Orange, NSW

Last year we heard about there being snow at Orange, NSW. So we decided to travel down and see if we were lucky enough to be there when it snowed. We found a nice 2 bedroom unit next to a pub that did meals and was fairly central. We wanted to go to Mount Canobolas and also head out to Ophir, where one of the first gold rushes were, so we could have a crack at panning.

On the first day we headed out to Mt Canobolas and parked near the top. It was quite nice at the car park, but the road to the top was closed due to ice on it. We rugged up and started to walk up. As we were walking we started to see ice/snow on the edges of the road which got us excited. A bit further on and we had snot running out of our noses it was that cold haha. There was icy snow everywhere and the kids loved playing in it. We had a rough attempt at making a snow man. This was the coldest place we had ever been to. It was very windy up top and it felt like there was clouds blowing past us. When the cold got too much, we started to descend and on our way back down the hill it actually started to snow! Very light snow but it was nice to close your eyes and feel it lightly land on your face.

The next day we headed out to Ophir, which is only a short drive out of Orange. It was a beautiful spot, nice and green with plenty of shady spots to stop and have lunch. There were heaps of little of tracks where you can go off and explore. Keep an eye out for people’s active mines, there should be signs that say ‘keep out active mining’ so you shouldn’t have any issues.

We had a crack at panning and found lots of iron stone and a few specks of gold but nothing to write home about. The kids just like playing in the dirt and exploring, throwing rocks into the water and all of us just being together.

Good times ūüôā Mitch

 

The Inland Cafe, Tamworth

G’day guys another post from us and I’d like to let everyone know about a Cafe we went to in Tamworth, NSW recently.¬† The Inland Cafe is situated at 407 Peel St Tamworth.¬† It is owned and operated by two sisters who are fantastic! This place is amazeballs for families. They have 3 sitting areas, their staff are helpful, and the food is beautiful! Click HERE to view their Facebook page and give them a like! Or even better next time your in Tamworth go and have a feed!

Getting sick while camping

So yesterday our little boy fell off a monkey bar type thing and I heard that sound when he landed that was different to all the other falls. The cry he let out told us straight away that this was different!
We are camping at Tamworth while the patrol was at ARB getting a lot of work done, so the last few days we had been walking everywhere.

We decided to have a counter lunch as it was midday and we were standing out the front when Levi and Milli started to play on these bars,¬† I was on the phone to ARB at the time trying to organise a loaner as ARB needed the patrol for the rest of the day and the start of Thursday.¬† That’s when it happened.¬† I heard that ‘sickening thud’ and picked him up, he was holding his arm and I knew it had to be broken.¬† He calmed down after a little while and had been bugging us to eat before he fell. We asked him whether he wanted lunch before going to Hospital and he agreed to lunch as he was starving.¬† The poor little bugger struggled to eat,¬† so I scoffed mine down and went to get the loaner.

We arrived at the ED at 1300 and were given a bed straightaway.  Pain relief came but took a while to get it under control.  Had some x-rays fairly quick as well.  At 1930 the orthopaedic surgeon finally came and he was admitted at 2030.
So I did the mad rush back to camp and got some things and tag teamed Mel with Charli and Milli.
The surgeon told us Levi should be first cab of the rank in the morning.  After a very sleepless night in the ward we were up and ready at 0700, the surgeon came in at 0800 and said that Levi is being pushed back due to two emergency c-sections, an appendicitis and another fracture similar to his.

At 1730 this afternoon the nurses came to wheel him into theatres. 27 hours after we arrived at hospital. Sometimes I don’t get why it takes so, it is probably just me being a worried parent, we could have driven to Sydney! And the thought did cross my mind.
Anyway I realise they get busy but this is a big city and we were at a major trauma hospital!
Anyway rant over and he was being seen to!
Update – Levi has come out and has a huge cast on. Doing well but was struggling with the weight of the cast on his arm. After two days though you wouldn’t even know he had hurt himself. Already overcoming most activities of daily living with one arm. He is a pretty tough 6 yr old I reckon.

Nindigully Pub, QLD

How good is the Nindigully pub?! The Nindigully pub is Queensland‚Äôs oldest hotel, located 500kms west of Brisbane¬†on the banks of the Moonie River.¬†The best thing¬†about this place is¬†the fact you can camp for FREE! Mel and I have camped here numerous times as it’s one of the closest locations to Lightning Ridge that offers toilets, showers ,firepits, a pub and fishing.

There are plenty of shaded trees to camp near, they also have placed table and chairs along the river bank with fire pits and a concrete walkway that leads to the pub.

Fishing has been a bit rough the times we have been there. We have only ever caught carp, a pest that has to be destroyed and not put back in the river but is easy to catch. The kids love it, this is where they first started to learn how to cast a fishing rod.

During the hotter months it is quieter but the beer tastes alot better. The cooler months see a heap of grey nomads and people like us.

The toilet and shower facilities are ok. There is a toilet block at the top of the camp area, but you’ll need to make sure you take some extra toilet paper just in case. The showers are behind the pub and are basic, but allow you to freshen up. Just a tip, it is better to go in the morning¬†and definitely¬†before the afternoon rush, that way you don’t have to walk past all the patrons having a coldie.

The outdoor area at the pub is awesome and has a large grassed area with a half a dozen sheltered areas. There is a small play area with swings and a cubby for the kids. Inside the pub is just what you’d expect from an iconic outback pub. There are old hats and memorabilia hanging around and the staff are mainly backpackers.
The meals are ok and priced accordingly. They have some of the biggest burgers in Australia, One named “The Roadtrain” gives you a bit of an idea. I mean, the bun is around two inches thick it would definitely feed a family of 5 easy. The buns are supplied by the one and only ‘St George Bakery’ (A great pit stop to feed your face, my fav is the assortment of pies).

First blog post!

So this is my first ever blog post. I am not pretending to be an excellent writer, or blogger or journalist because i’m not. Just having a go.

My name is Mitch McCabe and the most important thing in my life are my wife and kids!  We love to travel, 4wd, camp, fish, hunt, boating and all things outdoors!

Our travels started off with a humble beginning when we walked into Rays Outdoors and spent $2000! We purchased a tent, sleeping bags and cheap cooking stuff. Now there’s nothing wrong with buying cheaper stuff as long as it performs the job.

We have both always enjoyed anything outdoors from an early age. The first McCabe Mob, (my Mum and Dad and two younger brothers) use to go camping at South West Rocks for the summer school holidays. As we enjoyed camping and the outdoors, we kept investing and upgrading.¬† Loving the outdoors is an investment. As a family of five we are investing in our children’s life, their experiences, their future!¬† You can spend very little or a tonne of cash on life experiences!¬† We are in between I guess.

We have a standard 2013 patrol with snorkel and full ARB alloy roof cage. We went with the alloy because you can carry more in the roof. We have a camper trailer and it has done around 20000kms now, including a trip to Fraser Island, up and down the Mid North Coast of Nsw and Outback Queensland.
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Here is a picture of the camper at Swr at Xmas with my mum,  bro,  and pop.

We have big plans in the pipe line with the patrol,  like getting a 2 inch lift, duel battery system,  steel Bullbar and winch,  and some other little mod cons on the inside.
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Here is a pic of the patrol beside both of my younger brothers rigs.

So there is a little bit of info to get this blog started.¬† I’ll be trying to check in with new comments and stories see where this ends up!¬†By the way, Mel has input too, she finds all my grammar, spelling¬†and puncuation punctuation mistakes (hahaha) I’ll see how long it takes her to find that.¬† Mitch

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