ACC Eastern Explorers - Canowindra Balloon Festival Tagalong (Apr)

From April 17, 2021 until May 02, 2021
Categories: Branch Musters, Club Trips
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Points of Interest

Saturday  17th April 2021





Kookaburra Camping Ground

98 Castlerag Road



phone 0429462473


Camps 9 #131 Page 136

29.34.26 S

151.88.44 E

Situated on the New England Highway between Tenterfield and Deepwater.  New facilities.

$20 per night

Members can arrive over the weekend for Departure on Monday.  If people are not attending the Balloon Festival they could come and enjoy the weekend with us before our departure.


Deepwater  small village in the Glenn Innes Highlands. The town has beautiful historical buildings including the historic railway station, antiques building, the theatre and the old bank building along the main highway.


Camp oven cook ups depending on fire bans.

Monday 19thApril 2021





Bingara Riverside Camp

Old Keera Road, Bingara, NSW 


Camps 9 #343 Page 149

Co-ords 29.51.45  S 1501.34.45 E

Primitive camping on the Gwydir River.  Camping is free.  There are no facilities.  Campers must be self-sufficient.  Take all rubbish with you and leave no trace.  No dumping of grey or black water.  Dump points are located in Bingara.  Pets permitted.

Myall Creek Memorial and the Myall Creek Massacre.  A single monument situated on the hill above where the massacre took place in 1838 where at least 28 Aboriginal men, women and children were murdered. Located on Reserve Creek Road Myall Creek.  

Bingara Historical Society Museum, 16 Maitland Street. Open 9.00am – 1.00pm Tuesday and Wednesday or by appointment.  Historical buildings, The Roxy Theatre (1936) , the Court House and lockup keeper’s residence (1879), The police station and residence (1882),  The Royal Mail Booking Office (1882), The Central Primary School (1899), St Mary’s Catholic Church ( 1906).  

Batterham Lookout, located on the outskirts of town just off Keera Road.

Copeton Dam, 55 km east of Bingara.  

Tuesday 20thApril 2021




Pilliga Artesian Bore Baths, 5389 Pilliga Road, 

$5 donation


Camps 9#369

Page 150


30.21.19 S

148.54.25 E



A primitive Campground with very basic facilities and no powered sites.  Camp fees payable on line at at the Narrabri Visitor Information Centre in person or over the phone on 1800 659 931.  Take all rubbish with you. Water is 37 degrees year round.  The bore is open all year round,  closed from 9.00am – 11am every Friday for cleaning.

En Route to Wee Waa - The Australian Telescope Compact Array at the Paul Wild Observatory used for radio astronomy operated by the CSIRO, located 25 kilometres west of Narrabri., 1828 Yarrie Lakes Road. The largest telescope in the Southern Hemisphere, it is open 8am – 5pm. 

Cuttabri Wine Shanti, an old slab-construction wine shanty build in 1882, second wine shop license in Australia.  Only one still operating.  Open weekends and most week days.

Pilliga Forest National Park, Pilliga Forest Discovery Centre and Sculptures in the Scrub (approx. 200km return).

Cobb and Co stop, hitching rail still outside shops.  


Thursday 22nd April 2021




Gulargambone Caravan park

17 Skuthorpe Street

02 6825 1666

$20 unpowered site

$25 powered site


Camps 9 #893

Page 180


31.19.51 S

148.28.12 E

Situated in a quiet street off the highway surrounded by Jacaranda trees and well kept gardens with a variety of flowers and plants.  Clean and tidy amenities and dog friendly.

Via Coonamble to admire the mural artwork of John Murray.  

Gilgandra – the beginning of the Co-ee March in 1915, the visitor information centre has artefacts from the march.

Bourbah Street Murals.

River walk.

John Oxley Memorial

Siding Springs Observatory, near Coonabarabran, open 10.00am – 4.00pm. 

Warrumbungle National Park with a range of walking trails, flora and fauna. (those without four legged friends).


24th April Saturday 2021




Spicer Caravan Park 

37A Albert Street,


02 68626162


$27 per night


33.13.14 S

148.17.99 E


Council owned park away from the Highway.  Shady sites, camp kitchen, clean amenities, BBQ area, dump point, pet friendly.

Via Gilgandra, Dubbo, Peak Hill

The Radio Telescope – The Dish 20 Km North of Parkes on the Newell Highway, admission free, open 7 days a week 8.30am – 4.15 pm.

The Henry Parkes Centre – on the Newell Highway. 

Memorial Hill on Bushman Street.

Kelly Reserve – cnr Newell Highway and Thomas Street.

Wiradjuri Amphitheatre – Wentworth Street.

Parkes Aviation Museum – at Parkes Airport.

Public Art Trail.

Anzac Day celebrations.

Tuesday 27thApril – 2ndMay 




Canowindra Showground 

Camps 9 #481

Page 156


33.33.09 S

148.40.10 E

Toilets, showers, drinking water and a dump point.  Powered sites will be very limited.  Dog friendly. Telstra and some other mobile receptions.

The ballooning capital of Australia. The famous Glow Event on Saturday 1st May. 


Cabonne Country – a rich rural shire in Central NSW. Located in Australia’s Food Basket, producing a spectacular variety of foods and wines, with endless amounts of bushranger history.


A 360 Million year old fish fossil found in the museum at Canowindra. 



Everyone to decide their next destination.