Southern Trek with Hazel & Ron travel blog

Main street in Morpeth

Bridge over the river

Hotel Coopernook

The river at Coopernook before dinner

The river at Coopernook after dinner

1/12/2018. Saturday. Hot and sunny

Singleton to Coopernook

The annual Singleton Market was held today at the Showgrounds, so we were woken about 6.15 with people driving in and setting up their stalls. It was nice though to have the market come to us! This is the third year of the market, and all the stalls sold good quality craft, food and plants. We had a good look around, made a few purchases and left at 10am. We saw and drove alongside a coal train with innumerable carriages - we couldn’t count them, but it was long!

As we were bypassing Maitland town centre we saw a sign to Morpeth, and Hazel and Ron said via the 2 way that they’d been there many years ago and it was a beautiful little town - so we detoured and went there and weren’t disappointed. There were lovely old buildings - shops, accommodation, churches, pubs - plus a river and old bridge along one side of the main street, and lots of people as it was a Trash and Treasure day, but although we spent over an hour and a half wandering around, we didn’t find that. It was very hot, and we had some lunch back at the caravan sitting in the shade of trees with a gentle breeze cooling us down. This is one little town to put on your ‘to do’ list.

Where will we stay tonight? As we were driving along, Hazel and I checked the Camps book and I checked WikiCamps, and we chose Coopernook, which turned out to be a great choice. The freecamp is behind the pub which is on the river. We had dinner at the pub and then were ready for an early night. Ian was getting quite tired as the afternoon wore on and was thankful to stop at 3.30pm - I think it’s the heat, plus we were woken very early this morning. A local Holden Car Club had dinner at the pub and the poor ladies on staff were run off their feet and we did feel sorry for them. Some lovely old cars, a couple like we’ve owned in the past - EH Holden and a Torana. Memories!

We mostly drove on highways today, and Pacific Highway 1 in the afternoon. It’s not as picturesque as some of the back roads and lesser highways, but a good road with trees and forest both sides.

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