Overnight the temperature had dropped well below zero and there was frost on the ground and ice on the cars. The water in the camper pipes had also frozen. At 8:30 it was still -2. Once the sun hit it did warm up a bit and we headed off.
We climbed up the range weaving back and forth through the dense rainforest before popping out on the Gwydir Highway and heading towards Glenn Innes. After stretching the legs and grabbing lunch at the bakery we headed for Tenterfield.
The drive up the New England Highway is always enjoyable, particularly through the Granite Belt and Bushranger country.
From Tenterfield we headed out of town along the Mount Lindsay Highway stopping at Captain Thunderbolts Hide Out before pushing onto Basket Swamp for the night. Basket Swamp is a remote free camp on the edge of Basket Swamp national park. While the campsite is clean it is nothing more than an opening in the scrub.
Before leaving Basket Swamp we headed down to check out Basket Swamp Falls – a nice little drive and short walk. Once again this would be a great spot for summer with some nice rock pools to sit in.
From hear we followed the Mount Lindsay Highway back to Beaudesert. While the road leaves a bit to be desired it is and enjoyable drive with good scenery and sure beats sitting on the highway.