I was up early, a slight frost, the fog was resonably thick so we delayed our departure to about 10.00am. What a glorious day, not too hot but just a delight to be on the road heading north. Four days from Melbourne and already we can see the difference from winter in Tassie although the nights are probably colder.
A quick stop to check out an old open cut mine at Peak Hill, mainly to just break up the drive and stretch the legs.
We arrived at a CMCA “Member Stop Over”, an area set aside by a fellow CMCA member on their property, on the outskirts of Dubbo and were all set up and ready for lunch by 12.30pm. It was very noticable how dry it is in Dubbo, hardly any green grass and a lots of dusty marks where there had been a bit of traffic.
We have driven through Dubbo many times but had never stopped. This time we just had to get a 2 day pass for the Dubbo Zoo. Driving around the 6km loop around the zoo, all you need to do is park up, get out and check out each section.
The first stop we observed hyenas getting fed, man talk about pack mentality, I am sure I wouldn’t want to step into their enclosure.
A little bit of luck is needed at times as the enclosures are quite large, sometimes the animals are towards the back, sometimes they blend in with their enviroment. The breeding programs seem to be working as there are a few juvenile animals running around with their mothers.
A two day pass is part of the admission, but there is an extra fee to go on a safari into an enclosure. We did enjoy the up close encounter from an open sided bus.
You can even stay overnight, we didn’t choose this option but it would be an awesome experience trying to sleep with a lion or tiger roaring in the dead of night.
To finish off the afternoon we had a quick look around the Japanese Gardens. It was nice but nothing to rave about, although the water was full of some super sized goldfish (carp).
We are heading to Binnaway tommorow, a fellow camper has recommended it to us. We will have to wait and see.