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A "Thelma and Louise" - without the cliff - road trip from Forster to the Barossa Valley S.A. Two "besties" who have been friends since teenagers decided to deliver a huge painting in the back of a RAV4 to family in Angaston. Worried that the canvas wouldn't be delivered in one piece it was decided that we would deliver it. Started off in Sydney , we then took the coast road through the National Park and drove across the Sky Bridge then stayed overnight in Wollongong with lovely views of the lighthouses in the harbour. After dining with close friends of the same vintage, we then headed up beautiful Macquarie Pass with its hair pin bends and stunning vistas to the ocean. Next stop was Wagga Wagga. We were surprised that it was so busy! It was so cold and has a RAAF base. Stop for lunch at Darlington Point an old historic town on the Murrumbidgee River. We hit the Hay plains and saw cotton for the first time, scattered by the side of the road and also encountered the road trains which contain huge bales of cotton in yellow wrapping. Not a lot of traffic but plenty of trucks and grey nomads were out in abundance. My navigator Carol decided we should stay in different styles of accommodation, so the next night was spent at the Mildura Golf Club Resort. Quiet and spacious. Arrived in Angaston the next morning, and we were warmly welcomed by family. Highlights of the trip were visiting an organic winery where a picnic lunch was provided high up in the hills with views overlooking the whole of the valley. Also visited Maggie Beers establishment. I enjoyed the idea, the wine, the food, seeing the pheasants in the garden and the turtles in the lake. Angaston was a charming town and I enjoyed walking through the historic train museum and seeing a classic unrestored Morgan in a friend's garage. Travelling home via Swan Hill and the Murray River were paddle steamers. We had lunch in Hay at the Blacksheep Cafe. Felt very "home" there. Google sent us on the back roads but we didn't mind as we saw a diverse range of scenery. Stunning yellow canola fields, cute little baby lambs, cattle blocking the road and an echidna and again vistas of purple hills in national parks. The homeward journey took us to historic mining towns, Sofala, Carcoar and eventually Bathurst where I enjoyed a trip down memory lane. My husband Peter raced many years at Bathurst for Toyota and was the first in the world to do in-car TV commentary whilst racing. We did our drive around Mount Panorama and no I did not "fang it" as was suggested!!!! Overall we did 3,545 kms to Coolongolook and then home to Forster and surprisingly yes we are still "besties" after putting up with each other for 2 ½ weeks.