Wisemans Ferry

Wisemans Ferry (Credit Suburban Bloke Flickr)

Explore the scenic views over the grapevines and get a taste of authentic rural Australia on the Safala Safari. You’ll start from Gosford, then onto Safala and Hill End and back through the stunning Upper Hunter wine country. This is a great seven day trip with a number of free camps and interesting things to do every day. Even better with friends or family in a convoy of Ausventure Motorhomes!

Day 1: With keys to your modern four berth AusVenture motor home in hand, you head off through Mangrove Mountain passing a mix of small rural holdings and working properties which include orange plantations. Cross the Wisemens Ferry River on the free ferry and spend an afternoon exploring this quaint and iconic little Australian town. An opportunity to stock up on groceries, and a beautiful place to free camp, so pick your spot, put out the awning and camp chairs, crack a beer or pop a cork, relax in the afternoon sun and spend the night.

Day 2: After a leisurely breakfast your ready to head out again, towards Windsor and Richmond through scenic working properties and rural residences. Windsor is a town that played a huge role in the early development of the colony and the first inland route north. Head on through Richmond and up the Bell Line Road over the Blue Mountains West. This is Apple growing country so you’ll want to stock up on their delicious apples at a roadside stand.

Off to the west and down the mountain into the historic mining town of Lithgow. From Lithgow you can either go west to Bathurst, or north to Ilford, a route that provides several views of the Great Dividing Range and Wollemi National Park. Sofala is 30 KMs south west and a good place to stop for the night. A profitable evening can be spent meeting locals in the stores and pub and sourcing sites to fossick the next day.

Sofala Tourist Drive

Sofala Tourist Drive (Credit Steve Olive Photography)

Day 3: Hill End is 30 Kms from Sofala so if you want to fossick for gold both spots are plausible sites. Both towns are interesting Gold Rush sites rich in stories of wealth found and lost. They can provide insights into an era in Australian history that changed the make up of the colonies economy. You might well spend the third night at Hill end. Up the road a bit is the village of Hargraves, named after the man who first discovered gold in Australa.

Day 4: Continue on to Mudgee, famous for its wineries, honey and kangaroo invasions during times of drought. Visit wineries, Museums, and perhaps a nice restaurant for Tea, and stay overnight in their caravan park to empty toilets, grey water, fill fresh water and have a nice shower. A nice RSL or Leagues Club dinner is a great way to savor the life in an Aussie country town.

Day 5: Travel through working sheep and farming properties, possibly through the town of Gulgong, or even Dunedoo, where the railroad ended at one time. And on down the Golden Highway and stop overnight at Sandy Hollow.

Day 6: Explore wineries in the Upper Hunter and free camp in the park at Broke. The store there often has good buys on local wine, and sometimes you find some real bargains. Be sure to pick up some fire wood and have a campfire in the evening to tell stories around.

Bathurst Tourist Drive

Bathurst Tourist Drive (Credit Steve Olive Photography)

Day 7: You have time to explore more wineries in the morning, before heading down the valley for lunch at the pub at Wollombi. The town is filled with motor cyclists on a Sunday who like the trip up the Great Northern road. After lunch, meander around the town before heading back to Mangrove Mountain and back to Gosford.

It’s a great tour into country Australia and you’ll have memories to cherish, unless of course you hit pay dirt at Hill End and suspend the rest of the trip to fill your AusVenture Motorhome with gold nuggets!!!