Former Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce drops into Wauchope

Diners at a popular Wauchope cafe got a surprise when one of Australia's best-known politicians popped in for a cuppa.

The former leader of the Nationals Party, Barnaby Joyce stopped in Waterman's to chat to staff and members of the public on Tuesday May 14, as he made his way up to his New England constituency.

He also called at the pre-polling station in High Street at the CWA beside the library to support his party colleague, Dr David Gillespie. He spoke to Nationals supporters there, and was happy to pose for photos.

Despite his very public fall from grace last year, Mr Joyce is expected to be re-elected for another term.

He stood down as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister last year when it was revealed that an affair with his former staffer, Vicki Campion, had ended his 24-year marriage. The couple are now expecting their second child, Mr Joyce's sixth.