Winter Road trip 6000km in 14 Days

At the suns first kiss the skies ignite and we make our move from Dayboro Queensland

Settling into our seats, greeted like a warm embrace (seat warmer button on) as the crisp new car smell fills our nostrils. Picked up the Toyota Land Cruiser Sahara LC200 Twin Turbo Diesel (and some extras under the hood)  just the day before, leaving trust fully in the hands of Toyota’s quality control.

Toyota Landcruiser 2012 Sahara
Toyota Landcruiser 2012 Sahara

I soon discovered the small pleasure of a Toyota diesel turbo as a grin involuntarily appears on my partners face every time we pull out to overtake, and the hills leading to Toowoomba drop away like desert plains as the purr of the engine takes hold. 

Oh, and we didn’t take the kids just a few hands and feet

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Point of interest 1 sculpture garden

Ceramic Break Sculpture Park just before Bingara NSW: the sculpture gardens felt like a bit of a hidden treasure, as the soft raindrops melted on contact. The air crisp as the sun hangs low, we take the entrance walk to the galleries flanked by unique sculptures. Both eye opening and thought provoking with their political statements and hidden meanings expressed in such beautiful form.

Sculpture Park


Sculpture Park3

The Galleries held some fantastic works of art as well as Dinosaur bones, however the sculpture walk that continued into the hills beyond were of more interest to me. Artworks hidden and nestled in nature, I only wish the rain and daylight had held off more, as good shots were made impossible this time round. 

Keep an eye out for the friendly Ostriches, also residents of the park.


Accommodation: Imperial Hotel built by Michael Doyle in 1879
Bingara is a Gem on the Gwydir River, nestled in National Parks.  It is a place that shines with opportunity and offers a warm welcome despite the crisp winter weather. Having grown up in a small country town with the standard pub on every corner, I chose a quintessential old pub for our first night. Renovated adequately but still with the old world charm.

Imperial Hotel Bingara
Imperial Hotel Bingara

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