Gwydir River to Copeton

Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 20:00

Member - Chooky and Wobble

We stayed on the bank of the Gwydir River until after lunch then headed off to Copeton Dam. The road was windy and hilly but the surface was good bitumen. The scenery changed one again as we gained height. Coming down the other side the road twisted and turned and we started to get glimpses of the dam. This scenery in this area was very good and we made our way down toward the dam. On the way we could see some smoke between us and the lake and we passed a track marked off with red and white tape, indicating the way in for the fire service. A bit further along we passed what appeared to be an RFS radio repeater trailer.
We continued on and came to the Copeton Waters State Park entrance and after having a look around decided to stay for a few nights. The Park is very well maintained and has both powered and non-powered caravan and camping sites as well as cabins. There is a shop and café with a children’s playground and water play area. We chose to stay at the powered sites furthest from the office and cabins. This area has showers, toilets and a laundry but the water is direct from the lake whereas the main area has treated water. The facilities were in very good condition and very clean. The other interesting thing about this park is that it allows dogs but they must be under control at all times and of course you have to clean up after them. Our little dachshund dog is in heaven he sits on the edge of the ground mat and watches the birds and Kangaroos all just out of reach. Interestingly he just watches the kangaroos but would like to chase the birds like he does at home.
Later on the 27th we were treated to the site of the single engine fixed wing water bombers doing what they do best on the fire. They were fitted with floats and refilled at a high speed rate whilst moving along the water then they would take off and drop a load on the fire then return.
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