Scone is on the main road between Tamworth and Newcastle and driving was easy there on wide streets overland and in Scone as well and it was also quite easy to find a space to park my car.
My only problem was the heat inside my car, when I came back, but I had Aircondition in my rental car, so that was a great help and maybe you also make sure to get an AC in your rental car, when driving around through Australia.
It is the best option to drive to Uralla by your own car or rental car. You will find a lot of parking-spaces next to the mainroad and all of them are free of charge.
Park your car next to the monument of Captain Thunderbolt and you will be able to reach all sights of interest easly by a short walk, except the cemetery and the Military museum.
The easiest way to get to Nan Tien Temple is certainly by car, because it is not far from the main highway Nr1. You can drive through a large gate and park your car inside the wide park around the temple. Parking your car is free of charge and the gates are obviously open all day long.
Visitors are welcome and are allowed to enter almost all parts of the temple.
The gate in my pictures here is just the back-entrance, the main entrance is a lot more impressive and also more beautiful, but I was not able to make any pics there, while driving and there was also no place to stop for a moment to take a photo.
Going to the HARS-museum by car is the very best option, because that airfield with the HARS-museum is next to the highway Nr. 1 when you are driving south from Wollongong.
You can click here for a map of the area !
You will find easy car-parking-spaces there free of charge, next to the entrance of the museum !
When you have a car it is very convenient to get to Werris Creek. You will find a lot of parking-spaces around the train-station and also in the village. The only problem might be that all of them are - with a very few exceptions - in the open sun, a fact that was already a big problem at the end of November, that is the beginning of spring in the southern hemisphere.
The village is divided by the trainline, but cars can go there as well and pedestrians will find a bridge to walk there from the town-centre.
Yes, Werris Creek is still a train-station where people can take the train from and to ! That sounds strange for europeans, but in Australia a lot of stations will be deserted nowadays and used only for cargo-trains, while passenger trains will just pass through without stopping.
b.t.w: the train in my main picture is out of service now and shown in front of the station and in the station you will also find a very good museum about the history of trains in Australia.
You need a car in order to get to Gravesend and you will find it along the road Nr. 38 between Moree and Varialda.
Cardrivers will first see that funny head-skull reminding them of speeding down while driving through Gravesend - and I would say that already the name of that tiny village would be a good reason to think over your travel-speed.
Just about 200 meters after that sign you will see a policeman watching the cartrafic out of the window of a house. I saw it right away and thought it might be just a poster fixed to the window, so I drove back and, yes, of course its just a printed policeman - or rather a police-woman !
There used to be a trainline once to Canowindra, but grass was growing over the rails and the former trainstation was turned into a museum, so the car is your best choice to get to Canowindra !
I rented a so-called "Spacecamper"
it was a funny experience with some disadvantages of that car:
1) NO moskito-nets at the windows, although their brochures told me something like that in advance. The only part of the car that has moscito-nets is the extra "Rucksack" that you can fix at the rear of the car to gain some extra-space. BUT what is the sense of these nets, when at the same time there is enough space for moscitoes to find a way between the cloth and the car to slip in ?
2) large windows around the car plus 2 large windows on top are a kind of craziness in a hot climate like there: while driving you might have an AC, as soon as you stand you live like in an oven, much too hot to sleep there inside. At around 03.00am it cooles down a bit. Open the windows and you will have the moscitoes inside, keep the windows closed and you cannot sleep because of the heat.
The best I can say about this car is : the price is about half of the amount you have to calculate for a real motorhome: I payed 950 Euros for 14 days, an ALL-inclusive Insurance included !
Unfortunately you cannot go to every town in Australia by train, even when maybe cargo-trains are going there. But in Harden / Murrumburrah I found a real train-station also for passengers, so I am quite sure that passenger-trains will go there as well from time to time.
That trainstation is just a few steps away from the town-centre and all the hotels and sights that I mention here in this page !
To get to Harden / Murrumburrah is certainly very easy, when you have a car or motorhome.
You will find wide streets to park your car - free of charge - you simply have to be carefull, where to park and HOW to park !
Yes, it is in fact very important to park your car exactely the way THEY want to have it like:
in an anngle of 45 degrees, rear to the back etc.
In my main picture here you will find such a carparking-area in Harden / Murrumburrah: all of the left side of the street up to the white line is for parking, BUT mostly just a tiny bit of it will be used and the largest parts have to stay free !
Tooraweenah is just a little side-step of 4km off the main road between Gilgandra and Coonabarabran.Once you are there you will find plenty of places to park your car and walk around a bit. Be prepared of lots of flies and also some mozzies. 30 minutes will be enough for this tiny village to explore the best of the old buildings.
Dungog has its own trainstation and it is also ment for the transport of people - a fact that is unfortunately not always that way in Australia, where many of the big train-tracks are for the transportation of goods only.
I saw this train coming in, stopping and people left the train - BUT dont expect trains to be running all day long !
It seems to be this train-line !
Driving to Dungog in your own car is certainly the best and most easy way, although the train is a good option as well !
You will find a lot of wide car-parking-areas along all the streets through Dungog, this village is also called RV-friendly city, because they provide also some extra-long parking-spaces for cars with campingtrailers and large Recreation Vehicles (that place is next to the train-station)
Unfortunately none of the parking-spaces are totally flat, so there is no good place to spend the night in a campervan there - that is much better in Stroud !
You need a car to get to Stroud and you need a lot of patience as well, as the roads are narrow and mostly in bad condition, but I think it was really worth going there.
I had a camper-car, quite a simple motorhome, like shown in my 2nd picture and I payed 950 Euros for it for 14 days unlimited driving and including the best insurance with every kind of damage inluded in that price.
Still, I would not recommend to hire this type of car, as they dont even have moscito-nets for any of their windows and many things that look good in the first moment are not very practical when driving around. One of these things was cooking: it works best when you have the door open and a small table attached to the car: looks good, BUT at the end the car is full of mossies...
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Trains in Australia are mostly used for transportation of goods and passangers-trains are not existing on most of the side-lines. So the bus is your only option of public transport to Forbes and one of the bus-stations for overland-buses is in front of the tourist-information of Forbes, see it in my picture, it is also the former train-station of Forbes that is used as a shop and tourist-information nowadays.This station was opened in 1893 and went out of service in 1980.
Below you will have a link to the web-site of the bus-company !
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