When the Hume Highway bypassed Gunning, it started to slowly go downhill and only a few shops remained opened in the small hamlet. However Gunning refuses to die and over the past few years a variety of new shops and cafes have opened and revived the village.
We drove onto Moss Vale and camped at the showground. It feels like we are almost home, but as we never seem to have time to see the highlands, we are staying overnight to have a look around.
In the morning we got up early and went to the opening of the Bowral Tulip Festival. There were some stunning groups of colourful flowers, all in full bloom, with strong primary colours dominating the displays. The displays contrasted with the beautiful subtle displays at the Cowra Japanese Gardens.
We then hit the road and arrived home in the afternoon. The house sitters had done a great job in looking after Nicky and the yard and we were very appreciative of the work they had done.
What a great trip - we saw so much contrast on our journey - from the lush tropical jungles of North Queensland to the dry deserts of central Queensland and the rich farm lands of western NSW.