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    Default New Year Getaway - 4th to 8th January 2021

    Hi All,

    I mentioned that I was planning a short getaway in January at the November club meeting, and here it is
    5 days out of town, D Grade (probably) driving, nice scenery, and a fun break before starting 2021...


    Day 1 – Monday 4 January - Sydney to Polblue Camp – Barrington Tops - 336km
    Sydney to Gloucester via the M1 and the Bucketts Way – 264km (Bitumen)
    Gloucester to Polblue Camp via Barrington Tops Forest Rd – 72km (Bitumen and Dirt)

    Polblue campground and picnic area - $24.60 book online - https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au...nd-picnic-area

    Day 2 - Tuesday 5 January - Polblue Campground to Nundle - 104km
    Polblue to Ben Halls Gap National Park – 77km (Dirt)
    Ben Halls Gap National Park to Nundle – 27km (Dirt)
    D Grade dirt from Polblue to where we turn North at Moonan Flat, and then it’s new territory for me via Ben Halls Gap National Park to Nundle.
    We spend the next two nights at Fossickers Tourist Park - 02 6769 3355, 103 Jenkins St Nundle - and explore the area.

    Day 3 – Wednesday 6 January - Day off around Nundle.
    The town has a great pub, a pool, a historic wool mill, one heck of an antique store and a gold mining museum. Plenty of tracks to explore around town too. Relax!

    Day 4 – Thursday 7 January - Nundle to Broke – 200km
    Nundle to New England Hwy via Timor – 72km (Dirt and Bitumen)
    Scone via Burning Mountain Nature Reserve – 38km (Bitumen)
    Scone to Broke – 100km (Bitumen)
    The dirt from Nundle back to the New England Highway is supposed to be pretty good, D Grade unless it rains. More creek crossings, and another new track for me!
    I’ve passed Burning Mountain before – NSW’s only burning underground coal seam – but I’ve never stopped to look and do the 4km walking track. Time to change that!
    McNamara Park in Broke is a Free Camp - 1273 Milbrodale Rd, Broke.

    Day 5 – Friday 8 January - Broke to Sydney – 187km
    Broke to Wollombi – 31km (Bitumen)
    Wollombi to Wisemans Ferry via St Albans – 82km (mostly Dirt)
    Wisemans Ferry to Sydney – 74km (Bitumen)
    An easy run home. 31km of bitumen from Broke down to Wollombi for morning tea, then mostly D Grade dirt to St Albans for lunch. But it is really scenic!
    Then we have an easy run on dirt before crossing the river on Wisemans Ferry before splitting up to head home. Hopefully a nice end to a good few days in the countryside!

    Total Trip = 828km, or maybe up to 1000km with some track work around Nundle.

    Costs
    Polblue Campground = $24.60 per site. Book online – 4 Jan 2021. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au...nd-picnic-area
    Nundle Fossickers Caravan Park - 2 nights = $66 per single/couple for a campsite. I’ve reserved 10 sites.
    Broke McNamara Park = Free camp
    Fuel for 1000km at $1.50 per litre = $150 ish. Hopefully that’s on the high side.
    Food, well apart from dinner and breakfast in camp at Polblue, there are shops, pubs and café’s everywhere we go. I’m going to guess at $50 per person per day, so $250, less if you choose to self cater more often.
    Total = $500 ish.

    Please post up below if you would like to come, and if you are a definite, please book your campsite at Polblue ASAP. They are likely to go fast. Use the website link to National Parks bookings. https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au...nd-picnic-area
    I have reserved 10 camp sites at Nundle so no need to call them, pay on arrival. BUT if you want a cabin there, call them asap as they only have a few left 02 6769 3355.
    I have all this in an Itinerary which I can email to you, please PM me your email address.

    Thanks
    Dave

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    2 RichH
    3 BigRig - Raja & Aryan
    4 Wayne & Julie (camper trailer)
    5 BrianM (camper trailer)
    6 GregD
    7 Mal & Kim (camper trailer)
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    When you book at Polblue you should get a receipt that looks like this.
    Screenshot 2020-11-05 153428.jpg
    Credit card only, need your name, address, rego.
    Hopefully they do not allow overbooking so we will have space.
    Bring a copy of the receipt just in case there is a Ranger who checks!

    Dave

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    Default 5 Day, New Year Getaway - 4th to 8th January 2021

    Hey Dave, can u count me in too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali View Post
    Hey Dave, can u count me in too.


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    You bet! Adding you now.
    Pretty sure I have your email, I'll send an Itinerary this evening.
    Make sure you get in and book at Polblue, that's the only place I'm worried about filling up...
    Thanks,
    Dave

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    Hi Dave,
    it would be our pleasure to join you on this trip.
    regards,
    Wayne & Julie
    Wayne & Julie Atto - WK2

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    Quote Originally Posted by atto View Post
    Hi Dave,
    it would be our pleasure to join you on this trip.
    regards,
    Wayne & Julie
    And it will be a pleasure to have you along! Seems ages since we have caught up in person!
    Have emailed the more detailed plan.

    Dave
    Last edited by Dave; 07-11-20 at 10:15 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave View Post
    You bet! Adding you now.
    Pretty sure I have your email, I'll send an Itinerary this evening.
    Make sure you get in and book at Polblue, that's the only place I'm worried about filling up...
    Thanks,
    Dave
    Thanks Dave, I booked the Polblue site.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ali View Post
    Thanks Dave, I booked the Polblue site.


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    Last edited by Dave; 08-11-20 at 08:17 PM.

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    Hi Dave, Mal and Kim are maybes. We’ll let you know next week. Can you please send us the itinerary?

    Thanks


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    Quote Originally Posted by MalWilson View Post
    Hi Dave, Mal and Kim are maybes. We’ll let you know next week. Can you please send us the itinerary?

    Thanks


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    Sure thing, added to maybes and sending next.

    Thanks,
    Dave

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