Pine plantations also dominate the landscape on this trip. I know some of you commented that you are not keen on them when I posted a pine forest on the last trip. I personally find them quite majestic and see them as a farming crop, albeit a very long term one.
We're starting a new trip today. I am going to take you on another scenic drive beyond the mountains. This time from Oberon to Abercrombie River National Park and back again. The area has beautiful park like grazing properties.
It was a sparkling crisp day and the visibility was perfect.
Flat battery. With a sense of foreboding I dive into my bag knowing I hadn't charged the spare but tried it anyway. And I'd even left my camera phone in the car!! So sorry friends I have taken you all this way for you to see NOTHING. I will come back another day.
There are not many places on the road to pull over for photos but there are a few small picnic spots. The picnic spots all seem to have these mushroom-like tables and chairs and are at damp spots that are pretty and rainforest like.
The pine forests give way to natural eucalypt forest spread in a great expanse of wilderness which is pretty much as it was when white man arrived.
In a comment yesterday AB was wondering what the view to the west of the mountains would have looked like to the first white explorers. Their journals say it was a mix of grassland and forest. In doing a little research I found these rather interesting paintings done by one of the people in the party that crossed the mountains with Governor Macquarie on the road built over the mountains within two years of the first crossing.
The explorers in 1813 saw a vast expanse of forest and grass land stretching before them, rich enough to 'support the stock of the colony for the next thirty years.'. With views like this is it any wonder I love this drive.