Wednesday, November 21, 2012
WATERFALL WAY, NO WATER TODAY
Anyway we headed north east to Armidale situated in the New England Tablelands in northern NSW. It is the centre of a lush pastoral area for cattle and sheep. However, it is more than that. It is an university town and it has a big multicultural society. The residents, 22,000, come from 53 different nationalities. There are many art galleries and museums as well as churches and parklands. It is a beautiful town.
We only stopped for morning coffee as we have stayed here a few times before and I wanted to travel along the Waterfall Way from Armidale over the Great Dividing Range towards the coast before nightfall. This drive has been on my bucket list for a few years.
The Great Dividing Range is a string of ranges stretching from northern Queensland all the way down the eastern side of Australia to Victoria.
Beautiful churches and gardens in Armidale
The drive through the mountains was lovely except that it hadn't rained for a long long time and the rivers and waterfalls were dried up or not running very much.
However, we still explored off the main road to check out where the falls are when it is wet. There should be two waterfalls above and the second highest ones in the state.
When I zoomed in , I could see this miserable pond at the bottom of where the falls should have been tumbling over.
So we drove on winding through the scenic country and pulled into another park and walked to the waterfall viewing area hoping to see water this time.
We were a lucky, there was a little water still running over the upper and lower Ebor Falls.
It was nice walk up to the upper falls. The weather was quite hot so we were pleased to have shade.
I would love to see these falls when the river is full.
There were many more falls to explore. We still had an hour or more to drive to Bellingen where we were staying the night, so we didn't stop again. I must return here in the wet season and spend a week exploring the waterfalls.