It’s a long way to the top, Day 105 – Working Warbirds

Day 105 Wednesday 17th Sept 2014 Sutton Forest to Temora

We’re up and off early and thankful of the Jeep’s heated seats. On the Hume Highway, Goulburn is cold, windy and 11 degrees. It’s interesting to note that English tradition decreed that only cities were to have cathedrals so when St Saviour Cathedral was built in the fledgling town of Goulburn, Queen Victoria had to declare Goulburn a city!

The landscape is once again green rolling pastures and golden wattle. Beyond Yass we turn off onto Highway B94 the Burley Griffin Way and wind westward through hills and fields of bright yellow canola. There are the wheat towns of Harden / Murrumburrah and Stockinbingal and the larger Temora.

We prop at the Temora Airport Caravan Park. It is in the airport grounds with good amenities, grassy sites with power and water and uniquely a view of the airstrip. You see this town has focussed on airplane tourism. They have sold off chunks of airport land as house and hangar packages to owners of airplanes. We visit the Temora Aircraft Museum which is only a short walk from the caravan park. There is a large collection of old war birds and all are in working condition. The town has regular air shows when the planes are flown. Lucky for Double or Nuthin’ they have a spitfire the same as the one his father flew in the Battle of Britain, even painted in the colours of his squadron.

Temora aircraft museum
The little grey spitfire (back right) from our old mate’s squadron

Although it is sunny it is far too cold to sit outside in the biting wind, thus we have our last happy hour sitting in the van watching the planes through the window.

Towing Kms: 292Kms

2021 Note: Walter Burley Griffin was the American architect who designed Canberra.

Temora Airport Caravan Park is unique, it has planes

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