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New South Wales

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 14 November 2008 | Views [431]

New South Wales

At the end of August we left Adelaide for the north coast of New South Wales. We decided we would drive via Broken Hill, across Western NSW, through Wilcannia, Cobar, Nyngan, Narromine, Dubbo, the Hunter Valley and arrive in Green Point some days later. In Broken Hill we did the historical walk exploring the old buildings in the city. We also drove out to Silverton, the original mining town. It’s a bare, red landscape with many of the original old buildings including the pub. We had a cold beer and looked at the many photos of “film shoots” including the Mad Max films. One of the cars used is parked in front of the pub. Check out the photos. The drive along the Barrier Highway, across the plains was beautiful, not boring at all. We saw a variety of interesting  flora and fauna  including 2 wedge tailed eagles and lots of feral goats. At Narromine Susan tried to find the grave of our convict ancestor, Nathan Phillips (died 1899, aged 86), after an hour we gave up.

We had 2 weeks in Green Point , several walks along beaches, rain forests, up hills and around Wallis Lake and even a swim. Joel flew up from Sydney  so a few more walks on 7 Mile Beach and a drive through Wallingat Forest (with stately white gums) and a panoramic view from the Whoota look out over the lake and coastline.  In Sydney we had a family gathering at the Simpsons so Joel could catch up with everyone. Took some great photos of nana with her 3 grandsons, and of Joel with his cousins. Unfortunately Briony was away, but did take a good photo  of her on Father’s Day.

We drove back to Adelaide via Queanbeyan and Canberra. Revisited the Central Cafe in Queanbeyan to indulge in their country cooking. Had a few days there and visited the National Museum, old and new parliament houses and the National Art gallery. We saw a wonderful exhibition of art by Emily Kame Kngwarreye, inspiring and dynamic.

On the way home we stayed on the Murray at Robinvale, the river looks OK here but only because there is a dam. A good trip, great to see Joel and the family.



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