When we first arrived in Dubbo, we knew we would be spending more than one night there so booked a room at one of the many, many motels for two nights.
It is easy to spend a full day at the zoo and we knew that we would do that and be quite exhausted at the end of it all. Having learned our mistake from a previous visit in which we spent all day at the zoo, got very sunburned and then drove another 100 kilometres or so afterwards to collapse in exhaustion that night, we knew better this time around.
The Garden Gnome and I had taken the older children to the Old Dubbo Gaol several years previously but we had never taken our youngest (the now Tween) and we thought she may enjoy it.
The Old Dubbo Gaol is one of the oldest gaols (jails) in Australia and the conditions there were quite horrific. As our time for the day was limited we chose to do a self guided tour.
The buildings have been restored and many are filled with animatronics and holographic displays. Our little girl really enjoyed the experience. She particularly enjoyed locking her parents in an old cell. None of us liked the solitary confinement room especially since one ‘funny’ fellow hid in one of the corners and scared every kid who walked into the room. I suggested that my family might like to leave me in the padded cell next door but they chose to take me with them.
However, I suggested that I leave the Garden Gnome here…..
…. but he didn’t share my enthusiasm.
Once we left the gaol, we drove into town and found a museum and cultural centre that we spent a little time looking through. I am lucky that the man I have chosen to spend my life with has similar interests to me in a lot of things.
I was intrigued by these flowers outside the cultural centre and to this day I still don’t know what they are. If anyone can enlighten me I would be very grateful.
We had spent some time in discussion the night before about which route we were going to take home (as we were on the homeward stretch by now). I suggested we add another couple of days to our trip and visit Lightning Ridge as none of us had ever been there before. So after lunch, we headed in that general direction passing through many small farming and cattle communities.
The majority of the photos taken on the trip toward Lightning Ridge were through the window of a moving car so they aren’t the best quality but give you some idea of the diversity of the Australian landscape. I love to take photos and the Garden Gnome is generally pretty good about stopping if I ask him to however since we were trying to make Lightning Ridge by dark, I chose to keep quiet and just shoot from the car as we went.
So far on this trip, we had visited coastal towns and communities, the Blue Mountains and inland cities but now were were truly in the western parts of the country. (Although I have travelled through some of the desert parts of the Australia before I don’t have photos. Planning a future trip to these though).
I’ve put the rest of the photos of this day into a gallery for you.
Next week, we are nearing the end of this road trip and will be in Lightning Ridge. I loved LR and hope to go back one day to photograph it in more detail.
That’s it for this week’s stop.
Have a blessed day. 🙂