We had decided in Canberra that we would break the next week and the long drive to Adelaide up a fair bit. From Canberra we headed to a town called Wagga Wagga, only 244km away, and set up camp for two nights. Jack has decided that he will be completing the long walk from John O’Groates to Land’s End with his friend when we get home and so in preparation we decided to go on a walk round Wagga. The Wiradjuri Walking Track runs around the outskirts of the town and along the Murrumbidgee river. Along the way we got a little lost, sun burnt and thirsty (1.5 litres of water was not enough!) but managed to complete a 28.48km circuit in 6 hours 24 minutes.
Once a year near Easter, the town of Camden puts on the Camden show. As it was taking place the weekend before we left we headed over on Saturday night to see what it was. It advertises itself as a country show and did have horses, poultry and vegetables on display. Unlike any of the country shows I’ve been to at home it had a huge funfair feel to it, with rides and games lining the walkways. We played on a few games and won a nice naff white gorilla with boxing gloves, who is now guarding our car. Jack went on a few of the rides with his cousin’s children before finding something to eat and watching the fireworks.
The big sport here on the East Coast is Rugby League. The NRL games began a couple of weeks ago, with everyone getting back into supporting their local teams. We had been watching the games at home but jumped at the chance to go and see a game at the local stadium. Last Monday we headed to the Campbelltown Stadium to watch the Round 2 game, where the West Tigers took on the St George-Illawarra Dragons. Having no loyalty to either team we decided to go for the West Tigers as it was their stadium and received Tiger flags on entry. Once into the stadium we headed to the seating and plonked ourselves in two seats near the try line. We had a great time watching the game live, cheering the Tigers on to victory (they beat the Dragons 22-4) although I am still trying to grasp the league rules, I had just got my head around union’s release rule for it now to be completely irrelevant. Unfortunately we probably won’t be able to go to another league game this season, as we are heading out of the state where nearly all the games are held and going west. Fingers crossed we will still be able to catch some of the games on the TV as we travel and maybe by the later rounds I’ll have settled on which team I will go for.
Having completed our long bushwalk in Katoomba we decided to see if there were any walks we could complete near where we are staying. We stumbled across this walk along a river bed in Camden, which is only a short drive away and spent a morning last week, walking along the track along with other walkers and runners. This walk definitely wasn’t as challenging as the one in the Blue Mountains but it was nice to be out doing some form of exercise, seeing as we returned home to our first Aussie BBQ. We are hoping to find some more walks to do before we leave New South Wales towards the end of the month, maybe find one with a bit more wildlife to spot.