No oneupmanship.  Genuine.  

Another thing.  I have met and remained friends with most of the posters. Although it does make me sad to read the posts of those we have lost. RIP.

Can we please, make Grey Nomads great again?  More about where you have been. The great places you have seen.  Your expected travels and what you are hoping to see.

Less about world issues that we can't do much about.  Yes, guilty.   

For myself.  The last five yrs have not been all that wonderful.  Lost my faithful travelling companion Mollie dog, who had travelled with me since day one     I have had a constant round of visits to medical practicioners but, now, after all that it appears I am getting back to normal. Just need to get over the hurdle of getting my driving licence updated as I will be turning 75 this month.  After that, I hope to get out on the road and do a bit more exploring.  Visit some of the places I drove straight past on previous trips. Was supposed to be in Brisbane by 10 May but not sure if I will make it.  I travel a lot more slowly these days.  My van is still going strong but she is a bit long in the tooth.  

So, which way should I go when I get to Yass.  Continue on through Sydney.  Hate the thought of the tunnel (claustraphobic)  and all the traffic and lack of free camps.  or, up through Cowra, Moree, Goondiwindi,Toowoomba that is a lot more remote, roads not so well maintained and could have more of an issue with juveniles running amonk.?

Once again, Can we please, make Grey Nomads great again?

 



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You could turn off the Hume at Gunning and go to Bathurst via Abercrombie River which is a very picturesque drive. I have done it a number of times with the van. From Bathurst you can work your way across to Newcastle and Dodge Sydney altogether.

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msg wrote:

ttps://thegreynhomads.activeboard.com/t41992939/new-van-secnd-hand/?page=2&sort=oldestFirst 

 

Just being a bit nostalgic.  This is one of my first posts.  All the goodwill and kindness.  No sniping. No oneupmanship.  Genuine.  

Another thing.  I have met and remained friends with most of the posters. Although it does make me sad to read the posts of those we have lost. RIP.

Can we please, make Grey Nomads great again?  More about where you have been. The great places you have seen.  Your expected travels and what you are hoping to see.

Less about world issues that we can't do much about.  Yes, guilty.   

For myself.  The last five yrs have not been all that wonderful.  Lost my faithful travelling companion Mollie dog, who had travelled with me since day one     I have had a constant round of visits to medical practicioners but, now, after all that it appears I am getting back to normal. Just need to get over the hurdle of getting my driving licence updated as I will be turning 75 this month.  After that, I hope to get out on the road and do a bit more exploring.  Visit some of the places I drove straight past on previous trips. Was supposed to be in Brisbane by 10 May but not sure if I will make it.  I travel a lot more slowly these days.  My van is still going strong but she is a bit long in the tooth.  

So, which way should I go when I get to Yass.  Continue on through Sydney.  Hate the thought of the tunnel (claustraphobic)  and all the traffic and lack of free camps.  or, up through Cowra, Moree, Goondiwindi,Toowoomba that is a lot more remote, roads not so well maintained and could have more of an issue with juveniles running amonk.?

Once again, Can we please, make Grey Nomads great again?

 

I agree with you about GN, would like the same. Hoping to rewrite my yowie story again to lighten the mood, will be doing ongoing stories from here on.

 



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Greg, Thanks.   That would work, but it would be a very mountainous drive. Probably pushing my old van a bit hard.



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May I suggest Yass to Cowra to Molong to Wellington on to Dubbo.

Cheap stays at Manildra Showground and Geurie Racecourse I hope they are still going havnt stopped at either for about 5 years



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Thanks Gundog. Yes, thats the way I usually go. Just a bit concerned about safety.

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Thanks Gundog. Yes, thats the way I usually go. Just a bit concerned about safety.


 I wouldnt stop in Dubbo a bit of youth crime there and travell straight through Moree and Bogabilla as well, we came up that way in Jan stayed in Goondawnidi at the showgrounds all good there and then on to Toolgawah in the brisbane valley stayed there for  4 days at the showgrounds nice town.  

 



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Agree Gundog. However, Cowra to Gundi is a bit far for me in one go. Have to stop somewhere. I think I will have to stop free camping and stay in CP's. Highlighted by yesterdays tragedy. He had been living in his car. You never know who you might meet. Other times i would have happily spoken to and joined someone for happy hour. Not any more.

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Manildra is still going...not sure about Geurie tho. Havent stayed at Manildra for a while but drive past it at least every cuppla months...usually not a lot of vans there...and amenities are pretty new.

 

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Agree Gundog. However, Cowra to Gundi is a bit far for me in one go. Have to stop somewhere. I think I will have to stop free camping and stay in CP's. Highlighted by yesterdays tragedy. He had been living in his car. You never know who you might meet. Other times i would have happily spoken to and joined someone for happy hour. Not any more.


 

Hi Mel,

I don't blame you one bit. Saturday was a tragedy and worrying times. My thoughts are with families and all involved. I'd be very careful where I was staying as well. Have a good read through comments about CVP in Wikicamps and not just the first comment. I know you know that though. 

As for the Forum, I know exactly how you feel there too. I have been very quiet for many months when it comes to the forum BUT signs are there that things might be on the improve, especially now that a couple of members have parted ways. I will start to join in more and even add a bit here and there.

 

 

Keep Safe on the roads and out there, Mel.  

 



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Molong Golf Club, was good a stop over last October 2023.

Dubbo. Blizzard RV Camp at $14 @ night was very peaceful and safe.

Coonabarabran Golf Club, was another one we used a couple of times last year and was very comfortable.



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Thanks Radar, The Blizzard Camp sounds interesting.

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I don't limit myself to Australia. I just spent six weeks in the winter wonderland of Norway. A week in the Lofoten Islands scampering over snow covered rocks to get some amazing photos. Six days on the Hurtigruten coastal shipping service. A few days in marvellous Bergan and three weeks visiting my late wife's family.
Everyone was amazed that an 83 year old Australian was travelling around Norway in the midst of winter.
It wasn't without its dangers though. Those electric cars sneak up on you and scare the bejesus out of a bloke.
There was even an electric ferry running between Norway and Sweden.
Next winter I will be going to England to visit my father's family.
Before then I need to visit family in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
As Tim Ferguson said, Tick F**king Tock.

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jegog wrote:

I don't limit myself to Australia. I just spent six weeks in the winter wonderland of Norway. A week in the Lofoten Islands scampering over snow covered rocks to get some amazing photos. Six days on the Hurtigruten coastal shipping service. A few days in marvellous Bergan and three weeks visiting my late wife's family.
Everyone was amazed that an 83 year old Australian was travelling around Norway in the midst of winter.
It wasn't without its dangers though. Those electric cars sneak up on you and scare the bejesus out of a bloke.
There was even an electric ferry running between Norway and Sweden.
Next winter I will be going to England to visit my father's family.
Before then I need to visit family in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
As Tim Ferguson said, Tick F**king Tock.


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Yeoval showground for $20 a night powered is a good safe stopover point.
Molong is well attended and a good location.
As is Wombat for $10 a night powered is a little known gem (pay at the pub).

Definitely dodge Dubbo, it is out of bounds, the youth crime there is shocking.

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Also the Yass caravan park is great too. The drive through sites in the centre of the park are spacious.
Luke and his young Scottish wife are great managers of the park and very friendly and helpful.
They would be hard to go past as park managers.

Ponto Falls at Wellington is a handy free camp, but it often depends on how many cattle Louie has had in there chomping away to keep the grasses down at times.
The camp sites at Ponto Falls on the flat are popular but can be a bit steep to get into and out of, not a great destination if a lot of rain in the region.
There are plenty of sites up on the flat but it beats me why so many travelers perch themselves up under the big old river red gums there?

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Yep. Ponto Falls great place. Too boggy though. Got in there and then was worried about getting out after it rained. 2x4 wheel drive only. Will go almost anywhere but through mud and sand MH not happy..

I don't think I explained myself very well. I have been up to QLD almost any way you can think of. What I really want to know is what are the conditions at the moment. Safety? Road conditions and perhaps ease of drive. Or perhaps, something else that may be relevant that may sway my decision.

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HI fOLKS,
I wrote a comment on (what has happened to Grey Nomads.)
I thought that I had posted the script. However, I Can not find the same under the above heading.
Also, I have received 3 emails saying that 3 members had replied to my post.
When I click on the link there is no response.
So obviously the post must be somewhere on the G/N site.
Can anyone help me as to what may have happened?
thanks
Jay&Dee

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Was it a bit contentious? Maybe it was deleted by the Webmaster.

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No I do not believe that my comments were unfavourable. Jay&Dee



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Go into your Profile and look on messages posted.

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Hi msg,
Don't be down hearted regarding the forum - there are still quite a lot of us who visit from time to time seeking information. A lot of it can be found by "Search"ing. I agree some members have been rather agro in the past but there are two options - let what is said upset us or push it under the bridge to flow away with the creek. Sometimes we have to have thick skin.

I jokingly tell people that my bypasses of Sydney, Melbourne & Brisbane are via the inland areas. On our last trip home from Warrnambool in March, we found some new small towns that we will visit again (health willing) in NSW. Great little caravan parks with very friendly managers (both private & council) - they make the visit worthwhile.

There is a small park that we have often seen just west of Warrnambool (Killarnie Beach) - we've said "One day we should stay in it." Well in March we had the opportunity when our daughter had her Dutch in-laws staying with her. Yes, we were able to visit our family in the afternoons but too we were able to bird watch in the lagoons nearby (saw a white willy wagtail too). And it wasn't far from Pt Fairy - home of the best pies in Australia (according to Warren) - as well as more birds such as Gannets.

Don't give up, work around your medicos & enjoy this great country - I'm being told to slow down but at 77, I don't consider that I'm old yet. Afterall I was on a ladder yesterday pruning a bottlebrush that is aiming at reaching for the sky!

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A bird expert says it is likely that what was thought to be a white willie wagtail is actually a pale grey fantail, but it is still a bird with a rare genetic condition. Willie wagtails are well-known across Australia for their distinctive black and white markings, tail waggling and assertive behaviour.

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