Well, another year another desert trip. This one is a bit different to the last few that we have done for several reasons, all 4wd's, heaps of kids, explore some new areas and to check out the recent flooding and flowers which has given life to the centre this year. This was the third atempt that we thought of trying to get to the desert, the first 2, one in april and the next in june, were put on hold as more flood waters were flowing down from the top end.
On this trip, there were four 4wd's. Dave,Di & Mel- all from Corindi in their Patrol towing a van. Geoff and Gail, in their newly aquired Prado towing a flash Trek camper. Shane, Sally and their 3 kids from the central coast in an 80 series towing a brand new mario camper. last but not least , myself and my beautiful daughter Billi, in my T/D 80 series towing my camper.
The plan was to meet up at a central location, so Dave and myself left Coffs on the first day and made our way west up from the coast to meet and greet Shane & Sally at Gunnadah, where we lunched in a local park sharing stories on how our first day was. Always find the first day is the hardest, as you just need to get somewhere. Considering it was October, the weather was fine with blue skies, and after the recent rainfall out here on the tablelands everything was as green as - well, grass !!!. The whole region was incredible, plenty of wildlife, creeks were flowing and the Canola Plants were as yellow as a canary... Definatly a different scene to last years trip.
Our destination was Burren Junction, where just 5km out of town there is some free camping, flush toilets, warm showers and even a hot spring. Perfect after a long drive. Talking to a fellow camper here, he was saying that this area was shut up till a week before as water hadnt subsided and the camping areas were still pretty darn boggy. After setting up, a decent feed, a few ales it was good to sit back and let the penny drop that we were on our way !!!