After a midday rising we gathered our belongings, thanked our hosts (cheers C & L for the hospitality), repacked the caravan and made tracks out of Sydney suburbia towards the Blue Mountains.

After avoiding the toll roads on the way out we stumbled upon a Krispy Kreme and succumbed to purchasing an assortment of tasty doughnuts.

It was fairly slow going through the Blue Mountains to Katoomba along the Great Western Highway – not so much due to the steep inclines – but the consistent rain, slow cars and populated area speed limits. It took at least 2 hours to travel the 120 odd kilometres.

We stopped at Lithgow for some lunch and from here the road opened up an we made good progress to Bathurst, Orange, Wellington and finally Dubbo. We pulled into a familiar free camp area and chose to interpret the ‘no camping’ & ‘no caravan’ signs to mean along the waters edge.