We left here on Thursday around 2pm and headed up to Ferndale Park. We arrived around 4:30pm and started setting up. Took us around 1.5hrs to have everything set up as Amanda couldn't get the tent pegs in even with the mallet.. Which was a bugger for me as the constant getting up and down for all the pegs made me pull my Hamstring and not finish till it was dark.
We put up our bug mesh for first time use and i have to say it worked rather well although it does need more clips to hold it on. However it didn't really feel right not having bugs etc fly around you at night.. Made me feel like i was sitting inside.
We made a pizza up and cooked it in our little bbq which was brilliant, had a beverage or 2 and hit the sack.
The first night we were freezing as we opened up the sleeping bags and over lapped them using them as a doona. So in the middle of the night we did them up as they should be used and were toasty warm.. needless to say we did not make that mistake again.
The next morning we were up around 6am and went for a walk down to the river then drove up to Chichester Dam to phone the parents to let them know we arrived safely and to have a look at the Dam itself. The pay phone is the oldest phone i have seen in years.. I believe it is in a Telecom phone booth and is one of the old orange phones.. Well it didn't work.. so we headed on down to the Dam but had to park half way down the road as they were spraying weeds. 2 Fighter jets flew over head which we had happen at Mungo as well. I assume they are from the Newcastle Base. We were the only people at the Dam and the only noise we could hear was that of the birds and the water coming from the Dam.
We headed into Dungog and found a payphone to call home and then looked around Dungog itself. It is an old town and it shows in the buildings that are there and is really worth a visit if you like that sort of thing like i do.
The reason we used a pay phone is that Vodafone does not get any reception out there even in Dungog. We didn't get reception till we got into Maitland on the trip home. But we wern't complaining.
We headed back towards camp and decided to take a look at Jerusalem Falls which was only a short walk from the parking area but wasn't really a "falls" as such as it hadn't rained enough. Still had a little bit of water running off it though. Then we continued along to look at the Tellegherry campsite which is around 15 minutes further along the dirt road. There was only 2 people there sharing a tent and seems like a nice out of the way spot. NOTE: You have to make a water crossing to get to the camp grounds.
Heading out of the camp grounds at Tellegherry.
We eventually got a fire going that night and tried to cook up some snacks in it. We had some tortillas and put chocolate and stuff inside them wrapped them up put them in foil and put them in the fire.. They turned out to be a complete disaster and were burnt.. which was a bummer because i was looking forward to them!.. So next time i won't cook them so long.
On Saturday we headed up to Williams River through Salisbury to do the 3.5km loop bush walk. It is a nice drive out there taking around 40 minutes. Amanda saw a snake on the road while we were driving ( I didn't see it so i don't think it counts
) and scared a Kangaroo which was feeding on the side of the road and decided to jump out infront of us.. It was almost Black and have never seen one that dark before. The amount of Monster tree's and rivers, creeks and pools was amazing. The water was Crystal clear and was quite inviting but bloody cold.
We headed into Dungog again to get some bread.. Long drive for Bread.. but it gave us something to do which didn't involve aggravating the hamstring anymore. So may nice places along Chichester Dam Road which are worth a stop.
On our last night we got another fire going.. This one the better of the 2 and just sat looking at the stars and enjoying a nice drink to the crackle of the fire.
Sunday morning we filled up on Bacon and eggs packed everything up and made the journey home.. But in no rush..
Could quite easily live out in that area.. So now i'm ready for the next trip!.. Better start planing as i have the Camping Bug again!