Bingara to Mt Victoria 8hrVia Muswelbrook and Putty rd
Our back road journey took us past beautiful horse studs and mountains of coal. We attempted to find the Hunter Bell Cheese and yoghurts so we could see things being made, however after going round in circles a few times we gave up.
Stopping in Tamworth for the kids to see the big guitar (not really worth a photo) will be back at a later date to check out the best spots in this stretch.
Long stretches can get tedious however, window views can be equally as inspiring especially Putty rd, the stretch up the narrow, steep windy section Brought out my poet. See if you can guess what happened:
Together they enter the valley, swirling, whirling, sailing through the green walls. Whisper quiet in the flickering light, coasting skin close to the balancing angles kissing the earth. With no hesitation they enter the beast’s territory. Following the winding passion of the snake, urgently twisting as the thundering beast encroaches their sanity and safety. The startling intervening light does nothing to dull the threatening roar. With a blink we disappear out of danger and now twist and turn on the fumes of his rumble.
Huge Semi pushing us up the winding mountain at a speed that he probably shouldn’t even do on the flat…..
Um there is just about a big everything in this country I feel, Manilla NSW:
By the time we reached Mt Victoria at the top of the Blue Mountains it was dark, cold and raining but we were greeted by the warm open fireplaces of the Majestic Imperial Hotel. http://www.hotelimperial.com.au/
This Imperial is several leaps up from Bingara’s in terms of a grand period piece. We went for the Imperial Suite normally chosen by brides, purely for the experience and because the prices were so reasonable that we could(kids on a trundle bed). Spa was brilliant after a long drive.
A lot of this trip is hit and run, the idea is to get the best snapshot of the variability that the country has to offer, and locate the most promising areas for more thorough exploration at a later date. Capturing the essence of Australia essentially.