We packed up and left the showgrounds at Kyogle and headed of towards Glen Innes.
We’d heard of a number of free camping spots any one of which would be acceptable to stay in. We passed through Casino stopping only for a short look around before heading off on the Bruxner Highway towards Tenterfield.
After a couple of hours parked up in the little village of Tabulam, due to the ancient single lane bridge over the Clarence River being repaired, we drove through to the town of Drake. From here the Nissan was forced to work pretty hard for the rest of the day as the road was very steep and winding as we headed ever upward over and through the Girard State Forest.
Finally, after what seemed like a long and quite intensive day’s driving we pulled up into a little free camping are beside a beautiful, peaceful creek called Beardy Waters.
We were the only caravan there although a truck pulled in during the night. It was delightful sitting by the creek watching the stormy clouds swirl around in the distance interspersed with bright sunshine and the occasional spectacular rainbow. Apart from the occasional car or truck passing on the nearby highway it was a wonderfully peaceful evening and nice and cool as well. I slept for a solid 8 hours and then went back to sleep for another 2 – totally unlike me.