There is so much to see and do in Central NSW and caravanning is one of the best ways to take full advantage of it. Having the flexibility of a caravan in tow provides the benefit of not having to plan so much ahead, you are not committed to the length of your stay, you are able to enjoy the places you visit instead of being rushed off your feet. There is an increasing number of Aussies travelling Australia in caravans and camper vans, simply because it is cost effective, flexible and so much to explore. Here is what you must know before setting off on your Central NSW road trip.
Understand that things can go wrong
How many times have you made plans and things inevitably go wrong? The caravan park you wanted to stay at might be booked out. The weather forecast said it was warm and sunny, instead it’s windy and raining when you arrive. Your car or caravan may have suffered a mechanical problem and you need vehicle transport to get your car or caravan moved back home. Unforeseen circumstances can arise, be prepared and have backup plans in place.
Prepare to share your space
Being stuck together in a caravan no matter how big or small it is can really test your relationship, be prepared to share the space and communicate with each other if things are bothering you. Being stuck with someone within a confined space for a long period can make anyone irritable, try setting up a schedule or timetable so everyone is on the same page to reduce conflict.
Have a checklist of essential items
When travelling in a caravan, do not underestimate the importance of some of the items you must bring. Apart from choosing the right towing aid that suits your vehicle and the caravan you plan on towing, it is essential to create a comprehensive checklist of items you may need for your caravan trip. Start with wheel chocks, caravan jack, towing mirrors, fire extinguisher, spare tyres and recovery tracks.
Change your driving habits
Take extra care and have a lot of patience when towing a caravan, safety is a priority and with all that extra weight you are carrying, it’ll take longer to stop in an emergency. Leave sufficient room in front of you and make use of slow vehicle turnouts if necessary. Accept the fact that there will always be drivers out there racing to get to where they want to be and if cutting you off is what it takes then they will not hesitate. Keep a level head and take it easy on the roads, what matters is that you get to your destination safely.
Look into caravan parks
There are many caravan parks across the Central NSW region, ensure to plan your trip and book in advance, especially during peak periods and school holidays.
Cowra Van Park
Cowra Holiday Park
Reflections Holiday Parks Grabine Lakeside
Reflections Holiday Parks Wyangala Waters
Dubbo Discovery Parks
Dubbo City Holiday Park
Dubbo Midstate Caravan Park
BIG4 Forbes Holiday Park
Harden Caravan Park
Ingenia Holidays Mudgee
Mudgee Riverside Caravan & Tourist Park
Reflections Holiday Parks Cudgegong River
Canobolas Caravan Park
Colour City Caravan Park
Reflections Holiday Parks Lake Burrendong
Reflections Holiday Parks Mookerawa Waters
The Blue Mountains
Blackheath Glen Tourist Park
Jenolan Caravan Park
Katoomba Falls Tourist Park
Wellington Riverside Caravan Park
Central NSW is a unique region where you will find a wealth of history and experiences that would cater for everyone. Food and wine, culture, nature, heritage is just a few things to be found when you cross the Blue Mountains. The region is can be found two and a half hours drive from Sydney and includes areas of Blayney, Cowra, Mid Western, Cabonne, Bathurst, Forbes Orange, Lachlan and Wellington.
Things to see and do
Visit Capertee Valley
Capertee Valley is the world’s second largest canyon and is surrounded by the World Heritage listed wilderness of the Blue Mountains. Climb to the peak at Patoney’s Crown and be rewarded by an uninterrupted view of the gorgeous valley beneath, canyons that were shaped over millions of years and the abundance of flora and fauna carving the natural landscape.
See historic Blayney and surrounding villages
Blayney and the surrounding villages is situated in the Orange region of Central NSW, it provides a great opportunity to discover the Orange wine region best known for fresh produce and production of local wine. The surrounding villages include Carcoar, Barry, Mandurama, Lyndhurst and Neville where you can expect to experience colonial architecture and historic pubs serving fine country meals or simply enjoy the antique shops and galleries it offers.
Visit the grave of a bushranger
Australia’s first gold rush was discovered in the Central West, learn about the history and experience panning, prospecting and the Gold Trails. Visit the grave of infamous bushranger Ben Hall and the site of where he died in Forbes. He was responsible for Australia’s largest gold robbery, stealing 77 kilograms of gold.
Explore limestone caves
Take in the natural structures of limestone caves at Abercrombie Caves located near Bathurst and the Wellington Caves outside of Mudgee. Spend a night in a cave at Hatter’s Hideout and experience what it was like for bushranger Ben Hall who chose to hideout in a cave.
Experience picturesque Cowra
In Cowra you will find the Cowra Japanese Gardens classified by the National Trust as ‘A place of Significant Cultural, Architectural and Historic Significance.’ It is the largest in the southern hemisphere and was built because of the unique relationship between Cowra and Japan that began in 1944 when a thousand Japanese prisoners of war escaped from prison camp. Over two hundred Japanese soldiers died during the escape and were buried nearby, local members of the RSL tended their graves, and mutual respect grew over the years which led to the creation of the garden.
For more information on visiting Central NSW, visit https://www.visitnsw.com/destinations/country-nsw