We had a very social three days on the northern beaches of Sydney with Rob and Karen. One of the great opportunities of our journey in Australia is that we are able to catch up with relatives and friends ‘on their own turf’.
As you know, most of our travel entails freedom camping. In Sydney that was a little more difficult. We ended up staying at the North Narabeen Big Four Tourist Park on the northern beaches of Sydney. We have to admit it was very nice – a five minute walk to North Narabeen itself, a one minute walk to the beach and a 10 minute drive to Rob and Karen’s abode at Pittwater.
Our few days in Sydney comprised a little bit of touring, a few casual (but social) meals and a ‘fair ol’ sampling’ of the local wines. Thanks Rob, Karen & Coco for your wonderful hospitality.
Thursday morning we departed Sydney and drove west through the Blue Mountains to Bathurst (about 200km). We were very conscious of the fire risk in the Blue Mountains so did our homework prior to entering the National Park. The drive provided us with some stunning scenery although there was clear evidence of recent fires and burn offs that didn’t look so smart. We stopped at the top of the Blue Mountains at a little village called Bilpin for lunch then carried on through the Park to Lithgow then Bathurst.
While neither of us is a great motor racing fan, a visit to Bathurst and Mount Panorama was a definite ‘must do’ on our travel plans. Finding the track was easy as ‘the Mount’ was a stand out above the town. While the track is currently under maintenance, we were lucky enough to be allowed in and drive to the top of Mount Panorama and back down. Question? Are we the first Traillite Motorhome to do a lap of the Bathurst Racing Track? No doubt someone will inform us if we have not set the standard.
It was a great experience and another visit ticked off the ‘bucket list’.
By the time we had competed our Bathurst visit it was getting late in the afternoon. After a quick reference to the i-phone WikiApp, we decided to drive another 50km south to a little village called Trunkey Creek for the night. They advertised parking availability at the village’s local reserve, hot showers and toilets and all we had to do is let the local publican know that we were there. It was about 5.30pm when we arrived so we had a quick beer at the hotel then headed away to set up for the night. In our visit to Trunkey Creek, we have discovered another great little place to stop over if you are in the area.
This morning (Friday) we set off in an easterly direction and are now heading back to the coast through Crookwell and Goulburn. No plan is set in concrete but we thought we would try and get somewhere south of Sydney perhaps around Bundeena or Helensburgh by Monday or Tuesday. We will then continue south along the east coast to Batemans Bay before heading inland to Canberra for the Xmas arrangements (more on that later). We will probably return to the NSW/Victoria inland for a further look around after Xmas.