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Camp Cobark

Camp Cobark is an amazing farm surrounded by mountains that lays west of Gloucester, NSW, Australia. We drove passed this amazing land while on our way out the Barrington Tops and because of how beautiful it was, decided on the spot to spend a couple of nights there. Part of the experience of staying at Camp Cobark is that you are literally camping in the paddocks with the horses and cows. They roam freely around your tent or van and will not pass up being petted if your calm around them. We couldn't get enough of these beautiful animals and won't forget what it was like waking up each morning surrounded by them.

It was such a relaxing couple of days staying on the water, our site named 'slippery dip' because of the slide like rapids on our part of the river. We spent hours laying in the rapids and the fresh water pools, it was nice to just tune out and be in nature. I think we have definitely found ourselves a new favourite farm getaway. 

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Oregon

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As our time in Oregon was nearly over we picked a road to take us South, to the border and on to Yosemite National Park. We had a couple of days to get there so we took our time and explored every stream, hike and waterfall we could. It was so beautiful and so much fun getting our last taste of Oregon, what a spectacular place.

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Historic Columbia River Highway

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We were told by a friend we met in Colorado that the outskirts of Portland offered many amazing natural sights, including some awesome waterfalls and beautiful hikes. So after a few days cafe hopping in the city, we were keen to get back to the wild. Jumping in our camper van we set off along the Historic Columbia River Highway.

This has to be one of the most stunning highways we have been on, you only have to drive a few hundred metres before pulling over to see the next amazing sight. There are many waterfalls shooting out from the mountain ranges, but the most breathtaking is Multnomah Falls. The 189m high waterfall drops in two major steps and if you follow the walk way up beside the falls, you can cross a bridge which makes for an amazing view.

The Columbia River is the second largest river in North America and the area has so many fun activities available such as white water rafting, hiking, camping and exploring. It is definitely one of the most magical days we have had so far, just an amazing part of the world and we feel so blessed to have explored it.  

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Patonga

Every now and again you need some solo time. I decided to take some last week and head off to Patonga, NSW, Australia. Patonga has a beautiful campground, which falls on the edge of the beach and an inlet. Beautiful houses line the inlet, which locals can only access by boat.  This popular weekend getaway was very quite midweek, just a few campers and some very inquisitive ducks. It's funny how each campground has its animal ambassador, Wilsons Promontory has lots of wombats, Green Patch has lots of possums and Patonga has lots of duckies. They kept me company and ate my left overs, win win.    

Jess xx

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Mr Duck

Mr Duck

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Framping: Wollemi National Park

Living your dreams is one thing, but being able to share your dreams with the ones you love is something very special.

My buddy Kristie and I spent a couple of days framping (free camping) at Little Capertee campground, Newnes State Forest in Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia.

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This amazing heritage listed National Park is only a few hours from Sydney, but when you arrive you feel a million miles away. We drove into Little Capertee campground and were greeted by dramatic sandstone cliffs, which enclose the grassy camping spot. It truly was a spectacular sight, Mother Nature’s answer to an amphitheatre. A row of camp spots line the Wolgon River, which runs through the National Park, we parked the van and settled in for a fun weekend.

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While chatting to other campers one suggested a nearby walk, so we headed out to explore the tracks, tunnels and ovens of the historic shale oil ruins. This trek is amazing; there are rows of old round ovens that were built in 1907 and fragments of a factory that was once full of life. It was so interesting to see the mix of structure and nature. 

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Watch out for this guy, he bites!

Watch out for this guy, he bites!

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After a long walk there’s nothing better than taking a leisurely swim in a fresh water river, so happy that Capertee has just that, we spent hours relaxing in the cool waters of Wolgon River.

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Little Capertee campground provides the perfect setting for dinner; the towering cliffs and setting sun are truly a spectacular sight. With stargazing to finish off our last night, we went to bed feeling pretty content.

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Fresh lemon tea for dessert.

Fresh lemon tea for dessert.

Wollemi National Park has some of the best free camping I have stayed at, what an amazing place and we only covered a small part of it. I can’t wait to get back there and explore the rest.

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Thanks for the memories girl! 

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Hawkesbury River

While Jonny is in Byron Bay playing saxophone for Nick Saxon and the Elusive Few, I am riding solo, hiking around the Hawkesbury River, NSW.  (Hence the people free photos ;)

Jess xx

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