2009 - Australia

 

Date

Stayed

Hotel

Nights

What we did

Jan
21

Blackheath
Blue Mountains

Redleaf Resort

1

Visited Katoomba town & walked to Evans Lookout


22

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24


Katoomba
Blue Mountains


La Maison Boutique


3

Day 1: 4½ hour walk
Day 2: Completed loop – one hour.

Walked from Echo Point down Giant Stairway (many series of near vertical steps down the rock face), along Federal Pass in Jamieson Valley to Furber Steps (1094), past Katoomba Falls and back to our hotel via Kiosk refreshments. In the evening ate at Chinese restaurant forming part of the equivalent of a British Legion (RSL) – becoming temporary members to do so.

The following day, completed the loop walking along the cliff top to Echo Point.  In the afternoon walked into Katoomba to get books before having a fairly pricey meal in a Swiss restaurant – not helped by the rapidly falling value of the pound.

25

26

Lithgow

Blue Mountains

Bowen Inn

2

Mt Victoria, Hartley, Oberon enroute to Lithgow.

Hassan’s Walls, ZigZag Railway, Mt Wilson

25th Left Katoomba just before 10.00 and headed west.
Stopped in Hartley; visited old Post Office & watched video.  Saw Courthouse. 
Went on to Oberon & lunched there. In the afternoon explored Lithgow, went to Hassan’s Walls (high cliff faces overlooking the town) and ate dinner at Thai Restaurant.
26th Australia Day.  Took a trip on the ZigZag Railway from Clarence, then went along the Bell Line of Road to Mt Wilson – a very wealthy area with many English gardens and acres of parkland.  Had lunch at a café there after which we took a walk through woodland to a waterfall.

27
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28


Mudgee


Horatio Motor Inn


2


Kandos, Rylstone, Lake Windamere, Mudgee

27th: Left Lithgow & the Blue Mountains, travelling to Central West of the State – dramatic scenery of volcanic origin and then rolling countryside with many vineyards.  Mudgee has wide streets with many 19th century buildings dating from a time of goldfield prosperity. Adrian had a swim (having bought “swimmers” at Rivers in town) & we met Jenny and Richard who live near Bridport.

29

Forbes

Forbes Lake
Motor Inn

1

Via Sofala – tiny ex gold mining community. 
Very hot 43 degrees.

30

-

31

Yass

Hamilton Hume Motor Inn

2

Ate at the RSL both days.  Visited the town museum and Coomer Cottage, where Hamilton Hume retired to after his famous explorations. Early morning walk.

Feb

1

-

2

Cooma

Marlborough Motor Inn

2

Day 1: Gundagai, Tumut, Talbingo, Kiandra, Cooma

Day 2: Kosciuszko National Park, Snowy River,
            Jindabyne

1st: Left Yass around 8.00 a.m. to avoid the heat.  Took photo of the Dog on the Tuckerbox statue at Gundagai. There we also looked at two old trestle bridges.  Drove through Tumut but decided to press on through the Snowy Mountains to Cooma.  The entire journey was 322 km.  The road became increasingly mountainous as we passed through Kosciuszko National Park, stopping briefly at Talbingo for coffee.  Kiandra, many miles later, appeared to have no present residents but in the late 19th century was a gold prospecting area & the government planned for 30,000 miners – plans never realised.

 

 

3

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5

 



Merimbula

 

 

Pelican Motor Inn

 

 

3

Day 1: Eden, Merimbula, Pambula Beach

Day 2: Merimbula Board Walk (blue crabs), lunched @ RSL, Short Point, Pambula Beach

Day 3: Read by lakeside view, walked the Board Walk quickly, lunched RSL, visited Merimbula Museum (met George & Pam Pitt who’d emigrated from Worthing in 1974), went to cinema to see “Slumdog Millionaire”.  

Date

Stayed

Hotel

Nights

What we did

Feb
6
-
7


Narooma

 


Anchors Aweigh


2

Day 1: travelled northwards via Tilba & Mystery Bay Day 2: Read by Lake Corunna and revisited Central Tilba where we had a guided walking tour.  Had salads in café at Tilba both days.

Tilba is a National Trust recognised village mainly dating from 1895 and forming  a small tight cluster of buildings in a rural ex-volcanic area. It was exceedingly hot (NSW is experiencing a heat wave at the moment with temperatures into the low 40s).

8

Braidwood

Torpys Motel

1

Met Susie Edmonds at Braidwood RSL for dinner in the evening.  Manager of Torpys has uncle living in Devizes!

 

9

Newcastle

 

Panorama Motor Inn

1

 

Drove to Newcastle from Braidwood – about 250 miles.

We travelled via Windsor where we had lunch and then continued to Wiseman’s Ferry where a free ferry ride operates 24 hours of the day.  Near Newcastle, an exceedingly large city, we noted settlements named Richmond, Swansea, Cardiff, Gloucester and Stroud.

10
-
11

Forster

Golden Sands Motor Inn
(Best Western)

2

Took  1 north, turning off along Lakes Highway to Forster – pronounced “Foster”. Watched pelicans on lake; had hair cut, cut Adie’s; did washing.

12
-
14

Port Macquarie

Palm Court
Motor Inn

3

Bought new thongs, imitation crocs & 3 pairs of glasses. Went to Museum & St Thomas’s church (not open). Saw “Australia” on the Saturday afternoon.

Weather grey; very heavy showers.  Read books &newspapers.  Later: torrential rain with 7 more days forecast.
Decided to leave the coast and go inland to Broken Hill in a bid to escape the rain.

15

Coonabarabran

Country Gardens Motel

1

Travelled 275 miles inland across the Great Dividing Range & through the New England Area.

Beautiful wooded mountains but an hour and a half of twisting mountain roads. Brighter skies as we entered grazing land and then very wide plains with mountains in the distance.  Finally bush again.

16

Cobar

Town & Country Motor Inn

1

After leaving Coonabarabran we encountered rain – and by Warren it was torrential.  Went through floods on the Barrier Highway prior to Cobar.


17

 

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20

 

 


Broken Hill

 

 

 


Lodge Outback Motel

 

 


4

Day 1:  Rain & floods to begin with but these had abated on arrival at BH.  Booked tours. Bought mules.

Day 2:  Bush Mail Run (Irving). David from Florida also Coffee at one outback station (farmer recently died & widow now in BH – therefore empty.  Lunch @ brick-built station by Darling with tree-climbing dog. Evening ate @ Broken Earth Restaurant on slag.

Day 3: School of the Air, Miners’ Memorial (bought necklace & earrings); Walked @ Living Desert Reserve; Visited Sculptures @ sunset.

Day 4: Day Dream Mine trip; panoramic 50 mile view; Reservoir; Silverton (“ghost town”) Broken Hill Cemetery; tinnies (original miners’ portable homes).

21

White Cliffs

Underground Dug-Out Motel

1

Visited “Mad Jock” and his dug-out home/mine. He took us on a tour of the opal fields & main sites. Went to “Outback Treasures” & bought earrings.

22

&

23

 

Mildura

 

The Early Australian Motor Inn

 

2

Day 1: Travelled from White Cliffs to Mildura– many animals on road (kangaroos, emus, sheep, bullocks, eagles) on journey to Wilcannia.

Day 2: Morning Paddle Steamer trip on R. Murray including into lock.  Expedition to Mungo National Park with Aboriginal Guide, Graham Clarke.

Date

Stayed

Hotel

Nights

What we did

Feb
24

Wagga Wagga

 

Lincoln Country Inn

1

Long journey from Mildura to Wagga Wagga.

 

25
&

26

 

Kiama

 

The Sebel, Harbourside

 

2

Went first to Wollongong but found it too big and bustling.  Therefore headed south to Kiama but impossible to get 5 nights accommodation.Walked to the Blow Hole &  old Pilot’s Cottage – now a museum

p.m. Walked around headland to Bombo Beach.

 

27

&

28

 


Worrigee

 

Shoalhaven Sports Motel

 

 

2

Arrived @ motel at 13.45, Friday. Afternoon, sat & read @ Greenwell Point. Ate at “The Mill”.

Day 2: First to Nowra for brunch & to sell books,then to Jervis Bay NP & sat on Murrays Beach – quite crowded so returned  to different part of Greenwell Point with multitude of seagulls & five pelicans. Ate at Club next to Sports Motel – Jill cannot eat octopus!

Mar

1

Sydney

Airport Sydney International Inn

1

a.m: Sunday markets @ Berry – bought hat & convertible leather bag. Lunch @ Berry. p.m. took the Pacific Coastal route to Sydney.  Lovely drive.

2

Flight @ 16.35

 

 

Dropped off car @ Red Spot – arrived @ airport 10.30 a.m.  Tried unsuccessfully to change flights.