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Coomba Bay, NSW

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It was a short drive to Coomba Bay and it was really beautiful. We passed through Myall Lakes National Park and stopped at Bulahdelah at the bakery for the best ever rock cakes heh. We drove through the lakes disctict, past Smiths Lake and are staying at Coomba Bay on Wallis Lake where Jeanette (Dave's cousin) and her husband John live. We are here over Easter and spending time with their family. What a beautiful, quiet spot it is. They have a hobby farm of around 40 acres, right on the lake. Mud crabs whenever we want LOL.

We have been around Wallinga National Park and to the Whooti Whooti lookout, Seal Island (absolutely gorgeous), Cape Hawk. So many beautiful places, it's like a dream.

John has an large outdoor pizza oven where we had family and neighbours visit and had a pizza night on Saturday. John made the pizza dough and they were the best pizzas ever ! We are camped in our caravan outside the farmhouse and plugged into their power. This really is a great place.

Have had to go to town in Foster to get a decent signal, but no matter. All the bills are paid so no internet for a while won't matter. Weather is great - rained a bit on one day, the rest of the time has been great.

The day before we left started off beautiful. Went into Foster by boat - glorious day. Just as we got back and put the boat back on the trailer it started raining and became heavier as the day progressed. What a wet night - but we were cosy in the van !

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Newcastle, NSW

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Great drive to Newcastle - very pretty. Stayed at Tomago which was handy to everywhere and really quiet. We went to Tarro where Dave grew up and nothing there has changed in 40 years! Newcastle itself hasn't changed a great deal except for getting bigger with more shopping centres but many shops are closed in the town centre itself.

The surrounding countryside is really pretty - my favourites are Tea Gardens, Hawks Nest and Nelson Bay. I even found a lovely quilting shop in Tea Gardens. Who would have thought it would be out there in the middle of nowhere. And a great range of fabrics too! The photos aren't very good because it's been very hazy again. The temperatures are in the low 30's but it's very overcast and humid.

We drove around all over the place, Kurri Kurri, Hexham, Cessnock, Muswellbrook, Scone. Most places haven't changed much - just gotten a bit bigger. The mining around Muswellbrook is a big concern with the open pit mines. That was a considerable change.

The Wallaroo National Park was really lovely too. We had a really busy, enjoyable time.

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Woy Woy, NSW

semi-overcast 26 °C
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We decided to stay at Woy Woy rather than closer to Sydney. Definately don't want to drive in the city. The pensioner concession public transport fare is just $2.50 per day, so we decided to go in by train. The trip takes around 1 hr 15 mins and it's absolutely beauteous ! The Hawkesbury River is really special. On Wednesday we caught the train to Sydney, then the ferry to Manly, then back to Woy Woy - all for $2.50. Why pay big money for tours ! The weather was fantastic and it was a gorgeous day.

While in Woy Woy we will travel in to Sydney a few times and visit the places of interest we haven't seen on previous trips - Art Gallery, Australian Museum, Naval Museum, Power House Museum etc etc etc as well as some we have done before (Sydney Harbour Bridge, The Rocks, Queen Victoria Building etc etc etc.

We will also do some drives to outlying towns and the Hawkesbury National Park. So much to do heh.

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Emu Plains, Penrith NSW

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We stayed in Penrith which was a great base for the Blue Mountains and areas around. Went to Katoomba and saw all the beautiful sights - Echo Point, Katoomba Falls, The Three Sisters, etc....Awesome views. Did the Cable Car, the Skyway and the boardwalk through the rainforest. Part of it was closed due to recent storm damage. We weren't able to do the scenic railway as it was closed for maintenance but it didn't matter. We managed to spend a great day there anyway.

We also went to Leura - another cute little mountain town. There's so many lovely towns - never get sick of the views. Stunning !

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Canberra, ACT

sunny 25 °C
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The drive from Moruya to Canberra was great, though the climb up 'the Clyde' was damn steep and hairpin turns. The Territory took it in it's stride. We stopped for morning tea at the very best bakery ever at Braidwood. It's a good job we weren't spending a few days there - I would have ended up looking like Little Lotta LOL. We stayed at a caravan park in Eagle Hawk, on the border of NSW and ACT. Great location.

Sightseeing was really great in Canberra. The War Memorial was the best - definately needed more than one day to see all. Did some arty farty galleries and museum as well as the Canberra Glassworks where we watched glass blowers in action. We also went to the National Film & Sound Archive which was very interesting too.

Found Canberra really pretty with all it's avenues and trees though many buildings are quite boxy and look like flats. The Lake and gardens are really lovely. The weather improved each day and a great time was had by one and all heh....

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