Southward Bound, Scarborough to Armidale – May 17, 2015

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Today we exited Brisbane and took the Ipswich Highway to the Warego Highway  on to our destination of Armidale in New South Wales, via Warwick, Stanthorpe and the New England Tableland.

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Ipswich City

The Warego Highway took us on a nostalgic drive through the areas of our youth where, in our Rural Youth Club days, we camped and socialised with the Muttapilly, Harrisville and Rosewood clubs – many a marriage resulted, as did our own.

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Muttapilly

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A little further on we caught our first glimpse of the Scenic Rim before climbing up and through Cunningham’s Gap and out onto the mightly Darling Downs.

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The Scenic Rim

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Coming off Cunningham’s Gap

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Darling Downs

As we neared Stanthorpe rain began falling – this trip has been plagued with rain.  Across the border and into New South Wales as we climbed onto the New England Tableland, it was apparent that the beautiful autumn leaves, which we so enjoyed just three weeks ago, have fallen and the tableland has readied itself for the starkness of winter.

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Tonight we rest in Armidale.

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