The journey home that takes twelve hours if you fang it, takes us three days. The aim is to avoid all traffic, so we woggle through the back blocks, often changing plans as we become intrigued by a road, or inveigled by a landscape. This time, coming back from Queensland we managed to insinuate our peaceful way parallel to busy roads, merely nudging the odd city in transit.

Here’s the pay dirt for this kind of travel.

Reflections for breakfast at Ashford

Dinner with wallabies at Coolah Tops

A feast of clouds and light leaving Coolah Tops

Contrasting buildings at Leadville

Spectacular rocks near Uardry

Cudgegong cemetery, with gravestones rescued from drowning in the Windermere Dam

A multi-purpose site near Crookwell

Karst country from the Abercrombie Caves campsite

And a vivid rosella joining us for breakfast, defying two stroppy young magpies.