With this beautiful autumn weather we seem to have developed the wanderlust for adventure so this weekend found us off and on the road early on Saturday morning and heading west. We headed off through the vineyards of Pokolbin, out to Broke and then onto the Golden Highway. A quick cuppa at Denman before grabbing some maps from the local information centre and on the road again heading for the turnoff just south of Sandy Hollow. I had driven this road as a child with my parents and back then it was all gravel but today its a sealed road with very little traffic. We wandered leisurely through open fields, vineyards, horse studs, stopping and capturing the beauty along the way. Phil was chasing train tunnels and we managed to find a few to keep him happy. I was looking for old buildings and wasn’t disappointed. Just short of Bylong and instead of traveling by sealed road to Kandos and Ryelstone, we turned right onto a gravel road that wandered its way through Wallah and onto Mudgee. After refueling there we headed for the old gold mine town of Gulgong, magnificently restored to its former beauty. After enjoying a great steak sandwich and milkshake we then pressed onto Dundedoo where we turned off for the short run to Mendooran. Here we found a once thriving town that is now almost falling down, the business district long gone but the locals all hanging in there to enjoy their neck of the woods. Here I looked up a long lost cousin and swapped stories with him before climbing back in the car for a long drive back home … I didn’t record our mileage but we must have travelled over 600 klms that day but it was worth it and just goes to show what you can achieve in just one day.
This is just one of the shacks we found along the way … a reminder of the places our ancestors travelled to … remote but that still managed to earn a living and rear a family.