We just spent a wonderful weekend on the Central Tablelands area to the west of Sydney. Turon Gates, a private property that is dotted with numerous cabins and cottages, and a wonderful camping area was our destination.
We were intending to do some climbing and abseiling in the Blue Mountains over the weekend however my climbing partner was unable to make it.
We hadn’t been to Turon Gates for quite some time, so after TomO, our son, finished his Saturday sport at school we headed off in The Landy with the T-Van in tow.
I’ve often been asked where The Landy name comes from, well it is a Landrover Defender that we have rebuilt for long-range touring in Australia. The T-Van is a rugged camper trailer designed for travel in extreme places, and it does live up to its claim, we can attest to that!
And The Landy is no speed machine, which suits us perfectly, so it was a slow drive up and over the mountains and towards the wine growing area of Mudgee.
TomO wasted little time becoming acquainted with a group of kids who were there for the weekend and played a game of cricket while Janet, my partner, and I set up our camp. Mind you, that is a fairly quick affair as the The Landy is always in touring mode with everything stored inside, including a inflatable boat with a mercury outboard motor, and the T-Van is ready to sleep in with little set-up required.
The Turon River meanders through the property and it wasn’t long before TomO was in the water beckoning me to join, which I did. It was refreshing to say the least.
Janet spent time sitting on the river bank watching and speaking with another group of campers who we joined for a few drinks and a camp fire later…
I finally get to see your rig! Nice.
I have to admit that I am jealous. My Land Rover is still mostly stock, and my goal is to eventually convert into an overland vehicle. However, I have other priorities right now, and only so many dollars. Sigh! It’s tough to be patient.
Well, nothing wrong with stock standard. Our Red Defender 110 is basically a stock standard 1994 TDi200…
You’re always doing something fun Baz! Can I be you for a day?!?! Haha!!!
I’ve always been curious about your blog name! Your family is always taking such fun adventures. =]
…Baz “The Landy”…started off with my four-wheel drive mates.
The “Landy” is quite awesome I must say! Looks like a pretty campsite.
A beautiful spot, almost had it to ourselves!
What a fun vehicle!!! I’d love to have a ride like that- packed and always ready for an adventure!! 🙂
Just need more hours in a day, more days in a week!!!!