Namadgi National Park Dec06

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Namadgi National Park

More big things!!!  This one must rate as one of the best, in Robertson, home of Babe.

How good is this!  Big Potato or what?

How good is this! Big Potato or what?

And of course we made the turnoff to see the Big Merino…

Big Merino

Big Merino

We by-passed Canberra as we have been there many times, and decided to camp at Honeysuckle campground in Namadgi National Park.  We had to spend at least one night in the ACT!  Honeysuckle was actually a space tracking station until the 1980’s.  Little known fact:  Honeysuckle was the station that actually sent the most famous iconic first image of Neil Armstrong on the moon.  Apparently this is a point of contention between Parkes and Honeysuckle.  Not much left of it now, though…

All that's left of Honeysuckle Tracking Station was... a carpark?

All that’s left of Honeysuckle Tracking Station was… a carpark?

But there was some good information about man's first step on the moon

But there was some good information about man’s first step on the moon

Lovely campground.

Sack of spuds

Sack of spuds

Everyone else was cold...

Everyone else was cold…

Love the fire in the kitchen at Honeysuckle Campground

Love the fire in the kitchen at Honeysuckle Campground

Kai and Shae (in somewhat more sensible clothes)

Kai and Shae (in somewhat more sensible clothes)

No-one there except the kangaroos, wallabies and us.  I really loved the smell:  Eucalyptus and something else… honeysuckle?

Bush Wallaby

Bush Wallaby

Wotcha lookin' at?

Wotcha lookin’ at?

Kangaroo with Joey

Kangaroo with Joey

It was freezing cold and rained heavily all night.  Thankfully the tent repairs have worked and there were no leaks like Broome.  We lit a bonfire in the camp kitchen, then huddled around the laptop under the doona to watch the last episode of Star Wars :  Revenge of the Sith.

We awoke to bright blue skies and a brisk 5 degrees for breakfast.  Shae channelled Poppy with his latest cold weather camp gear…

Breakfast - it was cold...

Breakfast – it was cold…

It was a lovely drive down through Namadgi National Park to Adaminaby. It’s funny how I have driven down the Monaro Highway so many times and not realised that such beauty runs so close by. This unsealed road runs parallel to the Monaro highway through highlands and saddles up to 1500 m, with views to Mt Namadgi at 1780m (Mt Perisher is just under 2000m).

Love those alpine creeks and rivers

Love those alpine creeks and rivers

Bradshaw Hut

Bradshaw Hut