Overnight: Big Sky Caravan Park
Weather: Warm, sunny 24 degrees
We have been carefully watching the weather reports as separate weather systems in 3 states combine and created a major rain event in our area ‘central western plains’. We settled in for a 2nd night and waited for the rain to blow through to the coast. The same weather system dumped a load of snow in the Alpine region we have just left. We got our van out just in time. While it rained we visited the old Dubbo gaol, a good exhibit on a par with the Melbourne gaol.
We left Dubbo and stopped at Coonabarabran for coffee and excellent cake served with cream and a swirl of toffee sauce, it is my last treat. Margaret says there will be no more visits to cafes for coffee and cake while we are away as it is costing us $100 a week!
I just had to stop and photograph this sign as I am sure Robyn does not have it in her collection. We have seen several emus today but the image is not an emu, what is it and why the sign?
We parked the van at Narrabri then drove into Mount Kaputar National Park. The approach is across a flat plain. We stopped a couple of times to take photos.
I think Margaret got the best shot.
The most accessible feature is ‘Sawn rocks’ an easy 35klm drive and pleasant walk in past these huge boulders covered in moss and lichens.
A sign at the site says, Sawn Rocks is possibly the best example in Australia of organ piping. This cliff is the remains of a lava flow. Millions of years ago the molten lava cooled slowly and evenly enabling individual crystals to perfectly align. Weathering and plant roots forced vertical cracks between crystals to open resulting in rock falls that leave these vertical columns.